For those of you who follow this podcast, you will know that this is the last episode of season three, after which I will be taking a bit of a break. I would love to be able to give you a start date for season four, but right now that is up in the air. The main reason for this is that I am dedicating more time to working on my book. I really feel that I need to get this completed and released as I have been putting it off long enough.
Here is the link for Hauser and Wirth
And here is a picture of the man himself with one of the many tools he used to create his large images:
In this episode we will look at three very different artistic performances, their creation and execution and ultimately we will examine if these works were successful in conveying the message the artist intended. Performance art is a high stakes medium that is very much risk and reward. Whether it is live or replayed, any art based on a physical interaction and reaction is one that, when successful, creates a unique bond between the artist and the viewer. A soul deep connection that lasts well beyond the work’s completion.
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In this episode, we will take a look at how two artists who were plagued by internal afflictions so severe that their very life paths were permanently altered. And while this episode will talk about negative emotions and painful events, I want to assure you that both of these creatives found a way through these dark times, to produce work far superior to what they had done prior.
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Here is the video of Andy's panic attack:
And here is a link to Giger's work:
In this episode, I am going to, hopefully, change the way you think about creative spaces. This is not going to be the usual show where I discuss two artists and the lessons we can learn from their successes and failures. No, I wanted to switch the focus for this episode and challenge you to consider the environments we live and work in.
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Francis Bacon Studio....the disaster:
Here is Lynne's image of the stairwell I tried to describe:
Here is a link to the travel site:
And here is link to Tim's book:
In this episode we will hear about how two musical acts dealt with the intimate relationships that comes with long term, high pressure creative cohabitation. There’s no escaping the fact that when you’re in a group, your identity may be lost within the larger concept of the project. Let’s also be realistic here, spending weeks, months and even years locked in a van, an airport or in hotel rooms together can lead to some emotionally explosive situations.
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In this episode, we will look at the lives of two industrial designers who altered the world of consumer goods. There is no hint of hyperbole when I say that both of these artists have changed the very lives of hundreds of millions of people.
In this episode, we will look at the lives of two artistic geniuses who had external circumstances prevent their lives from achieving the true recognition they deserved. The goal, by the end of the show, is to bring their stories to you so that we can all be inspired by their greatness.
Here is a link to Winifred's The Deluge
In this episode we will examine the art of these two individuals who used their bodies as vessels of self expression. And while such practices have been done throughout the history of art and in many cultures as a rite of passage, both Chris and Bryan pushed the envelope into very dark and dangerous places
Here is the link to Orlan's work....tough to watch
Here is the link to Bryan's drug fueled portraits
Here is the video for Chris Burden's Shoot
In this episode we will examine the effects of commercial success on an artist and their art. And when I say commercial, I mean this literally. The two artists in this episode were fortunate enough to have one of their songs prominently featured in a National television ad for the consumer electronics juggernaut also known as Apple. This single act, as we will hear, had an immediate impact on the careers of these musicians. They were, as if in an instant, rocketed to heights of popularity few artists ever realized. For many in the industry, this opportunity was akin to winning the lottery and the spoils that came with it were almost as lucrative.
Here is the legendary Peaches video....
Here is Feist with Apple:
In this episode, I will be addressing the monster that is creative block. All artists, at some point in their career have experienced this drought in their process. And I am sure you have as well. While some of these periods can be brief, a day or two, there have been blocks that have lasted years. Tormenting the artist and, in the worst cases, having them turn away permanently from their true path.
In this episode we will explore a concept I have been excitedly working on as I feel that it will have a large impact on you and your art. It is based on a law in nature that, if mastered, can bring art to another level of engagement not to mention the positive impact it will have on the artist.
As mentioned, here are images of the sculptures I spoke of:
High Energy (Low Entropy) works:
And Ai WeiWei's work:
And here are the Low Energy (High Entropy) works:
And The Lightning Field
In this episode we will look at how being unyielding, loyal and single - minded in the belief that the creative path you are on is the only path forward, can bring about the recognition your work deserves regardless of the amount of time it takes.
Please take some quiet time and listen to this masterful version:
Here are Louise's rules for artistic success:
And here is Danny's website I mentioned. Buy a Tee!
In this episode we will look at how a single artistic performance can have enormous implications for society at large. This is going to be an amazing show as we will look at the Boston Garden concert of James Brown in 1968 and a play, titled The Drag, written by Mae West, performed in 1927 and how these specific productions reverberated throughout their times.
In this episode we will look at artists who have gone to great lengths to remain anonymous, to stay out of the public eye and control how their image is used in the media. While such a feat may have been possible in the days before the mass technology adoption, we know that the pursuit of anonymity in today’s social climate with a person’s ability to instantaneously capture still images and video and share them with millions of people seconds later, may prove impossible in the long term. Despite the odds, artists from all genres continue to fight against celebrity to try and live a life outside of the media.
Here is the picture of Pynchon the NY Times released in 1974
Here is the CNN clip that showed him in NY but didn't highlight him: can you spot him in this crappy video?
Here is a picture of Daft Punk on the album cover before they were robots:
In this episode we will have a look at two artists who found themselves in legal situations that severely impacted their creativity, their reputations and, more importantly, their livelihoods. This episode will highlight the many serious problems artists can experience when the business side of the creative process is not given full focus
Here is Tommy doing his version of Mony Mony
Here is John Lennon talking about Allen Klein..yeah he's not happy..
And here is Judge Posner's decision about the case..scroll half way down page to see the specific on to Neil and Todd.
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In this episode we will look at the troubling lives of these artists to uncover the abusive, and deadly relationships that impacted their lives and the lives of those they loved. This is going to be a bit of a disturbing show, so please take note. Some of the content in this episode may be hard to listen to.
Here is the painting Massacre of the Innocents noted in the show regarding Francis Bacon. Pretty disturbing.
In this episode, we will hear about how these artists were impacted by their physical impairments and the impact such limitations had on their art. But, more importantly, by the end of the episode, we will come to see how the art they deeply yearned to create ended up saving their lives.
Great interview with Christy as he paints.
Interesting breakdown of how Beethoven's music changed with his deafness:
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In this episode we will look at two extraordinary artists who broke through the many barriers they faced to become recognized and respected for their drive, determination and above all, their talent. This is going to be a great episode and one that will gift all of us with methods to improve our creative processes.
Here is a short clip about Dorothy:
And here is a very beautiful piece by prodigy Amy Beach:
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In this episode we will look at artists who have bragged openly about farming out their artwork and claiming it as their own creation. Yes, as ridiculous as this sounds. there are many artists who have, or are currently, selling work that they had no hand in producing.
Here is the Di Vinci work I mentioned. Which one is more his....
Here is a link to the 60 minutes Mark Kostabi interview..great to watch:
Here is a link to our favorite musician NCTRNM on soundcloud
In this episode, we will examine the impact of government oppression and the artists who have risked their lives to rally against this injustice. Hopefully, at the end of this show, we will find some methods or practices we can incorporate into our artistic processes.
To see some of Naji's cartoons, please visit:
And to see Kudzanai's image of Robert Mugabe, see here:
Here is a link to our favorite musician NCTRNM on soundcloud