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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: November, 2021
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

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