Sean McCarthy makes deliriously detailed drawings of anxious monsters. We talk about the monsters, the grotesque in general and being a weirdo artist from Cormac McCarthy's Texas.
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Drew Heitzler is a conceptual artist and occasional curator who works in a variety of media. We talk about how you represent a train of thought, what's harder: making art or curating it?, working at CBGBs, being a dirtbag, the town of Goose Creek, Thomas Pynchon, Los Angeles as an art subject, philosophy, art fairs, owning a bar, and octopuses.
Valerie Hegarty's sculptures show nature reclaiming art. and history and often get mistaken for actual decay. One piece is attacked by a woodpecker, another harpooned, another one has an an idea she totally stole from her Dad. We talk about experiment, craft and being a consummate wiseass.
Nicholas Di Genova (aka medium) is a painter, sculptor and street artist who makes art about mutant monsters. We talk about all that plus ecology, scale, his urban and rural phases, plus the worst dentist in history and more.
Ganzeer paints,draws, designs, makes street art and comics and was chased out of Egypt for being a dissident. We talk about where his ideas come from, how he puts them together and what it was like to be in the middle of Cairo as the revolution was happening.
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Jane Dickson makes psychologically loaded paintings about light, darkness, the city, and the people who live there. We talk about all that of course, plus Jane gives us some great details about the New York art scene in the 80s—where everyone from Kiki Smith to Basquiat seemed to know each other and hang out.
John Pylypchuk makes paintings and sculptures of pathetic little creatures in the grip of massive forces they'll never understand.We talk about John's collective, the Royal Art Lodge, being a rock dude, running your own gallery and more.
Trenton Doyle Hancock's delirious paintings, prints, drawings, performances, toys, books and sculptures depict a complex mythological world that comments on the one we live in. We talk about a childhood of horror movies and Christianity, the process of painting, Philip Guston, German Expressionism, rhythm and poetry, the nature of storytelling in pictures, Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown and having your paintings made into a ballet.
Molly Crabapple is a journalist/artist who just put out the memoir Drawing Blood. We talk about the book, and about New York, activism, art vs illustration, artistic lineage and how you go from being a naked art student to an international correspondent with work in the MOMA.
Ted Mineo makes objects that shouldn't exist--mixtures of lurid color and uncanny texture. We talk about a lot of things, including how they relate to fibrelglass New Orleans restaurant food ad sculptures.
Mark Thomas Gibson makes powerfully graphic paintings oozing with poetic weirdness. We talked all about that, plus how Mark's depiction of himself as a werewolf relates to the way the world sees race and the genesis of a show he helped curate featuring contemporary black fine artists side-by-side with black comics artists.
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Mary Reid Kelley has just been officially declared a genius by the MacArthur foundation. We talked to her about her densely allusive videos that refer to classical mythology and literature and freak everyone out plus puns, the nature of collaboration, racism as original sin, the minotaur as house-proud, church volleyball as a theater of toxic masculinity, funny-scary, AC Swinburne and Slayer as terminal artists, how Ophelia can't even, crying to your art dealer and much more.
Raymond Pettibon is known for the pulpy intensity of his ink drawings and the cryptic text that accompanies them. Nowadays he shows in museums and galleries all over the world, but when he started he was just a guy who was studying economics and drew some album covers for his brother who was in a band called Black Flag. We talk about all of that--plus weird brushes.
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Carolina Miranda is an art editor and art writer at the LA Times. We talked about how she ended up doing that and what that's like, plus garages, being a fox in a world of hedgehoggy writers, dick jokes, recording the shitshow of art for humanity and more...
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Diana Cooper makes wonderfully detailed microcosmic abstractions that start with painting and drawing and then go where they need to from there. She got like a Guggenheim grant and a 10-year retrospective at the Cleveland MOCA and is generally a badass. We talk about painting, dancing, music, frustration, tiny worlds and other things.
Gary Panter is a manic expressionist painter, draftsman and underground comic artist. He's the author of the surrealistic Jimbo, had work in the seminal 80s alternacomic zine RAW and, yeah, also did the set designs for Pee Wee's Playhouse. We talked about comics, meeting Jack Kirby, psychedelic light shows, making paintings versus making comics and a lot more.