Conversations with artists about their work, inspiration and their heroes.
Episode 10: Book Club - Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina
Laura Paull and Anthony Moses Sanchez discuss Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot.
Buy the book at http://a.co/fkdoks0.
A video of this recording is available on YouTube https://youtu.be/mzNqLssFxYg
Episode 8: Karen Cunningham
On the first part of my conversation with English Professor Karen J. Cunningham, she tells me about her early interests in books about horses and sulky racing. Books she read in her free time as a kid like Nancy Drew as well as books in her adulthood such as Michael Connelly’s character Heironymus Bosch. She tells me about her affection for Southern California and what she finds profound about it. Her childhood moving around Southern California and Astoria, Oregon. Undergraduate life in Sacramento and living in San Francisco. Stories about her motorcycle riding, cable car driving husband. Her professional career at Pacific Bell in a sink-or-swim program managing circuit provisioning. Other jobs teaching English to Japanese business people and library assistant. The epiphany to enroll in graduate school. Learning from her life the capacity to manage obstacles. She recalls job discrimination at Pac Bell. Enduring sexism as one of the few women at her company. The short term and long term consequences of taking action. Our bewilderment on Harvey Weinstein and the culture that allows his behavior to persist. The public obligation to prevent future injustices by taking action. We discuss her professional career interest in law and violence in the plays of William Shakespeare. Her research into the theatricality of public executions. Description of the Greek & Roman execution known as the Brazen Bull. The political staging of executions. Theatrical nature of execution by quartering in Renaissance England. The political climate of Shakespeare’s time. Cultural implications of the law through the eyes of an artist such as Shakespeare. How the theory of cultural anthropologist Clifford Gertz is applicable to interpretation of constitutional law. Her other Shakespeare interest: gender. She examines the play Measure for Measure. The magic of writers who seem to transcend time. How over the centuries humanity has recurring issues because we cannot solve the complexity of them absolutely. Finally, the art she adores, such as painter Edward Hooper (e.g. Nighthawk, Early Sunday Morning, Railroad Sunset, Seven A.M.), Mark Rothko and the sculpture of David by Michelangelo.
Episode 7: Félix Frédéric d'Eon
I talk to Félix Frédéric d'Eon who updates us on his life in Mexico City. How his visits with his mom to the Huntington Library made an impression on his art. His queer revision of Edwardian and Art Nouveau styles. How the Internet sales on Etsy and Ebay supports his ability to sustain his artwork. The discipline of producing art and self-promotion on Instagram and social media. The uncensored glimpse into his soirees on Snapchat. His artistic process and we discuss the work Tattoo Lovers. I fanboy on his art Amour Nouveau and Amor Picante. Is Felix a nudist? We talk about Mae West and The Wedding of Gladys Bentley. He explains how the installation art of Félix González-Torres translates into his work. His early career as a male figure model. We geek out on the art of Michelangelo. We talk about the September 19th earthquake in Mexico City. What does it mean to be Chicano? How his work is inclusive to marginalized queer people. His outreach and research to appropriately incorporate other spheres of queer erotica into this art. Why he continues to make Pop art that is accessible and affordable. Find is work at felixdeon.com.
Episode 6: Ashley Bartlett
Ashley Bartlett gets into how she started writing Les Fic. Her childhood surrounded by fabulous queer people in suburban Northern California. Our experiences at UCLA. The domestic bliss of being married. Learn about “lovebians.” Meeting her hero, her publishers Bold Strokes Books and getting into editing. The biphobic schism in lesbian fiction. Reading the reviews of her novels. She talks about her Dirty Trilogy. The moral ambiguity of the character, Cash Braddock, in her newest trilogy. The question: “Are straight people okay?” (e.g. Kim Davis, high school homecoming queens and their value judging mothers). Contemporary high school coming out and gender expression. The transphobic politics of Ally McBeal. Reading Kim Harrison novels. We pontificate on sexual harassment, #balancetonporc and Audre Lorde. Find out more about her on www.ashbartlett.com.
Episode 9: 2017 Los Angeles Road Concerts
The Los Angeles Road Concerts took place Saturday, November 11, 2017 on National and Washington in Culver City. For this Road Concert, I spoke briefly with 8 artists about their work. For more information on their project check out laroadconcerts.com or on the Never Meet Your Heroes podcast website nevermeetyourheroespodcast.com.
00:02:14 SAFE TEA by 23-24-25
Ang Wilson angfranc.es
Jen Bruce jenbrucestudio.com
Chelsea Rector www.facebook.com/chelsea.rector
00:04:30 PRIVILEGE – A PERFORMANCE, A SCULPTURE
Jory Harms www.handgrainstudio.com
00:06:26 MAKE LOVE NOT WAR
Margie Schnibbe margieschnibbe.com
00:08:26 WHAT IS YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
00:11:18 HUMAN INTERACTIONS 5 CENTS
Faith Purvey www.faithpurvey.com
00:14:01 BUMPY RIDE, MELTING INSIDE
Elizabeth Folk www.elizabethfolk.com
Mark Bobro sbcc.academia.edu/MarcBobro
00:19:43 SOLARSONIC STREAMING
Élisa Leclaire www.girlwithpinkglasses.com
Willpower Lifeforce www.WillpowerStudios.com
Naseem Marukami naseemmurakami.com
00:20:58 RUSSIAN THIZDANCE
Christopher Wawrinofsky www.cwawrinofsky.com
Episode 5: Stephen Van Dyck
Stephen Van Dyck talks about his early life in New Mexico, childhood fascination with mapping cities, his early interest in writing and piano, his teenage years in a band and meeting men online, we discuss the ontology of happiness, LA Road Concerts and the urban sprawl of Los Angeles, his forthcoming book People I’ve Met from the Internet, dating before Grindr, recollections of North Carolina and our symposium on Tori Amos, Shirley Manson, Bridget Bardot and Eurythmics. Find out more about this LA Road Concerts http://laroadconcerts.com.
Lovely, real, and thought provoking
I'm not an artist( of any kind) I'll never be an artist but when I listen to this podcast I can feel, just for a moment, that I'm having a confidential conversation with a number of artists or writers. Whether it's Raul Pizarro speaking about how we are all beasts and experience enlightenment at different times in our lives or Trebor Healey speaking about how creating a fictional character can actually cause you to visit places you never would, thereby building your life experiences. I love the stream of consciousness conversations of this podcast. I highly suggest it!
A great listen
I love this podcast. I find it so interesting to peek into the lives and inspiration of up and coming artists and writers, really helps me get a broader perspective from my own life. The host keeps the conversation interesting throughout and does a great job in bringing interviewees out of their shell.
Art creates culture, culture creates art
I highly recommend this engaging, thought provoking podcast about artists of various mediums (paint, photography, performance, poetry, writing, theater, etc).
I’ve listened to 6 episodes so far and they keep getting better and better.
Episode 1 features artist Raul based out of Southern California who paints with passion as he deals with muscular dystrophy.
Episode 3- my favorite so far, features Trebor Healey, writer, poet, world traveler and covers topics of Argentinian culture along with gay fairy culture.
I’m learning so much as I dive deep into the featured artists’ lives and passions all hosted by Anthony Moses Sanches whose voice is great for radio and podcasts.