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I Like Your Work supports artists! Each week artist Erika b Hess interviews artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators to cover topics that will help you in your art practice! From inspiring interviews from the lives of artists to business practices you will walk away ready to get in the studio!

I Like Your Work: Conversations with Artists, Curators & Collectors Erika b Hess

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I Like Your Work supports artists! Each week artist Erika b Hess interviews artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators to cover topics that will help you in your art practice! From inspiring interviews from the lives of artists to business practices you will walk away ready to get in the studio!

    What Does the Painting Want? Color & Structure in the Work of Painter Mitchell Johnson

    What Does the Painting Want? Color & Structure in the Work of Painter Mitchell Johnson

    Johnson’s work draws on a vastness of experience and a persistent desire to make paintings that explain the world through color and shape. He has always moved seamlessly between abstraction and representation and the art historian Peter Selz described Johnson as an artist who makes “realist paintings that are basically abstract paintings and abstract paintings that are figurative.”
     
    Mitchell Johnson moved to California from New York City in 1990 to work for the artist, Sam Francis. In New York, Johnson studied at Parsons School of Design with former students of Hans Hofmann: Jane Freilicher, Leland Bell, Nell Blaine, Paul Resika, Larry Rivers and Robert De Niro, Sr. Johnson adopted their reverence for art history and their emphasis on drawing and painting from life as the source of a personal direction.
     
    Beginning in the 1990s Johnson embarked on long painting expeditions to Italy, France and New Mexico with rolls of canvas packed in a golf bag like a modern day Corot. Wading through unfamiliar landscapes, often on foot, he worked to understand the ever complex geometry of land and sky. He prevailed not to capture some ideal sense of place, but to see better and to go deeper into painting.
      
    Johnson has been a visiting artist at The American Academy in Rome, Borgo Finocchieto, The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and Castle Hill in Truro, MA. In addition to attending Parsons, Johnson studied painting and drawing at Staten Island Academy, Randolph-Macon College, The Washington Studio School, The Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts and The New York Studio School. His paintings are in the permanent collections of 29 museums and over 700 private collections. Johnson is the subject of three monographs: Mitchell Johnson (2004, Terrence Rogers Fine art), Doppio Binario (2007, Musei Senesi) and Color as Content (2014 Bakersfield Museum of Art). A fourth monograph, Where The Colors Are, will be published in summer 2021.

    Johnson's paintings have appeared in numerous feature films, mostly Nancy Meyers projects, including The Holiday (2006), Crazy Stupid Love (2011), and It's Complicated (2009).
     
     
     
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
     
    -current exhibition at Pamela Walsh 
    -the large paintings did not happen overnight, it took time to cultivate
    -Working with people from 9th Street Women
    -Working with Leland Bell
    - Introduced to the questions he would spend his career working on
    -Working for Frank Stella & Sol LeWitt
    -Traveling through Italy and France
    -Digital Photography
    -Color
    -Smaller paintings and bigger paintings are different problems
    -”What does the painting want?”
    -Freedom
    - Abstraction and Representation
    -”Make the painting feel special”
    -Keep enjoying the struggle
    -curious about transformation
    -On some level the paintings must sustain you on an emotional level 
     
    LINKS: 
    https://www.mitchelljohnson.com/
    https://pamelawalshgallery.com/artists/mitchell-johnson/artworks/striped-chair-sideways
    https://www.artforum.com/spotlight/mitchell-johnson-85170
     
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    • 50 min
    Room For Mistakes: Artist Matt Bollinger

    Room For Mistakes: Artist Matt Bollinger

    Matt Bollinger is an artist living in Ithaca, NY who works across painting, animation, sculpture and music. Bollinger earned his BFA at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2003 and his MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. He has had 6 solo exhibitions at Zürcher Gallery, New York and 3 solo exhibitions at Galerie Zürcher, Paris. His animations have been included in numerous film festivals and screenings in the US and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas City, MO), Museum of Fine Arts (Dole, France), and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick, ME) Recent solo exhibitions include Extended Present, at the South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, IN) and Labor Day at M+B (Los Angeles, LA). In 2020, Zürcher Gallery participated in the Armory Show for the first time with a duo-presentation of Staver and Matt Bollinger in the Focus Section, curated by Jamillah James.
     
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
     
    -Everything comes from drawing
    -Base idea for work coming from a sentence
    -Creating character sheets for different paintings
    -Researching his work
    -Vulnerability and empathy of the characters
    - The primary direction of light
    -Think in tone
    -Always looking
    -Making the soundtrack for his animations
    -How much sound impacts the work
    -Drawing with sound
    - Never being shy about talking about his work
    -Kerry James Marshall
    - Remove process hurdles
    - How COVID impacted his practice
    - Finding ways for freedom 
     
    LINKS: 
    https://www.mattbollinger.com/

    https://www.instagram.com/mattlbollinger/?hl=en


     
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    • 54 min
    Keeping Your Eye on the Long Game: Artist Dana Frankfort

    Keeping Your Eye on the Long Game: Artist Dana Frankfort

    Dana Frankfort’s paintings engage the history of abstract painting and feature bright colors, gestural brushwork, and text. She earned a BA in the History of Art from Brandeis University and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting in 2006. Frankfort’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions internationally. She currently lives in Houston, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Houston.
     
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
     
    -Working with amazing faculty
    -British landscape painting as an influence
    -Taking a break from painting
    -The importance of text in her work
    -Painting as a sign or billboard
    -Painting as a long game
    -There isn’t one way to be an artist
    -The painting will be there
    -Color influxes
    -Accessibility of language
    -”Paint what I know”
    - We create our own opportunities
    -Investing back into the community
     
     
    LINKS:
    https://www.uh.edu/kgmca/art/about-the-school/faculty/
    https://www.instagram.com/dmfrankfort/
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    • 34 min
    Leap and Then Look: Exploring Life to Find Your Artistic Voice with Mark Joshua Epstein

    Leap and Then Look: Exploring Life to Find Your Artistic Voice with Mark Joshua Epstein

    Mark Joshua Epstein is a gifted storyteller and artist. If you want a great evening, hang out with Mark and talk about what you are working on and be prepared to laugh and think differently about what you have created. Born in Rockville, Maryland, Mark spent his early school years at a conservative Jewish Day School and his summers at a progressive camp learning about Third Wave Feminism. This duality in his formative years hints at his later exploration for a new and alternative space in his work. Something that pushes back and asks why it must be one way or another, both or neither. He achieves this by stacking fiberglass shapes to create new forms that function as a shaped canvas but also protrude slightly to make you question if it is also a sculpture. What is the line? Is there a line and if so, should it be there?
     
    This questioning also arises in the pattern that is applied to the work. Some of the pattern points to op-art while other areas remind us of the hand and tools making the piece. In Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing, Ink splotches are dripped onto the surface and encapsulated by a line forming a circle. This pattern radiates out and brings to mind cells in the body.  His knack for storytelling comes through in his titles such as Small Talk at the Salad Bar. These titles add another level to his work. The seemingly abstract pieces begin to shift just enough for us to see a figure, or what could be a stand in at least, challenging us to wonder, does the piece have to be either or?
     
    Mark Joshua Epstein is an artist, educator and curator. He received an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London, and a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. Epstein has had solo or two person shows at Ortega y Gasset Projects’ Skirt Space (Brooklyn, NY) SPRING/BREAK Art Show (NY, NY), Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY), NARS Foundation Project Space (Brooklyn, NY), Caustic Coastal (Salford, England) Vane Gallery (Newcastle, England), Demo Project (Springfield, IL), Biquini Wax Gallery (Mexico City, Mexico), Breve (Mexico City, Mexico) and Brian Morris Gallery (New York, NY). 
     
    Selected group shows include Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Des Moines Art Center (Des Moines, IA), Collar Works (Troy, NY), Good Children Gallery (New Orleans, LA), Monaco (St Louis, MO), DAAP Galleries at the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH), and Beverly’s (New York, NY). 
     
    Epstein has been a resident at Vermont Studio Center, Millay Colony, Jentel Foundation, Macdowell Colony, KHN Center for the Arts, I-Park and Saltonstall Foundation amongst others. His work has appeared in publications such as New American Paintings, Art Maze Magazine and Dovetail. He works as a lecturer at the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design, at the University of Michigan.
     
    “Reckoning with the change that accompanies a new studio and landscape, new shaped paintings, my largest to date, delve deeper into queer ornament and graphic excess, while limiting their color schemes. Taking inspiration from pattern and decoration, op art, and furniture design, these works continue the use of ornate patterning and overlapping panels that confound perception, while relishing in a new discomfort of compositional order. One painting’s title, Finding refuge in inefficiency (2021), nods to the pleasures found in the laborious and time-consuming nature of pattern-making exemplified in these recent works. And, as with earlier paintings, these works continue to challenge a viewer’s sense of taste and orientation.
     
    Recent photographs, stemming from an interest in index and documentation, further emphasize my painting process. The images reproduce hand-made cut-outs, created from scraps of paper, which I often use to generate repetitive patterns within my paintings. Normally meant to deliver fla

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Getting Real About Being a Mother Artist with Brandi Hoffer

    Getting Real About Being a Mother Artist with Brandi Hoffer

    Since becoming a mother in 2014 Hofer has been involving her children in her painting process, creating a 44-piece series with her first son and will soon be launching a new collection with her other 2 children in fall 2021. Brandi continues to be extremely prolific with her 3 little boys at her in-home studio, creating several bodies of self-motivated artwork, custom commissioned pieces, stunning large-scale interior/exterior murals, prints, custom artwork, & working with designers. Tiny hands play a role in all that she creates!
    Hofer is a well collected Canadian Artist, exhibiting internationally and across North America. Her main focus is figurative, abstract and portraiture painting, she explores themes of empowerment, positivity, love, and inclusion.
    Her work has been featured on national television and can be found in international publications. She has experience in creating custom artworks for designers and translates her artwork into large-scale murals. Hofer has attended residencies at Red Deer College, Toronto Island, the Marnay Art Centre outside of Paris France, and Montreal, Quebec. You can listen to her interviews about her life and process on several podcast platforms. Her work has appeared in HGTV’s House of Bryan, and featured in a General Motors commercial. Most recently herself and her family have partnered with a HUGE brand for an international commercial, but shhh we can't share just yet!! Stay tuned!
    Brandi Hofer's studio where she works and creates is located in the Canadian prairies. Hofer studied in Red Deer, Alberta, at Red Deer College from 2004 - 2006 before transferring to the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in Halifax, where she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2008.She has been ambitiously pursuing her career upon attaining her BFA degree.
    You can find all of our studio adventures on Instagram! There you will find our podcast features, live interviews, and new collection releases.
     
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
     
    -Choosing to move closer to family
    -How personal loss can open your eyes
    -Melting together family and art work
    -Post Partum Depression and the NICU
    -Spending time with kids in the studio
    -E-book she released
    -Pennyland Shen
    -Burn out and recovery
    -Mentoring People
    -Having goals
    -Getting Outside to Fight Burnout
    -Self-care
    -Deciding what you can and can’t do
    - Words of advice to moms who want to be an entrepreneur
    -Finding role models
    -Don’t get on a path that makes you miserable
    -Work together
    -Everyone starts somewhere
     
    LINKS: 
    @brandihoferartist
    https://www.brandihofer.ca
     
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Weaving Stories of Female Strength & Creating a Fiber Non-Profit with Jessica Pinsky

    Weaving Stories of Female Strength & Creating a Fiber Non-Profit with Jessica Pinsky

    I have followed Jessica Pinsky’s work since 2007 because this woman was my best friend in graduate school at Boston University. We would visit each others studios, talk about art over drinks and overall support and give feedback to each other. Jessica’s drive to create artwork and start major projects is unmatched which is evident in her prolific work and the space she has created in Cleveland, OH Praxis Fiber Workshop that houses looms, a gallery space, a shop, a dye garden and now a digital weaving lab. 
     
    In this episode, Jessica and I talk about her current body of work that responds to her pregnancy journey, taking risks in your work, setting up parameters in your work, and starting a fiber workshop.
     
    Jessica grew up in Akron, Ohio and moved to Cleveland in 2011 after receiving a BFA in Studio Art from New York University in 2006 and an MFA in painting from Boston University in 2009. She began teaching at Cleveland Institute of Art in 2011 and is currently serving as faculty in the Sculpture and Expanded Media department. Together with Cleveland Institute of Art, Jessica founded Praxis Fiber Workshop, a community textile studio in June, 2015 and continues to serve as the Executive Director.
     
    “My work is planned and executed based on degrees of equality. Previous work has closely examined color and form within cloth, and is consistently pushing the boundaries of the structure of woven cloth. With lots of experimentation I discovered I could make cloth behave very differently with the same basic materials, but changing just a few things about those materials. For example, I can hand spin yarn to be very tight and twist upon itself, or very loose so it hangs without body. My weavings explore a metaphor about how human beings are made of the same material, but can behave very differently.”
     
    TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
     
    -Taking a risk in your work
    -Starting a new medium
    - “If you don’t feel a little bit afraid there is something wrong”
    - “We just have ourselves and our inner voice”
    - Always be learning
    - Her experience buying a building 
    - Starting Praxis Fiber Workshop
    - Creating a natural dye garden
    - Digital Loom
    - Creating a residency program
    - Working in strict parameters
    - Making more personal work
    - Healing Imagery
    - Stolen hours in the studio
    - Knowing yourself
     
    Artist Shout Outs: 
    Rowland Ricketts http://www.rickettsindigo.com/
    Cathryn Amidei https://www.cathrynamidei.com/
    Tina Cassara
    LINKS: 
    https://www.jessicapinsky.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/jpinsk/?hl=en
    https://praxisfiberworkshop.com/
     
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    • 55 min

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