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Friday, February 21, 2014

Artist Interview: Stephen Wright

Words of the day: grid. imagination. fundamental. intentional, and pair. 

Stephen Wright, based in Kentucky, is a painter deeply moved by color, not just any color, but greys. Wright talks at length about his relationship with the perceived meaning of his work by others and would prefer... 
As one who works on a number of series at once, Wright is interested in how each approach has it's independence as well as.... 

Listen below for more. (some strong language).

Stephen Wright in his studio

 "Paintings for Corporations"

Selections below are all:
11"x8.5" gouache, acrylic, Chinese ink, & gesso on paper


Pictured below is:
image made by making direct scans of various painting tools.

The artist's tumblr blog: Ghost Fire 

'Archive' screen capture (a grid of sorts) of "ghost fire" tumblr blog.

Audio interview with the artist:

Individual works arranged (a grid of sorts) in Wright's studio.

Mentioned in the conversation:

A work as part of "Paintings for Corporations" (left) "Cloud at Night" (right)

Installation view of:

PAIR curated by Ian White Williams
Proto Gallery. Hoboken NJ.

Coverage of the show, along with images of works in the show, can be found at Gallery Travels, a blog by Anne Russinof: here 

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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Podcasting Painters: David A. Linneweh and Phillip J. Mellen in conversation

Words of the day: share. stories. share. community building. share. 

David A. Linneweh joins ahtcast to share his experiences as host of the esteemed Studio Break podcast. Linneweh talks about the beginning of his podcast and how it has grown to enrich his own studio practice as a painter. Listen in as we both express some of the rewards and inspiring aspects of hosting an artist interview podcast. Thanks for listening! (Some strong language)

Listen below:

Host of Studio Break, David A. Linneweh


Mentioned in the conversation:

Richard Holland from Bad at Sports
Lori Ellison
Dorothy Allison
Bill Conger
This American Life
Sherdog Radio Network
The Joe Rogan Experience
Gorky's Granddaughter
Brian Frink - RACA
Susan Carr
Steve Adair
Louis CK
Wayne Thiebaud
Richard Serra
Kirk Stoller
Valerie Brennen
James Turrell

The quote I shared during the chat:

“Two or three things I know for sure, and one of them is the way you can both hate and love something you are not sure you understand.”
--Dorothy Allison

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

Friday, February 7, 2014

SRJC Libraries feature on Connie Goldman

In following the work of Connie Goldman, I came across this wonderful video series on the artist. These videos were produced by SRJC Libraries. You can find more from the eight video feature, as well as other highlighted artists, on their YouTube channel via this link: SRJC Libraries.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Goldman this past year. Please click the following link to find and listen in on our conversation: Connie Goldman podcast interview

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Artist Interview: Meg Lipke

Words of the day: work and work and work and work. destroy. 

Meg Lipke joins ahtcast for this interview. Working out of Brooklyn and drawing and collaborating with the past to create a modern conversation. Carrying the experience of an art filled background, Lipke shares that an artist has to work with a "faith" to get through creative blocks and figure it out. She also describes where, and how, the ideas tend to flow. What is painting? Lipke responds: "It's where one works out..." Listen below for more!

 Sinclair, 2013, fabric dye and beeswax on wool felt, 108 x 108 in

 Installation of Sample Narrative at Parallel Art Space, 2014, mixed media, dimensions variable, (here 84 x 90 in)

 Sample Element, 2013, marker, fabric dye and gesso on cardboard, 18 x 20 in

 Untitled, 2012 -13; fabric dye and beeswax resist on watercolor paper, 60 x 40 in

Untitled Sketch, 2013, ink and fabric dye on paper, 12 x 15 in

The artist's website: Meg Lipke

Audio interview:

Meg Lipke in her studio 

Artists etc. mentioned in the conversation:

Sample Narrative at Parallel Art Space: Essay on Lipke's work by Enrico Gomez.

PAIR at Proto Gallery. Curated by Ian White Williams: Coverage on Gallery Travels: a blog by Anne Russinof

Brooklyn Rail article mentioned in the interview: Bill Jensen with Chris Martin

Georges Braque

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Artist Interview: Peter Shear

Words of the day: pause. confusion. change and interested. 

This interview is with Bloomington, Indiana artist, Peter Shear. I asked about the beginnings of becoming an artist, and Shear talked about it as being a kind of attraction to it, and that can be what makes one an artist. I asked about education and a bit of the response I got was about "self-educating" without shortcuts, and much more. One of my direct questions was: "What is your favorite thing about the internet? A snippet of Shear's answer was: "It's where our..." On creative block? Answer: "It doesn't last..." Listen below for more! (due to a couple of audio blips, this interview is not recommended for headphones. Some strong language)

13-69, 2013
watercolor, acrylic, pumice and gel medium on canvas, 10 x 8"

13-57, 2013
acrylic and glitter on canvas, 10 x 8"

14-4, 2014
acrylic on canvas, 10 x 8"

Other Islands, 2013-14
acrylic and gesso on canvas, 10 x 8"

13-100, 2013
acrylic on canvas, 10 x 8"

The artist's website: Peter Shear 

tumblr blog: Very Large Buildings

Audio interview with the artist:

 Peter Shear


Shear's Influences/Curiosities

Fred Sandback, Susan Bee, Justin Clifford Rhody, Joanne Greenbaum, Bob Thompson, Rick Briggs, Robert Gober, Erin Drew, Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Steven Husby, Talia Shulze, Lucy Mink, William Staples, Clare Grill, Clinton King, John Wesley, Nicole Eisenman, Jasper Johns, Katherine Bradford.

(original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Also appearing in this episode is the music of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Artist Interview: Peter Shear. The outtakes.

A collection of outtakes from my conversation with painter, Peter Shear. In this teaser, Shear talks briefly about toying with symmetry, and other aspects, in his work. Full interview due to be released very soon. Listen below.

*UPDATE: Full conversation has been released, to listen, please visit this link: Peter Shear full interview


13-97, 2013
acrylic, penny, pumice and gel medium on canvas 
10 x 8"

The artist's website: Peter Shear 

hit the play button below:

(music appearing in this episode is: The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)