Rank #1: Jeremy Clark : January 4th, 2017
Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Have you ever left a movie theater feeling like you just needed to drive around to reflect? Jeremy Clark and I were chatting before the interview about the movie Moonlight. He described it as one of those movies you just have to drive around afterwards. I can’t remember the last time a movie or book effected me in that way, but I knew right away what he meant. To get so enveloped in a thing that conjures far too many ideas, thoughts, and emotions.
From talking with Jeremy and what I’ve heard about it on NPR, Moonlight has some obvious parallels to Jeremy’s work. The story follows a young black man as he defines his identity dealing with questions of masculinity and belonging. Many of these same questions are asked in Jeremy’s poetry.
Jeremy Clark is my guest today. He is a southern poet born in Louisville, now living in the Bronx. Much of his writing are reflections on family, home, masculinity, and being a Black American. Jeremy is a Cave Canem Fellow, has taken part in the poetry project the Conversation, and is currently working on his thesis manuscript at Rutgers University.
We had a really great discussion during the holidays. We covered a lot of ground on subjects such as feeling like you never fit in, what being a good older sibling entails, and his projections for the next presidential administration.
You can learn more about Jeremy and read his work at jeremymichaelclark.com
Till next time..https://blinddateart.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/jeremy-clark.mp3
Jan 04 2017
Rank #2: Andrew Cozzens : December 14th, 2016
Obviously, we all know what an hour is, and how long it takes-60 minutes. But what does it feel like? Could you judge an hour’s worth of time without a clock? Or does even the idea of distancing yourself from such a device cause you anxiety?
With the world of schedules, business meetings, and appointments we’re all heavily reliant on time telling machines to help us be where we need to be when we need to be there. Some times though, an overly rigid schedule can have negative effects…
My guest today is Andy Cozzens. Andy is a professor at the Kentucky College of Art & Design as well as an established artist in Louisville’s art scene. He is incredible interested in the progression of time, and his work plays on our perception of it. With many of his pieces, he hopes the viewer finds a therapeutic quality and stop for a moment of calm. And much like interacting with Andy’s art, the creation requires taking time, slowing down—Andy does hours of tests, research, and planning for all his work. Andy is yet another victim of a full schedule, so these hours can be as beneficial as any meditation.
To learn more about Andy & his work, you can visit andrewcozzens.com.
As always, click the player below or subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes store.
Dec 15 2016
Rank #3: 1619 Flux:Art + Activism : Oct 5th, 2016
I think it’s fair to say that creatives have unique ways of looking at the world. And I feel like these perspectives lead them into activism, or at least form some kind of opinion on current affairs. Saying this, places like 1619 Flux seem natural to me.
1619 Flux : Art+Activism is a community space and gallery in the Russell Neighborhood. The first line of their mission says it all: ‘ 1619 Flux is a non-profit organization that produces art events integrating established and emerging creative people from different racial, socioeconomic, demographic origins, and sexual orientations, and serves as an incubator for discussing and resolving social justice issues.’
1619 Flux hosts art exhibitions, participatory artistic events, skill-building demos & workshops for adults, and forums for discussing social justice issues. Exhibitions rotate seasonally, and the artists come from a broad range of backgrounds, with a focus on individuals from West Louisville.
For today’s episode, I spoke with Operations Director Michelle Bickelman and Artistic Director Jesse Levesque. We chat about what their near future holds, public art, the accessibility of art, and activism. I ramble a bit. Enjoy.https://blinddateart.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/1619-flux.mp3
Oct 05 2016
Rank #4: Ashley Brossart : September 6th, 2016
Map by Ashley Brossart
The other day I was thinking about how childhood memories, when looking back in retrospect, can be far more significant and formative than you once thought. For Ashley Brossart, one of those memories could be the mural her mother painted in her childhood home’s basement. It contained popular characters borrowed from television and coloring books—Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers, stuff that made up so many 90’s kid’s lives. The influence of this collage style from her mother’s mural can be seen throughout Ashley’s work.
Louisville Map by Ashley Brossart
Ashley is my guest today. We chatted a little about her work last week in her studio. She is definitely a very hands on artist, and one that has a grasp on many styles & mediums. Her work is a natural consequence of all her experimentation, creating blended works full of movement. Ashley prefers large scale but she also has ongoing, kind of ‘creative geocaching’ projects, called Art Drops. With the Art Drop series ‘Places & Spaces Tucked Away‘, the found pieces recreate a map of sorts.
Ashley’s work tends to focus on how cities are always changing, and how we interact within them. With many of her pieces, she wants to give you the experience of exploring these urban locations. As an advocate of public art, Ashley is also a professional mural artist.
You can more of her work at ashleybrossart.com.
You can listen in to our chat using the player below, or subscribe to Blind Date on iTunes.https://blinddateart.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/ashleybrossart.mp3
Sep 07 2016
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Rank #5: Claire Krueger : April 6th, 2016
Sarah and I are on ‘Spring Break’ this week, and I’m posting from Joshua Tree, California. It is so beautiful and serene out here…
Anyway, my guest today is Claire Krueger. We chatted about film, perfectionism, and our issues with patience & commitment…(I’m somewhat kidding about my patience.)
Though Claire dabbles in many forms of art, film is the main emphasis of her creative output. Many of her films are mixed media, or maybe a better way to say it is mixed techniques—such as diorama sets, green screening, and animation. Visually, there is usually vibrant colors and dreamlike imagery (see her film ‘The Passenger’ above.)
As you may gather from the interview, there is a wit and humor to Claire. This definitely shows in her work, in subtle ways. It’s something I really appreciate about her art. Along with this well executed wit, I think there is a certain amount of mystery and vagueness to her work that leaves the audience with questions. I feel this works in her favor, bringing the viewer back again and again.
Image from Claire’s installation ‘Locus’. Image via Claire’s website.
As always, find the podcast below. Enjoy.https://blinddateart.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/claire-krueger.mp3
Apr 06 2016