#116: John Wentz - "Last Man Standing"

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it’s core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark making. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Giving up

  • Gerhard Richter

  • Tech affecting art

  • Barriers between museums and the public

  • Would you make art if the world ended?

  • Wentz moving to Paris

  • Advice to artists and creatives

  • Movies

  • “Naive” painters

www.johnwentz.com

#115: Alex Grey Interviewed by Noah Lampert (Sychronicity Podcast)

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Alex Grey (born November 29, 1953) is an American visionary artist, author, teacher, and Vajrayana practitioner. His body of work spans a variety of forms including performance art, process art, installation art, sculpture, visionary art, and painting. Grey is a member of the Integral Institute. He is also on the board of advisors for the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, and is the Chair of Wisdom University's Sacred Art Department. He and his wife Allyson Grey are the co-founders of The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors (CoSM), a non-profit church supporting Visionary Culture in Wappingers Falls, New York.

m.alexgrey.com


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#114: Joe Sill - "Stray"

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Joe Sill is a director based out of Los Angeles. He began studying film at the age of 12, and spent much of his youth learning on his own how to use a camera, edit, and craft visual effects. In 2009, he attended Chapman University to study direction full-time, and in 2013 he created a spec for Tesla that gained Elon Musk’s attention and support, as well as over half a million viewers. The spec jumpstarted a commercial career where he quickly built a resume of work with clients such as Apple, Nike, NASA, Disney and Warner Brothers. In 2016, he created another speculative short film set in the Star Wars universe and caught the attention of 1.5 million viewers — and that same year, he directed his debut feature film, “STRAY”, a sci-fi neo noir starring Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Christine Woods (The Walking Dead), and Japanese musician MIYAVI (Unbroken). His work has collectively accumulated over 200 million views thus far. He is currently in post production as well as development on a handful of commercials and feature projects.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His first featured film, “Stray” (2019)

  • The following feature films: Akira, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Batman Begins, Ghost In The Shell, Finding Nemo, John Wick, Pan's Labyrinth, Terminator, Terminator 2, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix

  • Surrogate parent relationships in films

  • “The Last of Us” – Video Game

  • His love for Miyazaki films

  • Changes within the commercial industry

  • Commercials made by AI

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Developing grit

www.joesill.com

AD WEEKLY ROUND UP #2

AD Weekly Round Up #2 w/ Yoshino, Justin Daashuur Hopkins, and Saman Kesh.

Topics Discussed:

  • Workaholism

  • Movie recommendation: “Border” (2018) directed by Ali Abbasi

  • Films: “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (2009 and 2011), “Let The Right One In” (2008)

  • Saman’s love for Studio Ghibli films

#113: Brian Higbee - "Capturing A Person's Essence"

Brian Higbee comes from an eleven year career in Graphic Design. Early on in his graphic design career he picked up a camera and started shooting photos for his commissioned projects, skateboarding, snowboarding and bands. It soon became obvious that photography held far more appeal than graphic design ever did. So he left home and his comfortable career in pursuit of his passion.

He started his career assisting some of the top photographers in the world. This experience along with his sense of light and space, and compositional capability has propelled him into a creative force.

His talent has been quickly recognized by Interview Magazine. American Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, Glamour and many alike, were quick to follow.

Subjects Discussed In This Episode:

  • How he transitioned into working as a professional photographer from having an 11 year professional career as a graphic designer

  • Current industry shifts in hiring professional photographers

  • Contributing to Interview Magazine before and towards the end of the printed publication

  • The death of printed commercialized media

  • Mental preparations to start your day

  • Diversifying skill sets

www.brianhigbee.com

AD WEEKLY ROUND UP #1

AD Weekly Round Up #1 w/ Yoshino, Justin Daashuur Hopkins, and Saman Kesh.