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.

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July 23rd, 2014

It’s the fourth Wednesday of the month listeners! You know what that means….yet another discussion with some creative person or another.

It’s Jim Jim’s July!

Today you’ll hear a conversation I had with Jim Marlowe, hanging out in his shop Astro Black Records. With Blind Date, I try to be as unbiased as possible, but I have to admit Jim is definitely one of my favorite record slingers. Besides operating a shop with a very special niche, he’s also a generally nice and extremely helpful person. I feel like most times I stop by, I have nothing but questions for him (it seems so appropriate to interview him!). He gave me some pretty vital advice on releasing my own cassette…

Jim also records bands on a budget, host a variety of shows, and creates his own music. He is most notably know for his work in his band Tropical Trash, though he’s also been seen with either his big ole’ saxophone or guitar with other groups such as SapatJuanita, and Venus Trap. 

Check out the interview below or wait for your podcast subscription to update, and hear me bring up some of Jim’s musical history with a copy of one of his first releases…among other things.

Enjoy.

 

 

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.