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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 minds. 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 (@yoshinostudios)
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Now displaying: 2020
Feb 19, 2020

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About Alex: Alex Kanevsky was born in Russia in 1963. He studied mathematics at Vilnius University in Lithuania before coming to the United States. After his arrival to Philadelphia in 1983 he worked as Russian translator, illustrator at the Psychiatric Nursing Magazine and drew pictures for the telephone book advertisements. After attending PAFA (1989-93) and winning a Pew Fellowship (1997) he devoted himself to painting full time. Alex Kanevsky lives and works in New Hampshire. He has exhibited his work in the United States, Canada, Italy, UK, France and Ireland. His work is represented by Hollis Taggart in New York and Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco.

Show Notes:

  • 0:00:00​ - Introduction
  • 0:03:46​ - Dividing Time Between Philadelphia and Rural New Hampshire
  • 0:05:27​ - Approach to Clarity Within His Work and Country Life
  • 0:13:49​ - Spending Time in Natural Environment vs "Curated" City Life
  • 0:20:20​ - Motive to Move Into The Countryside
  • 0:26:20​ - The Idea of Dying and Aging as an Artist
  • 0:29:45​ - Art Living on After Death and Trying to Give Up Perfection
  • 0:32:10​ - Open To Both Positive and Negative Influences
  • 0:35:39​ - Patrick Graham's Life-Altering Experience in Comparison to Kanevsky
  • 0:43:42​ - The Thrown Away Nature of Social Media and Hobbies
  • 0:47:58​ - Downtime and Mental Fortitude
  • 0:51:39​ - His Show Persephone and The Idea of Duality and Imperfection of Humanity
  • 0:56:49​ - His History of Painting and Uninterested in Technical Painting
  • 1:07:34​ - Story of Gerhard Richter and Cecily Brown as Painting as Product
  • 1:14:22​ - Advice to Artists
  • 1:20:07​ - Jonathan Glazer's film Under The Skin & Charlie Kaufman's film Synecdoche, New York
  • 1:25:51​ - Wrap Up

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Feb 12, 2020

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About Joe: Joe Goddard is a British musician, songwriter, and DJ. He is best known as a member in the English synth-pop band Hot Chip, which he co-founded with Alexis Taylor. In 2007, he co-founded record label Greco-Roman, which has produced albums by artists such as Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Disclosure. Goddard is also a member of electronica group The 2 Bears, and produced two solo albums, Harvest Festival (2009) and Electric Lines (2017).

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Jan 28, 2020

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About Alexis: Alexis Marshall is the singer of the band Daughters.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The making of Daughters’ “Less Sex” music video
  • How their newest album, “You Won’t Get What You Want”, came together
  • Catharsis and visceral connections to performing on stage for Alexis
  • Alexis’s writing process
  • Approaching life with gratitude and appreciation

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Jan 24, 2020

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About David Kassan: Raw, poignant and profoundly honest, David Jon Kassan’s work aesthetically captures humanity in its true form. As an artist, Kassan acts as an empathetic intermediary between the subject he portrays and the viewer. More than simply replicating his subjects Kassan seeks to understand them. He seeks to capture the essence of those he paints, imbuing them with their own voice. They communicate with the viewer interpersonally and we see them through our own eyes. Our gaze transcends the picture plane and permeates deep into the subject’s psyche. We are moved by Kassan’s depictions, captivated by powerfully expressive hands, pensive faces, and flesh that appears warm to touch. Kassan’s portraits pulsate with the lives of his sitters – the weighty streams-of-consciousness of past experiences, feeling and introspection.This is what reality means to Kassan – preserving the realness of nuanced emotion and expression emanatingfrom the people he paints. Kassan’s technical mastery of oil paint combined with adept draftsmanship enables him to fluently represent what he sees. This is evident in the stunning flesh tones Kassan achieves. Transparent layers of oil paint are built up, forming an intricate lattice of veins, blood and skin. Through this light enters and is reflected back, infusing the subject with veridical luminosity. We can also sense movement and life beneath the undulating creases and folds of clothing. It is the artist’s intent to control the medium of oil paint so that it is not part of the viewer to subject equation. Kassan facilitates an interface between subject and viewer with which he is conscious not to interfere. The technical aspect of his work is thus a means to an end; an end rooted in the viewer’s experience.We find inherent contradictions in Kassan’s work as it oscillates between representation and transformation, reality and abstraction.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Kassan's journey creating paintings based on his interactions with Holocaust survivors, and his recent emotionally transcendent experience exhibiting these works at the Fisher Museum of Art at USC.
  • How his early paintings of his family allowed him to develop a closer relationship with them.
  • Wanting his students and followers to understand more of why he paints other than how he paints.
  • The power of overcoming great trauma, and how it inspires Kassan artistically.
  • Grappling with the issue of how people dehumanize one another.
  • The balance between the emotional, and technical process of painting.
  • Making artwork that doesn't necessarily follow trends, or the desires of a gallery.
  • Working with the Shoah Foundation, and how they help genocide survivors.

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Jan 8, 2020

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About Antrese: Antrese Wood is an artist and the host of the Savvy Painter Podcast. The Savvy Painter features interviews with top artists who talk about their mindset, process, and gives tips and techniques to aspiring painters. Antrese paints and teaches online workshops from her home in Argentina.

A painter herself, Antrese left her job art directing video games at the Walt Disney Company to focus exclusively on her art. She lived in Argentina for six years where she created a Kickstarter campaign for her painting project, A Portrait of Argentina. She and her husband spent two years driving from the jungles to the glaciers as she painted her way across the country. Check out her paintings at antrese.com.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The journey that lead to Wood's pursuit in podcasting
  • Graduating from the Art Center College of Design and soon after landing a position working for Disney, where she would work on and off at for twelve years
  • Leading a "monastic" lifestyle and managing her painting practice between work before deciding to travel as much as possible and live freely
  • Adventures in Wood's life including an exchange program in Honduras as a teen, a 90 day NOLS backpacking and kayaking expedition in Chile, and other trips around the world
  • The importance of taking chances and how they can drastically alter your life
  • How global communication makes it easier for Wood to live in a different country and still connect to family, friends, and other artists
  • Living in Argentina and its financial benefits contrasted to living in Los Angeles 
  • Acknowledging her tendency towards people pleasing and having the confidence to follow her own desires and life path

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