14 episodes

Visual artists interview other visual artists about their work, lives and creative process. Hosted by Kate Hawes and Clarity Haynes.

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Visual artists interview other visual artists about their work, lives and creative process. Hosted by Kate Hawes and Clarity Haynes.

    Episode 14: Liz Collins

    Episode 14: Liz Collins

    Multimedia artist Liz Collins draws from the materials, processes and techniques of textile and fabric media. Her work varies in scale from the object-based to the immersive and architectural, and straddles the divides between the functional, the decorative, and the expressive. We visited Liz in her Sunset Park studio, and she discussed why we need to transcend the age-old binary of craft vs. art, how her background as a fashion designer informs her current work, her love of LGBT books and queer art community, and the transformative experience of seeing art in collectors' homes.
    For more on this episode, and to see images of Collins' work, please visit www.magicpraxis.com.

    • 32 min
    Episode 13: Rachel Owens

    Episode 13: Rachel Owens

    Rachel Owens is a sculptor whose work is often socially engaged. She works with materials as varied as crushed glass, resin, and steel humvee truck bodies. Kate and Clarity visit her in her Brownsville, Brooklyn studio, where she discusses the logistics of creating large-scale public sculptures, how a work's function changes when it enters a private collection vs. a public space, and the role that sound often plays in her work.

    • 36 min
    Episode 12: Chitra Ganesh talks with Maia Cruz Palileo

    Episode 12: Chitra Ganesh talks with Maia Cruz Palileo

    Chitra Ganesh is a multi-disciplinary artist working with myth, symbols and narrative. Guest host Maia Cruz Palileo, also a multi-disciplinary artist, was mentored by Ganesh in the Queer Art Mentorship program. During a visit to Ganesh's studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, the artists discuss her exhibition "The Scorpion Gesture" at the Rubin Museum, a series of motion-activated animations which engage with the permanent collection of Himalayan art. The show includes a second part, "Face of the Future", in which Ganesh invited seven emerging artists, including Palileo, to contribute work relating to science fiction and the future.

    • 30 min
    Episode 11: David Shaw

    Episode 11: David Shaw

    David Shaw's intricate sculptures are composed through the juxtaposition of materials such as branches, dirt, steel, glass, holographic laminate, flocking, and found furniture. In our visit to his Brooklyn studio, he discusses his long involvement with the gallery Feature Inc., which closed in 2014 after the death of its influential founder, Hudson. He also reveals why a childhood near-death experience sparked his passion for deep sea diving, and how before discovering sculpture, he was on a path to becoming a brain surgeon.

    • 33 min
    Episode 10: Susan Bee

    Episode 10: Susan Bee

    Susan Bee's paintings and collages have been described as "pastoral psychedelia," and "a savage mix of Expressionism and Pop schadenfreude." Born and raised in New York City by artist parents, Bee is a longtime supporter of feminist art and women artists. She spent her student days in the 1970s attending AIR Gallery events; she later joined the historic gallery and is currently a member. Bee is also a co-founder, with fellow artist and writer Mira Schor, of the influential art journal M/E/A/N/I/N/G (1986 - 2016). During our visit to her Cobble Hill, Brooklyn studio, Bee discussed the challenging realities of being a woman artist, the heady days of 1970s feminist activism, and her longtime involvement with the Language Poets, through her husband, Charles Bernstein.

    • 47 min
    Episode 9: Becca Lowry

    Episode 9: Becca Lowry

    Becca Lowry carves intricate wall-mounted sculptures out of wood, which she decorates with painting and weaving. She is interested in ideas of use, architecture, vulnerability and bravery, and has said she thinks of her creations as "shields." In our visit to her Connecticut studio, she discussed why she chose not to go to art school, her experience growing up as the daughter of a builder and a jeweler, and how objects can take on sacred and protective functions.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Katerina Lanfranco ,

In-depth and Insightful

After listening to all the available episodes I feel really educated in each artist's studio practice and work. The questions asked are insightful and provoke a deep and meaningful conversation about the artwork being made by the featured artist. You can tell that the hosts, Clarity and Kate do their research before each episode - and this makes for a rich listening experience!

saxon75 ,

Interesting conversations

I really enjoyed the recent episode with Rachel Owens. It was an interesting dive into how the artist thinks about her work, and I like that it was insightful but also casual. Made for fun listening.

Amy Talluto ,

Heartening and Inspiring

Being an artist can be isolating and it's so inspiring to hear how other people handle the problems and successes in their work. Very engaging interview series!

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