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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

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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

By hansgaardr8 - Oct 25 2019
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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
Read more
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

Rank #1: #37: Matt Skiba - "Discussing Writer's Block + Loving the Present Moment"

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Matt Skiba is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his role as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the bands Alkaline Trio and Blink-182. Skiba began performing with Blink-182 in March 2015. He appears of the band's seventh album, California, released on July 1st, 2016. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • He talks about his experience with joining Blink-182
  • Practicing meditiation
  • Being happy / enjoying the present moment
  • Creativity coming from a place of contentment as opposed to being inspired by dramatic experiences in one's life
  • Using the past as a well of inspiration
  • His love for writers Cormac McCarthy, Erik Larson, and Charles Bukowski
  • Getting out of writer's block
  • The process of creating the newest Blink-182 album, California

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Jul 01 2016

54mins

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Rank #2: #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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Rank #3: #110: Nick Runge - "Finding Balance Through Abstraction"

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Born in 1985, artist Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. Coming from a creative family of professional artists, he was always interested in drawing and imagining ideas visually. Starting in 2004, he began thinking about art as a career and got the chance to begin small jobs in and out of the comic book industry. After 2006, he worked as an illustrator for various comic companies such as IDW, Dark Horse, and many others. While primarily making a living as a cover artist, he began painting more seriously and started exploring the world of film art and traditionally painted projects, doing various official and private commissions. These days he has stepped away from commercial properties, focusing exclusively on fine art and personal work using oils and watercolor.

As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to have a close balance with abstraction.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The reasons why he began his career as an artist in illustration

  • Making the transition from being a professional illustrator to being a fine artist

  • Steven Pressfield’s book, “The War of Art”

  • Creating mental devices to help you clearly navigate though your career

  • His experiences working in the comic book industry

  • Commercial viability of analog and digital artworks

  • Pitfalls of the American educational system

  • The financial realities of being a working artist

  • Art and design existing everywhere

  • How the arts are supported and unsupported in America

  • Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Apocalypse Now”

  • The movie poster that Runge was commissioned to illustrate for the documentary, “The Death of Superman Lives”

  • Ideologies about tribes and community

  • AI creating artworks

  • NOH/WAVE

  • Art collectives

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Dec 27 2018

56mins

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Rank #4: #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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Rank #5: #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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Rank #6: #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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Rank #7: #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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Rank #8: #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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Rank #9: #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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Rank #10: #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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Rank #11: #55: Andrew Hem - "Create Like There's No Tomorrow"

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Born during his parents' flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rogue genocide, Andrew Hem grew up poised in the balance between two cultures - the rural animistic society of his Khmer ancestors, and the dynamic urban arts of the tough Los Angeles neighborhood where his family eventually came to rest. Fascinated by graffiti at an early age, he honed his skills with graphics and composition on the walls of the city before following a passion for figure drawing to a degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design. Working in gouache, oil and acrylic, he weaves atmospheric, richly textured narratives in a vivid palette of twilight blues enlivened by swaths of deep red and splashes of golden light. His haunting impressions of culture and landscape evoke the life of the spirit through the visionary manifestation of memories and dreams.

Over the six years since his graduation from Art Center with a B.F.A. in Illustration, Andrew Hem has exhibited in venues worldwide, from Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire to solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Miami, Toronto, Zurich and Leece, Italy. He has lectured at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. His personal work has been featured in Beyond Illustration, the Society of Illustrators annual, Communication Arts, Spectrum, American Illustration, 3x3, Swallow and Hi-Fructose, among others, and his illustration clients have included The Atlantic, New Scientist, the Los Angeles Times, the Fort Worth Opera, Adidas and Lucky Brand Jeans. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Nov 24 2016

47mins

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Rank #12: #46: Jean-Paul Mallozzi - "Reflections On The Human Condition"

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Jean-Paul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens, New York, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A and has since been highly collected with international exhibitions in galleries, museums and major collections the world over.

Jean-Paul Mallozzi's work explores the broad spectrum of the human condition. Ranging from youthful to mature content, the work encompasses and reveals the idea that while emotions are amorphous, each one emits a color that echoes complex emotional states that all of us can relate to--no matter what language we happen to speak.

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Aug 15 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #13: #21: Phil Hale - "Juxtaposition"

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Phil Hale was born in 1963 and raised in Kenya and Massachusetts. He was apprenticed to painter Rick Berry when he was sixteen, and moved to London when he was twenty-one. His early career is strongly associated with the books he illustrated for Stephen King. In the 90s he produced work for Warner Bros, Playboy, DC, Sony, Penguin and others. By 1999 he had transitioned to portraiture, and commissions included Muttiah Muralitharan for Lords Cricket Grounds (MCC), Thomas Ades of the National Portrait Gallery, and Tony Blair's official portrait for the Houses of Westminster. His fine art has been show throughout Europe and the US at numerous galleries and institutions. His most recent show was Life Wants to Live at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC. Published collections of his work included Mockingbirds / Relaxeder, Urge Ourselves Under, Record Separator, Empire, and Black Crack. 

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Feb 05 2016

1hr 20mins

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Rank #14: #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

50mins

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Rank #15: #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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Rank #16: #31: Rose McGowan - "Filmmaking and Breaking The Mold"

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After many years in front of the camera acting for the likes of Brian DePalma, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven, Robert Rodriguez, among many others, Rose McGowan has turned her eye to directing. She premiered her directorial debut, the short film, Dawn at the Sundance Film Festival. It garnered not only critical praise, but a Grand Jury Prize nomination and qualified for the Academy Awards. McGowan is now preparing for her feature length debut.

Rose continues to evolve with explorations into music, she released her first single in the Fall after many years recording under different names, and virtual reality which she is currently creating several projects around this medium.

Today is a new era for McGowan - who seeks to create meaningful, artful work that inspires.

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May 06 2016

1hr 16mins

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Rank #17: #60: Yoshino X Cory Allen - "Overcoming Obstacles + Becoming Focused and Disciplined"

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Artist Decoded host, Yoshino, is interviewed by Cory Allen.

This interview was originally on Cory's podcast The Astral Hustle.

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Dec 31 2016

1hr 4mins

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Rank #18: #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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Rank #19: #22: Benjamin Bjorklund feat. Blake Neubert - "Collaborating in the Modern Day + Death of a Coworker"

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Benjamin Bjorklund is a painter based in Uppsala, Sweden.

Spending the majority of his time in Sweden, Ben enjoys a simple life based in a small rustic 19th century wooden farm house shared with his Great Dane and muse, Solomon, and a menagerie of pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats. Finding inspiration in everyday life, Ben regularly seeks to interpret through his paintings the emotions and characters of the beings that surround him. He keeps his compositions and focal points simplistic, ensuring his subjects remain within reach. Subjects such as Solomon, both wild and domestic animals and family members feature predominately, though he also works from old photos and memories as references. Ben's figurative and portraiture work can, at times, depict scenes bordering on the surreal with characters influenced by those around him existing in various physical or emotional situations. These are usually emphasised through the use of abstracted light and darts of colour. These, Ben refers to as 'happy mistakes' being borne from spontaneous actions and serving to focus the viewer's attention whilst adding to the emotional impact on the viewer.

Blake Paul Neubert is a Colorado artist that focuses of figurative painting. He references themes from his experiences working in the Criminall Justice field with substance abuse and mental illness. He is the Co-Founder of Death of a Coworker.

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Feb 13 2016

1hr 23mins

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Rank #20: #76: Jesse Draxler - "Tire Fire + Developing a Point of View"

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"Jesse Draxler is an artist best known for his collage and mixed media works, though with his new exhibition "Tire Fire" we find him returning to the medium that sparked his love of image making, drawing. As a child growing up in rural Wisconsin Draxler drew incessantly. Being that his father was a mechanic he would spend hours upon hours drawing cars, trucks, and engine parts. Later in adolescence, his attention changed as circumstances became bleak.

Draxler’s mother was in a near-fatal car accident when he was nine. Upon her recovery, over a year later, his parents were divorced. His mother, whom he was now living with, soon remarried. Then just months after the wedding she was ran over and killed by her new husband in his truck, an event to which he arrived just moments later.

In the following years, Draxler states that he barely remembers a thing. These times of pervasive uncertainty and loss changed him forever and his focus shifted to much darker interests. He was always an outcast from his peers, but from this time on Draxler leaned into his outsider lot in life. It wasn’t until almost two decades later that he began to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Themes of bewilderment, isolation, ambiguity, and absurdity are all strongly represented in Draxler’s work, along with frustration and aggression. Yet these are not endpoints but have rather become the in-roads to deeper understanding and acceptance. It is clear he has spent the better part of his life straddling the line between fear and ecstasy, the beautiful and the grotesque. The result is Draxler’s unique ability to present a point of view in which the subtle nuances of the human condition are concisely illuminated, satisfying a psychological and emotional itch that so seldom gets scratched."

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Talks about his show TireFire
  • Containing multitudes
  • Finding the balance between commercial work and personal work
  • Developing a point of view
  • Susan Rothenberg
  • Viewing the entirety of your life as an artistic practice
  • Listening to music as a tool for creating art
  • Billy Corgan
  • “The Inner Game of Tennis” by Timothy Gallwey
  • The intersection of physical activities and artistic practices

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Jul 23 2017

1hr 28mins

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