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"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists. This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own mind. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside. My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic. When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”. In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."- Yoshino

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"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists. This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own mind. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside. My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic. When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”. In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."- Yoshino

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Awesome podcast

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Thought provoking, diverse topics, a must listen!

Great Podcast

By DanHerring - Jul 24 2019
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Draxler interview was great. Love the podcast.

iTunes Ratings

141 Ratings
Average Ratings
130
3
4
3
1

Awesome podcast

By hansgaardr8 - Oct 25 2019
Read more
Thought provoking, diverse topics, a must listen!

Great Podcast

By DanHerring - Jul 24 2019
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Draxler interview was great. Love the podcast.

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Artist Decoded

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"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists. This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own mind. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside. My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic. When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”. In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."- Yoshino

#41: Alex Beck - "The Balance Between Art And Life"

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Alex Beck is an award-winning painter and illustrator who maintains a studio in Richmond, Virginia. He is known for his uncommonly versatile work in oil, acrylic, and gouache.

Beck was formally trained at Ringling College of Art and Design. He also expanded his training at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, The Masters Class at Amherst, Massachusetts, and The Art League of Alexandria, Virginia where he previously taught at.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Films
  • The balance between life and creating art
  • Art as a narrative told as a single statement
  • Finding love within ourself
  • Not letting a lack of technical knowledge detour us from creating work
  • Creating a personal "vocabulary" with our work
  • Giving back and adding value into other's lives

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Jul 26 2016

1hr 26mins

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#14: Alex Kanevsky - "Naive Vs. Sentimental Artists + The Search For Honesty And Clarity"

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Alex Kanevsky was born in Russia in 1963. He studied mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before coming to the United States. After his arrival to Philadelphia in 1983 he worked as Russian translator, illustrator at the Psychiatric Nursing Magazine and drew pictures for the telephone book advertisements. After attending PAFA (1989-93) and winning a Pew Fellowship (1997) he devoted himself to painting full time. Alex Kanevsky lives and works in Philadelphia. He has exhibited his work in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, UK and Ireland. His work is represented by Hollis Taggart Gallery in NY and Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. He teaches a painting seminar at PAFA.

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Dec 05 2015

1hr 22mins

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#69: Casey Baugh - "Artistic Evolution"

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Casey is a painter based in New York City.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Accepting imperfections
  • Explanation of his upcoming solo exhibit, "Exposed"
  • Being honest with oneself
  • Creating visceral and guttural artwork
  • Absorbing inspiration and life experiences
  • Taking risks
  • Balancing artistic, creative, and business practices
  • Setting up monetary systems to allow yourself the freedom to create art for a living
  • Tony Robbins
  • Films
  • Comparing films to paintings

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May 09 2017

48mins

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#103: Rina Yang X Saman Kesh - "The Art of Finding Yourself"

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Rina Yang is a director of photography based in London. She grew up in a small city in Japan, where she studied still life and portrait painting.

Yang is a highly accomplished cinematographer who has worked with clients such as: Netflix, Nike, Vice, and Saatchi & Saatchi, and musicians including: Kendrick Lamar, FKA Twigs, Vince Staples, Charli XCX, and many more.

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Aug 20 2018

52mins

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#79: Brad Kunkle - "Invisible"

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Brad Kunkle was raised in rural Pennsylvania and graduated from Kutztown University with a BFA in painting in 2001. Rather than continue his artistic pursuits in an academic environment, he became a house painter. That dubious, professional beginning however, taught him valuable lessons that became crucial to his later success. Having taught himself how to gild with precious metals for some of those residential projects, he later implemented those skills in his personal, fine art works.

His debut, fine art exhibition in 2010 at Arcadia Contemporary in NYC sold out before the show's opening night and was followed by a second sold-out exhibition two years later. Since then he has exhibited his paintings in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Miami, and his works can be found in private collections all over the world. His paintings have twice graced the cover of American Art Collector Magazine and have been published extensively online and in print in such highly read publications as Hi-Fructose, American Arts Quarterly, Lapham’s Quarterly, Juxtapoz and Fine Arts Connoisseur. Kunkle continues to be represented by Arcadia Contemporary in Los Angeles, where he had his debut, West Coast solo exhibition in November of 2016. More recently, Kunkle collaborated as an Art Director with the award-winning, special effects house, Imaginary Forces as his paintings became the foundation for the main title sequence of the Netflix original series, “Anne With An E.”

He lives and works in New York's Hudson Valley.

​​​​​Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Reflecting on his 2016 show “Invisible”
  • Muses
  • Social media misconceptions
  • “The Invisible Man” by H.G. Wells
  • Technical elements behind his work
  • Dreaming and lucid dreaming
  • The benefits of listening to music while you work
  • Meditation
  • Intention in creation
  • Elevating vs. entertaining

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Sep 18 2017

56mins

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#131: Zoey Frank - "Observations of the Mundane"

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Zoey Frank (b. 1987, Boulder, CO) received her MFA in painting from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California after studying for four years with Juliette Aristides in the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She is represented by Danese/Corey Gallery in New York City, and Galerie Mokum in Amsterdam. She has received numerous honors and awards, including three Elizabeth Greenshields grants, the Avigdor Arikha Memorial International Residency Scholarship, the Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition Grand Prize of 2012, the Hudson River Fellowship in 2012, and scholarships from the Albert K. Murray Foundation, the Stacey Foundation, and the Art Renewal Center. Her work has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, the International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and Southwest Art. She lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Topics Discussed In This Podcast:

  • Frank's first love of Renaissance paintings and technical beauty
  • Using a collaboration with materials and experimenting with process
  • Creating artworks that are unique and personal by painting mundane objects that focus less on the subject and more on the technical quality
  • Frank's ability to approach paintings of the same subject with different sets of problems to solve
  • Refueling her creative energy by traveling, looking at art, and talking to other artists
  • The importance of maintaining routines to create balance and making time for the business aspect of art
  • The quality of working observationally from an unplanned still life
  • Frank's persistence with applying and getting rejected for art opportunities

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Oct 17 2019

43mins

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#78: Chelsea Wolfe - "Macro Vs. Micro + On Her New Album Hiss Spun"

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“What I want is to open up. I want to know what's inside me. I want everybody to open up. I'm like an imbecile with a can opener in his hand, wondering where to begin—to open up the earth. I know that underneath the mess everything is marvelous. I'm sure of it.” - Henry Miller

Digging beneath the mess of the world to find the beauty underneath is perhaps the most consistent theme in Chelsea Wolfe’s expansive discography—a theme that ties together her ceaseless explorations in unorthodox textures, haunting melodies, and mining the grandeur embedded within ugliness and pain. With her sixth official album Hiss Spun, Wolfe adopts Miller’s quest to become empowered by embracing the mess of the self, to control the tumult of the soul in hopes of reigning in the chaos of the world around us. “I wanted to write some sort of escapist music; songs that were just about being in your body, and getting free,” Wolfe says of the album before extrapolating on the broader scope of her new collection of songs. “You’re just bombarded with constant bad news, people getting fucked over and killed for shitty reasons or for no reason at all, and it seems like the world has been in tears for months, and then you remember it’s been fucked for a long time, it’s been fucked since the beginning. It’s overwhelming and I have to write about it.”

Hiss Spun was recorded by Kurt Ballou in Salem, Massachusetts at the tail end of winter 2017 against a backdrop of deathly quiet snow-blanketed streets and the hissing radiators of warm interiors. While past albums operated on the intimacy of stripped-down folkmusic (The Grime and the Glow, Unknown Rooms), or the throbbing pulse of supplemental electronics (Pain Is Beauty, Abyss), Wolfe’s latest offering wrings its exquisiteness out of a palette of groaning bass, pounding drums, and crunching distortion. It’s an album that inadvertently drew part of its aura from the cold white of the New England winter, though the flesh-and-bone of the material was culled from upheavals in Wolfe’s personal life, and coming to terms with years of vulnerability, anger, self-destruction, and dark family history. Aside from adding low-end heft with gratuitous slabs of fuzz bass, longtime collaborator Ben Chisholm contributed harrowing swaths of sound collages from sources surrounding the artist and her band in recent years—the rumble of street construction at a tour stop in Prague, the howl of a coyote outside Wolfe’s rural house in California, the scrape of machinery on the floor of a warehouse at a down-and-out friend’s workplace. Music is rendered out of dissonance—bomb blasts from the Enola Gay, the shriek of primates, the fluttering pages of a Walt Whitman book are manipulated and seamlessly integrated into the feral and forlorn songs of Hiss Spun.

The album opens with the sickening bang of “Spun”, where a lurching bottom-heavy riff provided by Chisholm and Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Failure) serves as a foundation to a sultry mantra of fever-dream longing and desire. The first third of Hiss Spun—whether it’s the ominous twang and cataclysmic dynamics of “16 Psyche”, the icy keyboard lines, restless pulse and harrowing bellows of Aaron Turner (Old Man Gloom, SUMAC) on “Vex”, or the patient repetition and devastating choruses of “The Culling—all carry the weight of desperation, lost love, and withdrawal. Wolfe’s introspection and existential dread turns outwards to the crumbling world around us with “Particle Flux”, an examination of the casualties of war set against an aural sea of static. White noise is a constant thread through Hiss Spun, with Wolfe finding solace in the knowledge that radio static is the sound of the universe expanding outwards from the Big Bang—a reminder that even dissonance has ties to creation. The electronic thump of “Offering” serves as an ode to the Salton Sea and the encroaching calamities stemming from climate change. The obsession with white noise and global destruction carries over into “Static Hum”, where the merciless percussive battery of Wolfe’s former bandmateand current drummer Jess Gowrie helps deliver the dire weight of a sonnet dedicated to a “burning planet.” By the time the album closes with “Scrape”, Wolfe has come full circle and turned her examinations back inward, reflecting over her own mortality with arguably the most commanding vocal performance in her entire oeuvre.

“The album is cyclical, like me and my moods,” Wolfe says of Hiss Spun. “Cycles, obsession, spinning, centrifugal force—all with gut feelings as the center of the self.” And it’s an album that Wolfe sees as a kind of exorcism. “I’m at odds with myself… I got tired of trying to disappear. The record became very personal in that way. I wanted to open up more, but also create my own reality.” Every Chelsea Wolfe album is cathartic, but never before has both the artist and her audience so desperately needed this kind of emotional purging. Sargent House is proud to release Hiss Spun to the world on September 22nd, 2017.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Her radio show through Red Bull Music Academy called "Hypnos Hour"
  • The process of discovering yourself as an artist
  • The novel "1Q84" written by Haruki Murakami
  • The film "The Sevent h Seal" directed by Ingmar Bergman
  • Writing lyrics and song writing
  • Psychedelics opening up access portals
  • Her collaboration with Converge
  • Her new album "Hiss Spun"

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Sep 12 2017

51mins

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#96: Martin Starr X Saman Kesh - "Augmenting Human Connection"

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In this podcast, we interview actor Martin Starr from the hit tv HBO comedy Silicon Valley.

We take a deep dive into topics such as: being recognized at hipster parties, seasonal depression, being a child of an actress, the future of pornography, bitcoin and human connection.

This episode was produced and co-hosted by Saman Kesh.

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May 01 2018

48mins

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#93: Elly Smallwood - "The Importance of Embracing Failure"

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Originally from Ottawa, Elly Smallwood graduated from OCAD University in 2011 and now works as an artist in Toronto. Her paintings are intensely personal, a visual exploration of her mind and body, and those of the people around her.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Her workflow
  • The business of art
  • Getting paid as an artist
  • “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”
  • “Nocturnal Animals”
  • The importance of failure
  • Her transition leaving Toronto to move to Ottawa
  • Having a solid art community
  • Understanding human anatomy for your art practice
  • Conspiracy theories

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Feb 28 2018

58mins

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#124: Jesse Draxler: "On Process, Evolution, and Design"

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Jesse Draxler was born in rural Wisconsin, studied in Minneapolis, MN, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. A formal mixed media & inter-disciplinary artist, Draxler has exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally and in 2018 released his first book, Misophonia, through Sacred Bones Records. His client list includes MCQ Alexander McQueen, The New York Times, Hugo Boss, Dita Eyewear, and The Atlantic. Draxler is also one of an upcoming three person exhibition opening at No Gallery in Los Angeles September 7th.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Draxler's experiences moving to LA and living off-grid in Wisconsin
  • Definitions of success and personal growth
  • The effects of religious upbringings
  • Hardcore and metal bands offering rebellion against religion and aesthetic freedoms
  • How boxing, basketball, and running have offered growth in Draxler's creative process
  • The effects of expectations on the creative process
  • Draxler's reflection on the anniversary of his book “Misophonia”
  • Draxler's representation and upcoming show under Casey Gleghorn's No Gallery
  • Navigating the gallery experience
  • Exploring many mediums and Draxler's transition into taking his own collage material and using color in his art
  • Books and authors mentioned: Pema Chodron, Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey, short story collection Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck, Under the Skin by Michel Faber, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Freedom from Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Graphic novels mentioned: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels, Ice Cream Man by W. Maxwell Prince, and Black Hole by Charles Burns

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Jul 16 2019

1hr 24mins

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#120: Sergio Barrale - "Energy, Electricity, and The Mentality of Perhaps"

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Sergio Barrale has been featured in vol. 41 of Hi-Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz, American Art Collector, SuperSonic and WhiteHot Magazine. Each one of Sergio's massive drawings clocks 250 hours & grind down close to 500 pencils. In the past two years he has had 17 exhibitions across America including the Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art & Honolulu Museum School of Art.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Kindred spirits

  • Psilocybin and the effects it has on the mind and body

  • The mentality of "perhaps"

  • Rerouting neural pathways of the brain through mantras and affirmations

  • Cognitive reframing / restructuring

  • Practicing forgiveness for yourself and for those who have wronged you

  • Philosophy of electricity in terms of soul

  • The book, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Exercise as a means of emotional coping

  • Overpopulation and finding solutions for the future of humanity

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Other resources mentioned: “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink, Joe Rogan podcast, “Leaving Neverland” documentary on Michael Jackson, author David Goggins, “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse, Theodore Gericault's painting “The Raft of the Medusa”

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May 30 2019

1hr 14mins

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#64: Elly Smallwood - "Female Sexuality In Art"

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Originally from Ottawa, Elly Smallwood graduated from OCAD University in 2011 and now works as an artist in Toronto. Her paintings are intensely personal, a visual exploration of her mind and body, and those of the people around her.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Female sexuality in art
  • The ephemeral feelings involved while painting
  • Ron Mueck's sculptures
  • The business of art
  • Pricing artwork
  • Nymphomaniacs

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Feb 07 2017

1hr 10mins

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#127: Paul Cristina - "The Turning Point"

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Paul Cristina was born in Cleveland, OH in August of 1983. Cristina’s work focuses on combining disparate aesthetics through the experimentation of various styles and mediums, while using drawing as a primary foundation for his development. He currently lives and works in South Carolina.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The importance of having wholesome and creative relationships
  • Paul getting his footing as a creative without a support community
  • Working hourly wage jobs that took away from art as a full time practice
  • Cristina's original pursuit of music
  • How being a paramedic taught Cristina to maintain a presence of confidence and composure in all aspects of life
  • Cristina's evolution from drawing with pen in sketchbooks to mixed media on large scale canvases
  • Robert Rauschenberg's early influence on Cristina
  • Turning points in Cristina's life that pushed him towards art
  • Drawing both from imagination and from a deliberate effort to get better at drawing

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Aug 26 2019

1hr 16mins

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#112: David Cheifetz - "Autopilot Off"

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David Cheifetz is an internationally acclaimed and collected artist who continues to push the limits of contemporary realist oil painting. David and his family live in Olympia, WA.

"Reflecting the language of dreams, these dark, hyperrealistic tableaux suggest bizarre and intriguing narratives. Cheifetz paints alla prima, an oil painting technique in which wet paint is applied to previous layers of wet paint. He works without detailed underpainting or studies, creating atmosphere through prominent, expressive brushstrokes and strong chiaroscuro." -Artsy.net

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Feb 06 2019

1hr 6mins

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#116: John Wentz - "Last Man Standing"

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John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it’s core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark making. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Giving up
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Tech affecting art
  • Barriers between museums and the public
  • Would you make art if the world ended?
  • Wentz moving to Paris
  • Advice to artists and creatives
  • Movies
  • “Naive” painters

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Mar 30 2019

53mins

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#5: Jesse Draxler - "Creation Through Destruction"

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Jesse Draxler is a fine artist, illustrator, art director and designer currently working out of Los Angeles, CA. 

His works are representations of the feelings he has been working through all his life.  Feelings that arise while confronted with a past that is relatively unknown, a future that seems as daunting and horrifying as it does exciting, and a present in which he often feels stale and out of touch with himself.  All with the undercurrent of death forever lurking subtly under the surface of everything he creates.

Jesse's client list as an illustrator includes The New York Times and Target.  He's also worked with musicians Prince, Chelsea Wolfe, and The Black Queen (feat. members of NIN, Telefon Tel Aviv and Dillinger Escape Plan), and as an art director / collagist he's worked with magazines Dazed & Confused, Dansk, No Tofu... etc.

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Sep 24 2015

1hr 5mins

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#52: Olivia Bee - "Understanding Failure"

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Olivia Bee (born in Portland, Oregon, 1994) is photographer based in Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA. After the recognition received for her photographs on social media. Converse commissioned Bee, at the age of fifteen, to shoot her first ad. She has since gone on to shoot campaigns for brands such as Hermes, Levi's, and editorial features for publications such as Vogue, New York, the New York Times, and Le Monde. Her photography has been featured in three solo shows at Agnes B. New York, Apeture, New York, and Bernal Espacio, Madrid. She is intrigued by the beauty of everyday life and how the beauty of memories (real or imagined) touches us.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Passion
  • Combining talent, drive, and passion
  • Her thoughts on failing and the importance of it
  • Being intentional while at the same time leaving room for spontaneous occurrences to happen
  • Her narrative character studies
  • Her love for Neil Young's vulnerability and honesty
  • Pouring your heart and soul into your process
  • Exploring fear and going down the rabbit hole
  • Recognizing all things that make you human
  • Listening to your instincts

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Oct 26 2016

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#130: Yumi Sakugawa with Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "A Polymath's Approach To Creativity, Balance, and Meditation"

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YUMI SAKUGAWA is an Ignatz Awards nominated comic book artist and the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU and YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE. Her comics have also appeared in The Believer, Bitch, the Best American Non­Required Reading 2014, The Rumpus, Folio, Fjords Review, and other publications. She has also exhibited multimedia installations at the Japanese American National Museum and the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she lives in Los Angeles.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Drawing, writing, meditation, performance art, and engagement in multiple creative disciplines as an artistic practice and career.
  • Being an extroverted introvert or an “ambivert”.
  • Growing up as an Asian American student in both American and Japanese academic systems.
  • Stream of consciousness and dream logic.
  • Using meditation to supplement her mental health.
  • How her meditation surfaces in her work visually.
  • Rediscovering “fun” in the creative process.
  • Using humor as a vehicle to explore and express darker subject matter.
  • The importance of being a female Asian American artist under the projective narratives of both American and Asian patriarchy.  
  • The fetishization of Asian American artists and women.
  • Her part in helping other Asian American woman artists achieve visibility. 
  • Mental health, personal boundaries, and keeping a balance in her personal relationships and art practice.
  • Giving herself permission to take the time needed to slow down in order to be creative.

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Sep 25 2019

1hr 4mins

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#45: Sean Dunne - "Meditation, Psychedelics, and Operating From The Heart"

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Sean Dunne made his feature-film-directing debut with OXYANA, a portrait of a small coal-mining town caught in the grips of the Oxycontin epidemic. OXYANA premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 where Dunne won the award for Best New Documentary Director as well as a received a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary. 

Dunne has also directed several short documentaries including: THE ARCHIVE (nominated for an Emmy in 2011), MAN IN VAN, THE BOWLER, STRAY DAWG, BLACK BIKE WEEK, TRUMP RALLY and AMERICAN JUGGALO (named documentary of the year for 2011 by the website, Short of the Week). In 2015, Sean Dunne released the micro-feature FLORIDA MAN as well as a feature about online sex workers titled CAM GIRLZ. 

Hailed as the “master of fringe Americana” for his ability to honestly capture half-mythical corners of the country, Dunne’s approach to documentary is to give his subjects the ease and opportunity to find their own voice and his viewers the freedom to form their own conclusions. 

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Aug 04 2016

1hr 30mins

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#83: Dave Elitch X Justin Hopkins X Yoshino - "A Compulsion For Knowledge And Exploration"

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Dave Elitch first garnered attention with his band Daughters of Mara’s debut album “I am Destroyer” in 2007, but his time touring with the American progressive rock band The Mars Volta in 2009-2010 is what really put him on the map. He has since worked with Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, M83, The 1975, Juliette Lewis, Big Black Delta, as well as many others. He is a regular in the LA session scene, including performing on various records, syncs and film scores for major motion pictures, (most recently “Trolls” and “Logan.”) In addition to playing, he also conducts master-class lectures worldwide and keeps a busy private teaching practice in Los Angeles where he has developed a reputation as THE technique/body mechanic specialist who has helped many of the industries top players as well as educators.

“Ever since I decided that I was going to be a drummer, I wanted to be the best I could possibly be, and I put all my faculties toward that. Eventually that can take a toll, so I kind of hit a wall and needed a break. I’ve always had an appreciation for art, and luckily where I live in LA there are all these rad galleries – the Getty, the Hammer, Thinkspace, C.A.V.E., Giant Robot – so I frequent those. I get a different vantage point on the creative experience. I started getting inspired by documentaries about artists, like The Radiant Child about Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rivers and Tides about Andy Goldsworthy, the Gerhard Richter documentary Painting, Francis Bacon movies on YouTube… It’s just such a fascinating take on making sense of the world around you. Plus, I’ve dedicated my life to knowing all there is to know about drums, and I’m expected to know everything, With art, I can just go from my gut, so there’s a huge sense of freedom and escape for me there.” – Dave Elitch

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The pitfalls of formalized education
  • The realities of being a musician
  • Over exposure of art through technology
  • Distractions of social media
  • How Dave became a professional drummer
  • Andy Goldsworthy “Rivers and Tides”
  • Drawing similarities and differences between his approach to music and his approach to art
  • The compulsion for knowledge and exploring
  • Understanding the veil of perception
  • Creative adaptability
  • Spirituality in art
  • Breaking free of systematic thinking
  • Branding within the art world
  • The ripple effect of art and commerce interacting with each other

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Oct 31 2017

1hr 25mins

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#137: Josh Peck with Saman Kesh X Yoshino - "Adaptation, Curiosity, and Evolution"

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Josh Peck is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and YouTube personality. Peck began his career as a child actor in the late 90s and early 2000s, and had an early role on The Amanda Show from 2000 to 2002. Peck rose to prominence for the role of Josh Nichols alongside Drake Bell's character in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh from 2004 to 2007, and in its two television films in 2006 and 2008.

He then acted in films such as Mean Creek (2004), Drillbit Taylor (2008), The Wackness (2008), ATM (2012), Red Dawn (2012), Battle of the Year (2013), Danny Collins (2015), and Take the 10 (2017). Peck provided the voice of Eddie in the Ice Age franchise since Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and voiced Casey Jones in the Nickelodeon animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012–2017). He also starred with John Stamos in the Fox comedy series Grandfathered (2015–2016). In 2017, Peck started a comedic lifestyle YouTube channel, Shua Vlogs, featuring David Dobrik and his wife Paige O'Brien.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Peck’s early life moving from New York to LA to pursue his career as an actor. 
  • His reflection on acting for Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh and breaking the mold as a “kid actor”
  • Growing into his career in films such as Mean Creek, The Wackness, and Red Dawn. 
  • Kesh’s director/ actor relationship with Peck on his recent film, and Peck’s need for clear communication in such a relationship. 
  • Following an almost predestined path of the arts through the support system his single mother provided for him as a child.
  • Expanding his skill in acting by still attending acting classes. 
  • Finding different means of supporting himself and his family independent acting through branding platforms such as Vine, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Peck’s podcast, Curious, and his love for interviews and having conversations with other creatives. 

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Dec 03 2019

1hr 18mins

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#136: Joshua Hagler - "Chimera"

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Joshua Hagler lived and worked in San Francisco and then Los Angeles for fifteen years before moving to rural New Mexico in late 2017 as a grant recipient of the year-long Roswell Artist in Residence Program. He was born at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho in 1979 and is a first-generation college graduate with a visual communications degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Having not attended an art school or received an MFA, Hagler refers to himself as a working class artist. Not a stranger to class bias in the art world, self-directed research and travel has underpinned Hagler’s career and is essential to how the artist integrates creative influences with his life experience. ​

While most of Hagler’s early work responded directly to a difficult past within a variety of religious groups and their unspoken implications for the artist and his family, the later work has sought to understand religion in a deeper way. To Hagler’s mind, one finds the seeds of religion in every facet of culture, even, and, perhaps especially, among the so-called secular realms. Religion, for Hagler, is not approached in the pejorative but in a state of acceptance that perhaps it’s through the religious structures inherent in our shared languages and cultures that we access what makes us most human, for better and for worse.

Currently, he is hard at work in the studio preparing for his first U.K. solo exhibition with Unit London. In “Chimera,” Hagler presents a body of new paintings that attempt to dig beneath various forms of loud political language, including censorship, for clues on how the ubiquity of groupthink informs populist world views on both ends of the spectrum. The artist, in practice, hopes to work into the “noise” to exhume something Other in the physical manner in which the work is made. ​ ​

2018 saw two museum shows at the Brand Library and Art Center in Los Angeles and the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico entitled “The River Lethe” and “Love Letters to the Poorly Regarded” respectively. He has exhibited paintings, sculpture, video, and animation in galleries and museums in North and South America, Europe, and Australia, including a long list of solo exhibitions. ​ Reviews and features about the work have appeared in a variety of publications and media outlets in the U.S. and Europe.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Hagler's move to Roswell, NM 
  • Finding more financial freedoms to make art without worry 
  • His former Christian upbringing and his current art practice
  • Hagler's recent show “Chimera” @ Unit London, and its relation to process and collaboration
  • On being a heavy reader, and the impact specific authors have had on him
  • A discussion on the spiritual experience that exists in the studio, and surpassing the basics of technical expertise into an emotional connection
  • The discipline of taking on multiple shows, and how it left Hagler with little time to premeditate his art to create better works
  • His recent two-person show in LA that expresses the feeling of loss based on a six-line W.S. Merwin poem  
  • How artists can become inundated by the commercial, and political art market

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Nov 30 2019

1hr 7mins

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#135: Daniel Martin - "Disruptors"

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Daniel Martin (1982) lives and works in Leiden, the Netherlands. In his current work he searches for the transmutational properties of matter. The portraits and sculptures do not have a definite form and posses different realities on how they can be perceived. In order to come to new forms Daniel cuts up paintings, finds things on the street and uses creations made by others. The loose elements from these endeavors are used as disjointed brushstrokes that are reassembled in coherent shapes again, creating an object which holds no truth in shape.

His work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include, the national museum of revolution, Cuba; Duo Phillip Akkerman, Sis Josip Gallery, Den Haag; Havana Biënnale (collaboration with Karang (Karina Alonso); Forma prima, El pez soluble Gallery, Mexico; Bloom, Booth Gallery, New York.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Martin's early childhood experiences growing up in the Netherlands
  • His initial career working commercially in computer graphics and his transition into fine art as a full time career
  • Martin's range of sculpting both digitally and physically and how the two mediums intertwine 
  • How Martin's shared art studio space, The Plant, benefits him creatively and the power of bringing online artistic relationships to real life 
  • Martin's new project, 1606 Residency, in Leiden he's developed with Paintguide and the importance of connecting art collectives globally
  • Finding ways to sustain and raise money to support his projects
  • Removing the gallery system by means of giving power to the artist
  • How goals function only as a journey to bring Martin to the next big thing

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Nov 24 2019

54mins

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#134: Mia Bergeron - "Planting Seeds of Unconditional Love"

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Mia Bergeron is a contemporary female oil painter focused on the dualism of everyday scenes. Rooted in her upbringing in New York City with continuous exposure to modern art at a young age, her paintings also reveal her choice to study classical painting in Florence, Italy. Throughout her work, influences of both contemporary and historical ideas can be seen, whether rooted by her choice of subjects or the exploratory nature of the tools she employs. Her work seeks to show the nebulous aspects of being human, often choosing to pose a question rather than pursue an answer.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Expanding the definitions of unconditional love.
  • Being grateful and observant of personal obstacles as the first step of engagement / change.
  • Her experience with an absence of internal monologue and a heightened sense of physical awareness.
  • Approaching religion as mythology and stories of self.
  • How humans use religion and mythology to rationalize evil and condone immoral action.
  • Her personal way separating from academic and institutional modes of creation while trying to find her personal creative voice.
  • Engaging with art (and people) in person instead of through Instagram and other readily accessible forms of e-media. 
  • The craving that human beings have for real connection vs. the illusion of the connection through social media.  Disregarding the need for a very natural “tribe mentality.”
  • Her personal triggers for anxiety and her methods of reestablishing her mind-body connection when anxiety hits.
  • Breaking down overwhelming tasks both in and outside artistic practice.

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Nov 22 2019

1hr 13mins

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#133: Christian Rex van Minnen - "Massa Confusa"

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Christian Rex van Minnen was born in Providence, RI in 1980 and received his BA from Regis University, Denver in 2002. He has exhibited throughout the US and internationally and was recently awarded an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, CO (Fall, 2017). Recent exhibitions include con-figuration, a group exhibit at Postmasters, NY, Juxtapoz x Superflat, co-curated by Takashi Murakami & Evan Pricco at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Enantiodromia a solo show at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, Denmark. Public Collections include: Denver Art Museum, Djurhuus Collection, The Christine & Andy Hall Collection, Colección Solo, and the Richard B. Sachs Collection. van Minnen currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Van Minnen's early experiences making art as a child and how his personal experiences developed his mentality towards art
  • A discussion on automatic drawing and mark-making with figuration
  • Van Minnen's inspiration ranging from Titian to the Dutch Golden Age to Kandinsky (Book: Concerning the Spiritual in Art)
  • Developing a connection with art through materials and technique, and also the connection of van Minnen's Dutch heritage
  • Reflecting on his recent book, a monograph of the past fifteen years of his artwork.
  • A look into van Minnen's painting process and technique
  • A conversation on ego, belief, and knowing oneself, specifically touching on paths of transcendence noted in “The Devil's of Loudun” by Aldous Huxley
  • A fascination with tattoos and how they've entered van Minnen's work 

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Nov 04 2019

1hr 25mins

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#132: Johan Van Mullem - "Painting As Meditation"

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Born in 1959, Johan Van Mullem lives and works in Belgium.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His beginnings in discovering his art practice
  • His background studying architecture in university
  • How various day jobs in and outside architecture impacted his art practice
  • His approach to painting and creative process
  • His interpretation of the balance between happiness and struggle
  • The nuances of developing ones self through physical activities
  • Painting as a form of meditation
  • The benefits of consistently having a young mindset and the power of positivity
  • Addressing problems within your personal life when they arise
  • Intention of utilizing one’s energy

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Oct 25 2019

1hr 7mins

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#131: Zoey Frank - "Observations of the Mundane"

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Zoey Frank (b. 1987, Boulder, CO) received her MFA in painting from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California after studying for four years with Juliette Aristides in the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She is represented by Danese/Corey Gallery in New York City, and Galerie Mokum in Amsterdam. She has received numerous honors and awards, including three Elizabeth Greenshields grants, the Avigdor Arikha Memorial International Residency Scholarship, the Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition Grand Prize of 2012, the Hudson River Fellowship in 2012, and scholarships from the Albert K. Murray Foundation, the Stacey Foundation, and the Art Renewal Center. Her work has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, the International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and Southwest Art. She lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Topics Discussed In This Podcast:

  • Frank's first love of Renaissance paintings and technical beauty
  • Using a collaboration with materials and experimenting with process
  • Creating artworks that are unique and personal by painting mundane objects that focus less on the subject and more on the technical quality
  • Frank's ability to approach paintings of the same subject with different sets of problems to solve
  • Refueling her creative energy by traveling, looking at art, and talking to other artists
  • The importance of maintaining routines to create balance and making time for the business aspect of art
  • The quality of working observationally from an unplanned still life
  • Frank's persistence with applying and getting rejected for art opportunities

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Oct 17 2019

43mins

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AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #7 with Saman Kesh

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AD Non-Weekly Round Up #6 with Yoshino and AD co-host Saman Kesh.

Topics Discussed:

  • ADHD, creativity, and distraction.
  • Media ingestion for education vs. media ingestion for enjoyment
  • Art vs. commerce
  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one

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Oct 11 2019

32mins

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#130: Yumi Sakugawa with Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "A Polymath's Approach To Creativity, Balance, and Meditation"

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YUMI SAKUGAWA is an Ignatz Awards nominated comic book artist and the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU and YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE. Her comics have also appeared in The Believer, Bitch, the Best American Non­Required Reading 2014, The Rumpus, Folio, Fjords Review, and other publications. She has also exhibited multimedia installations at the Japanese American National Museum and the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she lives in Los Angeles.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Drawing, writing, meditation, performance art, and engagement in multiple creative disciplines as an artistic practice and career.
  • Being an extroverted introvert or an “ambivert”.
  • Growing up as an Asian American student in both American and Japanese academic systems.
  • Stream of consciousness and dream logic.
  • Using meditation to supplement her mental health.
  • How her meditation surfaces in her work visually.
  • Rediscovering “fun” in the creative process.
  • Using humor as a vehicle to explore and express darker subject matter.
  • The importance of being a female Asian American artist under the projective narratives of both American and Asian patriarchy.  
  • The fetishization of Asian American artists and women.
  • Her part in helping other Asian American woman artists achieve visibility. 
  • Mental health, personal boundaries, and keeping a balance in her personal relationships and art practice.
  • Giving herself permission to take the time needed to slow down in order to be creative.

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Sep 25 2019

1hr 4mins

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#129.2: Nikolaus Summerer - "DARK - Season 2"

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Nikolaus Summerer is a German Director of Photography based in Berlin.  He is most well known for his award winning cinematography on the Netflix hit series DARK.  He lensed the first two seasons as sole Cinematographer, and is currently busy filming the third and final season.

DARK is the most recent of several projects Nikolaus has filmed with director and showrunner Baran bo Odar; a relationship stretching back to their Munich film school days.  Following their graduate film “Unter der Sonne” (Under The Sun) they collaborated on two feature films (The Silence and Who Am I) before DARK.  “Who Am I” earned Nikolaus the German Cinematography Award, after which he filmed “The Siege of Jadotville”, starring Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Personal evolution as a creative
  • DARK Season 1 vs. Season 2
  • His collaborative partnership with director, Baran bo Odar
  • Summerer’s journey as a cinematographer

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Sep 15 2019

1hr 8mins

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#129.1: Nikolaus Summerer with Saman Kesh x Yoshino - "DARK - Season 1"

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Nikolaus Summerer is a German Director of Photography based in Berlin.  He is most well known for his award winning cinematography on the Netflix hit series DARK.  He lensed the first two seasons as sole Cinematographer, and is currently busy filming the third and final season.

DARK is the most recent of several projects Nikolaus has filmed with director and showrunner Baran bo Odar; a relationship stretching back to their Munich film school days.  Following their graduate film “Unter der Sonne” (Under The Sun) they collaborated on two feature films (The Silence and Who Am I) before DARK.  “Who Am I” earned Nikolaus the German Cinematography Award, after which he filmed “The Siege of Jadotville”, starring Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Dark (Season 1)
  • How Nikolaus initially got into cinematography
  • When he met Baran bo Odar (Director of Dark) in film school
  • Nikolaus’s approach to working with directors
  • His first feature film, Under The Sun (2006)
  • The future of watching films in the cinema
  • Emotional vs. cerebral films

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Sep 09 2019

1hr 14mins

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#128: Jerry Hsu - "The Beautiful Flower Is The World"

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Jerry Hsu is an American professional skateboarder and photographer.

His newest photography book entitled “The Beautiful Flower Is The World”, depicts his fascination with life’s absurdities and showcases Hsu’s humorous approach to image making.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • When Yoshino challenged Hsu to a game of S-K-A-T-E
  • Growing up in San Jose, CA
  • Seeing things as a skateboarder, “skate vision”
  • His new book, “The Beautiful Flower Is The World”
  • His blog, “Nazi Gold”
  • The ethics of AI
  • Hsu’s skateboarding career
  • The influence of fellow skateboarders: Louie Barletta, Ed Templeton, Marc Johnson
  • Psychedelics
  • Films and Documentaries: Black Swan (Dir. Darren Aronofsky), Ex Machina (Dir. Alex Garland), Generation Wealth (Dir. Lauren Greenfield), Her (Dir. Spike Jonze)

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Sep 07 2019

1hr 32mins

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#127: Paul Cristina - "The Turning Point"

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Paul Cristina was born in Cleveland, OH in August of 1983. Cristina’s work focuses on combining disparate aesthetics through the experimentation of various styles and mediums, while using drawing as a primary foundation for his development. He currently lives and works in South Carolina.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The importance of having wholesome and creative relationships
  • Paul getting his footing as a creative without a support community
  • Working hourly wage jobs that took away from art as a full time practice
  • Cristina's original pursuit of music
  • How being a paramedic taught Cristina to maintain a presence of confidence and composure in all aspects of life
  • Cristina's evolution from drawing with pen in sketchbooks to mixed media on large scale canvases
  • Robert Rauschenberg's early influence on Cristina
  • Turning points in Cristina's life that pushed him towards art
  • Drawing both from imagination and from a deliberate effort to get better at drawing

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Aug 26 2019

1hr 16mins

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AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #6 with John Wentz

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AD Non-Weekly Round Up #6 with Yoshino and guest John Wentz

Topics Discussed:

  • “The Plant” an artist collective and residency based in The Netherlands co-founded by artist Daniel Martin
  • Pondering life lessons
  • Trying to be more positive
  • Unconditional Love
  • Utilizing gratitude in your daily practice
  • Using organizational apps such as Google Keep, Evernote, Notion, and Trello in your daily practice
  • Books: Mastery of Self and The Four Agreements
  • Films, Documentaries, TV Shows: Brightburn, The Great Hack, Rashomon, Luce, Swamp Thing, Hereditary, Rosemary’s Baby
  • Philosophers: Jean Baudrillard and Jean-François Lyotard

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Aug 14 2019

27mins

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#126: Marie Tomanova - "Young American"

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Marie Tomanova, born in former Czechoslovakia, Tomanova grew up in a small border town in South Moravia. She received BFA in Studio Art from Masaryk University in 2007 and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. After finishing her studies she left to United States and currently lives and works in NYC. Since then her work has changed dramatically in approach, mediums, and themes. She has been dealing with issues of displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender, and sexuality through photography and video in her current two main projects: photo-based Self-portraits, in which she address the issue of displacement and finding place in the American landscape and Young American, which was released as a solo show at Czech Center New York (2018) and addresses issues of displacement, belonging and fitting into the American landscape in a social aspect. Paradigm Publishing will publish her first monograph Young American, with introduction by Ryan McGinley, in Spring 2019. A documentary following Marie’s journey is in making by Academy Award (student) winning director Marie Dvořáková and will be released in 2020. Young American will be exhibited at Academia Film Olomouc in April 2019 (Czech) and Pragovka Gallery in Prague in October 2019 (Czech).

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How Marie met and started working with, photographer, Ryan McGinley
  • Her experiences living and growing up in Czechoslovakia
  • Her first experiences in an American grocery store and eating corn dogs for the first time
  • How Marie started studying painting in university before she found her love for photography years later
  • Her book, “Young American”
  • Photographer: Francesca Woodman

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Aug 11 2019

40mins

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#125: Julius Onah - "LUCE"

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Julius Onah was born on February 10, 1983 in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. He is a producer and director, known for The Girl Is In Trouble (2015) and Luce (2019).

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Onah’s feature film that just launched entitled, Luce.
  • How he started working with writer and collaborative partner, J.C. Lee
  • Creating in isolation
  • Tapping into the sub-conscious state of mind through physical activities
  • Clarity of vision and intentionality
  • Creating and pitching the right amount of controlled chaos
  • Movies and Documentaries discussed: The Matrix, The Great Hack, Social_Animals, Jawline
  • Writers discussed: Marshall Mcluhan and Tennessee Williams
  • Akira Kurosawa (Director)

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Aug 06 2019

45mins

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AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #5

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AD Non-Weekly Round Up #5 with Yoshino and Saman Kesh

  • Yoshino tearing his meniscus
  • A music video that Saman Kesh and Justin Daashuur Hopkins directed with musicians, Meg & Dia
  • Kesh’s struggles and realizations with ADD
  • Serial killers
  • Gore, violence, visceral films
  • Video games: Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Music: Gogo Penguin, The Bad Plus
  • Films and TV Shows talked about: Audition (1999), Blue Ruin (2013), Botched Up Bodies, Friends, Irreversible (2002), Luce (2019), Midsommar (2019), Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Toy Story 4 (2019)

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Aug 02 2019

30mins

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#124: Jesse Draxler: "On Process, Evolution, and Design"

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Jesse Draxler was born in rural Wisconsin, studied in Minneapolis, MN, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. A formal mixed media & inter-disciplinary artist, Draxler has exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally and in 2018 released his first book, Misophonia, through Sacred Bones Records. His client list includes MCQ Alexander McQueen, The New York Times, Hugo Boss, Dita Eyewear, and The Atlantic. Draxler is also one of an upcoming three person exhibition opening at No Gallery in Los Angeles September 7th.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Draxler's experiences moving to LA and living off-grid in Wisconsin
  • Definitions of success and personal growth
  • The effects of religious upbringings
  • Hardcore and metal bands offering rebellion against religion and aesthetic freedoms
  • How boxing, basketball, and running have offered growth in Draxler's creative process
  • The effects of expectations on the creative process
  • Draxler's reflection on the anniversary of his book “Misophonia”
  • Draxler's representation and upcoming show under Casey Gleghorn's No Gallery
  • Navigating the gallery experience
  • Exploring many mediums and Draxler's transition into taking his own collage material and using color in his art
  • Books and authors mentioned: Pema Chodron, Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey, short story collection Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck, Under the Skin by Michel Faber, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Freedom from Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Graphic novels mentioned: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels, Ice Cream Man by W. Maxwell Prince, and Black Hole by Charles Burns

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Jul 16 2019

1hr 24mins

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#123: Justin Tyler Close - "The Fifty Eleven Project"

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Justin Tyler Close is a Canadian born visual artist, now located in Los Angeles, CA

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Manifestation

  • Death

  • Pema Chodron (Author)

  • DMT + Ayahuasca

  • Walking and journaling as a daily practice for positive mental health

  • “The Fifty Eleven Project” in collaboration with the Kasper Bjørke Quartet

  • Tapping into our inner artistic spirit

  • Utilizing different mediums as an artist

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Jul 11 2019

55mins

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AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #4

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AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #4 with Yoshino and Justin Daashuur Hopkins

Topics Discussed:

  • Films: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), The Meg (2018), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Joy Luck Club (1993), Searching (2018)

  • Race and identity issues

  • SNL

  • Asian American culture

  • Leos Carax (Film Director)

  • Hopkin’s decision to become an artist

  • “Rebel Without A Crew” (Book by Robert Rodriguez)

  • The tech industry

  • Happiness

  • The importance of legacy

  • Ego

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Jul 02 2019

41mins

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