#102: Mia Bergeron feat. Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "The Symptom of a True Calling"

Mia Bergeron is a figurative oil painter that oscillates between classical and expressionistic painting. Rooted in her upbringing in New York City with continuous exposure to modern art, her paintings also reveal her choice to study classical painting in Florence, Italy under Charles H. Cecil in her twenties. Heavily influenced by historical artists such as Diego Velázquez, Titian, Anthony van Dyck and John Singer Sargent, her paintings are also shaped by current artists such as Alex Kanevsky, Ann Gale, and Adrian Ghenie. 

Mia’s education was rooted in formal portraiture from life- she spent thousands of hours painting people and watching tweaks in eyebrows, mouths that shifted with fatigue, shoulders that grew heavy. These changes were minuscule, and yet were the markings and delineations of time. She is enamored with the nuance, variation, and subtlety that observation provides. Although narrative has been an undercurrent in Mia’s work for years, it is only recently, after being consumed with the purely visual tools she continues to discovered, that she has made it her focus. 

Mia has been published numerous times in international magazines. Her paintings have placed repeatedly in both national and international competitions, notably in The Portrait Society of America’s International Portrait Competition (2013, 2015). She has participated in the traveling museum show “Women Painting Women”. She has also tried her hand as curator for the successful show “Unfurl” at Gallery 1261 in Denver in 2015. She has served as advanced painting adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and is a continuing instructor through Townsend Atelier, also in Chattanooga, where she resides. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How Justin and Mia met
  • Death of a Coworker
  • The currency of respect
  • How Mia got into figurative painting
  • Mia growing up in NYC
  • Introverted vs. extroverted tendencies
  • How Mia got into oil painting
  • An artist vs. a painter’s mindset
  • Painting as a meditative practice
  • Quitting painting then returning to it years later with a fresh perspective
  • The necessity for a compulsion to create art
  • The symptom of a true calling
  • Work-a-holism and obsession
  • “The Pool Filter Analogy” 
  • Addressing fear
  • Transcending grief and fear

www.miabergeron.com

#101: Tobias Schliessler feat. Aisha Schliessler - "Filmmaking, Cinematography, Mentorship"

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Tobias Schliessler most recently lensed Ava Duvernay’s adaptation of A WRINKLE IN TIME for Disney, starring Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Reese Witherspoon.

Schliessler also recently shot Bill Condon’s visually stunning film BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, starring Emma Watson and Luke Evans. Condon and Schliessler first teamed up on the Academy Award winning film DREAMGIRLS, followed by THE FIFTH ESTATE, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and more recently, the beautifully shot MR. HOLMES, starring Ian McKellen.

Last year Schliessler lensed Peter Berg’s Boston Marathon drama PATRIOT’S DAY, starring Mark Wahlberg. Berg and Schliessler previously collaborated on a number of films including: the action/drama LONE SURVIVOR, also starring Mark Wahlberg; the sci-fi thriller BATTLESHIP; HANCOCK, starring Will Smith; the high school football drama FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS; and THE RUNDOWN, starring The Rock.

Other notable credits include Tony Scott’s crime thriller THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123; as well as Antoine Fuqua’s BAIT, starring Jamie Foxx.

A native of Germany, Schliessler studied cinematography at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada. He began his career shooting documentaries, and then segued into independent features, television movies, music videos and commercials. Schliessler was honored by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) for his cinematography on Audi’s commercial WAKE UP in 2000, and Lincoln’s Financial spot DOCTOR in 2001. Both are now part of the permanent archives of The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film and Video in New York City. His commercial work also includes ads for such high end brands as Mercedes Benz, BMW, Bank of America, Citibank , AT&T and Verizon.

Tobias's IMDB


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Aisha Schliessler is a writer and director living in Los Angeles, California.

A third-generation filmmaker, life behind the camera is in her blood. She has worked across a wide range of projects including shorts, music videos and commercials.

Her short documentary, DOBLE 9, about four Cuban exiles connected through Miami’s Calle Ocho domino park, screened at multiple film festivals in 2016 including The Miami International Film Festival and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana.

In 2017 she wrote and directed THE END, about a lonesome beauty and her unusual dinner date, which won the Audience Choice Award at the New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts).
Most recently, Aisha wrote and directed the short film PASSING in collaboration with Zeiss lenses, which will premiere in 2018.

www.aishaschliessler.com


Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • How he got into cinematography
  • Tobias’s father’s path into mountain climbing and documentarian filmmaking
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder (filmmaker)
  • Robby Müller (Dutch cinematographer)
  • Directors he’s worked with, Bill Condon and Peter Berg
  • Pushing each other creatively in collaborative partnerships
  • A film Tobias worked on called, “Friday Night Lights”
  • His experiences on set
  • Mentoring younger people entering the film industry
  • Working on “Lone Survivor”
  • The film, “The American Friend”
  • The film, “The Square”
  • Working with directors Peter Berg and Bill Condon

#100: Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "AD 100 + The Origin of NOH/WAVE"

Justin Daashuur Hopkins is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He is also the Co-Founder / Art Director of LA based art collective, NOH/WAVE.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Music
  • The origin story of NOH/WAVE
  • Justin’s introduction into illustrating and working as a professional illustrator at the age of 14
  • Traditional educational systems
  • Creative business partnerships
  • The challenges of working with commercial clients
  • Balancing out one’s ego
  • Defining purpose in one’s life
  • Cultural movements
  • Joseph Campbell
  • Justin and Yoshino’s childhood
  • The film, “The Florida Project” by director Sean Baker
  • “The Book of Five Rings” by Miyamoto Musashi
  • “Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid” by Douglas Hofstadter
  • Robert Rodriguez and resourcefulness
  • The tower metaphor
  • Vasyl Lomachenko

www.nohwave.co

www.rarebitprojects.com

#99: Aja Daashuur - "Spirits, Healing, Clairvoyance"

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Aja Daashuur is a Los Angeles based Certified Intuitive & Transformational Life Coach (LPI), Spirit Guide Medium, Clairvoyant, Akashic Records Reader, Sound Bath Practitioner, Altar Consultant and founder of Spirit House Collective, an all women-identifying community group.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Growing up encountering spirits
  • Depression
  • Opening yourself up to creating more flow in your life
  • Witnessing possessions
  • Shifting your perspective of failures into lessons
  • Protecting your energy
  • Empaths
  • Connecting with your spirit guides

www.thespiritguidecoach.com

#98: Alexandre Souêtre X Jesse Draxler - "Creative Parameters, Design, Collaboration"

Alexandre Souêtre, originally from Paris, is a LA-based creative director & visual artist.

Jesse Draxler is a multidisciplinary artist.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Souêtre Growing up in Paris
  • Souêtre's beginnings in film which lead him to creative direction, design, and photography
  • Souêtre moving to America for college
  • How Draxler and Souêtre met and became collaborators
  • Draxler’s process with working with photographers
  • Skateboarding as an art form
  • Setting up creative constraints to create artwork
  • French cinema
  • Filmmaker Gaspar Noé
  • Gaspar Noé films, “Irreversible” and “Enter The Void”
  • VR
  • “The Book of Joan” by author Lidia Yuknavitch
  • Alexandre’s book he’s writing
  • Icelandic pop music including Samaris

#97: VOWWS - "Death-Pop"

VOWWS is an Australian Death-Pop duo based out of Los Angeles.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Creating and attaining goals
  • Financial burdens of going to college
  • Education in Australia
  • Pitfalls of the American educational system
  • Old school video games
  • The story of how they met in college
  • Celebrating death and western culture’s view on death
  • Deathpop
  • Genres being subjective
  • Over conceptualizing art
  • Touring
  • Depression

Photos by Olivia Shove

www.vowwsband.com

5.7.2018 - Monday Night Residency @ The Echo with VOWWS