AD Non-Weekly Round Up #6 with Yoshino and guest John Wentz

Topics Discussed:

  • “The Plant” an artist collective and residency based in The Netherlands co-founded by artist Daniel Martin

  • Pondering life lessons

  • Trying to be more positive

  • Unconditional Love

  • Utilizing gratitude in your daily practice

  • Using organizational apps such as Google Keep, Evernote, Notion, and Trello in your daily practice

  • Books: Mastery of Self and The Four Agreements

  • Films, Documentaries, TV Shows: Brightburn, The Great Hack, Rashomon, Luce, Swamp Thing, Hereditary, Rosemary’s Baby

  • Philosophers: Jean Baudrillard and Jean-François Lyotard

#126: Marie Tomanova - "Young American"

Marie Tomanova, born in former Czechoslovakia, Tomanova grew up in a small border town in South Moravia. She received BFA in Studio Art from Masaryk University in 2007 and MFA in Painting from Faculty of Fine Arts at University of Technology, Czech Republic in 2010. After finishing her studies she left to United States and currently lives and works in NYC.

Since then her work has changed dramatically in approach, mediums, and themes. She has been dealing with issues of displacement, identity, inclusivity, gender, and sexuality through photography and video in her current two main projects: photo-based Self-portraits, in which she address the issue of displacement and finding place in the American landscape and Young American, which was released as a solo show at Czech Center New York (2018) and addresses issues of displacement, belonging and fitting into the American landscape in a social aspect.

Paradigm Publishing will publish her first monograph Young American, with introduction by Ryan McGinley, in Spring 2019. A documentary following Marie’s journey is in making by Academy Award (student) winning director Marie Dvořáková and will be released in 2020. Young American will be exhibited at Academia Film Olomouc in April 2019 (Czech) and Pragovka Gallery in Prague in October 2019 (Czech).

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How Marie met and started working with, photographer, Ryan McGinley

  • Her experiences living and growing up in Czechoslovakia

  • Her first experiences in an American grocery store and eating corn dogs for the first time

  • How Marie started studying painting in university before she found her love for photography years later

  • Her book, “Young American”

  • Photographer: Francesca Woodman

#125: Julius Onah - "LUCE"

Julius Onah was born on February 10, 1983 in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. He is a producer and director, known for The Girl Is In Trouble (2015) and Luce (2019).

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Onah’s feature film that just launched entitled, Luce.

  • How he started working with writer and collaborative partner, J.C. Lee

  • Creating in isolation

  • Tapping into the sub-conscious state of mind through physical activities

  • Clarity of vision and intentionality

  • Creating and pitching the right amount of controlled chaos

  • Movies and Documentaries discussed: The Matrix, The Great Hack, Social_Animals, Jawline

  • Writers discussed: Marshall Mcluhan and Tennessee Williams

  • Akira Kurosawa (Director)


AD Non-Weekly Round Up #5 with Yoshino and Saman Kesh

  • Yoshino tearing his meniscus

  • A music video that Saman Kesh and Justin Daashuur Hopkins directed with musicians, Meg & Dia

  • Kesh’s struggles and realizations with ADD

  • Serial killers

  • Gore, violence, visceral films

  • Video games: Resident Evil 2 Remake

  • Music: Gogo Penguin, The Bad Plus

  • Films and TV Shows talked about: Audition (1999), Blue Ruin (2013), Botched Up Bodies, Friends, Irreversible (2002), Luce (2019), Midsommar (2019), Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Toy Story 4 (2019)

#124: Jesse Draxler: "On Process, Evolution, and Design"

Jesse Draxler was born in rural Wisconsin, studied in Minneapolis, MN, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. A formal mixed media & inter-disciplinary artist, Draxler has exhibited extensively both domestically and internationally and in 2018 released his first book, Misophonia, through Sacred Bones Records. His client list includes MCQ Alexander McQueen, The New York Times, Hugo Boss, Dita Eyewear, and The Atlantic. Draxler is also one of an upcoming three person exhibition opening at No Gallery in Los Angeles September 7th.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Draxler's experiences moving to LA and living off-grid in Wisconsin

  • Definitions of success and personal growth

  • The effects of religious upbringings

  • Hardcore and metal bands offering rebellion against religion and aesthetic freedoms

  • How boxing, basketball, and running have offered growth in Draxler's creative process

  • The effects of expectations on the creative process

  • Draxler's reflection on the anniversary of his book “Misophonia”

  • Draxler's representation and upcoming show under Casey Gleghorn's No Gallery

  • Navigating the gallery experience

  • Exploring many mediums and Draxler's transition into taking his own collage material and using color in his art

  • Books and authors mentioned: Pema Chodron, Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey, short story collection Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck, Under the Skin by Michel Faber, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Freedom from Anger by Alubomulle Sumanasara, Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Graphic novels mentioned: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Clayton Daniels, Ice Cream Man by W. Maxwell Prince, and Black Hole by Charles Burns

#123: Justin Tyler Close - "The Fifty Eleven Project"

Justin Tyler Close is a Canadian born visual artist, now located in Los Angeles, CA

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Manifestation

  • Death

  • Pema Chodron (Author)

  • DMT + Ayahuasca

  • Walking and journaling as a daily practice for positive mental health

  • “The Fifty Eleven Project” in collaboration with the Kasper Bjørke Quartet

  • Tapping into our inner artistic spirit

  • Utilizing different mediums as an artist