Artist Decoded by Yoshino

Artist Decoded by Yoshino

United States

"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists. This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own mind. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside. My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic. When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”. In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art." - Yoshino


#51: Duke Johnson (Director) feat. Casey Baugh (Painter) + Yoshino - "The Intersection Between Films and Paintings"  

Duke Johnson is a graduate of NYC and the American Film Institute. Anomalisa, which Duke directed alongside Charlie Kaufman, is his first feature film and was nominated for an Academy Award in the Animated Feature Film category. Duke's previous credits include the Adult Swim shows Moral Orel, Mary Shelley's Frankenhole and Beforel Orel. He directed the Emmy Award winning episode of NBC's Community: Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas.

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

Spirituality How he met collaborative partner Dino Stamatopoulos Collaborating with Charlie Kaufman A film being a metaphor Approaching film from a visual standpoint Necessity being the mother of creativity The gap between your taste level and your ability
#50: Saman Kesh (Director) - "Cerebral Vs. Emotional Creation"  

Saman Kesh is an Iranian-American filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California, United States. He is known for his narrative music video work for notable artists such as Basement Jaxx, Calvin Harris, Kygo, Placebo, !!! (chk chk chk), Vitalic, Apparat and Porter Robinson.

#49: Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio) Interviewed by Justin Hopkins + Yoshino  

Tunde Adebimpe is a musician, actor, director, and visual artist best known as the lead singer of the critically acclaimed band TV On The Radio.

#48: Byron Spencer (Photographer) - "Love Yourself"  

With a body of work spanning fashion photograph, art, and film, Byron Spencer's origins in these fields began through experimentations in documenting the styles and eccentricities of the world around him. This led to his own fashion columns at the Sun Herald and Grazia Magazine. 

Transitioning into fashion photography, his highly visual and playful work has lent imagery to publications such as Vogue Italia, Dazed and Confused, i-D Magazine and many more.

Byron's advertisement campaigns include ASOS, Top Shop, Pierre Cardin, etc.

His work now expands itself into the realm of film and music, again experimenting and following an intuition that pushes his techniques and inspirations to create original and vibrant content.

#47: Tim Bettinson (Singer + Songwriter of Vancouver Sleep Clinic) - "Revival"  

Tim Bettinson makes fearless music. The guiding creative force behind Vancouver Sleep Clinic, one of the great under-the-radar success stories of the last couple of years, he boldly blurs the lines between styles and genres, mixing elements of rowdy indie rock, sophisticated folk, bumping R&B, sweeping film soundtracks, and anything else at hand. More crucially, his full-length debut, evocatively titled Revival, never shies from messy emotions or big moments, be embraces them as the essence of affecting, deeply emotional, highly sophisticated music. This is music that reaches out unabashedly to the entire world. This is music that dares.

Bettinson currently resides in Brisbane, Australia.

#46: Jean-Paul Mallozzi (Painter) Interviewed by Erik Castellanos - "Reflections On The Human Condition"  

Jean-Paul Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens NYC, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). Mallozzi was born and raised in Queens, New York, and received a scholarship to attend the Rhode Island School Of Design (RISD). He graduated with B.F.A and has since been highly collected with international exhibitions in galleries, museums and major collections the world over.

Jean-Paul Mallozzi's work explores the broad spectrum of the human condition. Ranging from youthful to mature content, the work encompasses and reveals the idea that while emotions are amorphous, each one emits a color that echoes complex emotional states that all of us can relate to--no matter what language we happen to speak.

#45: Sean Dunne (Director) - "Meditation, Psychedelics, and Operating From The Heart"  

Sean Dunne made his feature-film-directing debut with OXYANA, a portrait of a small coal-mining town caught in the grips of the Oxycontin epidemic. OXYANA premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2013 where Dunne won the award for Best New Documentary Director as well as a received a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary. 

Dunne has also directed several short documentaries including: THE ARCHIVE (nominated for an Emmy in 2011), MAN IN VAN, THE BOWLER, STRAY DAWG, BLACK BIKE WEEK, TRUMP RALLY and AMERICAN JUGGALO (named documentary of the year for 2011 by the website, Short of the Week). In 2015, Sean Dunne released the micro-feature FLORIDA MAN as well as a feature about online sex workers titled CAM GIRLZ. 

Hailed as the “master of fringe Americana” for his ability to honestly capture half-mythical corners of the country, Dunne’s approach to documentary is to give his subjects the ease and opportunity to find their own voice and his viewers the freedom to form their own conclusions. 

#44: Shari Frilot (Senior Programmer @ Sundance Film Festival + Chief Curator @ New Frontier) - "The VR Landscape"  

SHARI FRILOT, SENIOR PROGRAMMER, SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL & CHIEF CURATOR, NEW FRONTIER “Stories work in deep, sensuous, biochemical ways and define how we see ourselves, how we see the world, and how we imagine our future. I love storytellers who push me beyond what I know and encourage me to see differently.”

Shari joined the programming team in 1998 and currently focuses on American and World Cinema dramatic features, as well as films that experiment and push the boundaries of conventional storytelling. She is also the curator and driving creative force behind New Frontier at Sundance, a program highlighting work that expands cinema culture through the convergence of film, art and new media technology.

As Co-Director of Programming for Outfest from 1998-2001, she founded the Platinum section, which introduced cinematic installation and performance to the festival. From 1993-1996, Frilot served as Festival Director of MIX: The New York Experimental Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. During that time, she also co-founded the first gay Latin American film festivals, MIX BRASIL and MIX MÉXICO. Shari is a filmmaker and recipient of multiple grants from institutions including the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Media Arts Foundation. She is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe & the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

#43: Blake Neubert (Painter) - "Horror Surrealism + Death Of A Coworker"  

Blake Paul Neubert is a Colorado artist that focuses on figurative painting. He references themes from his experiences working in the criminal justice field with substance abuse and mental illness. He is the Co-Founder of Death of a Coworker.

Topics discussed in this episode:

Growing up in Wyoming Childhood How painting gave him a tool to fit in with the other kids Pushing through failures How working in the criminal justice / judicial field influences the way he views the world His new body of work coming from a deeply personal and dark place Leaving behind a legacy Not getting distracted by our own ego and self-image The emotional rollercoaster of trying to have a career in the arts The harsh realities of being an artist Uninformed perspectives on how much quality paintings are worth How we're living in a world run by technology, which has its pros and cons. We have accessibility to everything, however because of this it has a ripple effect that devalues things that once held a stronger value. How Death of a Coworker came to be
#42: Tim Mattia - "On Directing Music Videos"  

Tim Mattia is a director and photographer currently living between Los Angeles & London. Tim has filmed with artists including Coldplay, The 1975, Troye Sivan, Muse, Arcarde Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Deftones, Florence and the Machine, Jack White... etc.

Topics discussed in this episode:

His experience moving to Los Angeles from London Artists losing their mystique because of social media Beautiful mistakes happening on set Writing treatments for companies and music videos Troye Sivan The 1975
#41: Alex Beck (Painter) - "The Balance Between Art And Life"  

Alex Beck is an award-winning painter and illustrator who maintains a studio in Richmond, Virginia. He is known for his uncommonly versatile work in oil, acrylic, and gouache.

Beck was formally trained at Ringling College of Art and Design. He also expanded his training at the Illustration Academy in Kansas City, Missouri, The Masters Class at Amherst, Massachusetts, and The Art League of Alexandria, Virginia where he previously taught at.

Topics discussed in this episode:

Films The balance between life and creating art Art as a narrative told as a single statement Finding love within ourself Not letting a lack of technical knowledge detour us from creating work Creating a personal "vocabulary" with our work Giving back and adding value into other's lives
#40: Grant Singer (Director) - "A Filmmaker's Journey"  

Grant Singer is a filmmaker who has quickly become one of today’s most in demand music video directors. In July 2015 Stereogum named him "the best music video director in the world." He has directed numerous music videos for The Weeknd, Skrillex, Future, Ariana Grande, Rae Sremmurd, J. Balvin & Pharrell, Vic Mensa & Kanye West, Sky Ferreira, Ariel Pink, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Phantogram, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Foxygen among others. 

In 2016 Grant was selected in the prestigious Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase at the Cannes Lions. Grant was nominated for best music video director at Berlin’s VMA 2015 for "Dazed Inn Daydreams” and was recently included in an exhibit at The Photographer's Gallery in London, which featured the most visionary music video directors working today. 

#39: WIFE (Artists) - "Archetypes + Mythology"  

WIFE, A trinity of illusory performance makers, is an all sensory theatrical experience born of three Los Angeles based artists, Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy, and Nina McNeely. Her creations combine surrealist animations via  projection mapping, sculpture, original music and costumes, using movement and dance as the vehicle for storytelling. WIFE harnesses old and new technology to illuminate enduring mystical phenomena and ancient archetypes that resonate throughout humankind’s collective unconscious. She is a magician of picture and light, of movement and sound, reflecting rescued dreams and the subtleties of human behavior. She is the daughter, sister and mother of all people set apart.

#38: Derek DelGaudio (Performance Artist, Magician, Writer) + Glenn Kaino (Conceptual Artist) - "In & Of Itself"  

Derek DelGaudio is a writer, performance artist, and two-time Academy of Magical Arts Award winning magician. He wrote and starred in the show, Nothing To Hide. He was selected to be the Artist in Residence for Walt Disney Imagineering. Derek co-founded, along with Glenn Kaino, the performance-art collective, A.BANDIT. He has staged works at LA>

#37: Matt Skiba (Vocalist / Guitarist of Blink-182 + Alkaline Trio) Interviewed by Hannah Vandermolen (Artist / Muse) + Yoshino  

Matt Skiba is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his role as the co-lead vocalist and guitarist of the bands Alkaline Trio and Blink-182. Skiba began performing with Blink-182 in March 2015. He appears of the band's seventh album, California, released on July 1st, 2016. 

Topics discussed in this episode:

He talks about his experience with joining Blink-182 Practicing meditiation Being happy / enjoying the present moment Creativity coming from a place of contentment as opposed to being inspired by dramatic experiences in one's life Using the past as a well of inspiration His love for writers Cormac McCarthy, Erik Larson, and Charles Bukowski Getting out of writer's block The process of creating the newest Blink-182 album, California
#36: Andrew Thomas Huang (Director) - "On Working with Bjork + The Importance of Collaboration"  

Artist filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang lives and works in Los Angeles. He studied Fine Art and Animation at the University of Southern California, graduating in 2007.

Huang's film and video work have been exhibited at the MoMA, NYC; MoMA PS1; The Barbican Centre, London; Potmasters Gallery, NYC; and the MoCA, Los Angeles.

As an experimental filmmaker whose work bridges the gap between video art and film, he has developed a strong reputation for his collaborative practice, having worked extensively with Icelandic artist Bjork, as well as Radiohead's Thom Yorke, the Icelandic band Sigur Ros among others.

Topics discussed on this episode:

How learning how to figure draw changed the way he generated ideas His thesis project in college, entitled "Doll Face", was the first video he posted on Youtube. He released it in 2006 and it was received very well. This video marked the first realization of the viability of online video content to him. His journey into the world of filmmaking after college How the creation of his short film in 2012, Solipsist, made a huge impact on the current trajectory of his career Collaborating with Atoms For Peace, Bjork and Sigur Ros The importance of storyboarding The ebb and flows of creating art The importance of promoting your work
#35: Tim Barber (Photographer) Interviewed by Michael Donovan (Photographer) - Searching For "IT"  

Tim Barber (b. Feb. 5th 1979) grew up in Amherst Massachusetts, lived for a few years in the mountains of Northern Vermont, studied photography in Vancouver B.C. and now lives in New York City. A photographer, curator and designer, Barber worked as the photo editor for Vice Magazine (2003-2005) and founded the online gallery and image archive (2005-2012), which was released as a free App (2010) and evolved into (2013-2016), a curated community platform for artists. Barber co-curated the inaugural New York Photo Festival (2008), curated / edited a series of five monographs published by the Aperture Foundation (2008) and launched the independent publishing house TV Books (2008-2010).

Ideas expressed in this episode:

Art being able to communicate messages that words can't describe Creating, manifesting, capturing, hunting for... "IT" The podcast highlighting todays "unsung heroes". These artists have the potential to eventually become "cult classics". Our job as an artist is to translate experiences and to share them with the world Different levels of dimensions and consciousness Virtual reality going full circle back to reality Living with love and fear in our lives. Creating a no fear zone Becoming Photo Editor for Vice Conversations becoming artworks within themselves Trying to live within a non-consumerist way of life The art world being a vast sea of hits and misses. Being both deep and shallow. Our realtionship with our own truths and universal truths
#34: Yuna (Singer + Songwriter) Interviewed by Jarell Perry (Singer + Songwriter) X Yoshino - "Chapters"  

Yuna is a Malaysian pop vocalist and guitarist. Yuna talks about her newest album "Chapters".

Topics covered in this episode:

Southeast Asian ghost stories Scary movies On her desire to act Growing up watching Bollywood and Hollywood films Explaining her identity as a Malaysian born singer / songwriter Discovering nuances of her identity Clearing the air on certain Muslim stereotypes The importance of not losing yourself in the entertainment industry Her desire to make people aware of human rights issues Being in touch with your own personal journey and organic growth as an artist Everything one does as an artist being a preparation for the next step Learning to enjoy every moment and to embrace people for who they are The connection she has with her fans Transitioning from law school to a full-time music career, encouraged by her parents Her new album "Chapters"
#33: Isamaya Ffrench (Makeup Artist) - "Practicing Self-Development"  

Isamaya Ffrench is a makeup interdisciplinary artist whose clients included Junya Wantanabe, Ashley Williams, Hermes, Chanel, Selfridges, Libertys of London, and Camper. She works with magazines / publications such as Vogue Italia, Love, Dazed, Numero and Novembre. She is the UK Brand Ambassador of YSL Beaute.

Topics covered:

Self discovery through artistry The importance of collaboration Creating a creative dialogue with collaborative partners Trusting those who you collaborate with Having ideas and executing them Self-development Personal approaches to beauty Mental wellness Psychotherapy Being comfortable in one's own skin Life being a constant flow of change Letting go
#32: Yoshino (Photographer + Director) Interviewed by Noah Lampert (Founder of Synchronicity + MindPod Network) - "On Being of Service and Creating Value"  

A special episode featuring Artist Decoded's host, Yoshino, interviewed by Noah Lampert.

Topics discussed: confidence, breaking down limiting beliefs and mental barriers, being of service and creating value, the intersection of art and consciousness, starting Artist Decoded, his work as a photographer... Etc.

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