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Hello Listeners,

Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: \"aht\" for \"art\". It’s ahtcast.

Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc.

The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it.
I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening.

Please visit: www.ahtcast.com for more on each artist. (\"explicit\" only because some artists use so many darn swear words).

ahtcast Phillip J. Mellen

    • Visual Arts
    • 4.9, 7 Ratings

Hello Listeners,

Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: \"aht\" for \"art\". It’s ahtcast.

Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc.

The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it.
I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening.

Please visit: www.ahtcast.com for more on each artist. (\"explicit\" only because some artists use so many darn swear words).

    Revisited: Susan Carr and Phillip J. Mellen in Conversation

    Revisited: Susan Carr and Phillip J. Mellen in Conversation

    Words of the day: material. zombies. directly. from. life. awareness.
    Welcome! In this episode Cape Cod based artist Susan Carr returns to the ahtcast studio for a walk back into her work. Susan shares the personal stories behind her new visual work as well as her written pieces that can be found in her book "Tensions" published by Raw Meat Collective.
    Truly an important experience hearing Susan raise awareness on very real parts of life such as death, addiction, mental-illness, and how most importantly that all we have is today and right now...so make some art! Not to mention that Susan reads two of her written pieces for the episode!

    For more of Susan Carr's work please visit @susancarr88 on instagram
     
     
    (Original podcast intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)
     
    Thank you for listening!

    • 47 min
    Lauren G. Levine Interview

    Lauren G. Levine Interview

    Words of the day: elemental. color. learning. direct. response. Ab. Ex.
    Lauren G. Levine, Boston based painter, joins ahtcast to talk painting, efficient painting, elemental painting, and painting!
    We also talk about color, artists Lauren looks at, and how prepping canvas really can get things going in the studio. Also making its way into the conversation are which colors she uses to mix her deep darks and blacks. A real painter's episode! Listen in for more!
     

     
     
     
    The artist's website: https://laurenglevineart.artspan.com/home
     
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 58 min
    Cat Balco Interview

    Cat Balco Interview

    Words of the day: joy. newness. magic. manual. looking.
    In this episode I have a conversation with Hamden, Connecticut painter Cat Balco. Cat shares how she manages time and how having lots of time doesn't necessarily make good paintings. We also talk about the series of paintings in her current show My Exploding Stars. Cat fills us in on where these paintings came from in process, and how a studio visit can really be valuable to ones own progression. Listen in for more!
     

     
     
    The artist's website: https://catbalco.com/home.html
     
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 56 min
    Renee Robbins Interview | Part Two

    Renee Robbins Interview | Part Two

    Words of the day: art. community. Chicago. commission. tea.
    Welcome to Part Two of the Renee Robbins interview! In this episode Renee talks about the Chicago based art podcast Bad at Sports, as well some of the artists working in the Chicago art scene and how they enrich the art community both in and out of the studio...
    And be sure to stay tuned as Vincent van Gogh makes his way into the conversation in a fun and optimistic way. Listen in for more!
     

     
    Renee Robbins' website: https://reneerobbins.com/
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)
     

    • 27 min
    Renee Robbins Interview | Part One

    Renee Robbins Interview | Part One

    Words of the day: microscopic. invented. cinematic. fantastical. Chicago.
    This episode features Chicago based painter Renee Robbins. I think it's safe to say that there is plenty of enthusiasm on display in this interview regarding sea creatures, titling artwork, connecting with biologists, working in a series, and public artwork...
    In this episode Renee shares quite a bit about her fascinating Daily Drawing series and I encourage you to check it out on her website here: https://reneerobbins.com/daily-drawings/
     

     
    Thanks for listening!
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Kate Frazer Rego Interview

    Kate Frazer Rego Interview

    Words of the day: inspiration. threshold. aging. narrative. nuance.
    New Bedford, MA based artist Kate Frazer Rego is this episode's guest. Kate shares how it was important to receive support in her younger years as an artist. As a result, she knew early on that 3-dimensional work was where she was headed. Though Kate does also make text based paintings to extend her subject matter. The interview takes off from there.
    Plenty of good art name-drops in this one, and one great quote from Langston Hughes. Listen in for more! (some strong language, just a heads-up!)
     
     

     
     
    The artist's website: https://katefrazerregoartist.wixsite.com/labiaseries
     
    Thank you for listening!
     
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)
     

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Ithinkglobally ,

Thought provoking and authentic

I can tell Phillip lives and breaths art. The podcast is awesome to listen to with the blog posts he writes (they include the work!). Check it out, art/aht lovers!

kreblin ,

Great little conversations

I hope you more artists catch wind of this!

Dave LaMorte ,

It's Haht!

Great show by artists for anybody.

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