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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: February, 2022
Feb 25, 2022
April Maxey was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, and is currently based in Los Angeles. She was 1 of 8 Directors chosen to be a part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, where she made her short film Work, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

April was recently selected for AWD’s Directing the Actor Lab. She is also an alumna of the prestigious Berlinale Talents Short Film Station. Her drama pilot screenplay for Work was a top 5 finalist in the New Orleans Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Her previous short film, After You Left, won the Shorts Jury Prize at the Milwaukee Film Festival and has screened at Academy and BAFTA-Qualifying festivals such as Palm Springs Int’l Shortfest, Flickerfest, HollyShorts, and Outfest Fusion.

April’s short films have collectively screened at over 60 festivals across 14 countries and won 8 awards internationally, such as the 100Autori Award for Best Screenplay at the Sicilia Queer Film Fest in Italy, and Best International Narrative Short at Kashish Mumbai Queer Film Festival in India for her 2012 short Polaroid Girl. April was also a guest writer/director on the lesbian web series Same Same, and her episodes premiered at Newfest in 2016.

April’s directing approach is informed by her background in working as a cinematographer, editor, and actor. She is most interested in working on stories that center on underrepresented perspectives that challenge the mainstream. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute in Film/Video.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Destigmatizing sex work and sex workers
  • Shame culture
  • Her short film that premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival entitled “Work”
  • Challenging the traditional patriarchal lens
  • Writer Amy Tan’s Masterclass
  • Following one’s own creative sensibilities
  • Her writing process
  • April’s experiences working with AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women
  • Underground lap dance parties in New York
  • “Election” a 1999 film by director Alexander Payne
  • “2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything” a book by Mauro F. Guillén
  • April’s advice to her younger self
  • The Nostalgia Bone on the Throughline podcast

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Feb 14, 2022
Curious & creative mind working at the intersection of art, blockchain, and Web3. Founder and CEO of Vertical Crypto Art - a web3 native studio & artist-first community dedicated to NFTs, crypto art, and elevating web3 culture in the metaverse.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Micol working with creators in the tech industry at Facebook and Instagram
  • Artists living off of making art and tokenizing work
  • The origins of her platform, Vertical Crypto Art
  • Helping artists navigate the new territories within the NFT world
  • The online artist residency component of Vertical Crypto Art, which consists of a WEB 3.0 educational program
  • Sustainability within the NFT space
  • Artists creating art through coding, smart contracts, and the blockchain
  • The work that she’s doing in collaboration with Tezos
  • Hic Et Nunc
  • Frieze LA (Feb 17th - Feb 20th, 2022)
  • Tezos vs. Ethereum
  • Versum NFT Platform
  • The importance of properly displaying digital artworks


Artists Mentioned:

  • Sarah Zucker
  • Kevin Abosh
  • Sarah Meyohas (Founder of BitchCoin)
  • Mitchell Dan
  • Simon Danny
  • Rhea Myers
  • Sol LeWitt
  • Lucas Aguirre
  • Marjan Moghaddam
  • Manolo Gamboa Naon

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Feb 8, 2022
Shantell Martin is one of today’s most groundbreaking multimedia artists. Known for her ongoing exploration of the vast potential of the spontaneous hand-drawn lines, below the surface of her signature black and white drawing is an exploration of the reciprocal relationship between artist and viewer, in which a work of art is more than an object of admiration. Exploring themes such as intersectionality, identity, and play, Shantell is a cultural facilitator, forging new connections between fine art, education, design, philosophy, and technology.

Simultaneously with her work as a fine artist, exhibiting at institutions such as Albright-Knox, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, and MoMa, Shantell’s practice continuously pushes the boundaries of creative expression through thoughtful, innovative collaborations with artists, brands, and cultural institutions such as Pulitzer Prize-winning performance artist Kendrick Lamar, acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler, the New York City Ballet, Tiffany & Co., and Nike. Shantell is also fascinated with the relationships between storytelling, visual art, and technology. She is an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch ITP (Interactive Telecommunications Program) and completed a two-year tenure at an MIT Media Lab as a visiting Scholar, where she worked with the social computing group to use drawing as a medium to explore the interaction of social processes with physical spaces.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Tapping into child-like sensibilities as an adult
  • Moving from darkness into light
  • Creating artwork with a “good intention”
  • “What if we asked all children, who are you at the core, instead of what do you want to be?” - Shantell Martin
  • Letting go of societal baggage in order to create our own way
  • Creating purpose
  • Spontaneously creating artwork
  • Drawing and how it can have an impact on one’s mental health
  • Physically drawing vs. drawing digitally
  • Expressing one’s self through various mediums, not being restricted by a single medium
  • “Kites”by Martin with the Boston Ballet, ChoreograpHER
  • “The Importance of Conversation” by Martin, an NFT Project in collaboration with Nifty Gateway
  • “You are where you are meant to be”, Martin’s personal affirmation to herself
  • “Does progress really exist, or is it the scenery that changes?” - Shantell Martin
  • Having existential thoughts
  • The power of making and sharing
  • Finding herself when she moved to Japan from the UK in the early 2000s
  • “There’s a freedom in being lost in the sense that you get to discover and find yourself.” - Shantell Martin
  • The perspective of success and failure in Taoism

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