Welcome to Artist Praxis podcast. Where artists make meaning of their art-making!
Every week, we hear from one artist's creative process, learning all about their most recent finished project.
We discuss everything artists work with, from materials to thoughts, from dreams to gestures, from feelings to tools.
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In this episode, Missouri-based artist and painter Matt Ballou discusses a recent drawing made of ink on paper. His Ensign For Miyoko Ito is an homage to the Japanese-American artist known for her watercolor and abstract oil paintings and prints. Matt Ballou treasures the modesty and human scale of her work and the intimacy of her hand and brush marks. Deeply connecting with her sense of color and shape, he reflects on the archetypal in their work. Being drawn to abstract, archetypal forms putting pressure on his inner sense of volume, space, and movement, he explains that he is looking for an interplay of tension and release–a visual dynamic of pressure and ease, focus and expansion. Matt’s drawing was built over several weeks with multiple sessions using both his hand and a drawing robot. In its final state, it presents itself as an event while also revealing its making process.
An Ensign For Miyoko Ito, 2018
Ink on paper
12 x 10 inches / 30,5 x 25,4 cm
In this in-depth conversation on painting and the family archive, artist Erin Raedeke shares about the act of creation as a means to record and commemorate the elusive and hidden parts of our existence. In the making of Mary Augusta, Erin dives into the deeper layers of mind and matter, creating a new surface for old memories to resurface, adding paint for layers for history to uncover, mixing colors for nuances to unfold. She strikingly uses long-lasting materials for an eternal version of a new narrative–a story of her own, empowering, genuine, and vibrantly alive.
Mary Augusta, 2021
Oil on board
10 x 8 inches / 25,4 x 20 cm
Red Bird, 2021
Oil on board
8 x 7 inches / 20,3 x 17,8 cm
In his delightful interview with Artist Praxis, New York-based artist Frank Chang offers wonderful insights into his installation work "Things We Knew." Referring to Frank's established collage practice, this newer work shows the leftover, transpierced board rather than its extracted parts. We see a composition of missing objects leaning against the wall, casting soft shadows off the plywood's clear-cut edges. What we don't see makes us wonder. What do the empty shapes represent? Will we ever be able to guess what missing parts, losses, and forgotten memories they refer to? The absence and presence of symbols in Frank's artwork, the negative and positive spaces within the piece, and its both soft and hard qualities point to the ambiguous state humanity finds itself in. We hold both knowledge and uncertainty amid a climate and humanitarian crisis in a delicate and precarious balancing act.
Things We Knew, 2021
Acrylic paint on plywood
44 x 59 inches / 111,7 x 149,8 cm
In our joyful conversation with Brooklyn-based painter Lesley Wamsley, the artist reflects on the personal and historical consciousness of place and time. The painting was made in the summer of 2020 while wildfires were raging on the West Coast. On this day, the air in NYC was thick and heavy. The pollution conditions created enough haze – almost like a veil – that she could look directly at the sun. She created a composition that focused on its color, intensity, and apocalyptic quality. As the sun was setting, she stopped. Her painting was done. Much later, Lesley noticed a striking resemblance to Monet’s revolutionary painting Impression, Sunrise
Fire Sign, 2020
Oil on panel
12 x 9 inches / 30,5 x 22,9 cm
Kahlil Robert Irving
Kahlil Robert Irving's large-scale collagraph sets the scene for fact and fiction to collide and coexist by simulating a bird's eye view on garbage brimming asphalt landscape. In Kahlil's printing process, the stage is set for human-made residues to float like jetsam on a multitude of (deeply embossed, fossil-like) layers, suggesting an ever-flow of traffic and consumption. However, the ghost-like color palette appears as dreamy as a memory, as intangible as the starry night sky, and as eluding as the mental image derived from the latest news story. The trompe l'oeil-Esque urban imagery remains an abstraction, a vague depiction of an unspecified place, universal in its densely textured vision of 'the street.' In contemplating this artwork, we are invited to meditate on the true nature of our existence and to question our meanderings in between the realities that we inhabit, touch upon, or ignore.
“COMING” ≤≥ “Going” [Movie & Murder] Imbedded Symbols + Cosmic Myths, 2019
Collagraph with found objects.
94 5/8 x 42 3/8 x 1/4 inches / 240.3 x 107.6 x .6 cm
Living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aline Besouro creates characters in her work that, over time, become entities with complex personalities. With a work embedded in symbolism, she uses serigraphy, painting, and public art to create mythologies that develop over long periods of time, like life itself. In this interview, she speaks about a recent character named “Confia” (“Trust”), which she first created through drawing in 2018 but came to know with more detail after painting them on canvas in 2021. Aline discusses both the reality of the presence of the characters in her life and how much they carry forward all that is inaccessible to her knowledge, sustaining the unknown mysteriously and gently.
Loved the episode with artist Mika Sperling. Listening to her process and understanding how intuitively she makes images was really endearing and wonderful to hear. Always drawn to artists who work within a personal capacity and channelize intimate experiences in a public way. Lovely work Debora and Sara!
I love the welcoming and thought provoking aspect of this Podcast while being structured around one piece of artwork. As an artist myself, it is immensely gratifying to hear about other artists’ speak, and delve more into their unique process being in conversation with the thoughtful hosts Debora and Sarah.
Episode 9 with Yasemin Kackar-Demirel
This was my first time listening to thr Artist Praxis podcast and I’m hooked! Loved listening to how the artist describes her work so one can visualize it and see how she sees it; and how she describes her process. Thank you!