"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)
#212: Liana Finck - “What We Say Vs. What We Mean”
Liana Finck, New Yorker Cartoonist, who has been deemed by ELLE, "Instagram's favorite cartoonist," and has been featured on Adult Swim and HBO's Very Semi-Serious, as well as authored multiple graphic novels and a cartoon book (and a forthcoming novel as well), and has drawn the cover for a Justin Bieber + Ariana Grande single.
00:03:34 - Artistry and childhood 00:05:26 - Different modes of creating art 00:10:45 - Finding one’s voice as an artist 00:12:54 - Liana’s artistic evolution 00:15:11 - Naive art and perfectionism 00:18:12 - Finding one’s rhythm 00:20:55 - Cities being a hub for a variety of people and perspectives 00:26:45 - What we say vs. what we mean 00:31:02 - Personality tests 00:34:20 - The anxiety of being around people 00:40:58 - Life changes 00:47:55 - Wrap up www.artistdecoded.com
#211: Ayoto Ataraxia - "The Illusion of Control"
Ayoto Ataraxia 鄭博榕; pingyin: Zheng Borong; born 23 August 1985) is an artist, director, writer, performing artist, producer, poet, and musician. He graduated from Istituto Europeo di Design with cum laude in 2009, and from the School of Visual Arts with honors in New York City, 2013.
His works have been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and are part of the Beyond Fashion exhibition of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography.
He is currently hosting Asian Provocation, exploring queer Asian diasporic identities through conversations and stories
00:04:55 - Ayoto’s reflections time in New York 00:09:06 - The dangers of romanticizing working artists 00:12:18 - Artistic expression 00:16:42 - Modern American culture / getting lost in the American dream 00:19:52 - Considering what we truly value in life 00:22:14 - Observing people in different dimensions 00:27:24 - The illusion of control 00:29:08 - Identity 00:35:37 - The background to Ayoto’s original name/freedom from dogma 01:00:23 - Wrap up www.artistdecoded.com
#210: Kris Esfandiari (King Woman) - “Celestial Blues”
NYC-based Iranian songwriter, producer, and vocalist Kris Esfandiari, also known as King Woman, is set to release a striking full-length album, Celestial Blues, on July 30, 2021, via Relapse Records.
Kris Esfandiari (NGHTCRWLR, Dalmatian, Miserable, Sugar High, i8i) founded King Woman in 2009 — a solo project which later gained the talents of guitarist Peter Arensdorf and drummer Joseph Raygoza.
Now wiser and holding less animosity than King Woman’s previous sentiments on 2014 EP Doubt and the highly-esteemed 2017 full length Created in The Image of Suffering, the fantasy world that once plagued Kris' psyche is dancing in a new light on Celestial Blues. Feeling compelled to reshape the biblical archetypes that once bound her, Esfandiari has created a theatrical tale of rebellion, tragedy, and triumph — a metaphor for her own personal experiences over the years — Celestial Blues was born.
00:05:17 - Monotheism/experiences with Christianity 00:17:16 - The fluidity of expressing emotions through music 00:21:08 - Opening up to her creative spirit 00:25:44 - The current state of the music industry 00:27:22 - Surrounding oneself with the right people 00:29:12 - Her newest album with her band, King Woman, entitled, Celestial Blues 00:36:14 - Art being a gateway 00:38:17 - Deconstruction 00:44:00 - Kristina’s multiple side projects 00:50:00 - Wrap up www.artistdecoded.com
#209: Alexis Marshall - “On His New Solo Album, “House of Lull. House of When””
Poet, artist, and Daughters vocalist Alexis Marshall has announced his solo debut LP HOUSE OF LULL. HOUSE OF WHEN for July 23rd via Sargent House and along with it the first song and video for “Hounds In The Abyss”.
Directed by Jeremy W., Marshall notes of the video’s concept “The long stare into the room of self—the universe’s middle distance—the many hidden doors we locate, the many rooms we find. Populated not only by whom else we are, but by places, we have been. The places we are. We don’t always pull away from the hot stove.”’
Produced by Seth Manchester the album is crafted around moments of spontaneity and sonic detritus. For the album, Marshall brought together an impressive group of collaborators to execute his vision, a vision that for the first time was under his full creative direction. Jon Syverson (Daughters), Kristin Hayter (Lingua Ignota), Evan Patterson (Jaye Jayle, Young Widows) joined Marshall in Pawtucket, Rhode Island at Machines with Magnets studio with no material. The strategy was to embrace new sounds, employ the element of chance, and capture the creative process in a song format. The genesis of a song could be anything—a fragmented piano line, a drum pattern—but the impetus was often a non-musical sound. Marshall sourced a lot of his textural contributions from a hardware store all contributing to a proto-industrial rattle-and-rumble reminiscent of early Einstürzende Neubaten.
The resulting material stands to be the boldest and exciting work of his career.
00:06:21 - Artwork acting as a mirror to the viewer 00:08:12 - Positive and negative feedback from his band, Daughters 00:10:54 - Alexis’s personal growth 00:14:48 - Success, addiction, and trauma 00:21:30 - Romanticism and selfishness 00:25:17 - Discussing the progression of society 00:32:45 - His new solo album, “House of Lull. House of When” 00:40:14 - Arts affect on Alexis 00:48:37 - The recording process for “House of Lull. House of When” 00:53:46 - Lessons from Daughters comeback album and subsequent 01:02:34 - Wrap up www.artistdecoded.com
Alexis Marshall's "House of Lull, House of When" on Bandcamp
#208: Emilio Villalba - "People & Things"
Emilio Villalba is a Mexican-American painter living in San Francisco. Born in Chula Vista and raised in Southern California, he grew up interested in drawing and art. He created a career in Los Angeles as a visual effects artist where he animated television commercials and films. After 2 years in the industry, he left for San Francisco to study fine art. He’s now focused on exploring painting figuratively, pulling inspiration from both old masters and contemporary artists—from Velázquez to Alice Neel and Basquiat.
Emilio’s latest exhibition, “People and Things” will be on view at Hashimoto Contemporary in New York from Saturday, July 17th to Saturday, August 7th, 2021.
00:03:12 - Emilio’s latest body of work 00:06:50 - Exploring new visual avenues 00:13:33 - Self-awareness of one’s work 00:20:30 - Saying vs. doing 00:32:42 - The psychology of reward systems 00:36:03 - Identity / fitting in 00:42:40 - The conceptual basis of Emilio’s newest body of work 00:53:37 - Owning who you are 01:03:33 - The painter's alphabet 01:25:42 - Wrap up www.artistdecoded.com
#207: Stuart Biddlecombe - “Cinematography On The Handmaid's Tale”
Stuart Biddlecombe is a director of photography for The Handmaid’s Tale. Biddlecombe graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2003. He has also worked on Doctor Who, Call To Midwife, and Cold Feet.
00:02:53 - Adapting to an environment on set 00:07:26 - Stuart’s creative process 00:12:28 - Collaboration within the filming process 00:17:06 - The continuity of filming television shows 00:19:24 - Artistry vs. Craftsmanship 00:21:22 - Inspiration through different types of art 00:23:47 - Observing the world through the lens of cinematography 00:25:23 - How he sees his role as a DP 00:28:18 - Spontaneity while filming 00:33:40 - Stuart’s journey as a cinematographer 00:50:00 - Stuart’s best piece of work / working in TV 01:02:51 - Wrap up www.artistdecoded.com
Hearing other artists speak helps me understand myself and my art more.
5 stars for 5 reasons:
1. It’s a must-listen for artists and creatives.
2. It is inspirational for ALL types of artists and creatives of ALL different mediums. Very inclusive.
3. It goes deep. Doesn’t just talk about art business, it discusses life, and art in a very developed fashion.
4. The episodes aren’t short, which is how I like them. Perfect to listen to throughout the day and in the car.
5. Yoshino’s voice. Very enjoyable to listen to.
I am a 20-year-old artist entrepreneur. I feel like I am learning from art masters of all kinds, that I would have never learned about, if I went to art school. Broad interviews that go deep.
One of the best podcasts with great in depth conversation with a variety of artists. The host has an unusual perspective and asks very thought out and in depth questions. It’s more of a conversation and he gets into the minds and deep thoughts of each artist. Very inspiring and I hope you keep adding new and different artists to the show.