Audio conversations with the Juxtapoz staff on all things contemporary art, culture, music, street art, graffiti, art happenings and more.
077: Geoff McFetridge on Vault by Vans and How to Deconstruct an Idea | Radio Juxtapoz
Geoff McFetridge has rules, and he himself only knows how to break them. Or follow them, really. Over the course of multiple decades, the Canadian-born, LA-based painter, designer and overall creative has established an aesthetic that is, as he says, "the opposite of an idea." The funny thing is that, within that saying, there is basically the universe. He is the universal artist, and he is telling stories better than ever.
The following is our podcast conversation with Geoff that took place this summer with Juxtapoz editor-in-chief, Evan Pricco, for an interview that was to be in our Fall Quarterly and in conjunction with his upcoming release with Vault by Vans. We get a unique story about how Geoff approaches a collaboration, how his painting career took off over the last decade and the special personal stories he tells in his commercial work and his quiet ubiquitous body of fine artwork.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 077 was recorded in August, 2021 in Los Angeles and London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
076: Thom Yorke & Stanley Donwood on Radiohead's "Kid A Mnesia" | Radio Juxtapoz
Yes, this is how kick off a new season of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, and boy, do we have a banger. When you think of Radiohead, you automatically think of the story of one of the most critically acclaimed and popular bands in the world reimagining themselves at the turn of the century and becoming... well, bigger and more popular and more critically acclaimed. These weren't easy years for the band, and shedding their sound to become the rich, textured and nuanced electronics meets traditional instruments became their calling. And it started with Kid A and Amnesiac.
For frontman Thom Yorke and his artistic collaborator Stanley Donwood, this was a time of experimentation as well. With a studio focus, they created a massive body of work that stretches over the course of two albums, and with the 21st anniversary reissue, the made Kid A Mnesia focus on the artwork as well. And that is where Radio Juxtapoz caught the two, talking about art school, creating in the studio, experimenting, having fun, being manic, how they decided to package the two decades old artwork, how Hockney influenced them and what painting means to them and Radiohead as a whole. This is a special one you don't want to miss.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 076 was recorded October 12, 2021 at XL Recordings in London. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
075: Ken Harman on 10 Years of Hashimoto Contemporary and Spoke Art | Radio Juxtapoz
Longevity in the art world is something we take for granted, whether it's Juxtapoz at 28 years old or printmakers who perfect their craft for decades. It was refreshing to speak with Spoke Art Gallery and Hashimoto Contemporary's Ken Harman on his 10-year anniversary as a gallery owner, just as he opened a gallery in his third city in America. Now with spaces in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles, with a roster of artists that stretches across the world, it's been a busy decade for Harman and his team, and the pandemic only expanded what his gallery reputation means to his collector and artist roster.
We sat down with Ken to talk about that relationship with his artists, the growth of company, and how his roots with the Obama art era in 2008 to his Bad Dads-Wes Anderson inspired shows as Spoke Art allowed his to grow as Hashimoto Contemporary. Now that Los Angeles has opened this Fall, Harman told us about the complexities and excitement of running 3 spaces as well as how much his gallery team has empowered the direction of the gallery. With shows recently with Jillian Evelyn, Pat Perry, Joel Daniel Phillips and more, Ken has his finger on the pulse.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 075 was recorded via Skype in Margate, England and NYC in early October, 2021. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
074: Khruangbin | Radio Juxtapoz
When Houston, Texas-based band Khruangbin came onto the music scene over the last decade, the breath of fresh air that came along with the trio was felt on the international stage. Their instrumental music was a combination of funk, soul, psychedelia and a bit of dub created an entire universe of visual aesthetic, and Laura lee, Mark Speer and DJ Johnson Jr were the faces of a whole new era of world music sound. Their albums, The Universe Smiles upon You, Con Todo el Mundo and Mordechai and Texas Sun with Leon Bridges have been on a constant stream in the Radio Juxtapoz universe, and with a release of Mordechai remixes this past week, we had a chance to chat with the band.
Khruangbin comes with a visual sound, a throwback and future leaning type of identity that is rare in today's streaming culture. When Radio Juxtapoz's Doug Gillen sat down with the band for episode 074 of the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, he found a band that has expanded its palette and understanding of their own music but of the growing potential of where their sound can go. And of course, the visual culture that is associated with the band and how their identity is tied to the classic combination of music's relationship to art.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 074 was recorded via Skype in Margate, England and Houston Texas in late July, 2021. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
073: Umar Rashid (Frohawk Two Feathers) | Radio Juxtapoz
We often talk about artists as storytellers, moving from painting to painting like authors of their own universe. If you have met or seen the works of Chicago-born, Los Angeles-based Umar Rashid, formerly known in art circles as Frohawk Two Feathers, it's almost a disservice to call him a storyteller. And trust me, I accidentally have. Yet, he is such a profound thinker of history, creating alternate storylines to what might have appeared as minor changes in the historical lineage for which he works. Through writing, painting, drawing, sculpture, Rashid expands and contracts history into somewhat of an accordion of time and space.
In this conversation on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast... we go everywhere with Umar. Born to playwrights and parents of the theater stage in Chicago, Rashid was born to look at how we treat metaphors and allegories into our daily lives. Performance is a word that may not come up in this podcast, but we look at the performance of history, where Rashid sees moments to engulf himself in and make entire years of his life dedicated to them.
We speak about his artwork (and yes, his recent successes and participation in the MADE IN LA, but we delve deeper into the ways in which he thinks and approaches making art. But we also get to the heart of the matter of history: what happens when we begin to look at humanity as both flawed and romantic? Or beautiful and horribly brutal? What happens when, in the face of strive, we poke fun at power? And what happens that in moments of pure joy we look at the darkness of our past?
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 073 was recorded via Skype in Manchester, England, San Francisco and Los Angeles on May 27, 2021. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
072: When Does Street Art Become Cultural Appropriation?| Radio Juxtapoz
It's hard not to find a bit of pop-cultural appropriation in the roots of street art. There has always been artists who take from Disney, Hollywood, politics, and remix it into stencil art, wheat-pastes and murals. But there has been a trend over the last decade, as Big Muralism has become the trend, where we have begun to toe the line toward cultural appropriation in ways that have become insensitive and uneducated. Predominantly, we see this in depictions of Asian woman and culture, where Geishas pop-up in far away cities without context and often over-sexualized by a male artist.
In this short report from Radio Juxtapoz, Doug Gillen speaks with artists Hueman and Sheena Liam about this conversation about depictions of Asian culture in street art, their own experiences and how nuanced conversations are not being had or understood for a better and broader dialogue.
The Radio Juxtapoz podcast is hosted by FIFTH WALL TV's Doug Gillen and Juxtapoz editor, Evan Pricco. Episode 072 was recorded via Skype in London, Penang and Oakland in early May, 2021. Follow us on @radiojuxtapoz
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Radio Juxtapose is a cracking listen when I’m all alone cutting stencils. Like a trendy “In our time with Melvin Bragg”
Quickly becoming my favorite art podcast!
I don’t always know the guests but I love hearing their stories. Each episode takes me down a new path!
keep it up!
Well considered and put together and always interesting guests