AD NON-WEEKLY ROUND UP #4 with Yoshino and Justin Daashuur Hopkins

Topics Discussed:

  • Films: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), The Meg (2018), Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Joy Luck Club (1993), Searching (2018)

  • Race and identity issues

  • SNL

  • Asian American culture

  • Leos Carax (Film Director)

  • Hopkin’s decision to become an artist

  • “Rebel Without A Crew” (Book by Robert Rodriguez)

  • The tech industry

  • Happiness

  • The importance of legacy

  • Ego

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#122: Kim Kei with Justin Daashuur Hopkins - "Beauty Within The Details"

Kim Kei (b.1981, Corpus Christi, TX) is a Los Angeles based artist who uses sculpture, printmaking, painting, and photography to evoke sensations of vulnerability, invasiveness and tenderness towards the body. Kei attended the University of Arizona and went on to receive her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has had solo shows at the Irvine Fine Arts Center (Irvine, CA) Brandstater Gallery (Riverside, CA), and Alter Space (San Francisco, CA). Kei has attended residencies at Instinc, Singapore, Mass MoCa, and the Irvine Fine Arts Center.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Roswell Residency in Roswell, NM

  • How she deals with rejection

  • The importance of residencies to artists. Residencies mentioned: Instinc Residency and STPI (Singapore Tyler Print Institute) in Singapore, and MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

  • Injury, illness, age and trauma's effects on dendritic forms

  • Kei's intimate personal experiences that have defined her work, including studying cadavers, ballet, and childhood moments

  • A look into Kei's mixed media process of creating her art

  • How movement and sound are ways she communicates non-verbally

  • Robert Sapolsky's behavioral specialist lectures

  • Working on multiple projects at once to create a collective piece of art through different mediums

  • German musician, Hauschka, and the prepared piano

  • Influence of musician father on Kei's work and describing visual art through sound

  • Kei's next solo show in March of 2020 at Local Language in Oakland, CA and the residency they offer to visiting artists

#120: Sergio Barrale - "Energy, Electricity, and The Mentality of Perhaps"

Sergio Barrale has been featured in vol. 41 of Hi-Fructose Magazine, Juxtapoz, American Art Collector, SuperSonic and WhiteHot Magazine. Each one of Sergio's massive drawings clocks 250 hours & grind down close to 500 pencils. In the past two years he has had 17 exhibitions across America including the Mesa Contemporary Museum of Art & Honolulu Museum School of Art.

World renowned art critic Donald Kuspit writes : In Sergio Barrale’s Skull Spiral, 2016, in effect a doubled skull or two skulls in one, the death latent in life—the skull hidden in the head—confronts us. That’s clearly a physiognomy to remember, not to say unforgettable. One might say the memento mori is the ultimately expressive object. In his When Sleeping Things Wake, 2016—a work worthy of Goya and Redon—we are entirely in the realm of the unconscious ... The insidious blending of light and shadow—the shadowy light, the luminous shadow—confirms its hellish hold on us, suggesting that there is no way back to consciousness, as Le Brun and Lavater thought when they gave its irrational passions rational form. " (WM). 

Sergio's current series of work focuses on light & color and the commonality between us all. Barrale hopes to help people envision a clear 2020 for the future, fully in support of Life continuing on Earth.

“The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a 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.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Kindred spirits

  • Psilocybin and the effects it has on the mind and body

  • The mentality of "perhaps"

  • Rerouting neural pathways of the brain through mantras and affirmations

  • Cognitive reframing / restructuring

  • Practicing forgiveness for yourself and for those who have wronged you

  • Philosophy of electricity in terms of soul

  • The book, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Exercise as a means of emotional coping

  • Overpopulation and finding solutions for the future of humanity

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Other resources mentioned: “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink, Joe Rogan podcast, “Leaving Neverland” documentary on Michael Jackson, author David Goggins, “Siddhartha” by Hermann Hesse, Theodore Gericault's painting “The Raft of the Medusa”

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#119: Andrew Thomas Huang with Saman Kesh X Yoshino - "Visual Therapy"

With a background in animation, live action and visual effects, Andrew Thomas Huang’s work bridges the gap between video art and film, expanding beyond into alternative modes of storytelling. His film and video work has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; MoMA PS1; The Barbican Centre, London; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Having developed a strong reputation for his collaborative practice, Huang has worked extensively with Icelandic artist Bjork, among others including FKA Twigs, Thom Yorke and British director Joe Wright. Huang served as creative director for Bjork’s VR exhibition Bjork Digital, creating multiple immersive experiences within the pioneering traveling installation. With his strength in world-building, Huang carries on his visual aesthetic as he continues his foray into narrative feature film. Huang is a Cinereach Fellow, a recent fellow in Film Independent’s Directors Lab, and a recipient of the K Period Media Fellowship grant.

#118: Mari L. McCarthy - "The Power of Journaling"

Mari L. McCarthy is the multi award-winning author of “Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live.”

The Founder/Self-Transformation Guide of, she shows health-conscious people how to use journaling to heal the issues in their tissues and transform their lives. She provides 20+ Self-Paced Journaling Courses on various life-challenging topics such as Heal Your Life, Love Your Body and Detox Your Relationships. 

 Topics Discussed In This Episode: 

  • Julia Cameron’s Book, “The Artist Way”

  • Mari talks about her daily practice of journaling

  • How to heal yourself and declutter your thoughts through journaling

  • Taking responsibility for your actions and thoughts

  • Her journaling website

  • Silencing the inner critic

  • Power of positive thinking

  • Allowing yourself to write through a stream of consciousness

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