#131: Zoey Frank - "Observations of the Mundane"

Zoey Frank (b. 1987, Boulder, CO) received her MFA in painting from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California after studying for four years with Juliette Aristides in the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Washington. She is represented by Danese/Corey Gallery in New York City, and Galerie Mokum in Amsterdam. She has received numerous honors and awards, including three Elizabeth Greenshields grants, the Avigdor Arikha Memorial International Residency Scholarship, the Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition Grand Prize of 2012, the Hudson River Fellowship in 2012, and scholarships from the Albert K. Murray Foundation, the Stacey Foundation, and the Art Renewal Center. Her work has been featured in publications such as Fine Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector, the International Artist Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and Southwest Art. She lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Topics Discussed In This Podcast:

  • Frank's first love of Renaissance paintings and technical beauty

  • Using a collaboration with materials and experimenting with process

  • Creating artworks that are unique and personal by painting mundane objects that focus less on the subject and more on the technical quality

  • Frank's ability to approach paintings of the same subject with different sets of problems to solve

  • Refueling her creative energy by traveling, looking at art, and talking to other artists

  • The importance of maintaining routines to create balance and making time for the business aspect of art

  • The quality of working observationally from an unplanned still life

  • Frank's persistence with applying and getting rejected for art opportunities

zoeyfrank.com

AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #7 with Saman Kesh

AD Non-Weekly Round Up #6 with Yoshino and AD co-host Saman Kesh

Topics Discussed:

  • ADHD, creativity, and distraction.

  • Media ingestion for education vs. media ingestion for enjoyment

  • Art vs. commerce

  • Experiencing the loss of a loved one

#130: Yumi Sakugawa with Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "A Polymath's Approach To Creativity, Balance, and Meditation"

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YUMI SAKUGAWA is an Ignatz Awards nominated comic book artist and the author of I THINK I AM IN FRIEND-LOVE WITH YOU and YOUR ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO BECOMING ONE WITH THE UNIVERSE. Her comics have also appeared in The Believer, Bitch, the Best American Non­Required Reading 2014, The Rumpus, Folio, Fjords Review, and other publications. She has also exhibited multimedia installations at the Japanese American National Museum and the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building. A graduate from the fine art program of University of California, Los Angeles, she lives in Los Angeles.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Drawing, writing, meditation, performance art, and engagement in multiple creative disciplines as an artistic practice and career.

  • Being an extroverted introvert or an “ambivert”.

  • Growing up as an Asian American student in both American and Japanese academic systems.

  • Stream of consciousness and dream logic.

  • Using meditation to supplement her mental health.

  • How her meditation surfaces in her work visually.

  • Rediscovering “fun” in the creative process.

  • Using humor as a vehicle to explore and express darker subject matter.

  • The importance of being a female Asian American artist under the projective narratives of both American and Asian patriarchy.  

  • The fetishization of Asian American artists and women.

  • Her part in helping other Asian American woman artists achieve visibility. 

  • Mental health, personal boundaries, and keeping a balance in her personal relationships and art practice.

  • Giving herself permission to take the time needed to slow down in order to be creative.

www.yumisakugawa.com

#129.2: Nikolaus Summerer - "DARK - Season 2"

Nikolaus Summerer is a German Director of Photography based in Berlin.  He is most well known for his award winning cinematography on the Netflix hit series DARK.  He lensed the first two seasons as sole Cinematographer, and is currently busy filming the third and final season.

DARK is the most recent of several projects Nikolaus has filmed with director and showrunner Baran bo Odar; a relationship stretching back to their Munich film school days.  Following their graduate film “Unter der Sonne” (Under The Sun) they collaborated on two feature films (The Silence and Who Am I) before DARK.  “Who Am I” earned Nikolaus the German Cinematography Award, after which he filmed “The Siege of Jadotville”, starring Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Personal evolution as a creative

  • DARK Season 1 vs. Season 2

  • His collaborative partnership with director, Baran bo Odar

  • Summerer’s journey as a cinematographer

www.niksummerer.com

Nikolaus Summerer’s IMDB

#129.1: Nikolaus Summerer with Saman Kesh x Yoshino - "DARK - Season 1"

Nikolaus Summerer is a German Director of Photography based in Berlin.  He is most well known for his award winning cinematography on the Netflix hit series DARK.  He lensed the first two seasons as sole Cinematographer, and is currently busy filming the third and final season.

DARK is the most recent of several projects Nikolaus has filmed with director and showrunner Baran bo Odar; a relationship stretching back to their Munich film school days.  Following their graduate film “Unter der Sonne” (Under The Sun) they collaborated on two feature films (The Silence and Who Am I) before DARK.  “Who Am I” earned Nikolaus the German Cinematography Award, after which he filmed “The Siege of Jadotville”, starring Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Dark (Season 1)

  • How Nikolaus initially got into cinematography

  • When he met Baran bo Odar (Director of Dark) in film school

  • Nikolaus’s approach to working with directors

  • His first feature film, Under The Sun (2006)

  • The future of watching films in the cinema

  • Emotional vs. cerebral films

www.niksummerer.com

Nikolaus Summerer’s IMDB

#128: Jerry Hsu - "The Beautiful Flower Is The World"

Jerry Hsu is an American professional skateboarder and photographer.

His newest photography book entitled “The Beautiful Flower Is The World”, depicts his fascination with life’s absurdities and showcases Hsu’s humorous approach to image making.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • When Yoshino challenged Hsu to a game of S-K-A-T-E

  • Growing up in San Jose, CA

  • Seeing things as a skateboarder, “skate vision”

  • His new book, “The Beautiful Flower Is The World”

  • His blog, “Nazi Gold”

  • The ethics of AI

  • Hsu’s skateboarding career

  • The influence of fellow skateboarders: Louie Barletta, Ed Templeton, Marc Johnson

  • Psychedelics

  • Films and Documentaries: Black Swan (Dir. Darren Aronofsky), Ex Machina (Dir. Alex Garland), Generation Wealth (Dir. Lauren Greenfield), Her (Dir. Spike Jonze)