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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Artist Interview: Ara Zeibarian

This interview is with Upper Darby, Pennsylvania artist, Ara Zeibarian. His process includes keeping an "idea book" which details possible formal moves to incorporate into his works yet to come. Zeibarian also enjoys being liberated by "winging it" and how this practice "uncovers things I didn't know I was caring about." Listen below for more!

 I was a teenage chimera
5' x 5' acrylic on canvas 2012

 Vagabond Mondays
5' x 5' acrylic on canvas 2012

 Wissahikon Drive
5' x 5' acrylic on canvas 2012

 Favorite shirt (bonwit teller)
5' x 5' acrylic on canvas 2012

 Damn happiness
5' x 5' acrylic on canvas 2012

The artist's website: Ara Zeibarian 

Audio interview: 

Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:

 Leonardo da Vinci
Nicolas Poussin
Minas Avetissian
Hagop Hagopian
Piet Mondrian
Anselm Kiefer
Sean Scully
 Elizabeth Murray
Cy Twombly
Julian Schnabel
Georg Baselitz
Susan Rothenberg
Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jonathan Lasker
Clyfford Still
Arshile Gorky
  Mario Merz
 Gilberto Zorio
 Jannis Kounellis

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


  1. I am a fan of many of the artists you've interviewed and enjoyed your interviews very much, Phillip. As you probably know from FB, I have a solo show up in NYC right now and would love to have an interview on your site coincide with the show. My personal web url is: www.suzannekammin.com The work in the show is under "Paintings > Recent Work". The gallery's address is: sjprojectsnyc.com Any chance of getting an interview?

    1. Hi Suzanne, I am glad you have been enjoying the interviews! I really enjoy your work. Thanks for asking about an interview, I will send you a facebook message with all of the details.