DH McNabb : March 11th, 2015

Photo provided by artist

Photo provided by artist

Listeners.

Think about your day.

How many times did you encounter glass, be it window, mirror, or screen?  I’m sure it’s more times than you can count; glass is everywhere, it surrounds us. And I think this has most of us take it for granted. If you stop to think about it, glass can be quite ‘magical’ visually. It serves many purposes. And it can be many things; transparent or reflective, fragile or protective.

DH McNabb has spent much time pondering this medium, unlike most.

DH came to Kentucky in 99, starting undergrad at Centre college with ideas of becoming a Vet or Naturalist. He soon shifted his interest to glass blowing as he realized that it could provide him with what he was looking for in these vocations—travel. Glass is ubiquitous, and glass blowing almost as much. As someone with a taste for exploration and beliefs in the community of art, DH fit in perfectly with glass making.

DH creates glass works that range from the functional to the conceptual; much of it is an overlapping of the two extremes. And for him it’s the same, because the creative, intellectual moment happened. Conceptually, DH is interested in the ephemeral nature of things, the loss of a ‘moment’. He explores such concepts with his project Poof! and further for his exhibition Monuments: Moments. As he mentions, monuments were these things, these ideas, that were meant to last but are just as temporal as the moment of passing from one room to the next.

DH is currently working at the Flame Run glass studio and gallery.

You can see his work at dhmcnabb.com.

Click the player below to hear our discussion.

Till next time.

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Collin Lloyd : December 3rd 2014

Winter is upon us listeners. How are you fairing? Well, I hope…

Today’s guest is Collin Lloyd. The above video piece is a collaboration between him and his spouse Alexia Serpentini. If you guys remember, I spoke to Alexia during the first year of Blind Date. And much like her interview, we ended up talking for quite awhile, going all over the place. With that said, you may need to be ready to get comfy for this one, or make this two sittings…

Collin’s work centers around themes of masculinity, femininity, gender, identity construction, and his inner life. Besides his sculpture and performance work, he has been writing a novel based on his dreams which form a consistent ongoing story. As you’ll hear in our discussion, narratives are something quite close to his heart as well as his work. We also touch on gender inequality and its results in many parts of culture.

You can learn more about his work at his website, collinlloyd.com.

Happy listening…

October 23, 2013

'Sirius A and Pups' by Alexia Serpentini

‘Sirius A and Pups’ by Alexia Serpentini

Hello there listeners.

Are you ready for this!? Special extended episode! I won’t judge you if you can’t take it all in with one sitting. That’s why you should subscribe to the podcast!! Anytime, anywhere, straight through, or take your time…at your convenience. Available in iTunes store.

Today’s episode of Blind Date features a good friend, the always warm, the always inspirational, Alexia Serpentini. I forget sometimes how similar we are, as well as how similar our goals are. It’s via Skype, so the sound quality is little funky. Such is Skype.

Alexia received two BFAs from the University of Louisville; one in 2D and one in 3D art. Currently she is a MA Creative Cities Candidate at King’s College London, in the United Kingdom.  Her focus is Post-Conflict Cultural Policy Development in the Middle East, Egyptian Cultural Regulation. Alexia has done work such as glass sculpture, film, photography, installation, and experiential pieces.

We touch on things such as education, creative solutions to socio-political matters, and briefly on my motivations for Blind Date. Figures an interview with Alexia would turn out different.

See samples of her work either at cargocollective.com/alexiaserpentini, or on November 11th, at the first ever Blind Date hosted event.

LIVE. In person. Artists. Musicians. Film.

Click through the following links for more information:

https://www.facebook.com/events/646093162088300/

https://www.facebook.com/blinddateart

blinddateart.wordpress.com

cliftoncenter.org

I hope to see you there!