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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Apr 10, 2020

About Cory: “Create space in your heart and mind. Live in the present moment.

There are many styles of meditation, approaches to mindfulness, and paths to living a more present life. However, each of those schools are confined to their own strict guidelines. This course is not. I believe that every person is different and needs a unique style of meditation that works for them.

I have studied meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. Throughout that time, I took what I found to be the most useful parts of each school of meditation and wiped away the mystery. I combined my personal discoveries, and a blend of classic foundational techniques to create a new approach to the art of mindfulness.

In this downloadable 6 week audio course, I’ll share an approach to meditation that allows you to learn what works best for you. Whether you’re taking your first steps or are further down the path, this course is something you will grow with.” - Cory Allen

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Apr 9, 2020

About Allie X: Somewhere amidst the outer reaches of iconoclastic pop darling Allie X’s mind, you’ll find the limits of a surreal hamlet inspired by the East Coast’s infamous playground of the pedigreed, Cape Cod. That said, it doesn’t take long for all the overbearing, Americana-worshipping idyll to melt into a gloomy, grandiose fantasy world of Allie’s creation.

A distinct departure from her previous effort — the irreverent, observational Super Sunset — this new writing is an intimate, healing journey focused inwards. Told through the perspective of character rooted in Allie’s own reluctant reflections upon her teenage alienation, it’s an invitation to recontextualize the banality of our shared suburban coming-of-age angst via wry romanticization and darkly-dreamlike production. To rethink ostracization and ennui as a vehicle to unite,
rather than isolate, all of the anxiety-ridden outsiders.

“I was waiting for the right moment and place and maturity level where I could comfortably and accurately put these feelings into song,” Allie says, before adding, “This sort of margin in time, and space helped me dive in, and explore some repressed feelings.”

Interestingly enough, her new work was created within the span of few whirlwind weeks. A literal world away from the hook-driven writing rooms of Los Angeles. Thanks to the help of like-minded Swedish producer, Oscar Görres, and co-writer James Alan Ghaleb, lead single “Fresh Laundry” unfurled into a gaudily melancholic, whimsical encapsulation of the surreal world Allie always dreamed of belonging to.

Meanwhile, tracks like “Regulars” explores the struggle of a fish-out-of water forced to adhere to the conventional, while the Troye Sivan duet “Love Me Wrong” expounds upon these feelings — turning it toward the often fraught relationships with our family that we eventually end up internalizing.

A carefully constructed meditation on universal themes of identity and belonging, most importantly, this new work is also a declaration of the autonomy we have when it comes to redefining ourselves and our place in the world. Although, Allie herself may still be on a journey toward reconciling with her past, by allowing herself to continue exploring the margins of contemporary pop, she’s ended up finding herself, at last, a little bit closer to home.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Her collaboration with Mitski (singer / songwriter) for their song “Susie Save Your Love”
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • Her writing process for her newest album, Cape God, which was inspired by the 2015 HBO documentary entitled “Heroin: Cape Cod USA” directed by Steven Okazaki
  • Sifting through disparate elements
  • Challenges faced in her music career
  • Adaptive resilience

Apr 4, 2020

About Ron: Ron Hicks was born in Columbus, Ohio but spent most of his childhood growing up in the modest and friendly neighborhood of Park Hill in Denver, Colorado. Ron always knew he would be an artist. Ron's family later relocated back to Ohio where during high school he was awarded several awards, and honors for various art shows and competitions.  His talent became obvious and noted throughout his high school career, and Ron was awarded a full scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, OH. He later returned to Denver then subsequently earned a degree in Advertising Design. After college, Ron applied his degree, and natural talent to working for ad agencies, magazines, and as a freelance illustrator. He would soon realize his true passion. Ron's natural talent, and eye for beauty encouraged a shift in the direction of his style of painting.

"I see things very abstractly, so I think of myself as a painter who sees shape, value, edges and texture. It could be the most mundane thing to any passer-by, but I find great beauty in that. I can't imagine not painting...not creating. If I'm not painting, creating, and sharing my gift then what's the point?"  - Ron Hicks

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The recent LA Art Show with his paintings on view at the Gallery 1261 booth
  • His early art inspiration as a child specifically from his mother
  • Starting a Saturday art program at the Columbus College of Art and Design in high school
  • Moving back to Denver to finish college, and a short-winded pursuit in advertising design before diving into his art career
  • An early mentorship that allowed him to tap into the "soul" of his art, and thoughts on developing an intuitive toolbox
  • Hicks' evolution of his art, and the abstract dialogue that comes through his paintings
  • Creating honesty in his art but leaving room for his viewers' interpretation of his works
  • Processing the traumas of thirty years of racial profiling

Apr 1, 2020

About Ibarionex: Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer and educator. Since 2006, he has also served as the host, and producer of The Candid Frame photography podcast, which has featured hundreds of conversations with the world’s best and established photographers. Guests have included Sam Abell, Maggie Steber, Eli Reed, Jay Maisel, Elliot Erwitt, Ruddy Roye, Dan Winters, Keith Carter and many more. Ibarionex has written hundreds of magazine articles on the subject of photography and has authored half a dozen books on the subject of photography including his most recent Making Photographs: Developing a Personal Visual Workflow.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His podcast, “The Candid Frame”
  • Content with substance vs. content consumed to distract
  • Cerebral vs. technical vs. intuitive elements to creativity
  • Book: Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “The Decisive Moment”
  • Finding comfortability in uncomfortable scenarios
  • Discussing the role of the interviewer
  • Ibarionex’s photography and writing process
  • The importance of creating your own creative community
  • Podcast: Elvis Mitchell’s “The Treatment”
  • Photographers: Joel Meyerowitz, Richard Avedon, Michelle Groskopf

Mar 29, 2020

About Denna: Denna Thomsen grew up in Omaha Nebraska, later receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University. She moved to California in 2007 to pursue a professional dance career and gained a spot with Hysterica Dance Company, founded by Kitty McNamee. In 2012, Alma Ha’rel gave Denna her first break acting and dancing alongside Shia Labeouf, in Fjogur Piano by Sigur Ros. She soon became infatuated with the commercial side and later danced beside Madonna, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg, Florence + The Machine and SIA. With the rise of musical artist, SIA, in 2014, Denna began to assist Ryan Heffington on all future endeavors and more including Lorde, The OA, Kenzo Fashion Show, Mascots, and Homepod, directed by Spike Jonze. She has recently choreographed a scene from the new movie, Booksmart, and has been recognized for her work in the known Apple commercial, “SWAY.” Denna will next be spotted as an actress alongside Finn Wolfhardt and Mackenzie Davis, in an Amblin Entertainment film called “The Turning”, directed by Floria Sigismondi.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How she found her love for dance and choreography
  • Applying the structure and discipline of her practice to navigate through the contemporary dance world, and life in general
  • Triggers for inspiration
  • Continuing a writing practice as a way to inform dance, and other aspects of creativity
  • Butoh Dance AKA The Dance of Darkness
  • Poor accreditation, and mistreatment of dancers in the entertainment industry
  • Challenges in sustainability that face contemporary dancers/choreographers
  • Pushing through fear to become what you were meant to be
  • Releasing tension through physical activity, and emotional vulnerability

Mar 24, 2020

About Michael: Michael Phillip is a writer, seeker, and wonder-dipping host of the Third Eye Drops podcast. In it, he melds minds with some of the planet’s most interesting artists, scientists, philosophers, and consciousness explorers.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The value of having a contemplative practice
  • Søren Kierkegaard’s “Leaf of Faith”
  • Michael’s first Ayahuasca experience
  • Ancient mystery schools, and revealing the mysteries of life and death
  • The Myer’s Briggs Personality Test
  • “Awakening From The Meaning Crisis”, a YouTube series by John Vervaeke whom is a psychology and cognitive science professor at University of Toronto
  • Addressing the COVID-19 crisis
  • The cultivation of wisdom through authentic dialogue

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Mar 18, 2020

About Riley: Riley Stearns (Director + Writer) grew up in Pflugerville, Texas.

His short, The Cub, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. His feature debut, Faults, starring Leland Orser, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, premiered at SXSW in 2014 and was released theatrically.

The Art of Self-Defense (2019) played at numerous international film festivals including the opening night slot of Munich Film Festival and was released domestically to critical acclaim. The Art of Self-Defense is Stearns’ second feature.

He is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under, Renzo Gracie black belt, Shawn Williams.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Stearns' seven-year journey training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and studying at various schools including Renzo Gracie's academy in LA
  • A discussion on Stearns' recent film “The Art of Self Defense”
  • The concept of toxic masculinity, and its effects on society's expectation of people
  • His use of dark comedy, and absurdity in breaking down the stereotypes of men and developing an overall message on the importance of being yourself 
  • Using his art as a means to express his emotions and deal with personal traumas, including a recent divorce
  • On Stearns' writing process, incubation period, and organic approach in editing after the script is finished
  • Finding a recent passion playing the mandolin
  • His collaborations in film, and maintaining healthy relationships with those he works with
  • Having wins and balancing what people like versus having a healthy ego as an artist, specifically concerning his reception of his 2013 short film “The Cub” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
  • Reflection on Stearns' 2014 film, Faults
  • The Art of Self Defense is available to stream on Hulu

Mar 17, 2020

About Akira: “Making pictures is one of the earliest memories I recall. Before learning to write the alphabet I was drawing from my imagination in crayons. And over all the years that followed, there has never been a period where I didn’t continue the practice. I remember for example just after graduating high school and living on my own as a dishwasher with no ambitions in life but to get drunk and high. But when the party was over I would be in the kitchen of a house I didn’t live in, drawing past dawn. Or even when I was a student at the University of California Berkeley, on my way towards a corporate life, having never conceived even the possibility where art could be a profession, I filled my notebooks not with words from lectures, but with sketches of teachers and classmates. And though later I would become a ‘professional artist’, I sometimes look back at such moments if confused with the roots of my creativity. It started purely as an act of autonomy, where nothing outside myself influenced or affected it. I simply drew because I enjoyed it above all else. Sure, like anyone I’ve had plenty of typical life experiences that have brought their own joy, but nothing compares in consistency and meaningfulness that making art has provided. Even during those unavoidable periods with living that challenge us most, drastic life change/loss/death, art has functioned as a medium with giving meaning to suffering, transforming it into an experience with healing. This I hope, begins to describe the art I make. The drawings and paintings you see on this site, are similar to snapshots where the lens points in Life's direction with penetrating force. Every piece reflects a story only Life could tell. Up until my middle twenties it was enough to make art for its own sake. When I discovered making pictures offered so much more in such ways, a journey of exploration began. It’s fascinating to see how far it has come, and continuing forward never knowing where it may go.”
- Akira Beard

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Akira's journey into tattoo art versus his drawing and painting practice, and how concepts of spontaneity, the subconscious mind, and thinking work into his creative decision-making 
  • Using art initially as a necessity to undo years of emotional repression
  • Getting out of his head, and living in the present moment
  • Winning the Redbull art competition, and recontextualizing his preconceived notions of commercial art
  • Akira's personal experience with expectations, and their effects both on relationships and art
  • Leaving UC Berkeley, and corporate career aspirations for art school
  • The important mentorship of an art professor
  • Reflection on his time as a vagabond 
  • Incorporating uncomfortability into his life
  • Beginning his practice in jiu-jitsu and self defense
  • Documentaries: "The Real Mr. Miyagi" and " Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present"
  • Thoughts on the hero's journey, and the human experience

Mar 14, 2020

About Jennifer: Jennifer Pochinski is an American figurative painter. Her work is characterized by gestural marks and bold color. Relationships, the male-female power dynamic, and humanity are key themes in her work.

She was raised in Hawaii and received her BFA from the University of Hawaii in Painting in 1991. Much of her young adulthood was spent traveling and living on the mainland USA and Europe. Since late 2010, she has been living and working in California.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Pochinski's journey, including moving to Hawaii at a young age, experiencing her senior year abroad in Germany, living in Greece, and ultimately finding her way to Sacramento, CA
  • Her decision in college to change her major to art at the University of Hawaii, and later a brief stint studying interior architecture at an art and design school in Greec
  • Finding an escape and freedom from people pleasing in her artistic practice
  • Pochinski's methods of exploration and experimentation in her art, such as layering, linoleum printing, and collage
  • The act of letting her paintings "sit" and taking time to construct and deconstruct her work
  • Pochinski's passion for art, art books, and learning about other artists' lives. Names mentioned: Sol LeWitt, Eva Hesse, Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Markus Lupertz, Georg Baselitz, Cherry Pickles, Christopher Brown, R.B. Kitaj, Eric Fischl, Richard Diebenkorn, Paula Rego, Philip Guston, Jack Oden, Willem de Kooning, Lucian Freud

Mar 6, 2020

About Kit: Kit Dale was born on January 24, 1986, in Melbourne, Australia, growing up in the area’s eastern suburbs.

During his formative years Dale practiced a number of athletic activities, from karate to inline hockey, as well as Australian football (Aussie rules), a sport he competed in extensively prior to jiu-jitsu.

Australian rules football is widely recognized as one of the most physical sports in the world, generally played by large individuals. Although a very athletic competitor himself, Kit lacked the physicality of some of the other players, a handicap Dale sought to overcome by learning a few grappling tricks, starting his jiu-jitsu training in 2008 with Robert Parmakovski – a man who would, years later, become Kit’s own student.

BJJ came natural to Dale, who soon started allocating more of his time to grappling and less to Aussie rules football. While climbing the ranks of jiu-jitsu Dale trained with Bernie Jenkins (up to blue belt) and Peter De Been (up to brown belt), while also doing plenty of training and experimentation on his own or with friends/students.

Once the highly decorated grappler, Yuri Simões moved to Australia, Kit started training with the Brazilian. The two established a strong relationship as friends and training partners, and it was Yuri who promoted Dale to black belt on June, 2013. At the time of the ceremony, Dale had just under 5 years of training, this being one of the fastest rises to the rank recorded by then.

Dale would later move to California, USA, one of jiu-jitsu’s epicenters in order to improve his grappling skills while also attempting further his acting career.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His early interests that led him to BJJ
  • His rapid success in the world of BJ
  • Challenging the status quo in BJJ. Live training as opposed to drilling.
  • Kit’s method of “Specific Training”
  • Improvement through active problem-solving
  • His personal keys to a rewarding and happy life
  • His recent interest in a career as an actor
  • His relationship to problem-solving and the Socratic Method
  • How he applies his methodology of BJJ mastery to the rest of his life.

Feb 29, 2020

About Cory: Cory Allen is an author, podcast host, meditation teacher, composer, and audio engineer. On his podcast The Astral Hustle, he finds ways for us to live with more wonder and less suffering by speaking with leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience, music, and philosophy. The Astral Hustle has been downloaded millions of times and was featured by the New York Times. Cory has taught thousands of people how to meditate with clear and concise methods in his online meditation course Release Into Now. He is also a distinguished music producer who has released more than a dozen albums and engineered hundreds of records for other artists. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Allen's reflection on his childhood and his relationship with his family
  • How Allen strives to learn from the people he surrounds himself with
  • Thoughts on how humans react to one another and the complexities of life
  • A discussion on Allen's book, “Now is the Way: An Unconventional Approach to Modern Mindfulness”, including the writing process, the method of presenting both simple and complex ideas in a resource for all levels of mindfulness practice, and the experience of it in audio form
  • His journey as a teen studying western and eastern philosophy, meditation, psychedelics, and neuroscience
  • His feelings on abandoning structure, authority, and systems
  • The importance of eating well, and maintaining good health in the mindfulness journey
  • Creating balance between his writing practice and his home life

Feb 21, 2020

About Adam: Recurring themes in the work of Adam Lee are the act of pilgrimage, shelter and an itinerant, nomadic sense of home. Transmitted through a community of hermits, shawl-shod women and regalia-laden gentlefolk traversing deserts, forests and valleys or reposing in tabernacles or dreamed abodes, Lee’s practice ties together narratives of memory, imagination and transcendence. Through his works on linen and paper, Lee builds worlds where allegory and atmosphere coalesce to suggest a highly personal outlook informed by collective folklore and legend. These interior histories find their physical manifestation in Lee’s varied but self-contained technique, which is characterised by mercurial landscapes and a contemporary tenebrism. His oils on linen are a resonant amalgam of sanded back layers of pigment, highly saturated sfumato and a sensitively deployed portraiture, with his watercolour ink works evincing a command of shaping ethereal blooms into impressions of externalised thoughts, sensations and calls to a higher being.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Processing his experience from the 2017 residency at Glasshouse (in the South of France) and the exhibition "Monolith" that followed.
  • Balancing intuition in creativity with years of academic research.
  • Unbiased honesty in the work of children.
  • The positive and negatives aspects of the inundation of information as a contemporary artist.
  • How his thought process and work is changing
  • Taking a more specific and personal approach to work. 
  • Using art to process and understand life's difficult experiences.
  • The unavoidable implications of the influence of commerce on art.

Feb 19, 2020

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

Feb 12, 2020

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).

Jan 28, 2020

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

Jan 24, 2020

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.

Jan 8, 2020

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

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

Dec 28, 2019

About Hollis: Hollis Heichemer was born in Binghamton, New York and now currently lives and works in New Hampshire. Heichemer’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Hollis Taggart Galleries and J. Cacciola Gallery in New York, and Gross McCleaf Gallery and Rosenfeld Gallery in Philadelphia . Hollis has participated in a wide range of group exhibitions, including most recently at Stanek Gallery in Philadelphia and Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco. She received her BS from Ohio University and her MA at Seton Hall University.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How Heichemer creates experience, connectivity, and insight in her abstract works
  • Spending time outside, and how her experiences in nature inspire her work in the studio
  • How physical activity is a big part of Heichemer's life
  • Reflecting on taking art classes as a child and choosing not to pursue art school
  • Her marriage to fellow artist, Alex Kanevsky, and living in the country
  • How art serves as a means to express all of her being and past experiences
  • Finding other joys in life through reading and cooking
  • How Heichemer maintains a sort of separation between herself and technology

Hollis Heichemer’s Website


Dec 12, 2019

About Maja: Maja Ruznic, a prolific and active artist, is primarily a painter, a storyteller who conjures form and narrative from ground up mineral, smeared oil, and stained canvas. Born in Bosnia and Hercegovina in 1983, Ruznic immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling on the West Coast where she eventually went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley, later receiving an MFA from the California College of Arts. Ruznic’s often-quoted biography – a refugee who escaped the Bosnian War – is only the beginning of her journey. Ruznic’s vivid paintings speak for themselves, depicting figures that seem to emerge from the caverns of human history, from within their own supports, and somehow from within the viewer’s own recollections. These paintings breach something intrinsically human and Ruznic guides us deftly with dark humor and complex representations, not dissimilar to Werner Herzog’s wry, but poignant 3-D documentary depicting the oldest painted images in the world. Ruznic has exhibited internationally and her work has been written about extensively, most notably in ArtMaze Magazine, Juxtapoz, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Studio Visit Magazine, and twice in New American Paintings, including the cover as selected by curator Anne Ellegood. In 2018, Ruznic was a recipient of the Hopper Prize and in 2019, Ruznic’s painting “Azmira’s Daughters” was acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art. In 2020, she has upcoming solo shows with Conduit Gallery in Dallas, TX and Hales Gallery in London.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Practicing “Is-ness”
  • Maja moving to Roswell, NM
  • Intaking artwork at a subconscious level
  • Recognizing and healing from pain and trauma
  • Maja growing up in Bosnia in various refuge camps

Maja Ruznic’s Website


Dec 3, 2019

About Josh: Josh Peck is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and YouTube personality. Peck began his career as a child actor in the late 90s and early 2000s, and had an early role on The Amanda Show from 2000 to 2002. Peck rose to prominence for the role of Josh Nichols alongside Drake Bell's character in the Nickelodeon sitcom Drake & Josh from 2004 to 2007, and in its two television films in 2006 and 2008.

He then acted in films such as Mean Creek (2004), Drillbit Taylor (2008), The Wackness (2008), ATM (2012), Red Dawn (2012), Battle of the Year (2013), Danny Collins (2015), and Take the 10 (2017). Peck provided the voice of Eddie in the Ice Age franchise since Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006), and voiced Casey Jones in the Nickelodeon animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012–2017). He also starred with John Stamos in the Fox comedy series Grandfathered (2015–2016). In 2017, Peck started a comedic lifestyle YouTube channel, Shua Vlogs, featuring David Dobrik and his wife Paige O'Brien.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Peck’s early life moving from New York to LA to pursue his career as an actor. 
  • His reflection on acting for Nickelodeon’s Drake and Josh and breaking the mold as a “kid actor”
  • Growing into his career in films such as Mean Creek, The Wackness, and Red Dawn. 
  • Kesh’s director/ actor relationship with Peck on his recent film, and Peck’s need for clear communication in such a relationship. 
  • Following an almost predestined path of the arts through the support system his single mother provided for him as a child.
  • Expanding his skill in acting by still attending acting classes. 
  • Finding different means of supporting himself and his family independent acting through branding platforms such as Vine, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • Peck’s podcast, Curious, and his love for interviews and having conversations with other creatives.

Nov 30, 2019

About Josh: Joshua Hagler lived and worked in San Francisco and then Los Angeles for fifteen years before moving to rural New Mexico in late 2017 as a grant recipient of the year-long Roswell Artist in Residence Program. He was born at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho in 1979 and is a first-generation college graduate with a visual communications degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Having not attended an art school or received an MFA, Hagler refers to himself as a working class artist. Not a stranger to class bias in the art world, self-directed research and travel has underpinned Hagler’s career and is essential to how the artist integrates creative influences with his life experience. ​

While most of Hagler’s early work responded directly to a difficult past within a variety of religious groups and their unspoken implications for the artist and his family, the later work has sought to understand religion in a deeper way. To Hagler’s mind, one finds the seeds of religion in every facet of culture, even, and, perhaps especially, among the so-called secular realms. Religion, for Hagler, is not approached in the pejorative but in a state of acceptance that perhaps it’s through the religious structures inherent in our shared languages and cultures that we access what makes us most human, for better and for worse.

Currently, he is hard at work in the studio preparing for his first U.K. solo exhibition with Unit London. In “Chimera,” Hagler presents a body of new paintings that attempt to dig beneath various forms of loud political language, including censorship, for clues on how the ubiquity of groupthink informs populist world views on both ends of the spectrum. The artist, in practice, hopes to work into the “noise” to exhume something Other in the physical manner in which the work is made. ​ ​

2018 saw two museum shows at the Brand Library and Art Center in Los Angeles and the Roswell Museum and Art Center in New Mexico entitled “The River Lethe” and “Love Letters to the Poorly Regarded” respectively. He has exhibited paintings, sculpture, video, and animation in galleries and museums in North and South America, Europe, and Australia, including a long list of solo exhibitions. ​ Reviews and features about the work have appeared in a variety of publications and media outlets in the U.S. and Europe.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Hagler's move to Roswell, NM 
  • Finding more financial freedoms to make art without worry 
  • His former Christian upbringing and his current art practice
  • Hagler's recent show “Chimera” @ Unit London, and its relation to process and collaboration
  • On being a heavy reader, and the impact specific authors have had on him
  • A discussion on the spiritual experience that exists in the studio, and surpassing the basics of technical expertise into an emotional connection
  • The discipline of taking on multiple shows, and how it left Hagler with little time to premeditate his art to create better works
  • His recent two-person show in LA that expresses the feeling of loss based on a six-line W.S. Merwin poem  
  • How artists can become inundated by the commercial, and political art market

Nov 24, 2019

About Daniel: Daniel Martin (1982) lives and works in Leiden, the Netherlands. In his current work he searches for the transmutational properties of matter. The portraits and sculptures do not have a definite form and posses different realities on how they can be perceived. In order to come to new forms Daniel cuts up paintings, finds things on the street and uses creations made by others. The loose elements from these endeavors are used as disjointed brushstrokes that are reassembled in coherent shapes again, creating an object which holds no truth in shape.

His work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include, the national museum of revolution, Cuba; Duo Phillip Akkerman, Sis Josip Gallery, Den Haag; Havana Biënnale (collaboration with Karang (Karina Alonso); Forma prima, El pez soluble Gallery, Mexico; Bloom, Booth Gallery, New York.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Martin's early childhood experiences growing up in the Netherlands
  • His initial career working commercially in computer graphics and his transition into fine art as a full time career
  • Martin's range of sculpting both digitally and physically and how the two mediums intertwine 
  • How Martin's shared art studio space, The Plant, benefits him creatively and the power of bringing online artistic relationships to real life 
  • Martin's new project, 1606 Residency, in Leiden he's developed with Paintguide and the importance of connecting art collectives globally
  • Finding ways to sustain and raise money to support his projects
  • Removing the gallery system by means of giving power to the artist
  • How goals function only as a journey to bring Martin to the next big thing

Nov 22, 2019

About Mia: Mia Bergeron is a contemporary female oil painter focused on the dualism of everyday scenes. Rooted in her upbringing in New York City with continuous exposure to modern art at a young age, her paintings also reveal her choice to study classical painting in Florence, Italy. Throughout her work, influences of both contemporary and historical ideas can be seen, whether rooted by her choice of subjects or the exploratory nature of the tools she employs. Her work seeks to show the nebulous aspects of being human, often choosing to pose a question rather than pursue an answer.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Expanding the definitions of unconditional love.
  • Being grateful and observant of personal obstacles as the first step of engagement / change.
  • Her experience with an absence of internal monologue and a heightened sense of physical awareness.
  • Approaching religion as mythology and stories of self.
  • How humans use religion and mythology to rationalize evil and condone immoral action.
  • Her personal way separating from academic and institutional modes of creation while trying to find her personal creative voice.
  • Engaging with art (and people) in person instead of through Instagram and other readily accessible forms of e-media. 
  • The craving that human beings have for real connection vs. the illusion of the connection through social media.  Disregarding the need for a very natural “tribe mentality.”
  • Her personal triggers for anxiety and her methods of reestablishing her mind-body connection when anxiety hits.
  • Breaking down overwhelming tasks both in and outside artistic practice.

Nov 4, 2019

About Christian: Christian Rex van Minnen was born in Providence, RI in 1980 and received his BA from Regis University, Denver in 2002. He has exhibited throughout the US and internationally and was recently awarded an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, CO (Fall, 2017).

Recent exhibitions include con-figuration, a group exhibit at Postmasters, NY, Juxtapoz x Superflat, co-curated by Takashi Murakami & Evan Pricco at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada and Enantiodromia a solo show at Gallery Poulsen in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Public Collections include: Denver Art Museum, Djurhuus Collection, The Christine & Andy Hall Collection, Colección Solo, and the Richard B. Sachs Collection. van Minnen currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Van Minnen's early experiences making art as a child and how his personal experiences developed his mentality towards art
  • A discussion on automatic drawing and mark-making with figuration
  • Van Minnen's inspiration ranging from Titian to the Dutch Golden Age to Kandinsky (Book: Concerning the Spiritual in Art)
  • Developing a connection with art through materials and technique, and also the connection of van Minnen's Dutch heritage
  • Reflecting on his recent book, a monograph of the past fifteen years of his artwork.
  • A look into van Minnen's painting process and technique
  • A conversation on ego, belief, and knowing oneself, specifically touching on paths of transcendence noted in “The Devil's of Loudun” by Aldous Huxley
  • A fascination with tattoos and how they've entered van Minnen's work

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Oct 25, 2019

About Johan: Born in 1959, Johan Van Mullem lives and works in Belgium.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His beginnings in discovering his art practice
  • His background studying architecture in university
  • How various day jobs in and outside architecture impacted his art practice
  • His approach to painting and creative process
  • His interpretation of the balance between happiness and struggle
  • The nuances of developing ones self through physical activities
  • Painting as a form of meditation
  • The benefits of consistently having a young mindset and the power of positivity
  • Addressing problems within your personal life when they arise
  • Intention of utilizing one’s energy


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