Introducing How To Be An Artist, a new podcast brought to you by Soho House, hosted by Kate Bryan – Soho House’s Global Head of Collections. We’ll be talking to some of the most influential contemporary artists whose artworks feature throughout our Houses around the world. These include Idris Khan, Xaviera Simmons, and Drift. Join Bryan every Wednesday as she asks her guests what it takes to be an artist and what it means right now.
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An introduction to a new series brought to you by Soho House, hosted by Kate Bryan. We’ll be talking to some of the most influential contemporary artists whose artworks feature throughout our Houses around the world.
Episode One: Idris Khan
For the first episode of How To Be An Artist, host Kate Bryan chats to British artist Idris Khan. He reflects on the moment he sold his artwork to Charles Saatchi as a fresh art graduate, and discusses the importance of doubt as part of the creative process.
Episode Two: Drift
For the second episode of How To Be An Artist, Kate Bryan is joined by the Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, founders of Drift. Having worked side by side for more than 10 years, the duo discuss how they incorporate technology into their practice and what humans can learn from swarming starlings.
Episode Three: Xaviera Simmons
In this week’s episode of How To Be An Artist, Kate Bryan speaks to American artist Xaviera Simmons. Based in New York, her work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture, and mixed media. Bryan sits down with Simmons to discuss racial injustice, her attitudes to craft, and how art can be a part of the critique of power systems.
Episode Four: Jorinde Voigt
Up next in Soho House’s How To Be An Artist series is Berlin-based Jorinde Voigt. Primarily recognised for her large-scale abstract drawings, Voigt’s work is heavily influenced by musical notation, philosophical texts, and sensory information. In her discussion with Kate Bryan, she explains why she stepped away from using photography as part of her practice, and the continued impact her early studies in music have on the work that she creates.
Episode Five: Hebru Brantley
For the fifth episode of How To Be An Artist, Kate Bryan speaks to artist and creator of the iconic characters Flyboy and Lil Mama: Hebru Brantley. Heavily influenced by the murals and graffiti work of Chicago’s South Side in the 1960s and 1970s, he continues to work within those traditions to explore themes of nostalgia, power, and hope. In this conversation, Brantley talks about the significance that anime, comic books and manga had on his childhood. He also shares what it was like to collaborate with the likes of Nike and Cadillac, and his immersive installation, ‘Nevermore Park’.
Interesting interview - can’t wait to hear more!
Really enjoyed this podcast. Easy to listen to and was informative and entertaining. And not too high brow which is hard to find in an art podcast!