artist decoded #119 - ANDREW THOMAS HUANG WITH SAMAN KESH X YOSHINO - "VISUAL THERAPY"

With a background in animation, live action and visual effects, Andrew Thomas Huang’s work bridges the gap between video art and film, expanding beyond into alternative modes of storytelling. His film and video work has exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, NYC; MoMA PS1; The Barbican Centre, London; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Having developed a strong reputation for his collaborative practice, Huang has worked extensively with Icelandic artist Bjork, among others including FKA Twigs, Thom Yorke and British director Joe Wright. Huang served as creative director for Bjork’s VR exhibition Bjork Digital, creating multiple immersive experiences within the pioneering traveling installation. With his strength in world-building, Huang carries on his visual aesthetic as he continues his foray into narrative feature film. Huang is a Cinereach Fellow, a recent fellow in Film Independent’s Directors Lab, and a recipient of the K Period Media Fellowship grant.

www.andrewthomashuang.com

 

artist decoded #118 - MARI L. MCCARTHY - "THE POWER OF JOURNALING"

Mari L. McCarthy is the multi award-winning author of “Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live.”

The Founder/Self-Transformation Guide of CreateWriteNow.com, she shows health-conscious people how to use journaling to heal the issues in their tissues and transform their lives. She provides 20+ Self-Paced Journaling Courses on various life-challenging topics such as Heal Your Life, Love Your Body and Detox Your Relationships.

 Topics Discussed In This Episode: 

  • Julia Cameron’s Book, “The Artist Way”

  • Mari talks about her daily practice of journaling

  • How to heal yourself and declutter your thoughts through journaling

  • Taking responsibility for your actions and thoughts

  • Her journaling website www.createwritenow.com

  • Silencing the inner critic

  • Power of positive thinking

  • Allowing yourself to write through a stream of consciousness

www.createwritenow.com

ARTIST DECODED #117 - TUNDE ADEBIMPE (TV ON THE RADIO) X KIM DORLAND - "LOST IN THE WOODS"

Tunde Adebimpe is a musician, actor, director, and visual artist best know for being the frontman of the band TV On The Radio.     Kim Dorland pushes the boundaries of painted representation through an exploration of memory, material, nostalgia, identity and place. Drawing heavily from the Canadian landscape and his huge appetite for the history and language of painting, the loose yet identifiable scenes are interjected with areas of heavy abstract impasto. His refusal to remain faithful to one medium or approach plays into the symbiotic nature of his work.Born in 1974 in Wainwright, Alberta, Canada, Dorland holds an MFA from York University in Toronto, and a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, in Vancouver. He has exhibited globally, including shows in Milan, London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. His work is featured in the Contemporary Art Foundation (Japan), The Sander Collection (Berlin); Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal; Glenbow Museum (Calgary); Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Art Gallery of Alberta, the Audain Art Museum and numerous important private collections. Dorland currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.www.kdorland.comTopics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Psychedelics
  • Tunde growing up in Pittsburg and Kim growing up in Alberta
  • The beginnings of TV On The Radio
  • The moment when Kim decided to start painting
  • Tom Thomson and the group of 7
  • Nostalgia of wandering and finding things in the woods as kids
  • Chester Brown (Canadian cartoonist)
  • Dave Mckeen
  • Tunde and Kim’s love for comic books
  • Comic book series: Beverly, Black Hole, Blankets, The Swamp Thing, Sabrina
  • Kim doing “diary drawings”
  • Instagram pros and cons
  • Rhys Lee (Artist)
  • Being on “Dad Time”
  • Shinro Ohtake (Artist)

ARTIST DECODED #116 - JOHN WENTZ - "LAST MAN STANDING"

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose work is an exploration of process and technique. Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it’s core fundamentals: composition, color, and mark making. Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books. After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator. After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils. Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Giving up
  • Gerhard Richter
  • Tech affecting art
  • Barriers between museums and the public
  • Would you make art if the world ended?
  • Wentz moving to Paris
  • Advice to artists and creatives
  • Movies
  • “Naive” painters

www.johnwentz.com

artist decoded #114 - JOE SILL - "STRAY"

Joe Sill is a director based out of Los Angeles. He began studying film at the age of 12, and spent much of his youth learning on his own how to use a camera, edit, and craft visual effects. In 2009, he attended Chapman University to study direction full-time, and in 2013 he created a spec for Tesla that gained Elon Musk’s attention and support, as well as over half a million viewers. The spec jumpstarted a commercial career where he quickly built a resume of work with clients such as Apple, Nike, NASA, Disney and Warner Brothers. In 2016, he created another speculative short film set in the Star Wars universe and caught the attention of 1.5 million viewers — and that same year, he directed his debut feature film, “STRAY”, a sci-fi neo noir starring Karen Fukuhara (Suicide Squad), Christine Woods (The Walking Dead), and Japanese musician MIYAVI (Unbroken). His work has collectively accumulated over 200 million views thus far. He is currently in post production as well as development on a handful of commercials and feature projects.Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • His first featured film, “Stray” (2019)
  • The following feature films: Akira, Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Batman Begins, Ghost In The Shell, Finding Nemo, John Wick, Pan's Labyrinth, Terminator, Terminator 2, The Dark Knight, The Lord of the Rings, The Matrix
  • Surrogate parent relationships in films
  • “The Last of Us” – Video Game
  • His love for Miyazaki films
  • Changes within the commercial industry
  • Commercials made by AI
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Developing grit

www.joesill.com

artist decoded #113 - BRIAN HIGBEE - "CAPTURING A PERSON'S ESSENCE"

Brian Higbee comes from an eleven year career in Graphic Design. Early on in his graphic design career he picked up a camera and started shooting photos for his commissioned projects, skateboarding, snowboarding and bands. It soon became obvious that photography held far more appeal than graphic design ever did. So he left home and his comfortable career in pursuit of his passion.He started his career assisting some of the top photographers in the world. This experience along with his sense of light and space, and compositional capability has propelled him into a creative force.His talent has been quickly recognized by Interview Magazine. American Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, Glamour and many alike, were quick to follow.Subjects Discussed In This Episode:

  • How he transitioned into working as a professional photographer from having an 11 year professional career as a graphic designer
  • Current industry shifts in hiring professional photographers
  • Contributing to Interview Magazine before and towards the end of the printed publication
  • The death of printed commercialized media
  • Mental preparations to start your day
  • Diversifying skill sets

www.brianhigbee.com

artist decoded #112 - DAVID CHEIFETZ - "AUTOPILOT OFF"

David Cheifetz is an internationally acclaimed and collected artist who continues to push the limits of contemporary realist oil painting. David and his family live in Olympia, WA."Reflecting the language of dreams, these dark, hyperrealistic tableaux suggest bizarre and intriguing narratives. Cheifetz paints alla prima, an oil painting technique in which wet paint is applied to previous layers of wet paint. He works without detailed underpainting or studies, creating atmosphere through prominent, expressive brushstrokes and strong chiaroscuro."-Artsy.net

artist decoded #111 - KILO KISH WITH JARELL PERRY X YOSHINO - "100%"

As if spun from ether, the synthy experimental reflections of Kilo Kish (nee Lakisha Kimberly Robinson) strikingly embody what is intangible - the overwhelmingly complex emotions we sometimes feel but cannot find the language to express. A singer-songwriter, multi-disciplinary artist and designer, Kish’s musical offerings have always been deeply intertwined with her work in other mediums. Her debut EP Homeschool (released April 2, 2012), earned praise for its disarming honesty, marking the genesis of a discography informed by Kish’s deeply self-reflective nature and innate curiosity about the boundaries of human interactions with the world. “I think people liked Homeschool because it felt really naive but also natural. That naturalness of it is almost like catching an artist in their garage band stage,” explained Kish. The EP also provides early insight into Kish’s collaborative process, featuring production and vocals from longtime friends the Internet and Pyramid Vitra - Kish had previously connected with Matt Martians ( the Internet) online, and subsequently formed relationships with the rest of the band.Born in Orlando, Florida, Kish spent much of her early childhood in solitary settings, critiquing and exploring her surroundings autonomously, while at the same time fully immersing herself in creative projects and activities that challenged her world view. She entered her school’s gifted program at the age of five, and the advanced curriculum soon separated her from her peers. Still, the young Kish found that she preferred the company of adults, finding inspiration from the complexity of their realities. Despite having few friends of her age, her family were early advocates of both her independence and creative spirit.Her mother in particular provided a steady stream of art supplies, books and activities to feed Kish’s voracious young mind. “I would get bored of things really easily. So once I learned how to do something I was always trying to find the next thing to learn,” Kish explained of her lifelong sense of restlessness. Yet even in becoming easily disillusioned with standard childhood activities, Kish still fell under the spell of the popular culture of the ‘90s. When she wasn’t watching a steady stream of music videos on MTV, she listened to the top 40 hits on her favorite local station. In her teenage years, Kish’s musical tastes imploded, expanding into the realm of alternative sounds and internet-based sub-genres. Spurred on by the popularity of pirating platforms like Limewire, she sought out the future-facing crooning of Bjork, and connected with the empowered folk-pop of Regina Spektor.This plethora of influences coupled with a rejection of any state of stagnation still defines Kish’s music. A year after the release of Homeschool (while still studying at FIT in New York), she completely pivoted directions and released K+. The free mix tape was supported by a digital art zine and immersive listening session. Featuring A$AP Ferg, Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt and more, K+ chronicled the process behind its own making in order to bring the listener closer to the mind of the artist. “At the time, I kind of just considered music as another form of making stuff. I was in college thinking I was going to become a textile designer, but then to see some of my peers blowing up - Matt was with Odd Future and some of my other friends were in A$AP Mob. So I saw it happening around me and it occurred to me that it was possible,” she explained of the time.The following year, in 2014, she released her second EP Across with the support of French fashion house and record label Maison Kitsune. On its heels came Kish’s debut studio album,Reflections in Real Time (2016) which she released through her own imprint label Kisha Soundscape + Audio. The album, a searing and deeply personal journal entry into the motivations, fears and obsessions of an artist unafraid to document her own fallacies, garnered praise for its earnestness and impeccable musicality. In an interview with Elle that year, Kish even joked that the album’s level of honesty would probably embarrass her later. As her story continues to unfold, and her already-impressive buzz continues to grow, stay tuned for more on one of 2018’s most exciting artists…Kilo Kish.www.kilokish.com

artist decoded #110 - NICK RUNGE - "FINDING BALANCE THROUGH ABSTRACTION"

Born in 1985, artist Nick Runge grew up in Colorado. Coming from a creative family of professional artists, he was always interested in drawing and imagining ideas visually. Starting in 2004, he began thinking about art as a career and got the chance to begin small jobs in and out of the comic book industry. After 2006, he worked as an illustrator for various comic companies such as IDW, Dark Horse, and many others. While primarily making a living as a cover artist, he began painting more seriously and started exploring the world of film art and traditionally painted projects, doing various official and private commissions. These days he has stepped away from commercial properties, focusing exclusively on fine art and personal work using oils and watercolor.As a portrait/figurative painter, Nick works from life as well as photography, describing his art as something close to “abstracted realism”, with an objective of expressing as much of the realistic human element of life as possible through a limited and often simplified approach to his rendering or brushwork, giving an illusion of realism while, at the same time, breaking shapes and form down enough to have a close balance with abstraction.Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • The reasons why he began his career as an artist in illustration
  • Making the transition from being a professional illustrator to being a fine artist
  • Steven Pressfield’s book, “The War of Art”
  • Creating mental devices to help you clearly navigate though your career
  • His experiences working in the comic book industry
  • Commercial viability of analog and digital artworks
  • Pitfalls of the American educational system
  • The financial realities of being a working artist
  • Art and design existing everywhere
  • How the arts are supported and unsupported in America
  • Francis Ford Coppola’s film “Apocalypse Now”
  • The movie poster that Runge was commissioned to illustrate for the documentary, “The Death of Superman Lives”
  • Ideologies about tribes and community
  • AI creating artworks
  • NOH/WAVE
  • Art collectives

www.nickrungeart.comwww.nohwaveacademy.com/nick-runge(ADRUNGE25 @ Checkout For $25 Off)

artist decoded #109 - "ACTING, MARK MAKING, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN"

Joseph Lee is an actor and self-taught artist who studies faces and the emotions that inhabit them.  Lee focuses on the parallel between external reality and internal process by manipulating everyday faces and objects through segmented brush strokes, color choice, and volume, converging them into a complete and balanced whole.Show Notes:

  • Joseph’s journey into acting
  • Picking up a paintbrush as a reaction to his father’s passing
  • Intuitively thinking with creating artworks
  • Insecurities
  • His role in the, Sundance Award Winning film, “Searching” (2018)
  • Traveling to Korean on an acting job and navigating the social landscape as a foreigner
  • Utilizing a gratitude journal in your daily practice
  • Existential crises
  • SCOPE Art Show 2018

www.josephleeart.com