35 episodes

This show is an artist's take on sports — I believe both art and sports have the power to translate and help us reconsider the largest social issues we face. On each episode, we will be discovering and discussing the many connections between the two alongside artists, athletes, journalists, commentators, critics and fans.

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This show is an artist's take on sports — I believe both art and sports have the power to translate and help us reconsider the largest social issues we face. On each episode, we will be discovering and discussing the many connections between the two alongside artists, athletes, journalists, commentators, critics and fans.

    Episode 34: Brian Tran and Isaac Eger on Kobe Bryant

    Episode 34: Brian Tran and Isaac Eger on Kobe Bryant

    The sudden death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant has had the basketball world reeling for the last month. At first, I was unsure how to handle their deaths on the podcast. And to be honest, I still am. I am not used to speaking about death and loss, especially on a public platform and about people I did not know personally.  I want this space to be for thoughtful responses, not quick reactions. So this episode is an attempt to discuss what I have heard, read and felt in the past few weeks.

    Today’s podcast includes two separate conversations: one with writer and Lakers’ fan Brian Tran and the other with Isaac Eger, who is also a writer and pick up basketball player.

    I also want to make sure that I acknowledge the seven others who died that morning. 

    Sarah Chester
    Payton Chester
    Ara Zobayan
    Christina Mauser
    John Altobelli
    Keri Altobelli
    Alyssa Altobelli 

    Here are some articles I have read that I think are valuable: 

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/kobe-bryant-i-knew/605560/

    https://www.instyle.com/news/kobe-bryant-reactions-complicated-legacy

    https://theundefeated.com/features/kobe-bryant-death-complicated-past/

    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/28569693/kobe-bryant-never-stopped-trying-inspire

    And for interesting podcast conversations: 

    Rest in Peace, The Right Time with Bomani Jones 

    Remembering Kobe Bryant, Inside the Green Room with Danny Green 

    Ramona Shelburne and Rachel Nichols, The Lowe Post

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Episode 33: Abdi Farah on the All-Star Game and Reimagining Group Exhibitions

    Episode 33: Abdi Farah on the All-Star Game and Reimagining Group Exhibitions

    New Orleans based artist Abdi Farah is back on the pod to discuss the NBA season so far, conceptual art and camaraderie at the All-Star game and our desire to be part of a team, through art. Abdi is a regular on the podcast and I am so excited to share our most recent conversation. 

    To view Abdi's artwork, click here. 

    In the middle of this episode I mention Steven Adam's autobiography, but I forgot the name of it while we were recording. For anyone who is interested, it is called My Life, My Fight and I very much recommend it. 

    Thank you as always for subscribing and sharing, as well as your ratings and reviews. 

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Episode 32: Maria Molteni and Basketball Magic

    Episode 32: Maria Molteni and Basketball Magic

    Maria Molteni is a Boston based socially engaged artist whose process and work defies any one category of art.  Our interview covers Maria's own time as a basketball player, the process of painting basketball courts as a way to create a conversation with the cosmos, and New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA), an artist collective that she is a founding member of which pushes back on traditional notions of the objects and people who contribute to sports. 

    Maria and I both share a fascination with the history of basketball and use the game as a starting point for far reaching discussions. 

    If you would like to see more of Maria's work, please visit her website here and follow her on Instagram @strega_maria. You can also learn more about NCAA  and their recent work here. 

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 31: Brandon Juan Surtain on Stillness in Painting and Football

    Episode 31: Brandon Juan Surtain on Stillness in Painting and Football

    Brandon Juan Surtain is an artist and former defensive back for the Louisiana State University Tigers football team. He is now currently pursuing a Master's in Architecture from Tulane University in New Orleans. We met when we were both studying art at LSU. For today's episode,  we had the chance to discuss his development as an athlete and an artist, the impact Hurricane Katrina had on his life, and his ongoing series Just Trash. Thank you to Brandon for coming on the show and sharing his thoughts and process. You can view his  artwork here. 

    • 1 hr
    Episode 30: Linus Schief on the Origins of Yolk Jammer

    Episode 30: Linus Schief on the Origins of Yolk Jammer

    Tucson based artist Linus Schief is on the podcast to discuss the Venn diagram of her current work that includes nuns, basketball and eggs. 

    You can follow Linus on instagram at @yolkjammer

    Thank you to KXCI for providing studio space and as always, thank you to my sponsor Bookmans. 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Episode 29: Gail Buckland and Who Shot Sports

    Episode 29: Gail Buckland and Who Shot Sports

    Gail Buckland is an author, educator and curator of photography. She has held the position of curator of the Royal Photographic society of Great Britain as well as the Benjamin Menschel Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cooper Union. She is the author and collaborator on fourteen books of photography and history and the curator of a number of photography exhibitions. Her book Who Shot Sports is paired with an exhibition of the same name that was first shown at the Brooklyn museum. Who Shot Sports is a survey of sports photography from the invention of the camera to almost present day. Gail Buckland honors the men and women from around the world who make compelling imagery of sports, often exerting themselves, thinking critically, and always composing the most thoughtful images. The pictures in the bookrange from portraits of athletes to abandoned Olympic sites to the pensive inbetween moments of preparation and recovery. The collection of images is both beautiful and educational and makes you think more about the artists behind the each photograph. 

    Please don't forget, if you are local to Southern Arizona, you can pick up a copy of Who Shot Sports at any of the six Bookman's locations. 

    To read more about Gail and see more of her work, click here

    • 52 min

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