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.

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.