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.

 

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Angela St. Vrain: August 12th, 2015

Alley On Burnett At 2nd St. Photo by Martin Criss

Alley On Burnett At 2nd St. Photo by Martin Criss

Greetings listeners.

My guest today is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic known as Wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is defined as an aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Basically, finding the beauty in imperfections or the incomplete. Angela St. Vrain is someone who finds joy in imperfections and most times, accentuates them.

Angela is currently an undergrad student over at U of L’s Hite Institute for Sculpture. She uses a variety of materials and processes. And the breadth of her work is based on the theme of shelter, and how our homes help construct who we are.

Many of her pieces are recreations of specific spaces in her biography, but still can be relatable to the audience as houses tend to be a universal symbol of home.

Camelback House

Camelback House

To learn more about Angela’s amazing work, check out angelastvrain.wordpress.com.

To hear the chat we had in her studio, use the player below or subscribe to the podcast via the iTunes store.

Ps. Because I know I’m so bad at pronunciation, and I don’t have any knowledge of African languages, I’m providing a link to the musician I mention in the beginning of the episode: Check it out!

 

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.

Jesi Evans : June 3rd, 2015

At First There Is Movement by Jesi Evans. Photo credit to Sarah Davis.

At First There Is Movement by Jesi Evans. Photo credit to Sarah Davis.

How are you, listeners?

Despite certain difficulties, I am here with another discussion as promised. If I sound exasperated in the interview, it’s because my computer froze during the first take…

Today’s guest is an old friend of mine, Jesi Evans. Our friendship is very much seeped in art—we met in High School art class, have shared interests regarding art & music, and have gone on to collaborate through our fledgling collective Hot Garbage.

Jesi is a Berea college grad that works primarily in fibers, with a special emphasis on embroidery. Jesi uses this rather ‘familiar’ medium to redefines craft for herself, as well as the viewer. The medium is familiar and welcoming to her due to a childhood full of projects with her mother & grandmother.

Her latest series of work delves into personal environmental concerns and the emotional response tied to them. The project is right now a work in progress, but you can get a peek at jesievansart.com. You can check out her past projects at her Cargo Collective site.

Sooner Or Later You'll Have To Go To Sleep by Jesi Evans. Photo credit Sarah Davis

Sooner Or Later You’ll Have To Go To Sleep by Jesi Evans. Photo credit Sarah Davis

For a more in-depth introduction, check out her websites and our chat using the player below.

Remember, you can always subscribe to the podcast via iTunes and keep up to date when new episodes are posted.

Till next time.

 

 

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..