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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 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: 2021
Dec 27, 2021

Yoshino is a visual artist, writer, entrepreneur, and host of Artist Decoded.

Show Notes:

  • Identity and persona
  • Leaving the commercial and fashion photography world
  • Martial arts
  • Exploring the idea of what it means to be an artist
  • Living a life of fluidity
  • Capitalism
  • Growing up Christian
  • Spirituality
  • Moving to the desert from LA

The Conversation Art Podcast Links:
iTunes
Spotify
Michael Shaw’s IG
The Conversation’s IG

Yoshino’s Links:
yoshinostudios.com
nohwave.co

Dec 20, 2021

Fashion and advertising photographer from Singapore turned 3D virtual model creator, Shavonne Wong creates artworks with her virtual models that juxtapose realism and surrealism together, placing the virtual models in scenes that cannot be done with a real human model. She is part of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list in 2020 and has recently done an NFT for the first-ever NFT cover of Vogue.

Show Notes:

  • Shavonne’s past fashion photography career
  • Romanticizing the struggling artist lifestyle
  • Stereotypes and the importance of art
  • 3D modeling and the transition into the NFT space
  • The social implications of virtual influencers
  • Shavonne’s NFT charity work
  • The future of NFTs
  • The negative aspects of NFT’s & the blockchain
  • Criticism and feedback
  • Krav Maga

www.artistdecoded.com
www.shavonnewong.com
www.instagram.com/shavonne.wong
www.twitter.com/shavonnewong_

Dec 13, 2021

Sarah Zucker is an artist + writer based in Los Angeles.

Her art merges the gorgeous and grotesque through humor, psychedelia, mysticism, and the interplay of cutting edge + obsolete technologies.

She works across mediums, specializing in mixing digital and analog video techniques and the use of VHS. Her GIF art has been viewed over 6.7 billion times on Giphy.

She has been involved in Crypto Art since early 2019, tokenizing single and limited editions of her screen-based artwork on the blockchain. Her NFTs – digital art editions – can currently be found on SuperRare, NiftyGateway, Foundation, KnownOrigin, Hic Et Nunc, and Rarible.

She holds a BA in Theater/Creative Writing for the Media from Northwestern, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.

Show Notes:

  • Sarah’s childhood and developing interest
  • NFTs and Crypto Art
  • “Wrestling your angels”
  • Struggling as an artist
  • The call to be an artist
  • Theosophy
  • Humanitarian contributions in the NFT space
  • Identity
  • Changing the world
  • Dancing with the abyss
  • Exploring the concept of suffering
  • The societal expectation of immediate rewards

www.sarahzucker.com
www.instagram.com/thesarahshow
www.twitter.com/thesarahshow

Dec 9, 2021

CJ Hendry (b. 1988) is a New York-based artist originally from Brisbane, Australia. Hendry transforms her fascination with contemporary material culture into large-scale, hyper-photorealistic drawings. Cj Hendry’s exhibits aren’t intended to be passively observed but, rather, actively experienced through engaging, fun, and thought-provoking exhibits. For her exhibit Monochrome, Hendry and her team built an entire multi-room “home” inside a warehouse with each room entirely monochrome-colored from floor to ceiling and everything in between. For Rorschach, guests jumped through a gigantic bouncy house maze in order to reach and finally view the impressive series. Each Cj Hendry exhibit, from Miami to Melbourne, draws massive crowds with attendees waiting in line for several hours - and, in the end, everyone leaves more enriched than when they arrived. With her celebrity clientele – and many works in private collections - Hendry’s waitlist is now well over 3,000 collectors with a wait time of up to five years to get their hands on a piece.

“Blonde” by Cj Hendry
Opens Dec 10th - 12th @ Brookfield Place in New York City, NY
 
Show Notes:
  • Cj’s NFT Release
  • Stoicism and being a creative
  • Her experiences creating art exhibitions
  • The book “Atomic Habits” by author James Clear 
  • Quality vs. quantity
  • Hard work vs. natural ability
  • The importance of creating ideas
  • Cj’s latest exhibition, “Blonde”
  • The social implications of wigs
  • Creative problem solving / life struggles
  • Parenting

www.artistdecoded.com
www.cjhendry.live
www.instagram.com/cj_hendry

Dec 8, 2021

Alice Brooks (ASC) is a cinematographer who has photographed award-winning feature films, television shows, and commercials. Her next feature project is director Jon M. Chu’s adaptation of the hit musical WICKED.

Brooks most recently photographed tick tick…BOOM! for Netflix and Imagine Entertainment, directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda and produced by Ron Howard.

Her other recent work includes the 2021 summer release of Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS directed by Chu. The film’s cinematography received widespread critical acclaim.

Brooks is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600. She became a member of the prestigious American Society of Cinematographers in Oct. 2021.

Show Notes:

  • Alice’s start in cinematography 
  • Her childhood & the inspiration behind the film, “tick, tick... BOOM!”
  • Collaborating with director and long time friend, John Chu
  • Having a “Definite Chief Aim”
  • The gift of an existential crisis
  • The ebbs and flows of the film industry and working as a creative
  • Alice being one of 30 women to be accepted into the ASC
  • Finding creative kindred spirits
  • Following your dreams
  • Self-preservation

www.artistdecoded.com
www.alicebrooks.com
www.instagram.com/_alicebrooks_

Nov 28, 2021

Mitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult.

Mitch is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and the PEN Award-winning author of books including Occult America; One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life; and The Miracle Club.

Show Notes:

  • The power of masterminds
  • The New Thought Movement 
  • Napoleon Hill and Neville Goddard’s teachings
  • Writing and the habits of writing
  • Using different platforms to test material
  • The myth of the self-made person
  • The significance of the word, “Miracle”
  • Book recommendations on the creative process
  • Mitch’s writing process

www.artistdecoded.com
www.mitchhorowitz.com
www.twitter.com/mitchhorowitz
www.instagram.com/mitchhorowitz23

Nov 24, 2021

Skygolpe interviewed by Jesse Draxler

The essential figures that emerge from Skygolpe’s research have an openly disruptive immediacy and impact. His work represents the artist’s tension towards the definition of a clear idea and a path outlined towards direct introspection. Skygolpe explores the NFT medium in a unique and original way. His single digital editions are sought after by major collectors and demonstrate how works created with a strong meaning and a defined concept can have a lasting place in the new world of digital collecting.

Show Notes:

  • Skygolpe’s intro into art
  • Art contradicting itself
  • Catastrophe, existentialism, and nihilism
  • The denial of the divinity
  • Objective truth
  • Skygolpe’s distinct aesthetic
  • The power of conceptual art
  • Inspiration
  • Memories, traumatic experiences, and their overflow into Jesse’s artwork 
  • “Destroying the Belief”
  • Skygolope’s NFT work
  • The history of digital art / Web 3.0

www.artistdecoded.com

www.superrare.com/skygolpe

www.instagram.com/skygolpe

www.twitter.com/skygolpe

Nov 22, 2021

After a high profile career designing, drawing and painting images for movie poster art in Hollywood — Return of the Jedi, Labyrinth, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — Chris now feels driven to produce works which celebrate compelling stories of American perseverance — the Tuskegee Airmen, First Nations peoples of America’s Pacific Northwest, and the Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during WWII.

It’s been an unusual career path, to say the least. Chris was a star on the Southern Oregon College wrestling team when he dropped out in 1974 rather than bow to the inevitable pressure to become a high school wrestling coach. He loaded up his ’68 sky blue Camaro and hit the road, picking up jobs from southern California to Montana and living out of his car. After he ran out of gas in Boise, Idaho, he settled there for a year and a half and worked as a bouncer at the Bronco Hut (the college bar where he met his wife), a lift operator at a ski resort, and as an utterly unqualified counselor at a home shelter for troubled boys. All the time he created art — drawing behind the bar, sculpting unflattering portraits of ski resort personnel, and carving the bar’s Billy club into a more appealing shape.

Chris’ older brother convinced him he’d soon be too old for this bohemian, aimless lifestyle and that he might want to apply to the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. He put together a crude portfolio, submitted an application and remembers “it surprised the crap out of me when I was actually accepted”.

In the middle of the college program, Chris still hadn’t figured out a painting system that he liked, so one weekend he locked himself in a room and refused to come out until he’d conquered it. In 1979, he graduated from Art Center with honors.

A diploma from art school, so what next? Pouring and finishing concrete for foundations, walkways, driveways and most everything else that required concrete until he heard that legendary illustrators Charles White III and David Willardson were starting a studio and looking for young talent. Chris’ persistence paid off and he was hired. After months of
sketching he was finally assigned to paint the marquee art for The Mountain Men. Soon afterwards he discovered the airbrush and the whole process became fun, especially incorporating brushwork with airbrush techniques. He painted the clouds, skies, and water all from his Pacific Northwest childhood memories, and was known as The Sky King, a tribute to his unmatched ability to paint natural backgrounds

After four years, Chris left Willardson and White ready for his next challenge — painting people. Yes, he learned to do that, too painting and drawing the comprehensive and finished poster and magazine promotional art for Return of the Jedi, Peggy Sue Got Married, Labyrinth, The Abyss, and who could forget the portrait of the studly Harrison Ford on the Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom theatrical advance poster art?

In 1988 he picked up his family and relocated to the state of Washington where he’s once again tackled a new, but classic, technique. Now he’s brush-painting stories of American perseverance.

Show Notes:

  • Chris’s early job experiences
  • Working for Charles White III and David Willardson
  • Traveling as an artist for the Air Force
  • Chris’s revolutionary work with airbrushes
  • Painting the Tuskegee Airmen and The Japanese Incarceration
  • “Hidden Heroes: The Nisei Soldiers of WWII”
  • Future exhibitions
  • Resilience

www.artistdecoded.com

www.chrishopkinsart.com

www.instagram.com/chrishopkinsart

Nov 18, 2021

Colborn Bell is currently the co-founder and curator of the Museum of Crypto Art (M○C△), an immersive digital art center in virtual reality. Unconstrained by the limitations of physical reality, the aim of this project is to create bridges to Metaverse spaces and usher in a creative renaissance that empowers digital artists and reawakens the imaginations of its participants. He is a long-time blockchain and venture investor.

Guest Interviewer: Jesse Draxler

Show Notes: 

  • 00:15:00 - Colborn’s background
  • 00:20:54 - The Museum of Crypto Art
  • 00:22:57 - What Colborn specifically looks for in NFT Artwork
  • 00:25:10 - The gift of an existential crisis
  • 00:31:25 - The ecological effects of crypto currency
  • 00:40:40 - Crypto art breaking down traditional barriers 
  • 00:44:27 - Preserving the pure nature of art / societal shifts
  • 00:52:15 - What a good day looks like for Jesse and Colborn
  • 00:55:17 - The future of NFT’s 
  • 00:58:57 - M.O.C.A’s Artist Residency & M.O.C.A’s Genesis Collection
  • 1:04:15 - Advice to artists
  • 1:08:30 - Humanitarianism
  • 1:10:42 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.twitter.com/co1born

www.museumofcryptoart.com

Nov 15, 2021

Hayden Silas Anhedönia, a Florida native better known as Southern Gothic musician, Ethel Cain, creates her art with the same simple intention behind a Sunday morning sermon; to not only be heard, but also felt. Combining her Southern Baptist upbringing with her love of folk, country, and rock music, as well as all things horror and drama, she aims to create nothing other than a visceral experience that lingers long after consumption.

Show Notes:

  • The meaning of her tattoos
  • Religion / Hayden’s problems and fascination with Christianity and cults
  • Her childhood experiences
  • Social order, classism, eastern and western cultures
  • Identity
  • Cancel culture, honesty, and speaking freely
  • The beginnings of “Ethel Cain”
  • Mental health and dismantling the narrative
  • Wrap Up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.instagram.com/mothercain

www.daughtersofcain.com

Nov 9, 2021

After studying filmmaking with Leslie Thornton at Brown University, and French New Wave director Eric Rohmer at The University of Paris-Michelet, Sam Levy began his professional career as an apprentice to cinematographer Harris Savides.

Sam first gained recognition as a cinematographer in his own right when he photographed Wendy and Lucy for director Kelly Reichardt - voted one of the “Best 25 Films of the 21st Century” by The New York Times.

Sam went on to shoot three films for director Noah Baumbach: Frances Ha, Mistress America, and While We’re Young.

Sam’s recent films include Lady Bird - nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture - as well as two projects for director Spike Jonze: Changers and Untitled Frank Ocean Project.

Sam has photographed commercials and music videos for such directors as Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek, Fredrik Bond, Stacy Wall, Randy Krallman, Lisa Rubisch, and Brigitte Lacombe among others.

Show Notes:

  • New experiences while shooting “Mayday”
  • Sam’s experience being a producer and cinematographer
  • Logical and emotional headspaces
  • The genesis of “Mayday” 
  • Women filmmakers
  • Using reference material
  • Sam’s path into cinematography 
  • Spirituality
  • The role of a filmmaker / How it’s changing
  • Sam’s upcoming project
  • Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.samlevydp.com

www.instagram.com/samlevydp

Nov 1, 2021

John Wentz is a contemporary painter 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.

Show Notes:

  • Cultural nuances
  • John’s shift towards digital artwork
  • Imposter syndrome
  • The effects of COVID on people’s consciousness
  • NFT’s
  • The background to John’s latest gallery show, “Liminal Spaces” at Stolen Space Gallery in London
  • The Liminal Space
  • Grieving
  • The concept of “ritual”
  • How painting has changed for John over the years
  • The idea of self-expression
  • Voice and style
  • Intentionally living
  • The future of gallery exhibitions
  • Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.johnwentz.com

www.instagram.com/johnwentz

Oct 26, 2021

Books Referenced In This Yoshinocast Episode:

  • "The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas J. Stanley
  • "The Psychology of Money" by Morgan Housel
  • "Atomic Habits" by James Clear
  • "The Miracle of a Definite Chief Aim" by Mitch Horowitz

Link To Yoshino's Strava Profile:

www.strava.com/athletes/63049717

Other Links:

www.artistdecoded.com
www.yoshinostudios.com
www.nohwave.co

Oct 25, 2021

Joe Sill is a filmmaker and founder of world-building lab Impossible Objects.

Joe likes to think big. He forged his path as a live-action feature and commercials director, often using visual effects to bring new worlds and ideas to life. His love for telling grand visual stories has led him to work with top brands such as Apple, NASA, Nike, and Tesla, as well as his first foray into feature filmmaking with "Stray”.

Recently, Joe decided to double down in the landscape of animation and virtual production, energized by the constant innovation and ability for artists like himself to imagine and create without limitation.

Joe is currently developing an original television series with writer Matisse Tolin based on their short film, “Autonomous”, with Jon Berg and Greg Silverman of Stampede Ventures producing.

Show Notes:

  • Joseph Campbell on giving meaning to life
  • Honestly expressing oneself
  • Being journey focused vs. being results focused
  • Turning interests into a career
  • The role of the director on set
  • The potentially toxic ideology behind the “self-starter”
  • Joe’s work as a director
  • Bruce Lee’s impact on culture
  • The process of creation/ego
  • Joe’s reflections during the pandemic
  • VR in cinema
  • Social media
  • Seeking validation
  • Relinquishing ideas of ownership
  • Joe’s company, “Impossible Objects” 
  • Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.joesill.com

www.impossible-objects.co

Aug 19, 2021

Liana Finck, New Yorker Cartoonist, who has been deemed by ELLE, "Instagram's favorite cartoonist," and has been featured on Adult Swim and HBO's Very Semi-Serious, as well as authored multiple graphic novels and a cartoon book (and a forthcoming novel as well), and has drawn the cover for a Justin Bieber + Ariana Grande single.

Show Notes:

  • 00:03:34 - Artistry and childhood
  • 00:05:26 - Different modes of creating art
  • 00:10:45 - Finding one’s voice as an artist
  • 00:12:54 - Liana’s artistic evolution
  • 00:15:11 - Naive art and perfectionism
  • 00:18:12 - Finding one’s rhythm
  • 00:20:55 - Cities being a hub for a variety of people and perspectives
  • 00:26:45 - What we say vs. what we mean
  • 00:31:02 - Personality tests
  • 00:34:20 - The anxiety of being around people
  • 00:40:58 - Life changes
  • 00:47:55 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.lianafinck.com

www.instagram.com/lianafinck

 

Aug 14, 2021

Ayoto Ataraxia 鄭博榕; pingyin: Zheng Borong; born 23 August 1985) is an artist, director, writer, performing artist, producer, poet, and musician. He graduated from Istituto Europeo di Design with cum laude in 2009, and from the School of Visual Arts with honors in New York City, 2013.

His works have been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and are part of the Beyond Fashion exhibition of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography.

He is currently hosting Asian Provocation, exploring queer Asian diasporic identities through conversations and stories

Show Notes:

  • 00:04:55 - Ayoto’s reflections time in New York
  • 00:09:06 - The dangers of romanticizing working artists
  • 00:12:18 - Artistic expression
  • 00:16:42 - Modern American culture / getting lost in the American dream
  • 00:19:52 - Considering what we truly value in life
  • 00:22:14 - Observing people in different dimensions
  • 00:27:24 - The illusion of control
  • 00:29:08 - Identity
  • 00:35:37 - The background to Ayoto’s original name/freedom from dogma
  • 01:00:23 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.instagram.com/ayoto.ataraxia/

www.ayotoataraxia.com

Jul 26, 2021

NYC-based Iranian songwriter, producer, and vocalist Kris Esfandiari, also known as King Woman, is set to release a striking full-length album, Celestial Blues, on July 30, 2021, via Relapse Records.

Kris Esfandiari (NGHTCRWLR, Dalmatian, Miserable, Sugar High, i8i) founded King Woman in 2009 — a solo project which later gained the talents of guitarist Peter Arensdorf and drummer Joseph Raygoza.

Now wiser and holding less animosity than King Woman’s previous sentiments on 2014 EP Doubt and the highly-esteemed 2017 full length Created in The Image of Suffering, the fantasy world that once plagued Kris' psyche is dancing in a new light on Celestial Blues. Feeling compelled to reshape the biblical archetypes that once bound her, Esfandiari has created a theatrical tale of rebellion, tragedy, and triumph — a metaphor for her own personal experiences over the years — Celestial Blues was born.

Show Notes:

  • 00:05:17 - Monotheism/experiences with Christianity
  • 00:17:16 - The fluidity of expressing emotions through music
  • 00:21:08 - Opening up to her creative spirit
  • 00:25:44 - The current state of the music industry
  • 00:27:22 - Surrounding oneself with the right people
  • 00:29:12 - Her newest album with her band, King Woman, entitled, Celestial Blues
  • 00:36:14 - Art being a gateway
  • 00:38:17 - Deconstruction
  • 00:44:00 - Kristina’s multiple side projects
  • 00:50:00 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.instagram.com/kngwmn

www.kingwoman.bandcamp.com

Jul 19, 2021

Poet, artist, and Daughters vocalist Alexis Marshall has announced his solo debut LP HOUSE OF LULL. HOUSE OF WHEN for July 23rd via Sargent House and along with it the first song and video for “Hounds In The Abyss”.

Directed by Jeremy W., Marshall notes of the video’s concept “The long stare into the room of self—the universe’s middle distance—the many hidden doors we locate, the many rooms we find. Populated not only by whom else we are, but by places, we have been. The places we are. We don’t always pull away from the hot stove.”’

Produced by Seth Manchester the album is crafted around moments of spontaneity and sonic detritus. For the album, Marshall brought together an impressive group of collaborators to execute his vision, a vision that for the first time was under his full creative direction. Jon Syverson (Daughters), Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), Evan Patterson (Jaye Jayle, Young Widows) joined Marshall in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at Machines with Magnets studio with no material. The strategy was to embrace new sounds, employ the element of chance, and capture the creative process in a song format. The genesis of a song could be anything—a fragmented piano line, a drum pattern—but the impetus was often a non-musical sound. Marshall sourced a lot of his textural contributions from a hardware store all contributing to a proto-industrial rattle-and-rumble reminiscent of early Einstürzende Neubaten.

The resulting material stands to be the boldest and exciting work of his career.

Show Notes:

  • 00:06:21 - Artwork acting as a mirror to the viewer
  • 00:08:12 - Positive and negative feedback from his band, Daughters
  • 00:10:54 - Alexis’s personal growth
  • 00:14:48 - Success, addiction, and trauma
  • 00:21:30 - Romanticism and selfishness
  • 00:25:17 - Discussing the progression of society
  • 00:32:45 - His new solo album, “House of Lull. House of When”
  • 00:40:14 - Arts affect on Alexis
  • 00:48:37 - The recording process for “House of Lull. House of When”
  • 00:53:46 - Lessons from Daughters comeback album and subsequent
  • 01:02:34 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.instagram.com/asfmarshall

Alexis Marshall's "House of Lull, House of When" on Bandcamp

Jul 13, 2021

Emilio Villalba is a Mexican-American painter living in San Francisco. Born in Chula Vista and raised in Southern California, he grew up interested in drawing and art. He created a career in Los Angeles as a visual effects artist where he animated television commercials and films. After 2 years in the industry, he left for San Francisco to study fine art. He’s now focused on exploring painting figuratively, pulling inspiration from both old masters and contemporary artists—from Velázquez to Alice Neel and Basquiat. 

Emilio’s latest exhibition, “People and Things” will be on view at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York from Saturday, July 17th to Saturday, August 7th, 2021.

Show Notes:

  • 00:03:12 - Emilio’s latest body of work
  • 00:06:50 - Exploring new visual avenues
  • 00:13:33 - Self-awareness of one’s work
  • 00:20:30 - Saying vs. doing
  • 00:32:42 - The psychology of reward systems
  • 00:36:03 - Identity / fitting in
  • 00:42:40 - The conceptual basis of Emilio’s newest body of work
  • 00:53:37 - Owning who you are
  • 01:03:33 - The painter's alphabet
  • 01:25:42 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.instagram.com/emilio_villalba/

www.emiliovillalbaart.com/

Jul 8, 2021

Stuart Biddlecombe is a director of photography for The Handmaid’s Tale. Biddlecombe graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2003. He has also worked on Doctor Who, Call To Midwife, and Cold Feet.

Show Notes:

  • 00:02:53 - Adapting to an environment on set
  • 00:07:26 - Stuart’s creative process
  • 00:12:28 - Collaboration within the filming process
  • 00:17:06 - The continuity of filming television shows
  • 00:19:24 - Artistry vs. Craftsmanship
  • 00:21:22 - Inspiration through different types of art
  • 00:23:47 - Observing the world through the lens of cinematography
  • 00:25:23 - How he sees his role as a DP
  • 00:28:18 - Spontaneity while filming
  • 00:33:40 - Stuart’s journey as a cinematographer
  • 00:50:00 - Stuart’s best piece of work / working in TV
  • 01:02:51 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.instagram.com/stuartdop

www.stuartbiddlecombe.co.uk

Jun 28, 2021

For the first episode of AD’s Movie Club, Justin will be discussing Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2008 Film Tokyo Sonata with three of his close friends.

First, we are joined by photographer and podcast host, Yoshino.

Yoshino uses his photography to draw out deep lingering emotions while seeking to unveil a psychological truth embedded within all of us. He attempts to create a dichotomy and a confluence between his observations, molding them together between varying ideas and disparate elements. With these images, he invites the viewer to enter his world and to give space for the contemplation of their own personal framework and reality.

Yoshino is also the host of the Artist Decoded podcast.

Amirtha Kidambi is a composer, performer, and professor currently living in New York City.

Kidambi earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University, an M.M. in Voice and Musicology at CUNY Brooklyn College, and a B.A. in Voice from Loyola Marymount University. She currently serves on the faculty for the New School, teaching music history courses and heading a large-scale curriculum development project. She has also served on the faculty at Brooklyn College.

Ru Storey (They/Them)is a Los Angeles-based queer skater, graphic designer, and editor.
Ru and Justin are currently working on a short film to be premiered this summer.

Justin Daashuur Hopkins is an internationally exhibited artist and award-winning director.

Show Notes:

  • 00:01:47 - Tokyo Sonata’s plot
  • 00:04:39 - First reactions/thoughts on the patriarchy
  • 00:09:03 - The historical context of duty and shame
  • 00:14:00 - Structural issues of society and power dynamics
  • 00:24:00 - Questioning your reality and moving towards self-actualization
  • 00:35:38 - Reflections on the conversation
  • 00:39:04 - Elements of a sonata
  • 00:50:12 - Relinquishing of authoritarian control
  • 01:00:58 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.mubi.com/artistdecoded

Jun 22, 2021

Jan Hopkins is a master at creating sculptural vessels and figurative sculptures from unusual natural materials such as citrus, melon and pomegranate peels, lotus pods, fish skin, leaves, and seed pods. Each piece is a marriage of deep sensitivity and reverence to materials with a heavy emphasis on concept and innovation.

Jan studied basketry with indigenous and contemporary artists, learning the art of meticulous construction, the basics of how to gather and prepare materials, and understanding new concepts in design beyond traditional construction. In the early 90s, challenged with the depletion and unavailability of many of the natural basketry materials, she began experimenting and innovating new ways of processing organic materials that she successfully uses in her work today. Her initial aspiration was to preserve the beauty of the materials she began to by constructing vessel forms. Jan’s work evolved to more figurative work with narratives sewn into each intricately designed piece.

Jan and her husband Chris have also embarked on a deeply personal collaborative project about a part of her family’s history, The Japanese American incarceration during WWII. Piece by piece, Jan is puzzling together family stories that are both heartbreaking and inspiring. Jan states, “This project has changed the essence of my work and has challenged me to innovate new ways of construction and storytelling.” Their two-person show was exhibited at the Schack Art Center, Everett, WA in 2018. A future exhibit is scheduled to open at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Bainbridge Island in 2022, The timing of this exhibit marks the 80th Remembrance anniversary of the first Japanese Americans taken away from their homes on Bainbridge Island and sent to Manzanar Concentration Camp.

An award-winning artist, Jan has exhibited across the United States and featured 8 years at SOFA International Expos, held annually in New York, Chicago, and Santa Fe. Her work is included in museum permanent collections across the country including the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, Museum of Art and Design in New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI.

Show Notes:

  • 00:04:27 - Jan’s experience being a part of a family of artists
  • 00:10:48 - Jan’s journey towards artistry
  • 00:17:12 - Great ideas finding us
  • 00:20:15 - Results-oriented thinking, taking you away from the process
  • 00:22:23 - Intuition and spirituality
  • 00:26:34 - The elements and materials that guide Jan’s art practice
  • 00:31:27 - Jan's focus on narrative artwork
  • 00:39:15 - The inspiration behind Jan’s exhibit “Americans Interned”
  • 00:58:56 - The power of cultural art
  • 01:03:27 - Wrap Up

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www.janhopkinsart.blogspot.com

www.instagram.com/janhopkinsart

Jun 14, 2021

Mitch Horowitz is a historian of alternative spirituality and one of today’s most literate voices of esoterica, mysticism, and the occult. He is among the few occult writers whose work touches the bases of academic scholarship, national journalism, and subculture cred. Mitch is a writer-in-residence at the New York Public Library, lecturer-in-residence at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles, and a PEN Award-winning historian whose books include Occult America; One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life; and The Miracle Club.

The Washington Post says Mitch “treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today’s raised-voice discussions.”

He has discussed alternative spirituality across the national media and is collaborating with Emmy-nominated director Ronni Thomas on a feature documentary about the occult classic The Kybalion, shot on location in Egypt. Mitch received the Walden Award for Interfaith/Intercultural Understanding. The Chinese government has censored his work.

Show Notes:

  • 00:05:50 - Mitch’s approach towards his craft
  • 00:09:52 - The origins of thoughts and ideas
  • 00:17:17 - The brain within the metaphysical
  • 00:20:57 - Tapping into an imaginal realm with art
  • 00:29:35 - Being honest with your desires
  • 00:36:10 - Artists going unrecognized
  • 00:42:42 - Being uncompromising in our desires
  • 00:50:06 - Depression and anxiety
  • 00:59:58 - Navigating dark energy
  • 01:06:43 - Free will
  • 01:10:52 - Hypnagogic state
  • 01:18:47 - The pathos of death
  • 01:29:46 - Wrap Up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.instagram.com/mitchhorowitz23

https://www.mitchhorowitz.com/

Jun 4, 2021

Damon Davis is a post-disciplinary artist based in St. Louis, Missouri. His work spans across a spectrum of creative mediums to tell stories exploring how identity is informed by power and mythology. He is well known for his body of work, Darker Gods, which explores Afro-surrealist manifestations of Black culture. Davis is a Firelight Media, Sundance Labs, TED, and Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow. He is the founder and creative director of St. Louis-based music label/ artist collective FarFetched and his work is featured in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Show Notes:

  • 00:03:18 - Reflections on George Floyd and 2020
  • 00:09:55 - Power dynamics in American society
  • 00:14:35 - The soulful impact of art
  • 00:17:40 - America’s amnesia & the complexities of blackness
  • 00:20:49 - Value systems
  • 00:29:56 - Damon’s intention with the mythology he created for “Darker Gods”
  • 00:33:39 - Power, wisdom, and empathy
  • 00:39:15 -The desensitization and fetishization of death
  • 00:45:07 - Critical thinking 
  • 00:49:46 - Wrap up

www.artistdecoded.com

www.heartacheandpaint.com

www.instagram.com/damondavis

May 31, 2021

Born in Beijing and raised in Singapore, Jingna Zhang is a fashion and fine art photographer and director based in New York City and Seattle. Imbued with love for the Pre-Raphaelites and Japanese anime, Jingna’s work interweaves Asian aesthetics with western art styles, bringing unique visions of painterly and fantastical images to fashion and fine art photography.

Before photography, Jingna was a world-class air rifle shooter representing Singapore at the Commonwealth Games and World Cup. She was the only female founder of a North American esports team in StarCraft 2; and was once a concept artist and illustrator’s agent, with clients including LucasArts, Amazon Publishing, and Sony Online Entertainment.

Jingna majored in fashion design before dropping out of school to pursue photography. She is an alumna of Stanford’s innovation and entrepreneurship program Ignite and a Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 listmaker.

Jingna’s works have appeared on multiple editions of Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar. Her clients include Mercedes Benz, Montblanc, and Lancome. Jingna’s fine art works have exhibited at Leica Gallery Milan, Tsinghua University, and Japan Creative Centre in Singapore, and she has spoken at Laguna College of Art and Design, Monterrey Institute of Technology, and Square Enix.

Show Notes:

  • 00:00:00 - Introduction
  • 00:05:24 - Self-Expression
  • 00:11:54 - Jingna's start in art 
  • 00:16:20 - Competition 
  • 00:18:12 - Working with certainty and uncertainty
  • 00:22:08 - Resources for growth 
  • 00:29:39 - Jingna's work with creative writing / the beginner's mindset
  • 00:37:31 - Childlike naivety
  • 00:39:20 - Jingna's relationship with video games
  • 00:47:00 - Wrap up

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www.zhangjingna.com

www.instagram.com/zemotion

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