StudioWorks, Eric Huggins : December 2nd, 2015

Eric showing me some of his celebrity portraits.

Eric showing me some of his celebrity portraits.

Continuing my series on StudioWorks, today’s episode features Eric Huggins.

Eric is a soft spoken guy, but super friendly—he always seems to have a smile on his face. His artwork reflects that upbeat disposition with his color usage & subject matter. Eric’s work is inspired by his love of music, especially Motown, and usually comes in the form of celebrity portraits. Aside from his colorful portraits, Eric dabbles in tattoo influenced work as well.

More of Eric’s work. Photo from StudioWorks’ Facebook page. I love that embroidered Elvis.

Eric is a self taught artist who’s been at it for over 20 years now. Quite a bit of those years have been spent learning and experimenting at StudioWorks, which has given him the opportunity to try new things as well as pass down his experience to children at the Pitt Academy. Eric teaches an art class about once a month with Pitt Academy students.

I also hear rumor that Eric and another local creative, Lindsay Sant, are working on an animation project together. I’ll keep you updated when I hear more…

You can learn more about Eric and the rest of the StudioWorks crew at Zoomgroup.org or the StudioWorks’ Facebook page.

Check out our chat below.

Enjoy…

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StudioWorks, Heather Drury & Frances Mican: November 4th, 2015

Heya listeners! I’m so excited that this is finally coming together—this is the first in a series of discussions with the forces behind StudioWorks and their awesome artists.

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Seems like more each day I have the mentality that everyone has something to bring to the table. And such thinking openly embraces diversity. Of course, diversity is a broad term and sometimes there are areas that get overlooked. In saying this, I find it refreshing that neurodiversity has recently had a much stronger presence in the media. Even Sesame Street is coming into the conversation.

Such diversity is a big part of StudioWorks’ goal.

Today’s episode is a conversation I had with Studio Manager Heather Drury & Site Coordinator Frances Mican back in August.

I apologize if it’s a little ‘choppy’, and for when I misspeak (I was a bit distracted by the AC kicking on…it tends to be EXTREMELY loud.)

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Window display from The Food Show. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

StudioWorks is an art studio and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities. Currently, the studio is home to over 30 artists of various styles and still expanding. StudioWorks is under the umbrella of the non profit Zoom Group, which is an organization that helps such adults with job placement and other services. Artists can expect ample studio space to create work, get advice & assistance, opportunities to learn new mediums, and a proper forum to display the finished product.

You can learn more by visiting zoomgroup.org/studioworks. Or go outside! Find them near the corner of Bardstown Rd and Eastern Pkwy (2008 Eastern Parkway).

Listen in below to our discussion to get further details on becoming an artist, or getting involved as a volunteer.

Auralgami Sounds : September 16th, 2015

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Hey there listeners.

My guests today are individuals who aren’t new to Louisville’s music scene. Matt Dodds and JC Denison have been in a variety of bands, probably most well known being Lucky Pineapple. And as you listen to this episode, you can gather that putting out music isn’t easy, especially financially, and that having a support system makes quite a difference.

This is the experience they both bring to Auralgami Sounds.

Auralgami Sounds started out as a name for JC to release his own music under, till he started brainstorming with Matt to make a legitimate record label. Matt & JC seem more motivated in promoting musicians they believe in as well as creating a collaborative community, rather than seeking lucrative gain. The label is still new, gaining momentum, and they have so many great ideas. And they also have a lot of great projects lined up.

You can catch the release show of the newest Auralgami Sounds album at The New Vintage, Saturday October 3rd. For more info, check out the event page on Facebook.

For all other things Auralgami Sounds, visit them at auralgamisounds.bandcamp.com or on their Facebook page.

As always, find our the discussion below. Enjoy.

 

Sophia Gordon : May 6th, 2015

A still life photo by Sophia Gordon.

A still life photo by Sophia Gordon.

Greetings listeners.

I feel as an artist, you’re always trying to push your materials (and yourself) to their limits. And of course, this is where the creativity comes in handy; using what you have available to reach as close as you can to your visualized goals. As technology progresses and makes certain mediums more accessible this becomes easier. I believe that the surprises that come while reaching for your ‘vision’ are more interesting than the original idea.

These are some ideas discussed in the opening of my chat with Sophia Gordon.

Sophia is a Louisville native who graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Film & Television Production. She enjoys experimenting with various mediums and different ways of mixing them. This kind of creative mentality stems from her experiences making zines when she was younger. The very collaborative, cut & paste, and DIY nature of zine creation stayed with her. Zine creation, going back to what I said above, also teaches you to use what you have on hand wisely.

Her collaborative experiments continue in her current work with her films, photography, visual art, and her performance art duo RabbitxRabbit.

Listen in to our conversation below, or subscribe through iTunes. We talk Oblique Strategies, I get too excited about getting the Frankenstein reference, and hear some of the improvised music from her duo (the closing track really has a Popol Vuh kind of feel. I love it!)

See what Sophia has done, and will do, via her website Sophiagordonart.com.

Shands Collection : April 1st, 2015

Petah Coyne's Untitled (Al's Garden). Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Petah Coyne’s Untitled (Al’s Garden). Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Hello listeners.

As you know, earlier in the year I talked about the importance of art collecting on the art community with Larry Shapin & Ladonna Nicolas. And thanks to that interview I was invited to the estate of Al and Mary Shands, Great Meadows. The Shands’ home is nestled in a more woodsy area of Crestwood, in the midst of quiet expansive fields. To say the least, it is an amazing spot for a home built specifically for living with, and reflecting on, a large art collection.

Another shot by Sarah Katherine Davis. In the foreground is an Anish Kapoor piece.

Another shot by Sarah Katherine Davis. In the foreground is Anish Kapoor’s Untitled (Yellow Wall Disk).

Great Meadows is home to hundreds of pieces of art, much of which are large scale sculptures. The house was designed to accommodate such pieces, while also being a home and social gathering place. As an Episcopal preacher, Al Shands is very into the idea of bringing people together, whether it’s socializing or quiet reflection. Shands is someone who delights in exchanging ideas, so with all this in mind, his home is no surprise.

Sol LeWitt's Untitled drawing on the wall of the Shands' living room. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

Sol LeWitt’s Untitled Wall Drawing in the Shands’ living room. Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis.

I spoke with Al Shands and Julien Robson about the collection and the estate. Al Shands will leave the entire collection to The Speed Art Museum upon his passing. Al and Julien worked together within The Speed, and have come together again to produce the book Great Meadows: The Making Of Here, to give people a feel of the home as it is now. Al hopes to help grow The Speed with his gift, and to inspire others to collect with his story.

The beautiful book chronicling the progress of Great Meadows is available here.

Below you can listen to our chat (I apologize for the ‘levels’).

 

 

Happy Birthday to ya….

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So I’ve been putting this together for a little bit, and it seems to finally be falling into place. Blind Date, as I may have mentioned a few times, turns one year old this June. And to mark this small milestone, I put together a little art party.

Friday June 20th at the Rudyard Kipling, we celebrate Blind Date’s first awesome, though at times rocky, year. It’s been really great meeting so many individuals from so many background…both culturally and creatively. To say the least, it has been inspiring. I got the chance to talk to people from all over…artists I know well, not at all, that I’ve admired from afar, and those close to me.

The evening will feature an interesting group of creative folk, such as international known filmmaker Max Moore. Or the first guest I ever had on the show, my close personal friend Ben Traughber (Dream Eye Color Wheel). There will also be poetry readings by both Tristan Palmer of Weirdo Beardos fame, and Erin Keane (who just published a new collection of poems titled Demolition of the Promised Land.) And I can’t forget the always impressive Chervon Koeune.

The show starts at 7pm, with a suggested donation of $ 5-10 ( help cover the cost of the sound guy )
Please stay tuned, as details are subject to change. Even if you’re not planning on coming (though you should), pass the word around to people you like and dislike. Friends, family, enemies, co workers, peers of all types….
And if anyone would like to help to promote this event in their neighborhood, organization, school, etc, send me a personal message and I’ll get some flyers your way. I would greatly appreciate it, because I’d like to make this event great for you, my audience, and for my artists.
If you’d like to RSVP, go to the Facebook page. And, by the way, there links hidden all throughout the above paragraphs to each of the artists’ posts. Check them out, and get familiar or reacquainted. 
Till then..
 

 

 

May 7th, 2014

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Art is a lot about reimagining. Using different images and symbols in new ways, to convey new meanings; collaging what we know and expanding upon it. I think this is definitely more evident than ever with the increasingly frequent use of sampling…whether it be audio, video, or other mediums. We’ve come to the point now where many artists solely rely on this…sometimes to poke fun at tradition or to reminisce about the past.

These kinds of ideas rolled about while I conversed with today’s guest. To continue entertaining you while we count down to the anniversary party, I bring you prolific recording artist Alex Koenig. Alex records under the name Nmesh, and our discussion mainly focuses on his two latest releases, ‘Dream Sequins’ and ‘Nu Wav. Hallucinations’. These albums are heavily layered audio collages of media from the 80’s and 90’s…everything from pop music, advertisements, news clips, and video game sound effects. For Alex, it’s equal parts nostalgia and irony.

I caught wind of Alex’s work while I was perusing the album reviews on the site Tiny Mix Tapes. The cover of Dream Sequins caught my eye and as I streamed the audio, it caught my ear. I noticed an audio clip from one of our local news stations, and so here we are.

You can find his vast body of work here.

Enjoy our discussion below.