Pixels & Paint, the official MakersPlace podcast, ignores hype and FUD to focus on what matters: great conversations with great artists and collectors across disciplines. Join us every week for one-on-one interviews as well as a regular series of panel discussions and more.
E22 David Ariew — Meditative Mirror Boxes with Octane Jesus
"Artists may have one of the most important jobs—connecting with people’s emotions, bringing them together, making them think, healing them." — David Ariew
David Ariew (ar-ee-ev) is a skilled 3D artist, animator, and educator with expertise in creating visually striking narratives. He is well-known across the 3D and NFT worlds for his mastery of 3D animation tools and his ability to craft immersive experiences that meld the boundaries between the digital and the physical world. David's portfolio boasts a wide range of work, from intricate music videos and commercials to evocative short films and groundbreaking NFTs.
With a background in neuroscience, David brings a unique perspective to his artistic endeavors, infusing his creations with a deep understanding of human perception and emotional resonance. He has honed his skills over the years, working with notable clients in the music and film industry, which has solidified his reputation as a creative force.
As an educator, David (AKA Octane Jesus [for his beard, long hair, and generosity]) is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience. He teaches the intricacies of 3D animation, rendering, and various industry-standard software, empowering a new generation of digital artists to push the limits of their creativity.
In the rapidly evolving world of digital art, David Ariew stands out as a visionary artist and a dedicated mentor, continuously exploring the vast possibilities of 3D animation and its impact on storytelling and artistic expression.
The transcript of this episode can be found here.
The show notes for this episode can be found here.
Finding Artistic Style: The transition from being a "hired gun" to finding and developing a unique artistic style through NFTs and mirror rooms.
Artistic Evolution Through NFTs: The development of his style with NFTs, moving from concrete shapes to more abstract, meditative visuals.
Immersive Art Experiences: The impact of bringing his art into VR and creating immersive experiences that evoke powerful emotional responses.
Emotional Impact of Art in VR: DA recalls the profound emotional reactions of viewers experiencing his virtual reality art, including transformational moments and intense personal memories.
Intuition Over Technique: The importance of intuition in the creative process, with Ariew crediting a spiritual guide for helping enhance his creative intuition.
Storytelling in Abstract Art: Ariew describes his intuitive process for imbuing abstract pieces with narrative, often collaborating with a composer.
Bonus Episode: Marco Santini — Slicing Up Priceless Art Books & Channeling Love Languages
"I define success as being able to create what you want, when you want, where you want, how you want." — Marco Santini
About Marco Santini
Marco Santini is a multifaceted artist with a background in sports, broadcasting, and branding, who has fully embraced his creative calling. His art draws from a rich tapestry of experiences and influences, combining elements of language, love, and community engagement. Marco's work is characterized by vibrant geometric designs and meaningful words that transcend language barriers and foster a sense of connection and positivity.
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The transcript of this episode can be found here.
Iconic Artistic Mashup - A deep dive into how Santini's Signature Series is a testament to his respect and admiration for iconic artists from history.
Journey into Muraling - Marco discusses how he explored different mediums, including street art, murals, and graphic design.
The Vision of Creating in Any Medium - Marco's desire to be versatile in his artistic expression, regardless of the medium.
Bridging Cultures through Art - Marco's work with schools and hospitals internationally to foster creativity and inclusivity.
Collaborative Nature of Creativity - Marco's collaborative approach to art, involving students and communities in the creative process.
Transition to NFTs - How Marco has adapted to the digital world with NFTs.
The Small, Beautiful World of Art - Marco's perspective on the interconnectedness of the art world.
Leading with Your Heart - The importance of valuing relationships and leading with your heart in art.
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That’s a Wrap on Season 1
Thanks for so much for joining us for Season 1 of Pixels & Paint. We're planning an even better Season 2 for early 2024. In the meantime, check out any of the episodes you may have missed.
E01: Empress Trash
E02: Norcal_Guy and Signal Noise
E03: Rob Sheridan
E05: Leo Caillard
E08: Ana Maria Caballero
E09: Leo Crane
E10: Scott Sholder
E12: Eric P. Rhodes
E13: Dawnia Darkstone
E14: AL Crego
E15: Maria Finkelmeier
E16: Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Kirsten Magwood
E18: Christian Burke of Refik Anadol Studios
E20: Vincent D'Onofrio and Laurence Fuller
E20 Vincent D’Onofrio & Laurence Fuller — Embracing Failure, Celebrating Joy, & Pushing Poetry Further Out
"Your art has to come from you, your faults, and your greatness. That's how your work comes out. It comes out like you." - Vincent D'Onofrio
About Laurence Fuller
Laurence Fuller is a British-Australian actor, writer, and artist best known for his roles in films like "The Slaughter" and the HBO series where he portrayed David Hockney. He's also known for his active social media presence, particularly on Twitter, where he engages with the artistic community and shares his creative endeavors. His heritage deeply influences Fuller's artistic journey; his mother is a painter, and his father was an influential 20th-century art critic in England. His work often explores the themes of history and artistic legacy, especially the mid-20th-century London School painters.
About Vincent D’Onofrio
Vincent D'Onofrio is a renowned American actor, producer, and director. He gained prominence for his role as Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence in "Full Metal Jacket" and as Detective Robert Goren in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent". He is also well-known for his roles in "Jurassic World" and "Daredevil". Besides his acting career, D'Onofrio has an artistic side, presenting his work on social media platforms like Twitter. His approach to creativity is eclectic and inclusive, drawing on a wide range of influences, and he is a keen advocate for a balanced perspective on the artistic life that values joy and experience as much as struggle and pain.
Vincent D'Onofrio views his artistic approach as more like a "sponge" than a scholar, absorbing experiences and influences without getting tied down by academic constraints.
Laurence Fuller was influenced by his father, an influential 20th-century art critic in England. Fuller used his father's writings to write a screenplay about him and is particularly inspired by the mid-20th-century London School painters.
Fuller, despite being a prolific artist, manages to engage actively with the community on Twitter and often draws parallels between the emerging web three art world and the vibrant art scene of 1960s London.
D'Onofrio, on the other hand, uses Twitter as a platform to share art, appreciate friends, and occasionally engage in conversations about art and life. He believes young actors need to live life fully to portray emotions authentically.
Both D'Onofrio and Fuller believe that social media can play a significant role in building an artist's career if used creatively and healthily.
Fuller also talked about the changing dynamics of the art world with evolving technology and emphasized that with this new connectivity, anything is possible.
In terms of personal growth, D'Onofrio stressed the importance of sharing more, giving more, and accepting more, while Fuller encouraged listeners to pursue their dreams.
They both revealed their future collaborations, including a New York-themed exhibition for the Head Crash Hotel where they plan to present filmic pieces, moving portraits that tell a story.
D'Onofrio revealed their ambitious future plan to create an interactive gallery where their moving, filmic portraits could be displayed.
Despite their professional success, both artists emphasize the human aspect of their journey and inspire others to follow their artistic passions.
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E19 jrdsctt — The New Breed of AI Artist, Videogame Art, and Cheeky Glitch Fealty
"We have this urge to communicate ideas, and when words fail, we turn to other mediums." — jrdsctt
Minneapolis-born digital artist jrdsctt is a MakersPlace OG and a staple of the community with over 250 unique collectors on MakersPlace. With his Genesis Drop, jrdsctt invites a new element into his creative process: artificial intelligence.
jrdsctt joined MakersPlace as an artist in early 2019. He later became their first official ambassador, helping run the MakersPlace Discord server alongside staff. This role eventually transitioned into an official job with the company in May of 2021.
He has been working there ever since, helping build the MakersPlace community during the day, and glitching dystopian worlds in the evening. The web3 space has consumed most of his waking hours (and some of his unconscious hours as well).
Continuous evolution and learning are essential, as seen with jrdsctt's journey from glitch art to AI-infused creations.
The use of AI can provide fresh perspectives and expedite the creative process, even for those not typically engaged with technology.
Grounding one's work in a set structure or rules can help maintain creativity and lead to unexpected innovations.
Every art form, from traditional painting to digital glitches, seeks to communicate and connect.
Art serves as a means to interpret human existence and communicate it across generations.
E18 Christian Burke of Refik Anadol Studio — Sights, Sounds, Textures, and Data
“When it comes to the actual meaning and purpose of art, people take away whatever they want from it based on their own perspectives. What we really focus on is the human experience, allowing people to feel emotional reactions.” — Christian Burke
About Christian Burke
In this revealing interview with Pixels and Paint, we get an in-depth look into the world of data scientist Christian Burke, right-hand man to Refik Anadol. Navigating the fine lines between art, technology, and science, Burke provides insights into the future of AI in art, the intersection of sensory experiences, and the innovative projects he's been a part of. For those intrigued by the melding of technology and creativity, this conversation is an illuminating deep dive.
Christian Burke (@christianburke0) is a contemporary artist operating at the intersection of art and technology. As a key collaborator with Refik Anadol and a leader at the AI and data science teams, Burke has been instrumental in numerous groundbreaking projects that blend the realms of AI, sensory experiences, and visual art.
With a background in data science and machine learning, he's been at the forefront of initiatives that explore the latent space of AI, the application of technology in creating multisensory experiences, and the democratization of AI tools for a wider audience.
Christian's involvement in significant projects like Unsupervised at MoMA and his first project with RAS, Machine Hallucinations NYC showcases his influential position in the art-tech landscape.
The trajectory of AI's growth is influenced by its increasing accessibility to a broader audience.
AI in the coming years will focus on broader accessibility while emphasizing transparency and ethical operations.
Refik Anadol's studio is working on converting AI-generated images into corresponding scents and textures, pushing the boundaries of sensory experiences.
The future holds exciting prospects for AI in art, with projects like Dataland and collaborations like the one at The Sphere in Las Vegas.
Refik Anadol Studio is set to unveil "Dataland" in 2024, an innovative intersection of technology and art.
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