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PODCAST

#68: REBECCA FARR - "OUT OF NOTHING"

Yoshino

Rebecca Farr (b. 1973, Los Angeles, California)

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Rebecca Farr recently exhibited her most recent show at Klowden Mann, Out of Nothing and was reviewed by New American Paintings. In 2015, Farr was awarded a residency at Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, and was featured in a group exhibition at Kaus in the Fall of 2015. Farr has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Houston, Istanbul, Rotterdam, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her work is held in private collections both nationally and internationally, and she recently completed two years as faculty artist in the education department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has been developing youth driven public works. Rebecca is the founder of CREATE/ACTION, an artist driven community organizing collective based in Los Angeles.

www.rebeccafarr.com

#66: Joe Kennedy @ Unit London - "The Business of Art"

Yoshino

Unit London is an arts space and gallery founded in 2013 by Joe Kennedy and Jonny Burt. Unit London was born from a desire to break down the barriers of elitism and to include people in the contemporary art world - whether they are enthusiasts, first-timers, new collectors, or seasoned collectors and institutions - they strongly believe that everybody should be able to enjoy the world's most amazing art. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The next generation of galleries
  • Pop-up gallery experiences
  • Making art more accessible
  • Unit London was started with the approach of identifying 3 problems in the art world and a need to change these problems: art being exclusive and elitist, certain deserving artists not being celebrated, artists not having social recognition and relevancy.
  • Defining your "why" and your "story"
  • The importance of starting a business that connects with their audience on an emotional level

www.theunitldn.com

#65: Martin Wittfooth X Sergio Barrale - "Banding Together + Mind Expansion + Seeking Creative Freedom"

Yoshino

Martin Wittfooth was born in Toronto, Canada in 1981. He earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2008. Wittfooth's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, with solo exhibitions in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Montreal. His paintings have also appeared in numerous publications, including cover features in New American Paintings, Hi-Fructose, and American Artist, to name a few. He has lectured at various art institutions, including Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and The Museum of American Illustration in New York City.

"The artist's task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is dithering while Rome burns. Because of the artists, who are self-selected for being able to journey into the Other. If the artists cannot find the way then the way cannot be found." Terence McKenna

"My mission is nothing short of that. New technologies in seeing the world, using old master techniques. Reinvent the world for the unimaginative." - Sergio Barrale

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Being in control of yourself even if you're not in control of outside forces
  • Sergio's car exploding while driving cross country
  • Plant medicines
  • Letting go of materialistic possessions
  • The importance of family
  • Not letting bad situations dictate your happiness
  • Psychedelic experiences
  • Martin leaving NYC to live in Woodstock
  • Reflections on Martin's dog Luna
  • Lessening one's own ego
  • Being lost in a big city
  • How Sergio and Martin met each other
  • UFC
  • Martin explains his work
  • Terence McKenna

#64: Elly Smallwood - "Female Sexuality In Art"

Yoshino

Originally from Ottawa, Elly Smallwood graduated from OCAD University in 2011 and now works as an artist in Toronto. Her paintings are intensely personal, a visual exploration of her mind and body, and those of the people around her.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Female sexuality in art
  • The ephemeral feelings involved while painting
  • Ron Mueck's sculptures
  • The business of art
  • Pricing artwork
  • Nymphomaniacs

www.elly.ca 

#63: Adam Lee - "Being Guided By The Process + Lament Asunder"

Yoshino

Adam Lee is an Australian artist working from his country studio at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges just outside of Melbourne, Australia. His practice focuses on a re-interpretation of painting and drawing traditions and references a wide range of sources, incorporating biblical narratives, natural history, historical and colonial documentary photography, contemporary music and film, and varying literary sources. Employing new evaluations of landscape painting and old world portraiture Lee investigates humanitys interface with the environment of the natural world and its relationship to ideas of a timeless zone of the divine.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • Accepting the unexpected
  • Allowing the process of creating artwork guide you
  • Embracing inspiration
  • Describes his newest body of work, "Lament Asunder"
  • Anselm Kiefer
  • Chris Ofili
  • Creative problem solving within paintings
  • Understanding writers block
  • The business side of the gallery system
  • Ben Abraham

www.adamlee.com.au