StudioWorks, Julie Baldyga: January 6th, 2016

Happy New Year listeners. I hope everyone is having a nice winter so far. I hope you’re all staying warm, staying safe…

Today we’re getting even deeper into my series of StudioWorks artists with guest Julie Baldyga. I feel that most of Julie’s work centers around her interest in how things work—be it people or machines.

Julie’s body of work is mostly made up of oil pastel scenes of mechanics working on various machines. The figures in her pieces tend to be women engineers, scientists, and mechanics. She says her interest in machinery came from her father’s job working in a whiskey bottling plant, when she was a child.

Julie’s work also consist of many three dimensional pieces, like her life sized sculptures called ‘Heavenly People’.  ‘Heavenly People’ are sculptures of friends, family, and celebrities as Julie imagines they will look in heaven. Many of the first sculptures came with skeletal systems, arteries, and organs that she made from various wire & found materials. Julie has made numerous sculptures like these (as seen above in the video courtesy of Tom Stagg via Youtube.)

Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.

Julie at work. Photo via The StudioWorks Facebook page.

To learn more about Julie, you can check out these links:

StudioWorks Facebook page

‘The Expressive Art Of Julie Baldyga’

Julie guest appearance on LVA’s radio show PUBLIC, from their archive

Zoomgroup.org

Of course, once you’re done with all that, listen to our chat below.

Enjoy.

 

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.

Summer of….

Hey readers.

June is looking to be a pretty great month for Blind Date, and things all related. It’s kind of like the ‘Summer of George’, but for me…

So question, do you by chance know what ASMR means? The video above may help provide a little insight. Art in all its form is context sensitive, so I understand if it will seem odd without the details. Worry not, by this time next week, it will make much more sense. I am super excited about next week’s episode; it will be one of my most unique guests yet. I leave you with a mystery till then….

June 12th, Cutter Williams will be having a release party for the long awaited Issue 4 of Cavalcade Magazine and the new Jonathan Glen Wood’s album, ‘Ballad of Jon’. It will be hosted at Decca (812 E Market St), at 8PM. Free to the public. Readings will begin at 8pm featuring words by Jonathan Wood, Brian Manley, and Joey Keegin. At 9pm, Grayson Hall will graciously play a set followed by what will certainly prove to be a moving performance by Jonathan Wood.

Pick up a copy, and if you look hard enough, you’ll see some familiar names.

Of course, June 20th is the Blind Anniversary party…birthday party…celebration, what have you. Ben, with maybe a little help, is cooking up something interesting. Chervon says she’s pumped! Max Moore will be on LVAA’s ArtxFM radio show PUBLIC, to help promote. Erin will be reading poems, some of which from her newest Bruce Springsteen-centric book of poetry. And Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, will be contributing words from his body of work.

Closing out the month on June 25th will be my discussion with Alexander W.G. Rickel. Besides being one of the members of the Dream Eye Color Wheel live band, he sculpts, illustrates, and generally creates how & when he can. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on.

October 9, 2013

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It’s the middle of the week again. Half way through the common man’s work week…here’s the newest episode of Blind Date to help you unwind.

Today’s guest is DJ Corney, co-founder of Wool Shop. Wool Shop is an environmentally friendly sweater company who specialize in natural dyes, stationed in Cincinnati. According to the creators themselves..

“Wool Shop works with farms and mills directly to ensure the most responsible processes are being used in the creation of our wool – from the life quality of the sheep to the energy used to run the mill to the dyes used in our color palette.  Our luxury yarn is dyed with only the goods given to us by mother nature – plants, roots, and flowers – and is grown, processed, spun, dyed, and handmade in the U.S. ”

To learn more about Wool Shop, visit shopwoolshop.com. And as always, there’s a bit of insider info you can get your hands on by listening to the interview.

One last item of business…in today’s episode I play a track from Frog Eye’s lastest album ( Carey’s Cold Spring). I believe I said coming out soon…CORRECTION, is out NOW via bandcamp. You can find it at frogeyesmusic.bandcamp.com.

Happy listening!

I’ve been out walking…

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Just wanted to drop a line. I’ve been talking to lots of interesting people, and many more are lined up. I’ve also seen, heard, experienced, what have you, some awesome art both locally and not so locally.

Next week on Blind Date, I share words with one half of a new environmentally friendly sweater company stationed in Cincinnati. Also as a special introduction, a small preview of the new Frog Eye’s album Carey’s Cold Spring. If you’ve never heard of Frog Eyes or Blackout Beach, get on it! Carey Mercer is one of the most interesting musicians recording these days. He definitely has had an effect on me. To figure out why, and more, stay tuned for Wednesdays episode!!

Till then.

October 2nd, 2013

'Free', photo and art by Marissa Simpson.

‘Free’, photo and art by Marissa Simpson.

It’s October already…this year has gone by like a blur.

Well, listeners, today for you I have Marissa Simpson. Marissa graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a focus on both jewelry making and metal working. She was patient enough to explain some of the processes, along with her personal concepts when creating. I hope you enjoy the interview and slight glimpse into my adolescence (or at least adolescent music taste, with the closing track.)

Autumn is the season for nostalgia!

Cheers!

 

Sept 25th, 2013

From the series 'Devalued by Gold. Devalued Michael Jordan Card No. 1

From the series ‘Devalued by Gold’. Devalued Michael Jordan Card No. 1

It’s Wednesday again, listeners. For you today, I have Benjamin Cook. Ben is an U of L graduate whose focus was originally painting, but set out to broadens his ideas of art. Themes Ben explores are current events, technology, nostalgia, and the way artwork is consumed. Much of his work is a direct respond to the constantly changing times we live in, where input is coming at you from all sides, all the time.

You can learn more about Benjamin at benjamincookart.com. Of course, you can also listen to the interview either through the player below or by subscribing to the podcast.

Thanks, and enjoy!

September 11th, 2013

Photo by SarahKatherineDavis.com

Photo by SarahKatherineDavis.com

Better late than never…right, listeners?

Today’s episode consists of a Skype interview I had with Christina Smith. Under the moniker Christina Rae, she has performed at various locations (at home & abroad) and released her first collection of songs (the EP, Grey Sea, which is available now on Bandcamp!)

Christina Smith is a young folksy singer-songwriter from Louisville, living in Chicago. She writes about love, loss, and life experiences the majority of us are all too familiar with.

To get ahold of her new EP, Grey Sea, click away at this link: https://christinarae.bandcamp.com/

You can find more of Christina’s work on her personal Youtube channel. A link below is provided for your convenience.

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyBWOrev0MEZYFpWtnsB4AA

She is also available on Facebook, as well as the interview housed in the player below…ooooor as a podcast which is now available on iTunes.

Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.

Xoxo

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

artxfm.com

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).

Tomorrow…

Sorry for the late notice everyone but things have been a little hectic. Technical difficulties, RAM, Memory, what have you and generally getting things in order. The incidents involving tomorrow’s episode has prompted me to start slowing treating myself to some equipment upgrades. Always improving!

Tomorrow’s episode will feature the ever versatile Lindsay Sant. She is an artist of multiple disciplines, an ArtxFM Louisville co-host of the show Alien Jingles, and Special Events Manager for Salvation Army (hopefully I got that title right..sorry Lindsay).

If the opening sounds rushed, it’s because it is slightly. Due to those difficulties mentioned above, there had to be some major cuts to the interview. Time was limited, I’m disappointed to report…a glitch in the software.

Below is a song that had to be cut short…a special treat for Lindsay, in the same vein as the stuff you can hear on Alien Jingles.