From the archive… : November 30th, 2016

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Hello everyone.

Once again, the holidays are upon us…as well as the winter. I know things have been hectic and confusing this month, even before the holiday came. I have definitely felt out of sorts…but, I haven’t forgotten about you.

I’m taking a little break this month, so today I’m pulling a interview from the archive.

Right now, I’m in the midst of a big project which requires a lot of my time. The project is called ‘The Nothing About Me Without Me’. The premise of the project is to give the disabilities community a voice through art. Many great local organization are involved such as Zoom Group, The Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Down Syndrome of Louisville. The program consist of a various creative workshop and the process will be documented  & turned into a film by U of L grad students.

I’m contributing a series of interviews with artists in the program as well as leading some creative workshops. The interview series should start within the next two months, so keep an eye out!

But, for now, enjoy this past interview from 2014. This one is with Isle Blansert, a video creator and ‘ASMRtist’. If these words don’t mean anything to you, they will once you click the link below.

Enjoy.

https://blinddateart.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/june-11th-2014/

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A little end of the year gift….2014

Hello listeners.

Happy New Year!

As we close out 2014, I thought it would be nice to give you guys a little something. I constructed a Youtube playlist of tracks from some my ‘Holy Grail’ records. When I say ‘Holy Grail’ records, I mean records I desperately seek (or have sought out triumphantly.) Obviously, there is sometime the options of MP3s, CDs, or reissues but it isn’t quite the same for whatever reason…maybe pretension, who knows….

Anyway, have yourself a blast with this strange assortment of music I constructed. Below that is the playlist.

Welcome to 2015!!

Bruce Haak – Requiem (from Electric Lucifer)

Ya Ho Wa 13 – Yod He Vau He (from Penetration: An Aquarian Symphony)

Popol Vuh – Gemeinsan tranken sie den Wein (from Sei still, wisse ICH BIN)

White Noise- Love Without Sound (from An Electric Storm)

Fripp & Eno – The Heavenly Music Corporation (from No Pussyfooting)

Selda Bağcan- Meydan Sizindir (from Selda)

Warning – Wild Roses For The Exit (from self titled)

The Walker Brothers – Nite Flights (from Nite Flights)

Klaus Nomi – Total Eclipse (from Klaus Nomi)

Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets (from Here Come The Warm Jets)

Coming up in September…

Photo by Stacey Reason

Photo by Stacey Reason

Hello everyone. As we slip out of August, we’re going to be hit by wave of art come September.

To start out, Friday September 5th at the Huff Gallery, there will be a special collection of prints from one of Louisville’s newest up and coming print studio. You’ll hear all about it next week, as I’ll be posting an episode featuring some of the folks involved. Till then….

Also on Friday the 5th is the Open Studio Exhibition and Launch Party at the Cressman Center. This is a pre-Open Studio show displaying samples of what you’ll see in the various spaces. The show starts at 6, and the actual Open Studio Weekend tour is on Sept. 13 & 14th. To learn more and snag yourself some tickets, you can go here. And, (shameful self promotion just to let you know), my fledgling collective will have a space on the tour at the Clifton Center. Consider stopping by, and saying hi.

If you need help finding studios, there’s a Louisville Art Finder app you can download for free. TECHNOLOGY!

And next Friday being the first Friday of the month, it will be the Gallery Hop on Market street. Always a good time, weather permitting.

Of course, I can’t forget Cropped Out Fest at the end of the month…Sept 26 through the 28th to be precise. Cropped Out is a locally ran music fest that celebrates musicians, artists, and artisans they feel reflect a greater undercurrent of sonic, visual, and conceptual exploration. Much like Blind Date, they feature talents often omitted, overlooked, or cropped out of “the big picture.” This year’s lineup features the Sun Ra Arkestra, Ma Turner, and White Reaper among many, many more interesting folks. Check out their website here.

I’m sure much more will pop up. That’s all for now though…

 

Goodbye July….

Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

It’s been a interesting summer so far, blog goers. I’ve been all over the place with my hand in many different pies. So much is happening, so many changes…so, so much…

Considering this fact and my desire to keep the quality of Blind Date on the up and up, I’ve decided to cut posts down to when I have something extra special for you. Thing such as big announcements, events, and (of course) interviews! I think this way I can allot time to other projects and keep my sanity, but at the same time keep things interesting for you! I also promise more Instagrams…I swear! I know I’ve been neglecting you on that end….

Speaking of the projects I have in the works, at the end of August I’ll be uploading my interview with Camera Lucida. They’re an awesome aural/visual experience based duo.

I’ve also been working with Stacey Reason from the Louisville Artists Syndicate. I’m putting together an exclusive exhibition only interview with Rudy Salgado and Susanna Crum, available for listen at the show! We discuss the art of printmaking, their up & coming print shop, as well as their print collection which is the subject of the exhibition. I’ll keep you in the loop as I get more details…

Along with that, I’ve been trying to get together with my friend Lindsay Smith, to discuss a really awesome project she is doing along with her medical studies. I’m super excited about this as well…

One last thing, I’m participating in this year’s Open Studio Weekend with a small collective of friends. We’re putting together a small sound installation and working on a large collaborative piece inspired by Mandalas.

Sometime after this I’d also like to try to have an art yard sale.

We’ll see which way the wind blows…

 

Friendly discussion…

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Recently, there was an article in the New Yorker about the influence of Brian Eno. He had this to say of the art schools he studied ‘I thought that art schools should just be places where you thought about creative behavior, whereas they thought an art school was a place where you made painters,”…..

John Waters had this to say of his short stay at New York University, where he was to study film ‘NYU…I was there for about five minutes. I don’t know what I was thinking about. I went to one class and they kept talking about Potemkin and that isn’t what I wanted to talk about. I had just gone to see Olga’s House of Shame. That was what I was more into.’

So, what are your thoughts on art school? Yea? Nay? Great opportunity or financial waste? Do you think people can be taught art? Can a mentor encourage the ‘creative spirit’?

What do you think are the benefits and the pitfalls of such creative institutions?

Be polite, but speak up if you have some thoughts on the matter.

Keep it kind and courteous.

Mind your manners, etc, etc….

PS. Next week I’ll be giving you guys an actual interview again. This time with local sax blowin’, guitar shreddin’, record store entrepreneur Jim Marlowe. We talk about his creative venture such as Tropical Trash, about Astro Black Records, and music in general.

Stay tuned.

 

 

Busy as a bee..

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Sarah snapped a pic of me enjoying a much deserved popsicle.

Hey there Blind Date enthusiasts!

Between all the ruckus of moving & working on my new home, I’ve been doing my best to keep up with the arts.

The Speed Art Museum just hired their new Curator of Contemporary Art, Miranda Lash. This ‘star curator’ (what she was dubbed by folks back when she was with NOMA) Lash will begin her new role at the Speed on Aug. 18. Previous curator, Suzanne Weaver, departed in January and is now an independent curator with the Zephyr Gallery. I’m super excited to see what she brings to the table when the Speed re-opens its doors. It is slated to reopen in spring 2016.

Also, on recommendation, I finally looked into the music of MA Turner. I’m a little ashamed to admit it has taken me this long; I’ve known of his work with his bands Cross and Salad Influence for quite a time. And most of the music sites I frequent mention him often enough. He just released a reconfiguration of the “ZOZ COLLECTION” box set on Vinyl titled ZOZ. Consisting of twelve cassettes cased inside a handmade box, the collection features eighty-three compositions and makes for roughly six hours of sound. Debuting on display at Lexington, Kentucky’s Institute 193 gallery in March of 2014, the boxes as well as tape covers, accompanying booklets and flags have all been hand drawn, screen printed, collaged, painted, and assembled by Turner himself. This is out today on Sophomore Lounge. Sophomore Lounge is a Louisville based record label with releases from many hometown heroes, as well as some of our neighbors. Other artists on SL include Tropical Trash, Phantom Family Halo, and Fielded.

Speaking of music, for those of us music appreciators on a budget, there are lots of options for you this weekend. One such would be Forecastle’s lesser known sister fest, Poorcastle. A bushel of local music for only $ 5. From what I gather, it’s a more down to earth, inexpensive response to Forecastle. This happens both this Saturday and Sunday at Apocalypse Brew Works. For more info, you can see the lineup here. Many Blind Date alumni on the bill.

If you’re free Friday night, you should also check out Chervon’s Oso osO night at OPEN Gallery (located on 2801 S. Floyd St). Doors at 7:30p. $5 cover. Music by tHingsHape, Jonathan Wood, and Camera Lucida to name a few.

I’ve heard through the grapevine that Shakespeare in the Park has been great this year. These are free performances in Central Park, each weekend in the summer. This weekend is the performance of Hamlet. I hope to catch it.

There’s much more I would love to mention but I’d be spending all night trying to type it all up.

Enjoy the weekend! Go see some art.

 

Chapter Two…

Hello everyone.

I must say I’ve been pretty preoccupied lately, so not much to report this week on the Blind Date front. Of course, what I’ve been up to will ultimately (hopefully) benefit the program.

First off, Sarah and I finalized the purchase of our first home today (excited, nervous, scared, etc…a ball of conflicting emotions). With this new private space, I plan on setting up a much more appropriate studio for recording; sound proofing, new gear, all that jazz. This being the beginning of the second chapter of Blind Date, I think this is pretty good timing. Expect better quality episodes in general, in all aspects. So, in saying all that if you or someone you know has access to a truck, let me know…haha, kidding, but seriously, we’re going to need help…

Also, I’ll be participating in the Louisville Visual Art Assn’s Open Studio Weekend in September. OSW is pretty self explanatory; basically artists open up their studios for public tours all over Louisville and Southern Indiana. I went as a ‘tourist’ last time, and saw some great spaces. This year I decided to sign up as an artist with a fledgling art collective I’m in called Hot Garbage. We’ll be doing an in-studio installation with the purpose of constructing an environment conducive to creative thinking. I’ll have original pieces, Psychic Skin cassettes, and possibly Blind Date merchandise for sale along with the work of Jesi Evans and Jason O. Mudd.

You can learn by hitting up LVAA’s website.

Don’t worry though, friends, I planned for all this and worked ahead. I have some awesome discussions lined up. I’ve got Jim Marlowe at the end of this month, Camera Lucida the next, and something special in the works for September.

Stay tuned.