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"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: November, 2016
Nov 28, 2016

Born December 21st, 1990; Matthew Ryan Herget is an emerging self-taught artist from Miami, FL. 

After attending University for two years, Herget opted to leave formal education to pursue his personal calling in life; to live as a contemporary explorer. 

Herget's work is what he calls, a "constant collaboration" between himself at all points in his life. The evolution of his work mimics the evolution of his own self - a student of life, the mind, nature, and spirituality; Herget continues to explore anew without losing the childlike confidence that propelled him to the person he is today. Earlier paintings consist of juxtapositions of visual metaphors that tend to represent overcoming personal fears and limitations. These juxtapositions mix serious tones with playful imagery: an ode to finding who he is while at the same time never forgetting where he was. 

Newer paintings jump in and out of the boundaries of form and abstraction. Occasionally paintings are figurative while others take the shape of full on abstraction: a reflection of where Matthew is currently in his personal journey. Matthew's process in the studio is that of high-energy and adventure. Paintings usually begin with no set concept and evolve into a dialogue of mark-making and feeling between the painter and painting. Dozens of paintings are often worked on at the same time and rotated throughout the studio. His painting style relies heavily on instinct, risk, and uncertainty. Things that are learned today may be dropped tomorrow in an effort to consistently keep oneself open to change and discovery. Herget's main focus is making the process the reward, and to allowing that process and inner voice to mold and evolve what comes of the process, as it pleases. 

“Each piece is a journey in-and-of itself. I’m constantly trying to take it somewhere that I haven’t been before. The way I paint is kind of a metaphor for who I am, and why I’m here. It’s not about taking it to a point where you can see something; it’s about bringing it to a place where you can feel something. We all have a space suit on; whether it sits in the closet or goes to the moon is a choice we get to make. It’s a constant mission of finding ourselves. I think that pursuit is nurtured by consistently pushing ourselves further than we did yesterday. That’s how we change, grow, and evolve. That’s what these paintings are about. It’s pretty simple, but means a lot to me."

Matthew Ryan Herget currently works out of Los Angeles, CA. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Psychedelics opening up mental portals
  • His adventures traveling
  • Artist For Peace And Justice in Haiti
  • Meditation and spirituality
  • His love for Eckhart Tolle books
  • Finding purpose as our work as an artist
  • Learning from the ways animals interact

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Nov 24, 2016

Born during his parents' flight from Cambodia in the wake of the Khmer Rogue genocide, Andrew Hem grew up poised in the balance between two cultures - the rural animistic society of his Khmer ancestors, and the dynamic urban arts of the tough Los Angeles neighborhood where his family eventually came to rest. Fascinated by graffiti at an early age, he honed his skills with graphics and composition on the walls of the city before following a passion for figure drawing to a degree in illustration from Art Center College of Design. Working in gouache, oil and acrylic, he weaves atmospheric, richly textured narratives in a vivid palette of twilight blues enlivened by swaths of deep red and splashes of golden light. His haunting impressions of culture and landscape evoke the life of the spirit through the visionary manifestation of memories and dreams.

Over the six years since his graduation from Art Center with a B.F.A. in Illustration, Andrew Hem has exhibited in venues worldwide, from Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York and the Portsmouth Museum of Art in New Hampshire to solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Miami, Toronto, Zurich and Leece, Italy. He has lectured at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida. His personal work has been featured in Beyond Illustration, the Society of Illustrators annual, Communication Arts, Spectrum, American Illustration, 3x3, Swallow and Hi-Fructose, among others, and his illustration clients have included The Atlantic, New Scientist, the Los Angeles Times, the Fort Worth Opera, Adidas and Lucky Brand Jeans. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Nov 14, 2016

Paul Jung is a New York based artist, born in Taiwan, grew up in Australia, and educated in Italy. Jung received his BFA in graphic design in Milan, Italy, from the Istituto Europeo di Design in 2009, and his MFA from School of Visual Arts for Fashion Photography in 2013. Currently he works on an ongoing collaboration with fashion designer Melitta Baumeister. Jung has currently two published photographic books, and explores hyperreal environment in photography and film. 

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Nov 8, 2016

Eddie Bravo is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Jean Jacques Machado. Bravo made his mark in competitive Jiu Jitsu by submitting Royler Gracie at ADCC Championship (2003), after which he launched his 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu program which became widely publicized and gathered a huge following in the grappling and MMA circuits. Eddie's views on grappling, heavily reliant on positions such as "the rubber guard", "the twister" and "the lock down", caught the eye of several MMA fighers who sought Bravo to learn the system, fighters such as Alan Belcher, Matt Horwich, and Vinny Magalhaes. 

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