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"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.
In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino (@yoshinostudios)

Artist Decoded by Yoshino Yoshino Studios

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    • 4.8 • 189 Ratings

"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.
In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino (@yoshinostudios)

    Growth, Vulnerability, and New Horizons with Elly Smallwood | AD 247

    Growth, Vulnerability, and New Horizons with Elly Smallwood | AD 247

    Elly Smallwood is a figurative and portrait artist living in Canada. She works primarily in acrylics and oils.
    Topics Discussed In This Episode:
    Elly moving from Ottawa to the woods The energetic differences she notices between living in a city versus being in the woods Modern-day false prophets and gurus The power of questioning dogmatic principles Art capitalism Trying to seek balance in the need to live a peaceful life, while simultaneously wanting to seek progression in one’s career Elly’s experiences working with galleries Growth through vulnerability Her perspective of creating portraits of other people in contrast to creating portraits of herself Model vs. muse Elly’s bone collection Tarot and its influence on Elly’s artwork The Hermit and The Tower in the Major Arcana in Tarot Elly training Muay Thai Working through uncomfortable experiences Artists / People Mentioned:
    Nina Menkes (Film Director) Books Mentioned:
    The Richest Man In Babylon (George Samuel Clason) The Kybalion (Three Initiates) The Vegetarian (Han Kang) Films / TV Series Mentioned:
    Wild Wild Country Portrait of a Lady on Fire Brainwashed: Sex, Camera, Power artistdecoded.com
    elly.ca
    instagram.com/ellysmallwood

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Body Prophecy with James Hammontree (Black Magnet) x Jesse Draxler | AD 246

    Body Prophecy with James Hammontree (Black Magnet) x Jesse Draxler | AD 246

    With the release of Black Magnet’s debut album ‘Hallucination Scene’ in 2020 a new Industrial Metal power emerged from the unlikely landscape of Oklahoma City. After anxiously waiting out the pandemic Black Magnet returned to the road in late 2021 and has now dropped ‘Body Prophecy’ the second full-length burst of machine-driven mayhem and electronic deviance.

    On ‘Body Prophecy’ mastermind, James Hammontree welds the frenetic vitality of post-punk and metal energy with driving synthetic club beats, factory force physicality, and alluringly stark melodic pulses. Tracks like ‘Floating in Nothing’ and ‘Violent Mechanix’ feature both intensely catchy hooks and hammering brutal noise. ‘Sold Me Sad’ is a quietly deranged lullaby that takes an atmospheric turn. The throbbing drug-addled lurch of the Manson / Reznor-esque ‘Incubate’ is, at the end of the album, treated to a completely re-imagined and extended club-style remix by scene legend Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Zonal, etc).

    For all its harsher, scraping atmospheres and pummeling aggression ‘Body Prophecy’ always remains an eminently tight, memorable album molded for the stage and constructed to keep bodies in motion and listeners transfixed.
    Topics Discussed In This Episode:
    How The Kybalion impacted James’s life/creative practice Hermeticism and the 7 Hermetic principles Folklore behind “Ring Around The Rosie” Draxler’s visual contribution to Black Magnet’s newest album “Body Prophecy” Recording “Body Prophecy” during the early stages of the pandemic James working with Justin K Broadrick Suffering through challenging material to grow one’s creative perspective Looking past genres to develop a deeper relationship with artworks Tapping into your highest vibration, frequency, and energy Creating art with absolute honesty Embracing the paradox Transforming negative outlooks into positive perspectives “The Pregnant Void” in Taoism Artists / People Mentioned:
    Salvador Dalí (Surrealist Painter) Francis Bacon (Painter) Max Ernst (Surrealist Painter) Mitch Horowitz (Author / Occult Historian) Jay Cheel (Director) Andrei Tarkovsky (Director) Alejandro Jodorosky (Director) David Lynch (Director) Alan Watts (Writer) Bands / Musicians Mentioned:
    Justin K. Broadrick Godflesh Jesu Vatican Shadow Killing Joke The Birthday Party Big Black Meshuggah Blood Incantation Greg Puciato Books Mentioned:
    The Kybalion The Lord of the Rings The Occult: A History Man, Myth, and Magic Series The Hellbound Heart I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream Films / TV Series Mentioned:
    Midsommar Cursed Films Serpent and the Rainbow Twilight Zone Movie The Birds The Exorcist Poltergeist Stalker Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror Hereditary The Witch The Crow The Wizard of OZ Weeds Hellraiser artistdecoded.com
    blckmgnt.bandcamp.com
    instagram.com/bl4ckm4gnet

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Set and Setting with Dorian Concept | AD 245

    Set and Setting with Dorian Concept | AD 245

    Oliver Johnson aka Dorian Concept will release his new album What We Do For Others on 28th October on Brainfeeder Records. It’s the third studio album by the Austrian producer and synthesizer savant, famed for his singular, beautifully detailed sonic tapestries and wild, utterly joyful live keyboard jam videos.

    What We Do For Others is a relaxed, quietly confident and intimate record, founded on delightfully loose arrangements, feedbacked soundscapes and blessed with snatches of cryptic vocals that are presented more as additional instrumentation rather than lyrical phrases. All the elements and layers were recorded without interruptions and deliberately not edited. “I think that's why this record has something of a ‘band sound’” says Oliver. “It's me playing all kinds of different key- instruments, singing and using fx-units to create these freeform compositions.”

    The title came to Oliver in a dream and stuck with him. “One thing I often find interesting about my creative process is that when I believe to be making something that others could like, it tends to not really connect with people,” he says. “Whereas when I get to that special place and just work from my gut – the music tends to often speak to the outside world naturally.”

    Johnson says that he tried questioning his internal voice of self-judgment and temper his constant urge for improvement during the making of the album.

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:
    Dorian’s earliest memories of being introduced to music through film soundtracks such as Batman Returns (1992) Sound synthesis The earliest influences on Dorian Dorian being influenced by Dj Spinna’s “Heavy Beats Vol. 2” in his youth Experimenting and improvising with Micro Korgs Dorian learning how to play the piano around the age of 6 Prepared piano The importance of having teachers that can nurture one’s individual creativity Connections between music and video games 8 to 16-bit music used in early console games Psychedelics Set and setting Questioning one’s perspective on using time The intentionality of decisions made throughout one’s life The compulsion for creating art Dorian’s reasons for choosing to become a professional artist His new album “What We Do For Others” His track, Survival Instinct being the “heartpiece” of his album Drawing parallels between creating a sculpture and creating music Presenting complex points of view to a wider audience Commercialization vs. arthouse creations Breaking rules and questioning the process Paradigm shifts in one’s own unique consciousness Dorian creating lo-fi music videos for himself with the use of archival footage and processed through Blender Artists Mentioned:
    Dimlite (Musician) Mike Slott (Musician) Tupac (Rapper) DJ Spinna (DJ) John Coletrain (Saxophonist) Edgard Varès (Composer) Aphex Twin (Musician) Little Snake (Musician) artistdecoded.com
    dorianconcept.com

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power with Nina Menkes | AD 244

    Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power with Nina Menkes | AD 244

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:
    Discrimination against women in the film industry The Weinstein investigation 94% of women working in the film industry experiencing sexual assault How film objectifies women through the use of camera angles, camera movement, and lighting techniques Updating the narrative point of view Predatory perspectives within filmmaking Portraying love and intimacy in film in more nuanced ways Addressing the male gaze The need for more government funding for the arts in the U.S. Artists / People Mentioned:
    Iyabo Kwayana (Cinematographer) Jeffrey Martin Zacks (Psychologist) Sandra De Castro Buffington (Producer) Catherine Hardwicke (Filmmaker) Laura Mulvey (Film Theorist) Eliza Hittman (Filmmaker) Werner Herzog (Director) Claire Denis (Director) Films Mentioned:
    Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) Sleeping Beauty (1959) Blonde (2022) Blade Runner (1982) The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981) Titane (2021) Never Rarely Sometimes Always (2020) Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) artistdecoded.com
    ninamenkes.com

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Quality Over Opinion with Louis Cole

    Quality Over Opinion with Louis Cole

    Louis Cole is a singer-songwriter and sickeningly talented multi-instrumentalist with a strong DIY aesthetic from Los Angeles, California. He is on a mission to create deep feelings through music and is the figurehead of an LA jazz-adjacent scene that includes Genevieve Artadi (with whom Cole co-founded the alt pop / electrofunk band KNOWER in 2009), Sam Gendel, Sam Wilkes, Jacob Mann, Dennis Hamm, Pedro Martins and more. He will release his new album “Quality Over Opinion” on 14th October 2022 on Brainfeeder Records.
    Topics Discussed In This Episode:
    What initially attracted Louis to wanting to become a musician Olfactory memories How Louis approaches creating music now Louis’s love for harmony and chord progressions Musical gifts from the universe Louis’s daily routines The multiple albums Louis has coming out including a collaboration with Metropole Orkest in Holland Louis’s wide range of eclectic musical taste His experiences going to USC for music school Artists Mentioned:
    Frédéric Chopin (Composer) Johann Sebastian Bach (Composer) Bill Evans (Pianist) Gil Evans (Pianist) James Brown (Singer / Performer) Stevie Wonder (Singer-Songwriter) Igor Stravinsky (Composer) Genevieve Artadi (Jazz Musician) Thundercat (Singer-Songwriter / Bassist) Sam Gendel (Musician) Blake Mills (Musician) Pino Palladino (Musician) Kurt Rosenwinkel (Jazz Guitarist) Meshuggah (Band) Gustav Mahler (Composer) Skrillex (DJ) Doug Mosher (Saxophonist) Keith Jarrett (Composer / Pianist) Video Games Mentioned:
    Mario Kart Starfox Streets of Rage artistdecoded.com
    louiscole.bandcamp.com
    instagram.com/louiscolemusic

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Embracing The Shadow Self with Joseph Lee | AD 243

    Embracing The Shadow Self with Joseph Lee | AD 243

    Joseph Lee is an actor & self-taught artist who studies faces and the emotions that inhabit them. Lee focuses on the parallels between external reality and the internal process by manipulating everyday faces and objects through segmented brush strokes, color choice, and volume, converging them into a complete and balanced whole.
    Topics Discussed In This Episode:
    Joseph Lee’s upcoming solo exhibit opening at GR Gallery in NYC on September 8, 2022 The importance of taking care of one’s own mental health Examining the origin of pain and trauma Joey moving to LA to pursue acting The moment when he decided to become a painter Potency in making decisive and guttural decisions Spiritual connection through art Having an insatiable curiosity of people His currently unreleased Netflix show “Beef” (starring David Choe, Steven Yeun, Patti Yasutake, Ali Wong) Utilizing gratitude prayers and journaling Simplifying one’s life to help alleviate anxiety Reconnecting and remembering our child self Challenging our needs for external validations Fighting against jadedness Artists Mentioned:
    Marie-Louise von Franz (Psychologist) Martha Graham (Choreographer) Books Mentioned:
    The Book of Five Rings (Miyamoto Musashi) Podcasts Mentioned:
    Hidden Brain - “The Secret Life of Secrets” Films Mentioned:
    The Godfather Trilogy Paterson (2016) artistdecoded.com
    josephleeart.com
    instagram.com/joeyunlee

    • 1 hr 31 min

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