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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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Jul 23, 2017

"Jesse Draxler is an artist best known for his collage and mixed media works, though with his new exhibition "Tire Fire" we find him returning to the medium that sparked his love of image making, drawing. As a child growing up in rural Wisconsin Draxler drew incessantly. Being that his father was a mechanic he would spend hours upon hours drawing cars, trucks, and engine parts. Later in adolescence, his attention changed as circumstances became bleak.

Draxler’s mother was in a near-fatal car accident when he was nine. Upon her recovery, over a year later, his parents were divorced. His mother, whom he was now living with, soon remarried. Then just months after the wedding she was ran over and killed by her new husband in his truck, an event to which he arrived just moments later.

In the following years, Draxler states that he barely remembers a thing. These times of pervasive uncertainty and loss changed him forever and his focus shifted to much darker interests. He was always an outcast from his peers, but from this time on Draxler leaned into his outsider lot in life. It wasn’t until almost two decades later that he began to see a light at the end of a very dark tunnel.

Themes of bewilderment, isolation, ambiguity, and absurdity are all strongly represented in Draxler’s work, along with frustration and aggression. Yet these are not endpoints but have rather become the in-roads to deeper understanding and acceptance. It is clear he has spent the better part of his life straddling the line between fear and ecstasy, the beautiful and the grotesque. The result is Draxler’s unique ability to present a point of view in which the subtle nuances of the human condition are concisely illuminated, satisfying a psychological and emotional itch that so seldom gets scratched."

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Talks about his show TireFire
  • Containing multitudes
  • Finding the balance between commercial work and personal work
  • Developing a point of view
  • Susan Rothenberg
  • Viewing the entirety of your life as an artistic practice
  • Listening to music as a tool for creating art
  • Billy Corgan
  • “The Inner Game of Tennis” by Timothy Gallwey
  • The intersection of physical activities and artistic practices

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Jul 8, 2017

"Photographer John Kilar’s site will tell you, simply, that he is a nomad. Portraits and landscapes by Kilar will show you that too, with a raw presentation of untamed characters and equally wild and beautiful locations. Variety does not shake the colorful, documentary aesthetic that is true to his photos, which show a curious admiration for each subject.

John Kilar’s images can be found in Oyster Magazine, VICE, Dazed & Confused, Purple Fashion, and DIS Magazine. His client list includes Heineken, Urban Outfitters, The Cobra Snake, and several other lifestyle-saavy brands which Kilar worked with while living in Venice Beach, California."

Text by Linnea Stephan @ Juxtapoz

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His journey into a nomadic lifestyle
  • Synchronicities
  • Following your bliss
  • Deactivating technology to be more focused on the present moment
  • Expanding consciousness
  • Identity
  • Having empathy towards others

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Jun 30, 2017

Originally hailing from Toronto, Canada, Michelle Groskopf is a Los Angeles based photographer. Her work is a mix of photo journalism, portraiture and street photography. She holds a BFA in film and video production from the School Of Visual Arts in New York where she also taught as an adjunct professor in the graduate film and video dept. She is a member of the celebrated flash photography collective Full Frontal Flash. Michelle is dedicated to empowering youth through photography and education initiatives working with the Lucie Foundation, Educare and Youth Arts to inspire the next generation of photographers and artists. Her work has been shown around the world and featured in publications such as The British Journal Of Photography, American Photo, The Huffington Post, Vice Magazine and It’s Nice That, among others. Her clients include, Refinery 29, Bloomberg Businessweek, Vice Magazine, Marie Claire France, Aftenposten, and Stern Magazine. Her first monograph is being published by The Magenta Foundation and will be released in the fall of 2017. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Making thematic work
  • Her early life/work as a filmmaker and producer
  • How she became a photographer
  • Visual iconography
  • Outside forces polluting ideas
  • Her experiences living in Hollywood
  • The path of least resistance
  • Physical and emotional stress
  • Larry Sultan
  • Thinking about life as a marathon as opposed to a sprint
  • Changing the idea of success
  • Romanticizing the artist lifestyle
  • Seeing the light at the end of a dark and hopeless tunnel
  • Looking at other mediums of art for inspiration
  • Over intellectualizing artwork
  • The “Full Frontal Flash” photography collective
  • Finding a community

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Jun 21, 2017

Writer / photographer, Scot Sothern, bounced around for forty years. In 2010, at 60, his first solo exhibit, LOWLIFE, photos and stories of life with street prostitutes, was held at the notorious Drkrm Gallery in Los Angeles. His first book of the same title was published in the U.K. by Stanley Barker in 2011. The British Journal of Photography called LOWLIFE, “The years’ most controversial photobook.” Scot’s work has since been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, London, and Paris. In 2013 he began a biweekly column, Nocturnal Submissions, for VICE Magazine, and Curb Service: A Memoir, was published by Soft Skull Press. STREETWALKERS, stories and photographs was published by powerHouse Books in February 2016. Writer, Jerry Stahl, called it “An absolutely amazing and essential book." BIG CITY, published in 2017 by Stalking Horse Press, is Sothern’s first novel.

Guest Interviewer: Nolwen Cifuentes

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Jun 16, 2017

GEMS is the evolving ethereal pop project of former lovers Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher. After an agonizing romantic split, the duo are continuing to make music together with the project: ‘Every Full Moon’. The full moon represents a time of culmination and fulfillment, of coming full circle, and a symbolic illumination in our inner lives that is mirrored in the night sky. GEMS will be releasing a new song with every full moon as they work through the ghosts of their past and face the uncertainty of the future. Their hope is that the music they create can serve as a vehicle to transform the pain and work through things that otherwise seem totally overwhelming.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Being able to separate yourself from your art
  • Constantly investigating and navigating the world
  • Neil Young, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell
  • Astrology
  • Releasing their songs at the end of the full moon cycle
  • Changes the duo has been going through both personally and with their musical career
  • Technological advances
  • The music industry
  • Getting trapped in systematic styles of living / thinking
  • Social and emotional education
  • Positivity through individuality
  • Artwork affecting culture

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Jun 13, 2017

"I'm an art director, motion designer, and illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I've been working online since 2003 with an extensive list of creatives in music videos, live visual packages, lookbooks, and everything art related.

I have studied Beauty Arts in Bachillerato de Bellas Artes in my natal city, La Plata. I also have a teaching degree in Beauty Arts." - Gustavo Torres (aka Kidmograph)."

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His beginnings as a painter then transitioning to digital art
  • Juxtaposing disparate elements together
  • His daily flow
  • Staying disciplined
  • Looking inward for inspiration

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May 14, 2017

John F Simon Jr. is a multimedia artist and software art pioneer who work and installations are found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. In 2011, he collaborated with Icelandic singer Bjork to write an app for her album, Biophilia. Simon's newest publication, Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation, is out now by Parallax Press. Simon grew up in central Louisiana and currently lives and works in Sugar Loaf, New York.

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • Creative ruts leading to personal creative breakthroughs
  • His experiences going to Brown and SVA
  • How he started to experiment with digital imaging
  • Communal VR and AR spaces
  • "Snowcrash", a book by Neal Stephenson
  • Classic panopticons
  • His research into AI
  • The "no-self" experience
  • Discussing the idea behind his book "Drawing Your Own Path"
  • Understanding and dissecting meditation
  • "Secret of the Golden Flower" (book)
  • Mindfulness being executed when the verbal and non-verbal parts of the brain sync up
  • The personal narrative
  • Bruce Lee
  • Creating your own reality

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May 9, 2017

Casey is a painter based in New York City.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Accepting imperfections
  • Explanation of his upcoming solo exhibit, "Exposed"
  • Being honest with oneself
  • Creating visceral and guttural artwork
  • Absorbing inspiration and life experiences
  • Taking risks
  • Balancing artistic, creative, and business practices
  • Setting up monetary systems to allow yourself the freedom to create art for a living
  • Tony Robbins
  • Films
  • Comparing films to paintings

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Apr 10, 2017

Rebecca Farr (b. 1973, Los Angeles, California)

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Rebecca Farr recently exhibited her most recent show at Klowden Mann, Out of Nothing and was reviewed by New American Paintings. In 2015, Farr was awarded a residency at Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, and was featured in a group exhibition at Kaus in the Fall of 2015. Farr has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Houston, Istanbul, Rotterdam, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her work is held in private collections both nationally and internationally, and she recently completed two years as faculty artist in the education department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has been developing youth driven public works. Rebecca is the founder of CREATE/ACTION, an artist driven community organizing collective based in Los Angeles.

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Mar 21, 2017

This podcast episode was originally recorded in Los Angeles, CA @ NOH/WAVE's event entitled MIND/WAVE on March 18th, 2017 with guest speakers Joshua Hagler, Jarell Perry, Maja Ruznic, and Yoshino.

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Mar 14, 2017

Unit London is an arts space and gallery founded in 2013 by Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt. Unit London was born from a desire to break down the barriers of elitism and to include people in the contemporary art world - whether they are enthusiasts, first-timers, new collectors, or seasoned collectors and institutions - they strongly believe that everybody should be able to enjoy the world's most amazing art. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The next generation of galleries
  • Pop-up gallery experiences
  • Making art more accessible
  • Unit London was started with the approach of identifying 3 problems in the art world and a need to change these problems: art being exclusive and elitist, certain deserving artists not being celebrated, artists not having social recognition and relevancy.
  • Defining your "why" and your "story"
  • The importance of starting a business that connects with their audience on an emotional level

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Feb 10, 2017

Justin Hopkins interviews Martin Wittfooth and Sergio Barrale.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Being in control of yourself even if you're not in control of outside forces
  • Sergio's car exploding while driving cross country
  • Plant medicines
  • Letting go of materialistic possessions
  • The importance of family
  • Not letting bad situations dictate your happiness
  • Psychedelic experiences
  • Martin leaving NYC to live in Woodstock
  • Reflections on Martin's dog Luna
  • Lessening one's own ego
  • Being lost in a big city
  • How Sergio and Martin met each other
  • UFC
  • Martin explains his work
  • Terence McKenna

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Feb 7, 2017

Originally from Ottawa, Elly Smallwood graduated from OCAD University in 2011 and now works as an artist in Toronto. Her paintings are intensely personal, a visual exploration of her mind and body, and those of the people around her.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Female sexuality in art
  • The ephemeral feelings involved while painting
  • Ron Mueck's sculptures
  • The business of art
  • Pricing artwork
  • Nymphomaniacs

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Jan 24, 2017

Adam Lee is an Australian artist working from his country studio at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges just outside of Melbourne, Australia. His practice focuses on a re-interpretation of painting and drawing traditions and references a wide range of sources, incorporating biblical narratives, natural history, historical and colonial documentary photography, contemporary music and film, and varying literary sources. Employing new evaluations of landscape painting and old world portraiture Lee investigates humanity’s interface with the environment of the natural world and its relationship to ideas of a timeless zone of the divine.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • Accepting the unexpected
  • Allowing the process of creating artwork guide you
  • Embracing inspiration
  • Describes his newest body of work, "Lament Asunder"
  • Anselm Kiefer
  • Chris Ofili
  • Creative problem solving within paintings
  • Understanding writers block
  • The business side of the gallery system
  • Ben Abraham

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Jan 17, 2017

Daniele Bolelli is an Italian-born writer, martial artist, university professor, and podcaster. He is the author of several books including On the Warrior's Path. He's also known for his podcasts History On Fire and The Drunken Taoist.

  • How martial arts and physical activity can change your life
  • Developing mental toughness
  • The ability and willingness to challenge yourself
  • Making small improvements to your life
  • Joe Rogan
  • The reasons why he started his podcasts The Drunk Taoist and History On Fire
  • Existing as yourself
  • Living an unedited existence
  • Tackling fear
  • Understanding work from a conscious perspective

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Jan 13, 2017

Anthony Lister was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1979. He graduated from the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane in 2001 and traveled to New York soon after where he mentored under the auspices Max Gimblett, one of New Zealand's most influential living artists. Lister began painting on the streets at the age of 17; a location which has become a key part of his practice as a space where he can take pleasure in his 'hobby' of producing art rather than the 'craft' of studio work. He has since exhibited his work extensively within Australia and internationally both in the gallery and on the streets. He is considered to be one of Australia’s most renowned contemporary artists.

Topics Discussed:

  • The process of creating his artwork
  • Exploring the idea of "adventure painting"
  • A curious exploration of the dualities of life
  • Skateboarding abstracting itself into artwork
  • Creative and mental breakthroughs
  • Tactility of art changing or being lost with the advent of technologies
  • His virtual reality app
  • Decorating the apocalypse
  • Seeing artwork in the flesh
  • His love for the work of Egon Schiele

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