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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Artist Interview: Stephen B. MacInnis

This interview is with Prince Edward Island artist, Stephen B. MacInnis. Parts of the process MacInnis enjoys most are the "history of the accidents that occur" along with the "ghost images" that sometimes appear will working on multiple layered paintings. Catch some of the thinking that went into titling his ongoing "Long Series" and how studying art can bring a creative freedom. Listen below for more!




 Long Series #1334
12" x 12"
mixed media on paper





 Long Series #1385 with Phillip J. Mellen
12" x 12"
mixed media on paper





 Long Series #1425
12" x 12"
mixed media on paper





 Long Series #1438
12" x 12"
mixed media on paper





 Long Series Confederation Centre of the Arts




 Long Series Arch Series. Painting Too, Nottingham





MacInnis' studio




The artist's website: Stephen B. MacInnis




Audio interview with the artist:







Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:

Henry Purdy
Nigel Roe
Russell Stewart
Joan Miro
David Manley
Andrew Parkinson
Rachael Pinks
Clay Smith
Pablo Picasso
Robert Rauschenberg
Patrick Herron
Lori Ellison
Sarah Saunders
Brian Edmonds






(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Artist Interview: Ashley Garrett

Ahtcast talks with painter, Ashley Garrett, for this interview. You will discover great descriptions of experiences that are both universal and specific in their private nature. To Garrett, art making is the tapping into the "energy and/or space that hovers around us all the time." It brings us together, both artist and non-artist. According to Garrett, there may be no such thing as 'non-artist.' 
Her work needs no sketch, because it would "take away the mystery and drain the energy of the discovery." Learn the inner workings of her process and how listening to creative impulses can keep one on the right track to being present and "aware." Listen below for more! (some strong language).




The above text becomes part of the conversation...






 3pm, 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in.







 Flood, 2013, oil on canvas, 36 x 34 in.







 Jelly, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in.







 Eaves, 2013, oil on canvas, 38 x 34 in.







Martingale, 2013, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 in. 




The artist's website: Ashley Garrett




Audio interview with the artist:







Ashley Garrett in her studio





 Artists etc. mentioned in the talk:

Janice Nowinski
Mark Dutcher
Kyle Staver
Willem de Kooning 
Philip Guston
Chaim Soutine
Rene Magrittte
Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
James Joyce
Lucio Pozzi 
Farrell Brickhouse
Peter Acheson
Julian Pretto
Duccio di Buoninsegna
  Giotto di Bondone
 Painters' Table
Hyperallergic
Gorky's Granddaughter
The Flaming Lips song: The Spiderbite Song





 ROCK EDGE, PALISADES, 1953
 Oil on canvas, 19 ¾ x 22 ⅞ inches
by Edwin Dickinson




 Still Life, 1949
by Giorgio Morandi 




Below are two quotes I shared in the conversation:


 "I come into the studio very fearfully. I creep in to see what happened the night before. And the feeling is one of, 'My God, did I do that?'" -Philip Guston



"A painting is never finished. It simply stops in interesting places" 
- Paul Gardener





Below is a text read by Ashley Garrett in the interview:

"Unmarked Boxes," Rumi

Don't grieve.
Anything you lose comes round in another form.
The child weaned from mother's milk now drinks wine and honey mixed.
God's joy moves from unmarked box to unmarked box, from cell to cell.
As rainwater, down into flowerbed.
As roses, up from ground.
Now it looks like a plate of rice and fish, now a cliff covered with vines, now a horse being saddled. It hides within these, till one day it cracks them open.
Part of the self leaves the body when we sleep and changes shape.
You might say, Last night I was a cypress tree, a small bed of tulips, a field of grapevines.
Then the phantasm goes away.
You are back in the room.
I don't want to make anyone fearful. Hear what's behind what I say.
Tatatumtum tatum tatadum. 
There is the light gold of wheat in the sun and the gold of bread made from that wheat.
I have neither.
I am only talking about them, as a town in the desert looks up at stars on a clear night.




  

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Artist Interview: Matt Schaefer

"There's no place for being careful when making art." This episode is with Rapid City, South Dakota artist, Matt Schaefer. Schaefer's beginnings with art worked in tandem with playing music. Painting shortly took over his focus and his unique ways of studying art history was born. He let's you in on his thoughts over an important artist that has let him down. He also share's his feelings on planning as it relates to process. Listen below for more! (Some strong language)




 24" x 37" Mixed Media on Paper





  24" x 37" Mixed Media on Paper





  24" x 37" Mixed Media on Paper





 24" x 37" Mixed Media on Paper










 Artist, Matt Schaefer




Artist's etc. mentioned in the interview:

Robert Rauschenberg
Mark Rothko
Vincent van Gogh
Nirvana
Black Flag
Joan Mitchell
Alberto Burri
Barnett Newman
Walker Art Center
Piet Mondrian
Anselm Kiefer
John Cage
Brice Marden
Willem de Kooning
Jean-Michel Basquait
Marcel Duchamp
Jerry Saltz




(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Artist Interview: Marion Lane

California based artist, Marion Lane, joins ahtcast and reveals aspects of her process and practice. Lane's philosophy on working is as fluid as her paintings would suggest. Highly experimental techniques, that didn't develop overnight, are executed in a masterful way. Listen in as we discuss the importance of the internet and building and supporting an artist community for oneself. Interesting takes on creative block and letting the process naturally unfold are also part of this episode. Listen below for more! 




 Untitled
24 in square
acrylic on panel 2012







 Well Hello Kitty Cat
46 in square
acrylic on panel 2013







 Sunset Alley Tamale
46 in square 
acrylic on panel 2013







Wild West
 Acrylic on Panel
 46 in. square 2013






The artist's website: Marion Lane






Audio interview with the artist:











Artist quote that Marion Lane would like to share:



"Painting is paint on a flat surface.
Nothing more nothing less.
Make something happen there, I dare you."
 

-artist statement by Doug Edge 2013



Below is an exceptional video detailing Lane's process as she works. You will notice the skillful way the paint is handled and even get some nice glimpses into the mysterious techniques used. Worth watching:






Lane would like to thank the community of artists in Los Angeles, as well as the community of artists on-line that she has connected with.




(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Artist Interview: Julie Torres, Brian Edmonds: Artist as Curator

To curate. To collaborate. To D.I.Y. Join ahtcast in this conversation with Julie Torres and Brian Edmonds. Both artists and curators etc. In this episode, they have shared the details of their experiences in curating along with a bit about their other projects and things on the horizon. Listen in as we are taken into how their respective projects have come together via connecting with other artists, both at home and abroad. Torres and Edmonds continue to delight with their projects and show no signs of an end in sight. Artists that curate. 
I hope that you enjoy this episode as much as I have. Listen in below!




Julie Torres collaborating with Justine Frischmann in San Rafael
(photo: Justine Frischmann)





 Brian Edmonds in his studio




Julie Torres and Brian Edmonds in Conversation:






*UPDATE: For info on "Do It Yourself" B.O.S. 2014, 10 exhibitions under one roof, curated by artists from around the U.S. and organized by Julie Torres, please visit this link: Do It Yourself BOS 2014



Projects by Julie Torres:

W.I.L.A.Y. 2013 coverage on Paul Behnke's blog, Structure and Imagery: W.I.L.A.Y. 2013 


Julie Torres' website: Julie Torres 


Projects by Brian Edmonds:



Brian Edmonds' website: Brian Edmonds 



Artists etc. mentioned in the conversation:


Jason Andrew, Norte Maar
Joy Curtis, Mike Olin, Pioneers of Inspration
Paul D'Agostino, Centotto
Curating Contemporary
Neon Sky (web hosting)
John Elderfield 
Julian Schnabel
"Heroes" at Small Black Door: Covered by James Kalm Rough Cut on YouTube
T. J. Donovan
Sabine Tress
Paul Behnke
Vincent Hawkins
Karl Bielek
Inga Dalrymple
Fred Valentine
Julie Alexander

and coming soon:
Curating Contemporary Projects by Brian Edmonds



Works by the guests:



Julie Torres
Untitled, 18x14 Acrylic on Canvas  
Ground Floor Gallery 2013
(photo courtesy Anne Russinof)




 Brian Edmonds
Morning Lightning (2013)  
36 x 36 in. 
Acrylic, paint stick, and pastel on board





W.I.L.A.Y. BOS 2013 participating artists at Imogen Holloway
(photo by Lorna Milburn)




(podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)





Thursday, August 8, 2013

Artist Interview: Tim McFarlane

This interview is with Philadelphia based artist, Tim McFarlane. In the interview, McFarlane mentions how he discovered art in High-School and the effect it had on him. He also describes his process, in detail, and how the computer is sometimes a part of his practice. Dealing with creative block is also part of the discussion and how he has come to accept that taking a day away from the studio can bring a "fresh perspective" when returning to work. McFarlane also shares his personal 'mantra' for when studio life needs a recharge. Have a listen below for more!



  "Deer In The Headlights", 2013, acrylic on panel, 24" x 30"







 "Fragment (blue shadow)', 2013, acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"







 "Little Universe (night pond)", 2013, acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"







 "Pink Mirror", 2012, acrylic on panel, 36" x 36"







"Small Grey Mirror", 2013, acrylic on panel, 16" x 20"





The artist's website:  Tim McFarlane











Audio Interview with the artist:










 
 Tim McFarlane in his studio






Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:

Richard Diebenkorn
Richard Serra
Christopher Wool
Susan Rothenberg
Philip Guston
Caravaggio 



(podcast intro/outro music by Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Artist Interview: EC

London based artist, EC joins ahtcast for this interview. We discuss the value of preliminary work and all of it's different forms. EC also talks about the beginnings of a painting and how "automatic writing" plays a big part of the initial marks on the canvas. Responding intuitively and improvisation are important to EC's process as well. Some great quotes shared in this one! Listen below for more.



   
UNTITLED (HIS WORDS NOT MINE), Ink on canvas, 
60 x 80 cm’s, (23"x31") EC 2013








UNTITLED (SOTTO), Acrylic, Gesso, Spray paint, 
60 x 80 cm’s, (23"x31") EC 2013








UNTITLED (Toward Splitting), Acrylic & ink on canvas, 
52 x 41 cm’s, (20"x16") EC 2013










 Untitled, Acrylic, oil-based household paints, oil & permanent marker on cotton, 123 x 153 cm’s, (48"x60") EC 2012









Untitled, Oil, oil-based household paint, oil stick, acrylic & spray paint on cotton 123 x 92 cm’s approx, (48"x36") EC 2012





The artist's website: EC





Audio interview with the artist:












EC's studio




Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:

Stephen B. MacInnis "Have you met...?" Series
Mark Rothko
Pablo Picasso
Piero della Francesca 
Francisco Goya
Raphael
Giotto
 Josef Albers 
 Barnett Newman
Clyford Still
Robert Motherwell
Lee Krasner
Jackson Pollock
Frank Stella
Ad Reinhardt
Roger Hilton
Forrest Bess
Alfredo Volpi
 Jannis Kounellis
Robert Ryman
Agnes Martin
Milton Avery
Rudolf Arnheim
Carl Jung


A couple of the quotes shared in the interview:


"The profoundest order is revealed in what is most casual." 
– 
Fairfield Porter


 "I come into the studio very fearfully. I creep in to see what happened the night before. And the feeling is one of, ‘My God, did I do that?’"--Philip Guston




(intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips) 



Friday, July 26, 2013

Artist Interview: Suzanne Laura Kammin

Suzanne Laura Kammin, a Newark, New Jersey based artist, takes us into her process and thoughts on being a painter who likes to play with the reversal of figure ground only to flip it back again. Suzanne talks about the processes she uses to "eliminate the anxiety of destroying a work." She also speaks of her highly experimental past and what enjoying both representational and abstract painting can do to one's process. Listen below for more.




Lowrider
2013; oil on panel; 36 inches by 36 inches








Many Happy Returns
 2013; oil on panel; 36 inches by 36 inches








Rocket's Blast
2013; oil on panel; 40 inches x 40 inches







Rudder
2013; oil on panel; 16 inches by 12 inches








Snake Charmer
2013; oil on panel; 16 inches by 16 inches








The Over Under
2012-2013; oil on panel; 20 inches by 56 inches (triptych)






The Artist's website: Suzanne Laura Kammin






Audio interview with the artist:










 Suzanne Laura Kammin in her studio










Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:

Jean Dubuffet

Edgar Degas

Willem de Kooning

Frank Nitsche

Neo Rauch

Andrew Baron

John Singer Sargent

 James McNeill Whistler

Jackson Pollock 

Carl Rogers

Bruce Samuelson

Alberto Giacometti

Notan Design




(intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips. Also appearing in this episode is the song: "The Shaping of a Helpless Joy" by Saxon Shore)