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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).

    Ron Fortier Interview

    Ron Fortier Interview

    Words of the day: gesture. narrative. emotion. abstraction. lineage.
    This episode's guest is Fairhaven, Massachusetts based painter Ron Fortier. In my chat with Ron you’ll find detailed accounts of his past, present, and even what the future will hold for his paintings,...along with a healthy list of artist from the lineage that is his rich continuing story.
    Lots of materials shop talk as well as the challenges inherent to abstraction, and narrative work, as he works in both concentrations.
    Ron is also the host of The Southcoast Artist Index's In Focus podcast, he shares a bit about his podcast's goal as well. Listen in for more!
     

     
    Ron Fortier's website: https://www.ronfortier.net/
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
    (original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Andrew Tedesco Interview

    Andrew Tedesco Interview

    Words of the day: poetic. tactile. inspired. community. driven.
    New Bedford, Massachusetts based painter, spoken word poet, and food enthusiast Andrew Tedesco featured on this episode!
    Andrew shares in-depth accounts on decisions made, along with the struggles, surrounding art school, sticking with visual path of imagery he feels is important to talk about, poetry and painting and how they are siblings in his practice, and more.
    Stay tuned...because you will also find out who he would like to entertain for dinner, and Mr. Tedesco performs some original spoken word on this recording!
    Just a heads-up (interview contains some strong language)
     

     
    For more from Andy check out his instagram content here: @bad_andy_art
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
    (original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)
     
     

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Judith Kruger Interview

    Judith Kruger Interview

    Words of the day: actions. rain. process. paradox. touch.
    Western Connecticut based Judith Kruger joins ahtcast for a great chat about materials and experiences surrounding the nature of her art practice.
    After making many trips to Japan throughout her artistic career Judith has certainly developed her thoughts on alchemy and how it is a fitting description for her hands on methods of making art. She also has some interesting takes on the nature of what surrounds us every day...listen in for more!
     

     
    Judith Kruger's website: http://www.judithkruger.com/
     
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 52 min
    Marvin Hoffmann Interview

    Marvin Hoffmann Interview

    Words of the day: experimental. spontaneous. blots. calm. see.
    Essen, Germany based Marvin Hoffmann joins the show for an interview. We chat about the experimental nature of Hoffmann's work and how the imagery is intended to be seen without association. This is supported by his nuanced working methods incorporating limited palette choices, contrasts and dualities, and the often used process of decalcomania. Listen in for more!
     

     
    Marvin Hoffmann's website: https://www.marvinhoffmann.net/
    Connect on instagram: @atelier_marvinhoffmann
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
    (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

    • 50 min
    Dena Haden Interview

    Dena Haden Interview

    Words of the day: playful. organic. being. transformation. quiet.
    New Bedford, Massachusetts based fiber artist and sculptor Dena Haden on the program! Dena and I share some good art talk about her inspirations, transitions, and coming full-circle back to sculptural sensibilities she experimented with as a child.
    Dena also shares a couple quotes from her growing archive of collected thoughts by nature and spirituality writers. Listen in for more, especially for which artist from history Dena would like to speak with about art!
     
     

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

    • 44 min
    Amelia Briggs Interview

    Amelia Briggs Interview

    Words of the day: color. scale. object. identity. character.
    Nashville, TN based artist Amelia Briggs is this episode's guest, she pops in to share her inspirations and elements of her work and creative process, some cool words that she associates with her work, as well as how she chooses work for a show.
    Amelia also talks about identity, the nature and history of an object, and how mirrors are becoming a new and important element in her work....and more. Listen in for more!
     

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

    • 45 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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