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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Artist Interview: Sabine Tress Revisited

Words of the day: pink. zen. sad. challenge. change. contrast.

Sabine Tress, painter based in Cologne, Germany returns to ahtcast for this episode. Having originally been interviewed back in 2013, I thought it was time to check in with Sabine to talk about changes, feelings on the studio, paintings, methods and materials, relationships to other artists etc.
You'll find this recording to be more of a collaboration between Sabine and myself. Custom questions were brought to the table on this one that investigate collage, color, nature, dead painters...and more. Listen below...




Small format paintings by Sabine Tress:





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Works by Phillip J. Mellen:







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Audio conversation:




Sabine Tress' website: Sabine Tress


Artists etc. mentioned in the conversation:

Agnes Martin
Philip Guston
Richard Tuttle
Lois Dodd
Howard Hodgkin
Gerhard Richter
matt pond PA - The Green Fury album 


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Thank you for listening! 

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Artist Interview: Kat Knutsen works on the Loving Vincent film

Words of the day: brushstroke. animate. palette. blue. technique.

New Bedford, Massachusetts based artist Kat Knutsen joins ahtcast to talk about her experience working on the Loving Vincent film. Loving Vincent is an animated film, telling an important part of the Vincent van Gogh story, using oil paintings created in the style of the artist himself. 

Working at the film's painting studio in Gdansk, Poland for a number of months, Knutsen was immersed in the production that turned out thousands of paintings for the project. Kat painted upwards of 80 oil paintings for the film herself. Mixing. mixing, mixing, and even counting paint-strokes at times as her paintings came together. Listen below as she shares more from the experience.


   
Kat Knutsen's work space during film production. Dr. Gachet is the featured character in this painting. 






Audio interview:






 Kat Knutsen

The artist's website: Kat Knutsen




Loving Vincent theatrical trailer:



The film opens in New York City on September 22nd, with a wider US release shortly thereafter. More info can be found on the film's official website here: Loving Vincent


Thank you for listening!

 

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Next up: Kat Knutsen works on the Loving Vincent film

Hello listeners, 

*UPDATE: The full interview has been posted, please visit the following link to check it out on this blog: Kat Knutsen full interview

Next up, in a couple of weeks, will be the release of the full-length audio interview with New Bedford, Massachusetts artist Kat Knutsen. She and I will be talking about her hand in making some paintings for the film Loving Vincent, an animated film where oil paintings created in Vincent van Gogh's style bring the story to life.

For now, here is a teaser that I have put together while I get things ready. Also, the film's trailer is a part of this post as well.


Audio teaser:





Film trailer:






Please stay tuned for the full interview release, arriving in September, here on the blog. Cheers.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Mixed Media Tapes | an update!

The mixed-media tapes is an off-shoot of ahtcast. It is a collection of short artist talks and conversations detailing art related topics, such as titling paintings, free-association in art, thoughts on various mediums etc. I started these audio recordings with artists about 2 years ago. Long story short, there is new life in the project! The mixed-media tapes are now being individually uploaded to YouTube. There are four uploaded so far, thirteen more to look forward to down the line. 

Just below is one of the recordings. Painter Marc Cheetham talks with me about titling his work.

 


Please head on over to the ahtcast YouTube channel for more of the series here: ahtcast on YouTube

Thanks for listening, and please stay tuned for more.


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Monday, April 3, 2017

Artist Interview: Katie Wynne | Part Two

Words of the day: perimeter. definition. koan. bottomless. whir.

Welcome to part two of the interview with Katie Wynne. Katie is based in Philadelphia and is currently installing work for her two person show, with Haynes Riley, titled "Familiars" that opens at Sediment Arts in Richmond, Virginia on Friday April 7th 2017. 

In this episode we discuss, at length, elements of the installation as part of Familiars. We also extend the conversation to include some of the inspiration affecting studio life, especially where the work is and where it could be going. Thanks for joining us. 

Below you will find audio for this interview, as well as some documentation of the work that is part of the show.

Audio interview: 




 Above: Wynne's studio shot of her work (partial), prior to it heading off to Sediment Arts for installation.



Below: The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass) by Marcel Duchamp

 In looking at Katie Wynne's new work I was drawn to the comparison with Duchamp's piece. We discuss this a bit during the interview.


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Above: Katie Wynne's Perimeters





The artist's website: Katie Wynne 





 Mentioned in the interview:

Haynes Riley
Marcel Duchamp
Agnes Martin
Jean Baudrillard, "The System of Objects"
John Cale, the album "Vintage Violence"
Joseph Kosuth, "One and Three Chairs"
Angela Dufresne
Alexander Calder
Richard Tuttle
Tim Hawkinson
Rachel Harrison
David Berman, "Actual Air"
Robert Gober
Polly Apfelbaum
Beverly Buchanan
James Castle
Thornton Dial




Info on the show:
Familiars
A two person show with Katie Wynne and Haynes Riley
Opening April 7th, 2017
6-9pm
208 E. Grace Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219



For part one of the Katie Wynne interview, please visit this link: Part One




Thank you for listening! 



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



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Artist Interview: Katie Wynne | Part One

Words of the day: stasis. gizmo. banal. abandon. escape.

Welcome Philadelphia based installation artist, Katie Wynne. Here during part one we weave through some of the work leading up to Katie's latest work in her forthcoming two person show, with artist Haynes Riley, titled "Familiars" at Sediment Arts in Richmond, Virginia on April 7th 2017.
We will discuss where Katie is coming from with the work, as well as my interpretations. 

Below you will find the audio interview, as well as some video documentation of some of the work mentioned in our chats.


Audio interview:




Below are short videos documenting some of the work mentioned in the conversation:

 
The Sylphides have the beast captured and are grooming him from Katie Wynne on Vimeo.



Avert your gaze and you will lose your love! from Katie Wynne on Vimeo.



Some views from "Workday" below:








The artist's website: Katie Wynne



Mentioned in the interview: 
Haynes Riley
Paul Valery
Agnes Martin
Jean Baudrillard, "The System of Objects"
John Cale, the album "Vintage Violence"
Joseph Kosuth, "One and Three Chairs"
Angela Dufresne
Alexander Calder
Richard Tuttle
Tim Hawkinson
Rachel Harrison
David Berman, "Actual Air"
Robert Gober
Polly Apfelbaum
Beverly Buchanan
James Castle
Thornton Dial


Show info:
Familiars
A two person show with Katie Wynne and Haynes Riley
Opening April 7th 2017
6-9pm
208 E. Grace Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219



For part two of the interview with Katie Wynne, please visit this link: Part Two




Thanks for listening!




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


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Monday, March 27, 2017

Next up: Katie Wynne

Next up: I will be talking with Philadelphia based artist, Katie Wynne. Though mainly working in kinetic sculpture and installation, Katie Wynne also has a hand for drawing, and her own brand of color sense is carried throughout her making of things. Stay tuned for the full podcast interview coming next week.

*Update: Part one of the interview has been posted. You can check it out here: Katie Wynne Interview Part One

In the meantime, here is video documentation of one of her works: 

"A chain of non-events" (1:38)
 
chain from Katie Wynne on Vimeo.




Thank you for watching! 


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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Artist Interview: Petra Nimtz

Words of the day: shape. spontaneous. line. palette. materials.

Welcome. In this episode, Woodstock, NY based artist Petra Nimtz shares thoughts and experiences in art making, and maintaining a studio while moving around over the years. She also has a thing or two to say about art training, both in school, and on ones own. Petra gives us a window into her inherent practice utilizing creative freedom in the sweep of her studio practice. Listen below for more! 


Audio interview with Petra Nimtz:
 






Petra Nimtz in her studio
Website: here






 Dear Troubles, I Missed You
48 x 48 inches
acrylic
2015





 Hey, I'm Talking To You
46 x 24 inches
acrylic
2015





 I Heard a Rumor From Your Girlfriend's Sister
46 x 46 inches
acrylic
2015





 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #1
26 x 20 inches
acrylic
2016





 I Never Promised You a Rose Garden #2
26 x 20 inches
acrylic
2016 




 Psssst, I'm Over Here
46 x 50 inches
Oil on linen
2014





Untitled
5.5 x 5.5 inches
Paper, oil pastels, oil paint sticks, and acrylic on cardboard.
2016


 Mentioned in the interview:
Willem de Kooning
Robert Motherwell
Philip Guston
Joan Mitchell
Lee Krasner
Amy Sillman
Cecily Brown
Wassily Kandinsky
Sting
R&F Handmade Paints. Kingston, NY




Petra Nimtz | Current and Upcoming Shows:



 SOHO20
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
2016/2017 Annual Group Exhibition
January 5 - February 5 2017


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an eye, open
Work by Petra Nimtz & Jessica Poser
January 27th - February 17th, 2017
Opening Reception: January 27th, 2017

5-7pm

Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery
at SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge Campus
Vanderlyn Hall 260
Stone Ridge, NY 12484

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Thanks for listening!



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