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.
We talked to Rona Pondick about Egyptian art, having ideas and not having ideas, how people are just animals, how long it takes Rona to make a sculpture, death, process and scary teeth.
Jen Ray puts together stylishly feminist drawings and performance pieces of amazon women using fantastic imagery drawn from rock's trippy and fantastic side. We talk about drawing, music, politics and the seedy side of childhood.
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.