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’).

 

 

Goodbye July….

Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

Photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

It’s been a interesting summer so far, blog goers. I’ve been all over the place with my hand in many different pies. So much is happening, so many changes…so, so much…

Considering this fact and my desire to keep the quality of Blind Date on the up and up, I’ve decided to cut posts down to when I have something extra special for you. Thing such as big announcements, events, and (of course) interviews! I think this way I can allot time to other projects and keep my sanity, but at the same time keep things interesting for you! I also promise more Instagrams…I swear! I know I’ve been neglecting you on that end….

Speaking of the projects I have in the works, at the end of August I’ll be uploading my interview with Camera Lucida. They’re an awesome aural/visual experience based duo.

I’ve also been working with Stacey Reason from the Louisville Artists Syndicate. I’m putting together an exclusive exhibition only interview with Rudy Salgado and Susanna Crum, available for listen at the show! We discuss the art of printmaking, their up & coming print shop, as well as their print collection which is the subject of the exhibition. I’ll keep you in the loop as I get more details…

Along with that, I’ve been trying to get together with my friend Lindsay Smith, to discuss a really awesome project she is doing along with her medical studies. I’m super excited about this as well…

One last thing, I’m participating in this year’s Open Studio Weekend with a small collective of friends. We’re putting together a small sound installation and working on a large collaborative piece inspired by Mandalas.

Sometime after this I’d also like to try to have an art yard sale.

We’ll see which way the wind blows…

 

Surprise! (April 9th 2014)

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What’s going on, listeners?

As I mentioned last week, this month I’m giving you an extra episode…an extra discussion with a special guest. Today, I’m here to deliver with a pleasant conversation with my creative better half (as they say), Sarah Katherine Davis. I’d definitely say we do a good job of balancing each other out. I push her to think outside of her creative safety zone..go places she usually wouldn’t. On the other side of that, she wrangles my ideas in with giving me more structure and organization. Much like the other aspects of our life together, art is now more of an team effort; if anything, we always have an open, encouraging, and honest source to bounce ideas off of. No matter how absurd my ideas are.

Anyway, to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, I bullied her into talking to me about her photography. Sarah has been involved in photography since a young age, both creatively and commercially as a wedding photographer. Besides this, she teaches digital photography classes as a part of the CFAC program for the Louisville Visual Art Assn, where she is also employed as the Education Programs Coordinator.

Sarah’s work at times romanticizes moments while others show the open, honest realness. With her images she likes to reveal and relate to how others live, but also opens up her own life with projects such as 10/10 (the images above are samples from that series). This project is just as much about giving you a look into her life as it is recording it. The underlining themes of the project seem to be self reflection and progress; where you’ve been and where you’re going. Much of what Sarah does commercially and art wise fit into these parameters regardless of who she is documenting.

As far as medium her photography is mostly digital, though she still has interest in physical film and Polaroids as art objects. Unfortunately, the growing cost of the physical side of photography makes it difficult for her to do more film work, as it does for most photographers. She definitely sees the positive sides of digital advancements though.

To learn more about Sarah’s work, you can go to Sarahkatherinedavis.com.

Enjoy the interview below!

October 16th, 2013

'Ancestor' by Katy Traughber.

‘Ancestor’ by Katy Traughber.

Guess what day it is, listeners….Blind Date Day! Or, as most of you know it, Wednesday!

Once again, the Traughbers welcome me into their home. This time around, I sit with Katy Traughber. Katy is currently enrolled in the BFA Program at IUS over in New Albany. She is really drawn to objects with a past or hold a record of time, though the materials she works with and the forms they take are dependent on inspiration.  Much of her muse consist of coming from a family who created out of necessity, parenting, and open communications with her children and husband. As you’ll hear in the interview she’s tried photography, music, sculpting, installation, and painting. Currently, you can find a small collection of Katy’s work at Dragon King’s Daughter’s New Albany location. Be sure to check it out; it runs through the rest of October.

You can keep up with Katy by visiting katytraughber.blogspot.com. You can hear the interview right below.

Enjoy!

Oh, by the way, Blind Date is sponsoring its first ever event! It will be a showcase of art with a focus on music and film. The event is at the Clifton Center’s wonderful Eifler Theatre Monday, November 11th. Doors at 7, and show will start soon after. Just five dollars to spend an evening full of creativity.

Live performances by Lady Pyramid and Douglas Lucas. Both accompanied by visuals. And a viewing of some short films and music videos.

http://ladypyramid.com/

http://douglaslucas.tumblr.com/

The lineup, for your convenience:

‘Never Forever’

A Now Age psych-opera by Astral Projects starring Prince Rama. You can get acquainted with Prince Rama, Never Forever, and the ‘Now Age’ by going to the following links:

www.neverforeverfilm.com
www.princerama.net/
www.facebook.com/princeramaofayodhya

Learn more about Lily X, the director, and Astral Projects here

www.astral-projects.com

‘Shoot the Moon’

Short directed by Sarah Katherine Davis & Alexia Serpentini

www.sarahkatherinedavis.com

http://cargocollective.com/alexiaserpentini

‘Through the Window Pane’

Music video for the Cheyenne Mize’s track of that name

Directed by Lindsay Sant & Nate Jones

http://cheyennemize.com/

‘Are You Hungry?’

Music video for the Psychic Skin track of that name

Directed by B. Barbour

http://cargocollective.com/bbarbour
http://salutatorianblues.bandcamp.com/

You can find out more on the Blind Date Facebook page…just click ‘Events’.  As time approaches, I’ll get more and more vocal about this so you don’t forget. To learn more about the Clifton Center, you can go to their website, www.cliftoncenter.org. As always, thank you guys for listening and supporting Blind Date.

I hope to see you there! Till then.

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).

This week…

The guys behind Weirdo Beardos..photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

The guys behind Weirdo Beardos..photo by Sarah Katherine Davis

If you’re into absurd comedy, Sci-fi, or comics, you’ll definitely want to check out this Wednesday’s episode of Blind Date. I’ll be talking with the dynamic duo known as Weirdo Beardos. For those of you who’ve kept up with the show, you’ll recognize one of the voices…along with new comer, Tristan Palmer.

Be sure to listen in.