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.
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.