Sergio and Josh recap their boozy night before talking about working on their upcoming shows. All sorts of random stuff gets talked about, such as framing, Bam Bam Bigelow, nuclear holocaust, dad jokes, dark comedies, not jotting down ideas, and people listening to our podcast. Sergio fails miserably at trying to get Josh to read The Art Spirit by Robert Henri. We trash a bunch of annoying things before we limp to the finish line. Uber epic episode. Stayeth woketh, bros.
Fresh off the heels of his Booth Gallery in NYC show, Emilio Villalba invites us to his home and studio to talk about how he titles his paintings, the eyeballs he paints, how his environment influences his work, going from animation in LA to painting in SF, music, teaching, how Mark Tennant changed his life, his journey to see Velasquez and a few other things before we get into his painting in progress, “Mother and Child” that he graciously allowed us to share with you. We discuss why Picasso and Willem de Kooning were great(clutch your pearls, realists!) and speculate on who will be remembered from our time. We wrap it up by talking about album cover art. It’s obvious how thoughtful he is about his craft. If you’re a painter of any sort, you’ll really enjoy this one.
Aaron Nagel tells about his musical beginnings and how he started painting in oils, how he works with models, his new series of paintings with cloth, fitness, long-ass audiobooks and his “love” of the fantasy genre. We talk about his “Signal To Noise” paintings and talk about narrative paintings, his fascination with form, and face tattoos. We talk about the EGO Act, get super depressed about the current administration, then talk about commissions. We talk some more about working with models and getting reference, then Josh goes off on a tangent but brings it back! We talk about supplemental income, teaching, painting on dibond and his FedEx debacle. We finish by answering listener questions, such as, what are galleries good for these days? Catch him at Abend Gallery in June!
Hey yallz. It’s just your homies flying solo this ep’. Sergio tells us about a new series of landscapes inspired by the Sonoma County fires, and a new landscape for a “painted frame” theme show. They talk about deadlines and overcommitments before getting deep into a “secret project” that Sergio has been working on in his spare time. They talk about keeping interest in an ongoing series and what happens when you change directions. They discuss Josh’s painting “Be On The Watch, There Are Ways Out” and get into Bukowski, ambiguous narratives, and painting as a vehicle for storytelling. They break down why Jim Carrey is not a good artist, put you on to a neat Kickstarter, and Sorolla as a mini art history lesson which leads to discussion about color blindness. They finish the episode by answering listener questions. Josh Solo shot first.
Glenn Arthur talks to us about coming from Orange County to the Bay Area, people connecting to his work on social media, his influences from art history, his subject matter, a recent illness, his love of art tutorials and gardening. Would he ever work for Disney? He tells us about how he lost 300k followers on Instagram(and got them back). We talk about his painting, “Curiouser and Curiouser” and it goes into a conversation about style. Does Glenn use reference? We get into a brief talk about social media trolls before discussing Revok’s battle with H&M. Has Glenn’s art ever been stolen? We talk about biters and round out the episode by discussing if social media success means real world success.
Ozi Magana joins us to talk about how Sergio and him first met through a mutual friend(did it live up to the hype?), his take on art school, his “beef” with Joshua Mays, his art battle with Nate Van Dyke, and failed battle attempt with Henry Lewis. He tells us how he started showing his art, San Mateo & EPA, and what he’s up to now. We also talk about art fame, where our screen names come from, and someone named Mike Garcia gets shouted out a lot. Ozi then talks about why he hates the Mona Lisa which leads to a discussion about his painting, “Healer Of Worlds.” We find out Josh hates alcohol markers. We finish by discussing movies and boy stuff. We here at Waiting To Dry endorse nothing that was said by our guest. We love you, Joshua Mays.
Joshua Mays invited us into his home in Oakland to talk about his ideas for a live/work exhibition space, sci-fi, sci-reality, and getting our stories across as artists. He breaks down his Vision and Value concept which is a very interesting way for artists to think about their worth. We make some short detours into hip-hop (and Josh even “freestyles”?), crows being smart, Gunpla, and other things before getting into art business-relevant topics like money flow, the Internet, and more. We break down his painting, “Beacon Frequency Reader.” After that he tells about the artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh to make a point about Vision vs. Value. We finish by talking about the Red Bull Music Academy and the value that brands could bring by collaborating with artists. We really enjoyed listening to what he had to say and we know you will too.
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Judson Monroe joins to talk about how Sergio and him met, the difference between academies and ateliers, studying in Florence, Marc Dalessio, New Orleans, why the West Coast is the best coast, and Italian art collectors. Is Iran the next big art market? Is contemporary art becoming a meritocracy? Which group shows are worth doing? We discuss it! Also, hacky concepts, and doing commissions. We talk about Judson’s painting and he has a cool story to tell about it. Judson then tells us about how Sean Cheetham influenced him in an interesting way. We discuss if the fashion world can teach us about marketing. Check out his wife’s website www.realistartresource.com.
In episode 7, we waste no time talking (light) trash about the Academy of Art before we delve into John Wentz’s beginnings. We talk about what comic book characters suck, shedding the art-school mentality, the art inherent in all disciplines, his upcoming trip to Paris, and the impact of social media on professional artists. We get into why he paints “unfinished” portraits and what cave paintings have to do with them. We discuss one of his paintings he created from riding the NYC subways which leads to a discussion about human empathy, his titles, and process vs. outcome. We shout out his lady Delphyne, then go into a tangent about beliefs, and Sergio gets compared to Sam Harris. We answer a couple of questions at the end, and then tell you to fuck off. Sorry for the audio quality.
In episode 6, Leon sticks up for LA before telling us about his start in graffiti and we bond over 90’s underground hip-hop. He tells us about college in Arcata and his move to SF. He talks about his self-published children’s book that launched his art career, and the one class he took at the Academy of Art. He tells us about an interesting collaboration between himself and Mike Gallegos. We discuss a couple of paintings of his and try to figure out what the heck they mean! In the process we discuss symbolism and clarity of intent in painting. Sergio gets us into a discussion about the controversial removal of a Waterhouse from a museum. We end the podcast by talking about what media we consume while painting. This was a chill episode, relaxing conversation that flowed easily. Enjoy!