Steven Russell Black talks to us about mixing horror and beauty, what horror films he likes, using his “left brain” for art and business, Josh and Steven compare IG theories, his “Give Give Ask” philosophy, using your available tools, pencil sharpening, and more. We discuss his paintings, “Blind Faith” and “Devil’s Got Your Tongue.” We talk about his collection preferences, working small, and the unclear path that is ‘making it’ in art. He shares a productivity tip before we get into Sergio’s Question Corner! Check him out at www.stevenrussellblack.com
We meet Heather Ihn Martin at her Concord studio to talk about bringing kids into a world on fire, being new to the plein air scene, judging at plein air shows and more before talking about a couple of her paintings, her presence on social media, art etiquette, merch, picking your plein air subjects, and how she single-handedly put together a solo show! See Heather’s work at the California Art Club Gold Medal show in Pasadena, and BayMade in Oakland March 21st.
We join Helice Wen at her SF studio and talk with her about coming from Shenzhen China, studying as an illustrator at the Academy of Art, discussing the possible narrative in her work, expressing drama, sumi ink, and more. We discuss her paintings “Woven” and “Cake(May All Your Wishes Come True)”, sharing more of yourself in the stories you tell about your art, muralling, and Sergio’s Question Corner! Helice shares her “art circus” David Choe Money idea. See her new painting at the “Femme” Group Exhibition at Mana Contemporary March 2019.
“Cake (May All Your Wishes Come True)”
John Wentz returns to the podcast to talk to us about his year in Gay Paris, how people taste, and what’s the point of painting, anyway? We also talk about shipping for an international show, European notions of art as a career, public art as it relates to community, the preciousness of art, oil painting’s relevance today, the documentary “Struggle,” and more. John shares a story about getting caught in a riot at a Parisian McDonald’s. We compare Americans and Europeans some more before we get into Sergio’s Question Corner! We open up the floodgates of hate on David Hockney and discuss who is the most overrated artist. Catch John’s show at Hashimoto Contemporary before it comes down on February 23rd.
We meet Blake Neubert at Liv And Chiu Art Studio in Berkeley and have a great conversation with him about the shitty supplies he uses, how he comes up with his ideas, how the scrape-away series went viral, being woke AF, how he started the Death of A Co-Worker series with Benjamin Bjorklund, and answer a ton of listener questions! We discuss the nature of Grimace and Josh accepts the challenge to paint butterflies for the rest of his life. Study with Blake and Benjamin at Valleyartworkshop.com February 23-34th, 2019. Paint those eggplants, guys.
This will go down as one of most awkward episodes of all time. After failing to record the first hour of our show, we attempt to recreate the unrecorded conversation. We talk about art pricing, compromising your vision, art business and more. Some stuff may have gotten repeated because we couldn’t remember what part we hadn’t recorded. We also talk about American Illustration dun goofin’, do a quick Reddit Audio Theatahh about an entitled “birch,” get into some of Sergio’s Hot Pic of The Month, and cap off the episode talking about artists we hate.
Delphyne V talks with us about falling in love with SF, embracing the shadow side of life, how her art deals with human relationships to nature, tarot, the Paris artist mentality, her painting “Poppies,” her Funny Bones series and a discussion on pricing art. She also talks about sharing a studio with @johnwentz, couples critiquing each other, and more talk about pricing. Josh introduces a new question for the guest! Go meet Delphyne and John Wentz Saturday February 2nd at Hashimoto Contemporary! Pardon her French.
Gan Dalf talks to us about live painting, Alex Gray’s commune, one of her crazy living situations, what inspires her sketchbook drawings, anime, and more. We talk about her mother embroidering her drawings, her sister’s art, road rage, and more. We critique “Plague Maid”, talk about tattoo culture, craftsmanship, the Puppy Bowl, her top 5 living artists and more! Great fun episode; she’s the coolest. Check her work out at @gan_dalf, and her sister’s at @stephanieintelisano.
We talk to David Polka (@slowcoolassault) at Faultline Studio in Oakland about coming from New Mexico, how art scenes change, the “magic” of creation, symbolism, following the art path as a young person and more. We discuss his painting “State Of The Union” which leads into talk about the current state of affairs AKA the most political talk we’ve ever gotten into! We also talk about avoiding being pedantic with political art, his art technique and how the Southwest shows up in his work! We talk about the benefit of doing commercial murals which leads into talk about graffiti, urban exploration and more. We talk about his art in the film, “Sorry To Bother You!” Who are his T5DOA? What would he do with David Choe money? Check his great work out at www.davidpolka.com.
James Jean (@jamesjeanart)
Tamara Santibanez (@tamarasantibanez)
Marsha Robinson (@strangedirt)
Zac Scheinbaum (@zacscheinbaum)
Tewa black pottery
Projector for indoor murals – short throw projector
99 Dragons – www.dragonschool99.com
Let’s kick off the new year with some MJ Lindo! MJ sits down with Waiting To Dry and we talk about her new obsession with creating murals. She talks about how to land gigs even without being qualified, and what we might have done if we had not been artists. Josh shares his secret technique on how he’s gotten so many Instagram followers so quickly. Try it and see if it works for you! We talk about artists dating artists, Josh and MJ getting closer to being full-time artists, Sergio talks about his 2019 plans, and we wrap up by talking about our iTunes review giveaway and what doing the podcast in 2018 has done for our lives!