Zak Smith, our host, gets spoken with, to mark his show at Fredericks and Freiser gallery this month. Friend of the show Sean McCarthy joins John to interview Zak about brush hair, punk and fine art, porn and fine art, being a seasoned art school attendee, drawings that don’t make the cut, why painting is impressive, using your art to tell other people’s stories, the reality of desire, Suicide Girls, pizza, and why Los Angeles is Viennese modernism and New York is an open secret.
We are taping the show live tomorrow, May 19th, at Beyond Baroque in Venice Beach California! Audience members get a chance to stump us with pieces the hosts will have to analyze on the spot. Come by at 1pm, and bring ideas for art works from before 1950. It's FREE. This event was created by Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), and is part of their Frame Rate series. nomadicdivision.org/exhibition/frame-rate/
we talk to Ron Athey about growing up with weird religion, having sex in the 1970s, having aids in the 1980s, being used as a pawn in the NEA Culture wars, the early West coast punk rock/ industrial performance circuit, The pre-lapsarian Los Angeles tattoo/body mod scene, being banned in the USA being received in Europe collaborating with classical musicians, blood and death, sanctity in mortification, politics, subculture, grant money, generation gaps, and trying to keep your art out of the hands of music video directors
We talked with Andrew Schoultz about his physical and political relationships with cities, staying out of trouble by skateboarding, getting in to trouble with graffiti, going political in jail, making street art that exposes architecture, reasons why people make maps, juggling between galleries and streets, using the American flag, painting an entire airplane and more.
Our sonic invitation to the art opening of the century. It's not just a promo teaser, it's an audio adventure. Zak has an opening today (April 19th) at Fredericks and Freiser gallery in NY. It'll be up for a month. Don't miss it!
We talk to Glen E. Friedman about photographing skaters, punks and rappers, how to photograph character, the point of wide-angle lenses, working together with the subject to get the perfect picture, how he decided to stop photographing guns, collaborating, mythmaking, politics, and contemporary art. Plus Ice T as art-director, the Beastie Boys learning from Glen, photographs of Jay Adams 40 years apart, King T's wraparound shotgun cover, Shepard Fairey as collaborator, Noam Chomsky and Pussy Riot posing for photos and more.
We talked with artist and “Black Pulp” curator Mark Thomas Gibson and vintage Marvel expert Jeff Lester to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the comic books that contributed to Black Panther movie but were afraid to ask. we also cover Afro futurism, problems of representation, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The difficulties of making art under capitalism, Some beautiful drawings and, hopefully, recommend some comics you might wanna read. Become a Patron, you get this episode, and you help us keep making them. Thanks!
we talked to Ben about the police chasing him across the country after he ran away from his Mormon parents and confiscating all of his art and we also talk about that art and also about bureaucracy and Washington DC and construction and The Kafkaesque
We talk to Jocelyn Hobbie about how pointless it is to talk about art, about medieval illumination, and egg tempera, about whether girls would hang out with you or whether they’re actually made of paint, about fabric patterns, about process, about whether there’s an art world or not and about Holly Hobbie
We talk to Gary Taxali about the optimistic era of corporate mascots, disturbing santas, irony, whether or not money can be funny, working for cigarette companies and the Canadian government and Aimee Mann and christian rock bands, using drawing to attract girls and repel bullies, sausages with faces, toys, Bollywood and more
We talk to writer-curator Anuradha Vikram about Claes Oldenburg, Carolee Schneeman, Sesame Street at the Temple of Dendur, sexism in midcentury art, Lee Krasner, Minimalism, Mike Kelley, Nam Jun Paik, the recent Whitney Biennial, running an art space, what makes a good show and curator-as-art-mom.
Gronk talks to us about B-movies, being inspired by a coffee table, the well-dressed women who determined the course of his life, Max Beckmann, making theatre sets, the Asco art collective and their non-movies and tape-murals, decades living in downtown LA with 'the elite of the maladjusted' and much more
We have far too much fun talking to Aaron Johnson about James Ensor, Garbage Pail Kids, deplorables, preparing disgusting slides and housesitting on the palazzo in Honduras, Trump-era art, pizza, turduckens, abstraction, expressionism, satire and, of course, socks.
Peter Shire is a artist and designer whose public projects and furniture defined the look of the modern west coast. We visit Peter's funhouse studio to talk about being an artist and a businessman, cliche art interview questions, primary colors, how many assistants you can have before one is a disaster, the Bauhaus, deco, collaboration and giving to the customer any size they want.
In our longest episode to date we talk to James Jean about assimilation, the paintings nobody buys, how Zak and James both painted Sasha Grey, death awareness, social media, legitimacy and competitiveness, illustration vs fine art and the crossover of the two, illustrating nothing, NGOs hiring you to make sex rabbits, comics, vintage illustrators, Kuniyoshi, and never doing the decisive moment, plus we ask James which of his art friends is crazier: Takashi Murakami or David Choe?
Jon Ehrenberg creates otherworldly videos with a side of deadpan humor. We talk about how that sensibility formed, how the work gets made, and how it relates to Jon's old day job in animation.