"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)
#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.
Monotheism/experiences with Christianity The fluidity of expressing emotions through music Opening up to her creative spirit The current state of the music industry Surrounding oneself with the right people Her newest album with her band, King Woman, entitled, Celestial Blues Art being a gateway Deconstruction Kristina’s multiple side projects 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
AD Movie Club #1 | Tokyo Sonata (Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa - 2008)
For the first episode of AD’s Movie Club, Justin will be discussing Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2008 Film Tokyo Sonata with three of his close friends.
First, we are joined by photographer and podcast host, Yoshino.
Yoshino uses his photography to draw out deep lingering emotions while seeking to unveil a psychological truth embedded within all of us. He attempts to create a dichotomy and a confluence between his observations, molding them together between varying ideas and disparate elements. With these images, he invites the viewer to enter his world and to give space for the contemplation of their own personal framework and reality.
Yoshino is also the host of the Artist Decoded podcast.
Amirtha Kidambi is a composer, performer, and professor currently living in New York City.
Kidambi earned an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University, an M.M. in Voice and Musicology at CUNY Brooklyn College, and a B.A. in Voice from Loyola Marymount University. She currently serves on the faculty for the New School, teaching music history courses and heading a large-scale curriculum development project. She has also served on the faculty at Brooklyn College.
Ru Storey (They/Them)is a Los Angeles-based queer skater, graphic designer, and editor.
Ru and Justin are currently working on a short film to be premiered this summer.
Justin Daashuur Hopkins is an internationally exhibited artist and award-winning director.
00:01:47 - Tokyo Sonata’s plot 00:04:39 - First reactions/thoughts on the patriarchy 00:09:03 - The historical context of duty and shame 00:14:00 - Structural issues of society and power dynamics 00:24:00 - Questioning your reality and moving towards self-actualization 00:35:38 - Reflections on the conversation 00:39:04 - Elements of a sonata 00:50:12 - Relinquishing of authoritarian control 01:00:58 - Wrap up www.artistdecoded.com
#206: Jan Hopkins - “Sculpting Vessels + Americans Interned”
Jan Hopkins is a master at creating sculptural vessels and figurative sculptures from unusual natural materials such as citrus, melon and pomegranate peels, lotus pods, fish skin, leaves, and seed pods. Each piece is a marriage of deep sensitivity and reverence to materials with a heavy emphasis on concept and innovation.
Jan studied basketry with indigenous and contemporary artists, learning the art of meticulous construction, the basics of how to gather and prepare materials, and understanding new concepts in design beyond traditional construction. In the early 90s, challenged with the depletion and unavailability of many of the natural basketry materials, she began experimenting and innovating new ways of processing organic materials that she successfully uses in her work today. Her initial aspiration was to preserve the beauty of the materials she began to by constructing vessel forms. Jan’s work evolved to more figurative work with narratives sewn into each intricately designed piece.
Jan and her husband Chris have also embarked on a deeply personal collaborative project about a part of her family’s history, The Japanese American incarceration during WWII. Piece by piece, Jan is puzzling together family stories that are both heartbreaking and inspiring. Jan states, “This project has changed the essence of my work and has challenged me to innovate new ways of construction and storytelling.” Their two-person show was exhibited at the Schack Art Center, Everett, WA in 2018. A future exhibit is scheduled to open at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Bainbridge Island in 2022, The timing of this exhibit marks the 80th Remembrance anniversary of the first Japanese Americans taken away from their homes on Bainbridge Island and sent to Manzanar Concentration Camp.
An award-winning artist, Jan has exhibited across the United States and featured 8 years at SOFA International Expos, held annually in New York, Chicago, and Santa Fe. Her work is included in museum permanent collections across the country including the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, Museum of Art and Design in New York, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI.
00:04:27 - Jan’s experience being a part of a family of artists 00:10:48 - Jan’s journey towards artistry 00:17:12 - Great ideas finding us 00:20:15 - Results-oriented thinking, taking you away from the process 00:22:23 - Intuition and spirituality 00:26:34 - The elements and materials that guide Jan’s art practice 00:31:27 - Jan's focus on narrative artwork 00:39:15 - The inspiration behind Jan’s exhibit “Americans Interned” 00:58:56 - The power of cultural art 01:03:27 - 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.