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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Artist Interview: Paul Urban

"If I make it, I just let it live." Explore the thoughts and process of Whittier, California artist, Paul Urban. Urban details his experimental process and how he likes to keep things fresh. He strives for his work to be immediate and not heavy-handed, and pulls a great deal of inspiration from Nature. Take a listen below! 

Relief Collage #5, 2012, acrylic & pencil on paper and wood, collage, 11.375" x 9.75" with
strip frame.

 Side Road #7, 2012, oil pastel, acrylic & pencil on paper collage. 5.13" x 12.25"

 Crunchy, 2012, oil & acrylic on canvas, diptych, 10" x 20" overall.

 Blanket Of Weeds, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas, diptych, 12" x 24" overall.

 Earth & Sky #7, 2013, oil on canvas plus acrylic on paper, collage, 7" x 8.5".

 Wading Upstream #17, 2013, oil on canvas plus acrylic on paper, collage, 12" x 16.5".

The Artist's website: Paul Urban

 Audio interview with the artist:

  Paul Urban in his studio

 Artists etc. mentioned in the interview: 
Vincent van Gogh
John Muir
Le Corbusier 

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Artist Interview: Dennis Michael Jones

 "I saw a rainbow so close to the ground that it colored the earth and everything nearby and then in the next moment it was gone, but the experience lingered in my memory long afterward.  I imagined what it would be like to live in such a polychromatic world...so I became a painter." - Dennis Michael Jones

 sometimes there's so much more, 70"x 79", acrylic, spray enamel on five canvas panels, 2013

 Michigan artist, Dennis Michael Jones, details his inspirations and process. Jones goes into the importance of making notations to fuel his work, and how he respects the digital side of making art. He works with both text and spacial explorations with color and abstraction, and feels that there is an inherent "directness" with words and a "slippery meaning" when dealing with abstraction. Take a listen below!

 sometimes there are so many things not worth saying 30x34 acrylic on canvas 2012

 sometimes words get in the way, 68"x120", acrylic and spray enamel on four canvas panels, 2012

 sometimes I dream about it, 68"x 48", acrylic, latex, spray enamel on canvas, 2013

 Selected Text Work:

Audio interview with the artist:

Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:
Glenn Brown
Wade Guyton
Ed Ruscha
Mel Bochner
Richard Artschwager
Bruce Nauman
Fluxus Artists
Ian Hamilton Finlay
Edgar Allan Poe
T.S. Eliot
Gerhard Richter

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

Friday, February 8, 2013

Artist Interview: Carol McDermott.

This episode is an interview with Cumbria, United Kingdom based artist, Carol McDermott. McDermott goes on to state how important feelings and imagination are to her process. She also expresses her love of sketchbooks and how meditation is one of the important factors that help with feeding her work. Take a listen below.

 Follow your heart, oil and twigs on linen

 Sometimes I dream in colour, oil on wood

 H & H , mixed media on wood

 Sound of Light , mixed media on linen

 The lake at midnight, metal sheet, acrylic and nail polish on reclaimed timber

The Artist's blog: Carol McDermott 

 Interview with the Artist:

Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:

William Blake
Georges Rouault

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