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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.

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
 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.

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

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)


Monday, July 22, 2013

Artist Interview: Alastair Eales

Join ahtcast for this interview with Winchester, Hampshire UK artist, Alastair Eales. A real virtuoso regarding process and developing simplified palette possibilities. Eales talks about how it can be tricky to maintain the spontaneity of smaller works and sketches when translated into larger work. The subject of how these sketches can bring a greater focus to larger works also comes up. His ambiguous technique may stem from his childhood memories of drawing in which Eales created imaginary worlds and varying possibilities. Listen below as we are also taken on a vivid tour through a very experimental performance piece by the artist. Welcome and enjoy.

"Floating World no.3" 2013  
Oil paint and mixed media on canvas
 Dimensions: 36 inches by 24 inches

Quote: Asai Ryōi, in his Ukiyo monogatari (浮世物語 “Tales of the Floating World”, c. 1661)

“Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; … refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the floating world (…)”

"Gesture -- flow" 2013 
Oil paint and mixed media on canvas
  Dimensions: 36 inches by 24 inches

"Untitled (movement)" 2013

Water-based mixed media on canvas

10 inches by 7 inches (Depth 1.5 Inches)

"You're In Pretty Good Shape, For The Shape You're In" 2013

Mixed media on card

9 inches by 6 inches


"Neko Ni Koban" 2013
Mixed media on card

9 inches by 6 inches

The artist's blog: Alastair Eales 

Audio Interview with the artist: 


Self Portrait

Artists mentioned in the interview:
Sigmar Polke
Paul Morrison
Antony Gormley
Mike Kelley
 Oyvind Fahlstrom

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