Joshua Jenkins : July 1st, 2015

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A Portrait of Five” by Joshua Jenkins. Just to give you an idea of scale, the dimensions are 64x59in.

Looking at Joshua’s work, his influences seem to span many styles, places, and periods—a love of Picasso, bits of the Harlem Renaissance, and street art. He also acknowledges what the classic painters have passed down to us, though he’s far from a traditionalist.

Greetings listeners.

Today, I’m talking about Joshua Jenkins. Joshua is a freelance artist and the coordinator for the LVA‘s Artebella program. His work tends to be large scale, mixed media abstracts that range from portraits to scenes of daily life. Joshua’s interest in art grew when he discovered Picasso’s prolific body of work. For him, this was a realization of what art could be was much more than the classic Renaissance painters.

Joshua uses a very layered technique blending text, color fields, and abstract figures, all with a very bold and expressive brushstroke.

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‘Portrait of a King 2’ by Joshua Jenkins.

You can get a better understanding of his work at www.joshjenkins.com or www.facebook.com/joshuajenkinsart.

Listen to our chat using the player below.

Enjoy.

Nathan Hendrickson : January 28th 2015

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Nathan’s piece ‘Suzy Homemaker’.

Hello listeners.

My guest today is creative Nathaniel Hendrickson. Nathan has had his hand in art as creator, performer, and curator. He received a B.A. from Bellarmine University in 2012, and has since been shown in a large variety of exhibitions as well as curated for the Land of Tomorrow gallery space.

Our conversation left me with much to think about, and I believe this feeling aptly sums up the nature of Nathan’s work. Much of his work provokes thought through the communication of significant images. Nathan feels pictures can be quite powerful in our increasingly heavy image economy.

The themes of his work are often colored by his daily reflections of mass culture and his appetite for research— especially the subject of psychology. His newest exhibition at Swanson Contemporary, Surrogate Surface, was inspired by Harry Harlow’s studies with rhesus monkeys.

The show runs till February 14th.

Learn more about Nathan’s various works at his website http://nathanielhendrickson.com.

As always check out our discussion using the player below or subscribe to the podcast via iTunes.

 

Celebrate…Celebration!

Greetings Blind Daters.

Have I mentioned that you all are invited to the Blind Date Anniversary Party on Friday? This invite is open to one and all. Even if you can only stay five minutes, one act, or the whole time; it doesn’t matter. I’m sure all the artists would love the support, as would I. It’s always nice to see friendly faces. Again, for those who have forgotten, the show starts at 7PM and it is being held at the Rudyard Kipling. There is a suggested donation of $ 5 -10, but no one will be turned away if they can’t swing it. This is an opportunity to have fun and see some art. Also, if you like any of the artists, make sure to hit up the merch table. I may even put out some of my limited edition tapes from my music project. You’ll just have to wait and see…

Also, check out LVAA’s radio show on ArtxFM this Friday at 1 PM. I’ll be guest hosting with Sarah on PUBLIC, and Chervon will be the featured artist. We’ll be chatting about her work, Blind Date, and promoting the celebration with some awesome jams.

Besides getting all prepped for Friday’s show, I’ve been binge reading like crazy. First off, I just received my copy of essays by Carey Mercer, ‘Clouds Of Evil’. For those of you who don’t know Mercer is the primary force behind music projects Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach as well as a part of the ‘supergroup’ Swan Lake.

The usually hilarious pieces in the book were put together for his son, and tend to lean toward autobiography told in Mercer’s colorful vocabulary. Finished it the first day I got it.

Speaking of hilarious wit, I’ve almost finished John Waters’ book ‘Role Models’. I got it to prep myself for his new book ‘Carsick’. I’ve been waiting for ‘Carsick’ awhile, but I realized I’ve never got around to reading ‘Role Models’, so I bolted to the library to hold me over. To totally understate the book, it’s basically John paying tribute to the many different influences throughout his life. I’ve learned about obscure musicians and literature, a bit of history of Baltimore’s bar scene, fashion trends, Waters’ zealous appreciation for art, and much more. A humorous look into what made John Waters the cult film success he is.

And just this morning over some cold brewed coffee (stuff is POTENT!) I was reviewing the mass amounts of poetry Tristan Palmer submitted for his reading at the Anniversary party. I must say since his collection ‘I Can’t Stand To Be Sober In This Place‘, he has made great bounds. He seems to be writing with a much more confident strength and flow. I look forward to see what he chooses for Friday.

I hope to see you on the 20th, as well. We can find out together.

PS Click the first link above to remind yourself of who and what you get to see.

Introducing….

Good day, listeners.

Next week’s interview will be with Joshua Huettig.

Josh is a self taught artist who values content and concept over technical skill. He started painting in 2007 as an emotional outlet using what materials he had available to him, which mostly consisting of driftwood and house paint. His work is highly narrative with positive messages of freedom, liberation, the value of nature, and how man is still connected to it as we are one of many creatures.

Josh also believes in more communal concepts to art and creating, surrounding himself with artistic individual to help inspire him as well as share the joy of making. He has shown in many folk art shows and galleries such as the Craft Gallery, Mellwood Arts Center, and the Mammoth. He hopes to do more events in the near future similar to ‘Buy or Burn‘, where pieces were put on the preverbal ‘chopping block’ and burned if unpurchased.

Learn more about Josh before I air our discussion next week here. Be sure to listen in on the 29th.

Above is a short video documentary about Joshua by Jennifer Noll.

Only a week away…

Oh, hi November. The holidays are around the corner, as is Blind Date’s first hosted event Glances: An evening of short films and performances. For only five dollars, you get to see work from creative people of Louisville, its sister cities, and beyond. This will be an evening of short films, music videos, and visual/auditory performances showcased at the Clifton Center’s Eifler Theatre. Doors at 7, show should start around 7:15 (so please don’t be late). You can find out more information on the Blind Date Facebook page, in the events section. Learn more about the Clifton Center at their site, cliftoncenter.org,

Also, be sure to take some time to listen to this week’s episode (posted on Wednesday as always), featuring a hearty discussion with Mark James. Mark is the gallery director of Open. Open provides a forum for artists of all mediums including visual, audio, and performance art, helping them to develop their vision and then provide them a venue to present their work. It is a contemporary art gallery that houses four resident artists, with five studio spaces.

Find out more by listening in.

Till then.

Sept 4th, 2013

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Happy Wednesday listeners.

Today’s show features the talented Lindsay Sant. A goodhearted artist who has a hand in many different ‘pies’, so to speak. An U of L Alumni whose focus has taken some major shifts; from print making, to film, to video projection, to Graphic Design, Radio show host, and so much more. Definitely an interview which I regrettable had to edit down quite a bit. Computers can only handle so much, I suppose…

Also, quite a soothing interview, I might add (I listened to it enough to know!)

For more information about Lindsay’s show on ArtxFM Louisville, you can go the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/AlienJingles

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And if you’ve yet to subscribe to the podcast, you can click the player below.

Below is a short teaser clip of Lindsay doing projections for Connor Bell of Shedding, at the Land of Tomorrow Gallery in Louisville.  Above are photos from that performance (all by SarahKatherineDavis.com).