From the archive… : November 30th, 2016

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Hello everyone.

Once again, the holidays are upon us…as well as the winter. I know things have been hectic and confusing this month, even before the holiday came. I have definitely felt out of sorts…but, I haven’t forgotten about you.

I’m taking a little break this month, so today I’m pulling a interview from the archive.

Right now, I’m in the midst of a big project which requires a lot of my time. The project is called ‘The Nothing About Me Without Me’. The premise of the project is to give the disabilities community a voice through art. Many great local organization are involved such as Zoom Group, The Council on Developmental Disabilities, and Down Syndrome of Louisville. The program consist of a various creative workshop and the process will be documented  & turned into a film by U of L grad students.

I’m contributing a series of interviews with artists in the program as well as leading some creative workshops. The interview series should start within the next two months, so keep an eye out!

But, for now, enjoy this past interview from 2014. This one is with Isle Blansert, a video creator and ‘ASMRtist’. If these words don’t mean anything to you, they will once you click the link below.

Enjoy.

https://blinddateart.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/june-11th-2014/

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!

 

Emily Schuhmann : February 25th, 2015

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Emily Schuhmann’s piece ‘L4 Pattern’.

Multimedia artist Alejandro Jodorowsky once said ‘ A symbol permits an infinite variety of meanings, one for every individual who perceives it.’

Emily Schuhmann is a creative who shares such sentiments. You’ll soon learn to what extent as she is my guest today.

Emily teaches art courses at Bellarmine University, as well as teaches dance as a Swing dance instructor. When she isn’t leading a class, she’s creating works primarily in the medium of metals. Aside from sculpting, her creative output includes illustration and performance.

Thematically, she is interested in symbols with layered meanings, as well as our tendency to use old information as a reference for new experiences and ideas. And as I already mentioned, Emily is really intrigued by audience interpretation and perspective; sort of in the way of the old saying ‘ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’. She delights in how the language of symbols is interpreted by each viewer, and welcomes ‘misinterpretation’.

Her most recent exhibition, Strains Familiar, refers to both a recent ‘mysterious’ injury and her love of modern biology. This series touches on the concepts of repetition, patterns, and surprising parallels. The show ran earlier in the month at the McGrath gallery on Bellarmine’s campus.

To get a better sense, check out our discussion below, and get it right from the source.

You can also learn more about Emily at her website emilyschuhmann.com.

Enjoy.

 

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…

Sept 25th, 2013

From the series 'Devalued by Gold. Devalued Michael Jordan Card No. 1

From the series ‘Devalued by Gold’. Devalued Michael Jordan Card No. 1

It’s Wednesday again, listeners. For you today, I have Benjamin Cook. Ben is an U of L graduate whose focus was originally painting, but set out to broadens his ideas of art. Themes Ben explores are current events, technology, nostalgia, and the way artwork is consumed. Much of his work is a direct respond to the constantly changing times we live in, where input is coming at you from all sides, all the time.

You can learn more about Benjamin at benjamincookart.com. Of course, you can also listen to the interview either through the player below or by subscribing to the podcast.

Thanks, and enjoy!

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

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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).