28 episodes

John Wentz talks about process, practice and context with artists, musicians & film makers that he meets while living abroad in France.

Lo-Fi Podcast John Wentz

    • Visual Arts
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

John Wentz talks about process, practice and context with artists, musicians & film makers that he meets while living abroad in France.

    Episode 28: Rodney Ewing w/ Guest Host Cindy Shih (United States) - "Stories That Don't Get Told"

    Episode 28: Rodney Ewing w/ Guest Host Cindy Shih (United States) - "Stories That Don't Get Told"

    "While debating demanding topics such as race, religion, or war, it is simple enough to become polarized, and see situations in either black or white, right or wrong. These tactics may satisfy individuals whose position depends on employing policies or implementing strategies that promote specific agendas for a specific constituency. As an artist, it is more important to create a platform that moves us past alliances, and begins a dialogue that informs, questions, and in some cases even satires our divisive issues. Without this type of introspection, we are in danger of having apathy rule our senses. We can easily succumb to a national mob mentality, and ignore individual accounts and memories. With my work I am creating an intersection where body and place, memory and fact, are merged to reexamine human interactions and cultural conditions to create a narrative that requires us to be present and profound."



    Subjects Discussed In This Episode:

    - Real-time narratives and artmaking with immediacy

    - Art reflecting the times we live in

    - His recent mural “Correspondence” in SF

    - Working with 100 Days Action

    - Issues of identity

    - Compulsion to create art

    - Art being not what you do but what you are

    - The intersection of art and personal identity

    - Working with Collective Genus



    Rodney Ewing

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    Cindy Shih

    Cindy Shih Instagram

    100 Days Action

    Collective Genus

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    John Wentz

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Episode 27: Martine Johanna (Netherlands) - "Opening the Bell Jar"

    Episode 27: Martine Johanna (Netherlands) - "Opening the Bell Jar"

    Martine’s works are vivid and autobiographical depicting both direct realism and non-objective abstract elements. In this episode, we discuss her beginnings in street art, living and working with ADD, the personal and impersonal elements of her work, delving into side projects such as her illustrated book due out in November and her explorations as a vocalist in creating music.

    Subjects Discussed In This Episode:


    Working in Acrylics
    Pointillism
    Starting out in the fashion industry
    Living a life that's not your own
    Beginnings as a street artist
    The benefits of working with galleries
    Seeing your work in hindsight
    Painting autobiographically
    Exploring outside projects
    Becoming a vocalist
    Her upcoming book release this November
    Her upcoming solo exhibition at Massey Klein this September
    An upcoming exhibition with Hashimoto Contemporary in Spring 2021



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    Massey Klein

    Hashimoto Contemporary

    KockxBos Gallery

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    John Wentz

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Episode 26: Steven Assael (United States) - "Questioning Existence" - Swap-Cast with Artist Decoded Podcast

    Episode 26: Steven Assael (United States) - "Questioning Existence" - Swap-Cast with Artist Decoded Podcast

    Steven Assael was born in New York, New York in 1957.  He attended Pratt Institute and presently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York.  Assael balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates the figures and surroundings of his paintings and drawings.  The focus of his work is the human figure, either individually or in a group, rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light.  Steven Assael’s classical talents are as rare as they are essential to the diverse art world of the 21st Century.

    For online teaching/mentorship please contact Steven at duncanvaleriew@gmail.com

    Topics Discussed In This Episode:


    Seeking out advantages within painting and connecting with people during quarantine
    Separation bringing us together
    The intimate process of working with models and how they directly or indirectly affect the painting
    Allowing for change within his overall creative vision
    Teaching painting over Zoom
    What makes a good teacher
    The search for finding the right questions to ask
    Experience motivating change and providing a renewal of what you want
    Creating situations of exploration for oneself
    Extracting the right vocabulary while creating
    The element of control and power that children express when drawing different objects
    Understanding the dynamic of copying a subject while painting, and how that evolves into a deeper exploration of shapes, tone, atmospheres, and the figure itself.
    Giving breadth to form
    A great work of art being infectious
    The nature of romanticism
    Working from life being an “inquiry into your own humanness”
    The idea of questioning and rebelling within a visual outlook
    Human nature
    The environment of New York throughout the last forty years, and how it has changed
    The importance of theatre and the work of actors
    Symmetry and asymmetry, and its importance within artform and observation
    “Everything is everything” aproach to life
    Learning what to see flowing into learning how to paint
    Nature being sporadic, and how we must become “like water” in order to succeed in our strategies in life
    A commercialized outlook within the art world
    Art becoming entertainment
    Faith and doubt
    Questioning of spirituality and existenc



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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Episode 25: Eddie Colla (United States) - "Atavisms"

    Episode 25: Eddie Colla (United States) - "Atavisms"

    Eddie Colla is a street artist, curator and photographer based in Oakland, Ca. However, given his love and need for travel, you could possibly say he’s based out of anywhere. His work is a synthesis of street art, collage, assemblage and video that crosses and transcends the barriers between the gallery walls and the public space. Mixing photography, paint, wheatpaste and other materials he picked up working odd jobs in his beginnings, Eddie’s work is a foreboding exploration, and reminder, of possible futures...even more so today.

    In this episode, we talk about his beginnings in New Jersey and eventually enrolling in SVA. His then move from to California to attend CCAC in Oakland. We also touch upon his work in the advertising world as a photographer, the transition into his iconic work “Atavisms”, the inexplicable life changes that lead to his love for Paris and much more

    In closing we talk about the upcoming online group show he organized with the help of Frederic Steimer, ‘Carpe Diem.’ On Saturday, June 20th.

    Eddie attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated from the California College of Arts with a BFA in photography/interdisciplinary fine arts in 1991. He began his artistic career as a photographer, working first for the New York Times and later countless magazines, record labels and ad agencies. 15 years later he has morphed into one who counters the all-pervasive nature of commercialism in public spaces.

    Since 2005, his wheat-pastes and stencils can be found throughout public spaces in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Miami. Eddie's work first began to garner national recognition when his street art began incorporating images of Barack Obama throughout the 2008 Presidential election. His growing popularity landed him attention on internet blogs, features in six published books, and participation in the "Manifest Hope Art Gallery" shows at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. His designs have been transformed many times over, from stickers, album and magazine covers.

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    Gandee

    Monart

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    John Wentz

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Episode 24: Nicole Hayden (United States) - "To Inform the Art"

    Episode 24: Nicole Hayden (United States) - "To Inform the Art"

    In this episode, I had a great time talking with San Francisco-based painter/muralist Nicole Hayden. We talk about escaping the lockdown to paint boarded up shops which led to working with Paint the Void Project, working in a decorative studio in SF doing faux-finishing and interior murals. How these outside experiences inform her art, being precious with your art, WWE, pop culture in art and much more. 

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    John Wentz

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Episode 23: Sergio Lopez (United States) - "Craft & Aesthetic"

    Episode 23: Sergio Lopez (United States) - "Craft & Aesthetic"

    In this episode, I had a great time talking with Sonoma-based painter Sergio Lopez. We hit upon a variety of topics including the value of art school, his new online painting course he has been building and releasing soon, co-hosting 'Waiting to Dry' Podcast, his new food review podcast 'A Bit Saucy' and much more.

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    John Wentz

    • 1 hr 52 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

natakavs ,

Fantastic execution of the interview format

I love the way that John Wentz interviews his guests. The questions are open and honest and leave space for the guest to speak genuinely from the heart. It seems that each artists he talks to has a unique view towards his/her craft, but they are all united in their deep love and respect for art. I leave each episode with a renewed sense of hope and appreciation for art and humanity. It’s honestly been a huge help during these challenging times.

nbonphotog ,

Great interviews of top artists by a top artist

Mr. Wentz is the rare host who doesn’t overly inject himself or his art into the flow. He is approachable and permeable and the conversations are wide ranging. Highly recomended!

ClevelandFrowns ,

Best podcast

Ever

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