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Artist Decoded by Yoshino

"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists. This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own mind. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside. My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic. When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”. In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art." - Yoshino
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Now displaying: September, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Isaac Bauman is a cinematographer / director of photography born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in Palo Alto, California.  He went to college at USC for the School of Cinematic Arts Production program, but dropped out halfway because of an opportunity to DP his first full length feature.  He's been working professionally since Sept 2009 and has since shot over 80+ music videos, numerous short films / documentaries, commercials... etc.  

He's most proud of his work that evokes emotion.  His work on Florida Man, Cam Girlz, Delta Spirit and Controller are a few of his personal favorite pieces. 

Bauman has also worked with many big name musicians / artists including Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick and Sam Smith.  He also worked on Vitalic's Stamina music video which won Best Music Video @ SXSW in 2013.

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Sep 24, 2015

Jesse Draxler is a fine artist, illustrator, art director and designer currently working out of Los Angeles, CA. 

His works are representations of the feelings he has been working through all his life.  Feelings that arise while confronted with a past that is relatively unknown, a future that seems as daunting and horrifying as it does exciting, and a present in which he often feels stale and out of touch with himself.  All with the undercurrent of death forever lurking subtly under the surface of everything he creates.

Jesse's client list as an illustrator includes The New York Times and Target.  He's also worked with musicians Prince, Chelsea Wolfe, and The Black Queen (feat. members of NIN, Telefon Tel Aviv and Dillinger Escape Plan), and as an art director / collagist he's worked with magazines Dazed & Confused, Dansk, No Tofu... etc.

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Sep 21, 2015

Born in Beijing and raised in Singapore, Zhang "zemotion" Jingna is a fashion and beauty photographer currently based in New York.  Her works have been seen in international Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Photo Vogue by Vogue Italia; her commercial clients include Mercedes Benz, Montblanc, Lancome, TRESemme, Pond's and Canon.

Imbued with influences from the Pre-Raphaelites, Jingna's photographs are often described as painterly, emotive, and fantastical.  She was selected to be part of Vogue Italia's exhibition "A Glimpse at Photo Vogue" in Milan in 2013.  

Jingna is currently working on the art book for her personal series, "Motherland Chronicles".

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Sep 15, 2015

Michael Donovan is a prolific multi-disciplined creative visionary born in Spokane, WA.

Donovan uses photography, video and a podcast to communicate his interests in the "Two Great Bookends of Life," (sex and death) as well as the exciting content that fills our experience.  His irrepressible work trains his eye on spirituality, culture, materialism, youth, aging, objectification, mental health, environmentalism, sexuality, and the confusion and joys we develop from living a life wandering through interesting times.  Both humor and drama often set tones for his work.  

Michael's visual art uses strong, visceral, raw, bold imagery with dark and moody undertones.  His work includes fashion, portrait and "sex pop" to create a body of work that is cinematic art, immediately recognizable, and full of life.  Published globally, his work has appeared in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Playboy, L'Officiel, Ginza, Vision and Wonderland.  Luxury, fashion and music clients include Givenchy, The Pierre Hotel, Gap, Interscope and Sony.

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Sep 8, 2015

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose process resides in an area between rigid technicality and honest expression.  Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it's core fundamentals: composition, color, and paint application.  Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books.  After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator.  After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils.  Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.  His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.

In this episode we discuss...

  • His love for authors such as J.D. Salinger and Jack Kerouac.
  • The pros and cons of traditional art schools vs. atelier's
  • Being patient while developing as an artist and creating your own reality
  • The importance of fleshing out imperfect ideas and the power of ignorance.

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Sep 3, 2015

Casey Baugh is a New York based painter.

His work can be described as narrative impressionistic realism.  Specializing in oil paint and charcoal, he began painting at the age of 13 and began selling professionally at age 17.  When he was only 21 years old, Baugh began showing in galleries and after four years of studying with artist Richard Schmid, he had his first solo show at age 25.  He has made several television appearances and has been featured on the covers of many publications, including The Artist's Magazine, American Artist's Magazine, and American Art Collector.

Baugh's art has evolved over time to become more narrative.  Though still maintaining figures as his prime subject matter, he is telling more stories, and his series and exhibits are becoming more thematic.  On a constant quest to push new boundaries, he is persistent in experimenting with his inspirations and artistic translations, pursuing more complicated compositions and achieving grander shows.  Experience with electrical engineering as well as video and movie-making has attributed greatly in his use of props, set building, lighting, and translates to the overall harmony of his visual layouts.

In this episode we talk about...

  • His relationship with his mentor, realist artist, Richard Schmid and how that relationship has impacted his career.
  • Thinking outside the box and not sticking to traditional educational formulas.
  • Being fearless and freely exploring uncharted territories.
  • The importance of coming up with tangible ideas before you put a paintbrush to a canvas.
  • Balancing artistic freedom and financial stability.
  • Working with what you have even if you don't have the right tools.

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