Artist Decoded

"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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Sep 15, 2019

Nikolaus Summerer is a German Director of Photography based in Berlin.  He is most well known for his award winning cinematography on the Netflix hit series DARK.  He lensed the first two seasons as sole Cinematographer, and is currently busy filming the third and final season.

DARK is the most recent of several projects Nikolaus has filmed with director and showrunner Baran bo Odar; a relationship stretching back to their Munich film school days.  Following their graduate film “Unter der Sonne” (Under The Sun) they collaborated on two feature films (The Silence and Who Am I) before DARK.  “Who Am I” earned Nikolaus the German Cinematography Award, after which he filmed “The Siege of Jadotville”, starring Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Personal evolution as a creative
  • DARK Season 1 vs. Season 2
  • His collaborative partnership with director, Baran bo Odar
  • Summerer’s journey as a cinematographer

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Sep 9, 2019

Nikolaus Summerer is a German Director of Photography based in Berlin.  He is most well known for his award winning cinematography on the Netflix hit series DARK.  He lensed the first two seasons as sole Cinematographer, and is currently busy filming the third and final season.

DARK is the most recent of several projects Nikolaus has filmed with director and showrunner Baran bo Odar; a relationship stretching back to their Munich film school days.  Following their graduate film “Unter der Sonne” (Under The Sun) they collaborated on two feature films (The Silence and Who Am I) before DARK.  “Who Am I” earned Nikolaus the German Cinematography Award, after which he filmed “The Siege of Jadotville”, starring Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Dark (Season 1)
  • How Nikolaus initially got into cinematography
  • When he met Baran bo Odar (Director of Dark) in film school
  • Nikolaus’s approach to working with directors
  • His first feature film, Under The Sun (2006)
  • The future of watching films in the cinema
  • Emotional vs. cerebral films

Sep 7, 2019

Jerry Hsu is an American professional skateboarder and photographer.

His newest photography book entitled “The Beautiful Flower Is The World”, depicts his fascination with life’s absurdities and showcases Hsu’s humorous approach to image making.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • When Yoshino challenged Hsu to a game of S-K-A-T-E
  • Growing up in San Jose, CA
  • Seeing things as a skateboarder, “skate vision”
  • His new book, “The Beautiful Flower Is The World”
  • His blog, “Nazi Gold”
  • The ethics of AI
  • Hsu’s skateboarding career
  • The influence of fellow skateboarders: Louie Barletta, Ed Templeton, Marc Johnson
  • Psychedelics
  • Films and Documentaries: Black Swan (Dir. Darren Aronofsky), Ex Machina (Dir. Alex Garland), Generation Wealth (Dir. Lauren Greenfield), Her (Dir. Spike Jonze)

Aug 26, 2019

Paul Cristina was born in Cleveland, OH in August of 1983. Cristina’s work focuses on combining disparate aesthetics through the experimentation of various styles and mediums, while using drawing as a primary foundation for his development. He currently lives and works in South Carolina.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The importance of having wholesome and creative relationships
  • Paul getting his footing as a creative without a support community
  • Working hourly wage jobs that took away from art as a full time practice
  • Cristina's original pursuit of music
  • How being a paramedic taught Cristina to maintain a presence of confidence and composure in all aspects of life
  • Cristina's evolution from drawing with pen in sketchbooks to mixed media on large scale canvases
  • Robert Rauschenberg's early influence on Cristina
  • Turning points in Cristina's life that pushed him towards art
  • Drawing both from imagination and from a deliberate effort to get better at drawing

Aug 14, 2019

AD Non-Weekly Round Up #6 with Yoshino and guest John Wentz

Topics Discussed:

  • “The Plant” an artist collective and residency based in The Netherlands co-founded by artist Daniel Martin
  • Pondering life lessons
  • Trying to be more positive
  • Unconditional Love
  • Utilizing gratitude in your daily practice
  • Using organizational apps such as Google Keep, Evernote, Notion, and Trello in your daily practice
  • Books: Mastery of Self and The Four Agreements
  • Films, Documentaries, TV Shows: Brightburn, The Great Hack, Rashomon, Luce, Swamp Thing, Hereditary, Rosemary’s Baby
  • Philosophers: Jean Baudrillard and Jean-François Lyotard

Aug 11, 2019

Marie Tomanova, born in former Czechoslovakia, Tomanova grew up in a small border town in South Moravia. She received BFA in Studio Art from Masaryk University in 2007 and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. After finishing her studies she left to United States and currently lives and works in NYC.

Since then her work has changed dramatically in approach, mediums, and themes. She has been dealing with issues of displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender, and sexuality through photography and video in her current two main projects: photo-based Self-portraits, in which she address the issue of displacement and finding place in the American landscape and Young American, which was released as a solo show at Czech Center New York (2018) and addresses issues of displacement, belonging and fitting into the American landscape in a social aspect.

Paradigm Publishing will publish her first monograph Young American, with introduction by Ryan McGinley, in Spring 2019. A documentary following Marie’s journey is in making by Academy Award (student) winning director Marie Dvořáková and will be released in 2020. Young American will be exhibited at Academia Film Olomouc in April 2019 (Czech) and Pragovka Gallery in Prague in October 2019 (Czech).

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How Marie met and started working with, photographer, Ryan McGinley
  • Her experiences living and growing up in Czechoslovakia
  • Her first experiences in an American grocery store and eating corn dogs for the first time
  • How Marie started studying painting in university before she found her love for photography years later
  • Her book, “Young American”
  • Photographer: Francesca Woodman

Aug 6, 2019

Julius Onah was born on February 10, 1983 in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. He is a producer and director, known for The Girl Is In Trouble (2015) and Luce (2019).

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Onah’s feature film that just launched entitled, Luce.
  • How he started working with writer and collaborative partner, J.C. Lee
  • Creating in isolation
  • Tapping into the sub-conscious state of mind through physical activities
  • Clarity of vision and intentionality
  • Creating and pitching the right amount of controlled chaos
  • Movies and Documentaries discussed: The Matrix, The Great Hack, Social_Animals, Jawline
  • Writers discussed: Marshall Mcluhan and Tennessee Williams
  • Akira Kurosawa (Director)

Aug 2, 2019

AD Non-Weekly Round Up #5 with Yoshino and Saman Kesh

  • Yoshino tearing his meniscus
  • A music video that Saman Kesh and Justin Daashuur Hopkins directed with musicians, Meg & Dia
  • Kesh’s struggles and realizations with ADD
  • Serial killers
  • Gore, violence, visceral films
  • Video games: Resident Evil 2 Remake
  • Music: Gogo Penguin, The Bad Plus
  • Films and TV Shows talked about: Audition (1999), Blue Ruin (2013), Botched Up Bodies, Friends, Irreversible (2002), Luce (2019), Midsommar (2019), Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Toy Story 4 (2019)

Jul 16, 2019

Jesse Draxler was born in rural Wisconsin, studied in Minneapolis, MN, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. A formal mixed media & inter-disciplinary artist, Draxler has exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally and in 2018 released his first book, Misophonia, through Sacred Bones Records. His client list includes MCQ Alexander McQueen, The New York Times, Hugo Boss, Dita Eyewear, and The Atlantic. Draxler is also one of an upcoming three person exhibition opening at No Gallery in Los Angeles September 7th.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Draxler's experiences moving to LA and living off-grid in Wisconsin
  • Definitions of success and personal growth
  • The effects of religious upbringings
  • Hardcore and metal bands offering rebellion against religion and aesthetic freedoms
  • How boxing, basketball, and running have offered growth in Draxler's creative process
  • The effects of expectations on the creative process
  • Draxler's reflection on the anniversary of his book “Misophonia”
  • Draxler's representation and upcoming show under Casey Gleghorn's No Gallery
  • Navigating the gallery experience
  • Exploring many mediums and Draxler's transition into taking his own collage material and using color in his art
  • Books and authors mentioned: Pema Chodron, Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey, short story collection Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck, Under the Skin by Michel Faber, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Freedom from Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Graphic novels mentioned: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels, Ice Cream Man by W. Maxwell Prince, and Black Hole by Charles Burns

Jul 11, 2019

Justin Tyler Close is a Canadian born visual artist, now located in Los Angeles, CA

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Manifestation

  • Death

  • Pema Chodron (Author)

  • DMT + Ayahuasca

  • Walking and journaling as a daily practice for positive mental health

  • “The Fifty Eleven Project” in collaboration with the Kasper Bjørke Quartet

  • Tapping into our inner artistic spirit

  • Utilizing different mediums as an artist

Jul 2, 2019

AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #4 with Yoshino and Justin Daashuur Hopkins

Topics Discussed:

  • Films: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), The Meg (2018), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Joy Luck Club (1993), Searching (2018)

  • Race and identity issues

  • SNL

  • Asian American culture

  • Leos Carax (Film Director)

  • Hopkin’s decision to become an artist

  • “Rebel Without A Crew” (Book by Robert Rodriguez)

  • The tech industry

  • Happiness

  • The importance of legacy

  • Ego

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Jun 15, 2019

Kim Kei (b.1981, Corpus Christi, TX) is a Los Angeles based artist who uses sculpture, printmaking, painting, and photography to evoke sensations of vulnerability, invasiveness and tenderness towards the body. Kei attended the University of Arizona and went on to receive her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has had solo shows at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA) Brandstater Gallery (Riverside, CA), and Alter Space (San Francisco, CA). Kei has attended residencies at Instinc, Singapore, Mass MoCa, and the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Roswell Residency in Roswell, NM
  • How she deals with rejection
  • The importance of residencies to artists. Residencies mentioned: Instinc Residency and STPI (Singapore Tyler Print Institute) in Singapore, and MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.
  • Injury, illness, age and trauma's effects on dendritic forms
  • Kei's intimate personal experiences that have defined her work, including studying cadavers, ballet, and childhood moments
  • A look into Kei's mixed media process of creating her art
  • How movement and sound are ways she communicates non-verbally
  • Robert Sapolsky's behavioral specialist lectures
  • Working on multiple projects at once to create a collective piece of art through different mediums
  • German musician, Hauschka, and the prepared piano
  • Influence of musician father on Kei's work and describing visual art through sound
  • Kei's next solo show in March of 2020 at Local Language in Oakland, CA and the residency they offer to visiting artists

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May 31, 2019

Chi is the Co-Founder of Truffles Therapy

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Growing up as an Asian American
  • Vipassana meditation
  • Being of service to others
  • Letting go of control
  • Zen Koan 
  • Nature recognizes and supports humility
  • Psilocybin mushrooms

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May 30, 2019

Sergio Barrale has been featured in vol. 41 of Hi-Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz, American Art Collector, SuperSonic and WhiteHot Magazine. Each one of Sergio's massive drawings clocks 250 hours & grind down close to 500 pencils. In the past two years he has had 17 exhibitions across America including the Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art & Honolulu Museum School of Art.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Kindred spirits

  • Psilocybin and the effects it has on the mind and body

  • The mentality of "perhaps"

  • Rerouting neural pathways of the brain through mantras and affirmations

  • Cognitive reframing / restructuring

  • Practicing forgiveness for yourself and for those who have wronged you

  • Philosophy of electricity in terms of soul

  • The book, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Exercise as a means of emotional coping

  • Overpopulation and finding solutions for the future of humanity

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Other resources mentioned: “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink, Joe Rogan podcast, “Leaving Neverland” documentary on Michael Jackson, author David Goggins, “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse, Theodore Gericault's painting “The Raft of the Medusa”

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May 8, 2019

With a background in animation, live action and visual effects, Andrew Thomas Huang’s work bridges the gap between video art and film, expanding beyond into alternative modes of storytelling. His film and video work has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; MoMA PS1; The Barbican Centre, London; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Having developed a strong reputation for his collaborative practice, Huang has worked extensively with Icelandic artist Bjork, among others including FKA Twigs, Thom Yorke and British director Joe Wright. Huang served as creative director for Bjork’s VR exhibition Bjork Digital, creating multiple immersive experiences within the pioneering traveling installation. With his strength in world-building, Huang carries on his visual aesthetic as he continues his foray into narrative feature film. Huang is a Cinereach Fellow, a recent fellow in Film Independent’s Directors Lab, and a recipient of the K Period Media Fellowship grant.

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Apr 30, 2019

Mari L. McCarthy is the multi award-winning author of “Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live.”

The Founder/Self-Transformation Guide of, she shows health-conscious people how to use journaling to heal the issues in their tissues and transform their lives. She provides 20+ Self-Paced Journaling Courses on various life-challenging topics such as Heal Your Life, Love Your Body and Detox Your Relationships. 

 Topics Discussed In This Episode: 

  • Julia Cameron’s Book, “The Artist Way”

  • Mari talks about her daily practice of journaling

  • How to heal yourself and declutter your thoughts through journaling

  • Taking responsibility for your actions and thoughts

  • Her journaling website

  • Silencing the inner critic

  • Power of positive thinking

  • Allowing yourself to write through a stream of consciousness

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Mar 31, 2019

Tunde Adebimpe is a musician, actor, director, and visual artist best know for being the frontman of the band TV On The Radio.

Kim Dorland is a painter and artist based in Vancouver, Canada.

Mar 31, 2019

AD Weekly Round Up #3 w/ Yoshino and Justin Daashuur Hopkins

Mar 30, 2019

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose work is an exploration of process and technique. 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 mark making. 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. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Giving up
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Tech affecting art
  • Barriers between museums and the public
  • Would you make art if the world ended?
  • Wentz moving to Paris
  • Advice to artists and creatives
  • Movies
  • “Naive” painters

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Mar 14, 2019

Alex Grey (born November 29, 1953) is an American visionary artist, author, teacher, and Vajrayana practitioner. His body of work spans a variety of forms including performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. Grey is a member of the Integral Institute. He is also on the board of advisors for the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and is the Chair of Wisdom University's Sacred Art Department. He and his wife Allyson Grey are the co-founders of The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), a non-profit church supporting Visionary Culture in Wappingers Falls, New York.

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Mar 6, 2019

Joe Sill is a director based out of Los Angeles. He began studying film at the age of 12, and spent much of his youth learning on his own how to use a camera, edit, and craft visual effects. In 2009, he attended Chapman University to study direction full-time, and in 2013 he created a spec for Tesla that gained Elon Musk’s attention and support, as well as over half a million viewers. The spec jumpstarted a commercial career where he quickly built a resume of work with clients such as Apple, Nike, NASA, Disney and Warner Brothers. In 2016, he created another speculative short film set in the Star Wars universe and caught the attention of 1.5 million viewers — and that same year, he directed his debut feature film, “STRAY”, a sci-fi neo noir starring Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Christine Woods (The Walking Dead), and Japanese musician MIYAVI (Unbroken). His work has collectively accumulated over 200 million views thus far. He is currently in post production as well as development on a handful of commercials and feature projects.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His first featured film, “Stray” (2019)

  • The following feature films: Akira, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Batman Begins, Ghost In The Shell, Finding Nemo, John Wick, Pan's Labyrinth, Terminator, Terminator 2, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix

  • Surrogate parent relationships in films

  • “The Last of Us” – Video Game

  • His love for Miyazaki films

  • Changes within the commercial industry

  • Commercials made by AI

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Developing grit

Feb 28, 2019

AD Weekly Round Up #2 w/ Yoshino, Justin Daashuur Hopkins, and Saman Kesh.

Topics Discussed:

  • Workaholism

  • Movie recommendation: “Border” (2018) directed by Ali Abbasi

  • Films: “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2009 and 2011), “Let The Right One In” (2008)

  • Saman’s love for Studio Ghibli films

Feb 19, 2019

Brian Higbee comes from an eleven year career in Graphic Design. Early on in his graphic design career he picked up a camera and started shooting photos for his commissioned projects, skateboarding, snowboarding and bands. It soon became obvious that photography held far more appeal than graphic design ever did. So he left home and his comfortable career in pursuit of his passion.

He started his career assisting some of the top photographers in the world. This experience along with his sense of light and space, and compositional capability has propelled him into a creative force.

His talent has been quickly recognized by Interview Magazine. American Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, Glamour and many alike, were quick to follow.

Subjects Discussed In This Episode:

  • How he transitioned into working as a professional photographer from having an 11 year professional career as a graphic designer

  • Current industry shifts in hiring professional photographers

  • Contributing to Interview Magazine before and towards the end of the printed publication

  • The death of printed commercialized media

  • Mental preparations to start your day

  • Diversifying skill sets

Feb 13, 2019

AD Weekly Round Up #1 w/ Yoshino, Justin Daashuur Hopkins, and Saman Kesh.

Feb 6, 2019

David Cheifetz is an internationally acclaimed and collected artist who continues to push the limits of contemporary realist oil painting. David and his family live in Olympia, WA.

"Reflecting the language of dreams, these dark, hyperrealistic tableaux suggest bizarre and intriguing narratives. Cheifetz paints alla prima, an oil painting technique in which wet paint is applied to previous layers of wet paint. He works without detailed underpainting or studies, creating atmosphere through prominent, expressive brushstrokes and strong chiaroscuro."

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