29 episodes

The "Raising the BAAR" in Art and Culture podcast consists of six full episodes accompanied by soundbites which amplify experiences of artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators as they maneuver through the exclusive world of art. What works? What is changing in today's visual art ecosystem? This podcast series is a production by Startup42 Media, and is supported by the Sparks Fund, BAAR ART Journey / Residency and UNITED17 Ventures. "Raising the BAAR" podcast is created and produced by Jewell Sparks (c) 2022 Image courtesy of Jewell Sparks, The Sparks Family, Inclusion Factors Collection

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The "Raising the BAAR" in Art and Culture podcast consists of six full episodes accompanied by soundbites which amplify experiences of artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators as they maneuver through the exclusive world of art. What works? What is changing in today's visual art ecosystem? This podcast series is a production by Startup42 Media, and is supported by the Sparks Fund, BAAR ART Journey / Residency and UNITED17 Ventures. "Raising the BAAR" podcast is created and produced by Jewell Sparks (c) 2022 Image courtesy of Jewell Sparks, The Sparks Family, Inclusion Factors Collection

    It's All About The Energy!

    It's All About The Energy!

    "I like what is happening in the NFT space because it promotes community. It does not make sense to me that people can buy your works then turn around and flip it to take care of their family, but the artist and their family is not also taken care of. The utilizations of new technologies can help to minimize this." Solo the Artist
    During this full episode, Jewell Sparks of BAAR Art Journey and Residency / UNITED17 Ventures sits down with Solo the Artist to discuss his creative process and the importance of collaboration.  They discuss the impacts of being supported by positive environments, working on teams and creating via listening to your inner self and our ancestors. 
    About Solo the Artist
    Solo the Artist is a LA based multidisciplinary artist that was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. Playing basketball in college and then overseas in Denmark gave him essential tools that has been the foundation of his journey. After a career ending injury he then took his passion for storytelling to the screen to become an actor in television and film working on projects such as Alieu the Dreamer, Top Gun Maverick, Young and the Restless, Hawaii Five-O and Bosch. Acting prepared him with many vehicles of expression, especially the ability to be completely vulnerable which allowed him to find his true passion of becoming a contemporary artist. Solo creates abstract figurative work through a multilayer language of wisdom that he calls “F.E.E.L.” A process in which Solo describes as, “Creating art through being a vessel of (F)aith to possess the (E)nergy of (E)mpowerment through (L)ove. We all have a story and I want that to be reflected in every piece represented.” Solo tells short stories in different mediums that are divinely delivered in that moment and energetically translated creatively by giving it a voice.
    Cover Art: Solo the Artist, We are all just figuring it our as we go, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48 in

    • 45 min
    The Importance of Collaboration

    The Importance of Collaboration

    During this voice bite, Solo the Artist talks about being a team player. He points out that not everyone has the same strengths. This is a good thing. Find and align with those who complement your strengths. 
    Solo the Artist is a LA based multidisciplinary artist that was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. Playing basketball in college and then overseas in Denmark gave him essential tools that has been the foundation of his journey. After a career ending injury he then took his passion for storytelling to the screen to become an actor in television and film working on projects such as Alieu the Dreamer, Top Gun Maverick, Young and the Restless, Hawaii Five-O and Bosch. Acting prepared him with many vehicles of expression, especially the ability to be completely vulnerable which allowed him to find his true passion of becoming a contemporary artist. Solo creates abstract figurative work through a multilayer language of wisdom that he calls “F.E.E.L.” A process in which Solo describes as, “Creating art through being a vessel of (F)aith to possess the (E)nergy of (E)mpowerment through (L)ove. We all have a story and I want that to be reflected in every piece represented.” Solo tells short stories in different mediums that are divinely delivered in that moment and energetically translated creatively by giving it a voice.
    Cover Art: Solo the Artist, We are all just figuring it our as we go, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48 in

    • 1 min
    Reflecting Upon the Introduction to Simone Leigh

    Reflecting Upon the Introduction to Simone Leigh

    During this voice bite, Solo the Artist thanks BAAR ART Journey and Residency for posting information regarding Simone Leigh's representation of the United States at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia in 2022. 

    Simone Leigh's "Sovereignty" was focused on Black femme subjectivity. Simone Leigh's Birmingham (2012) was estimated to be worth 150,000 - 200,000 USD and was auctioned off at Sotherby's on May 19, 2022 for 2,167,500 USD. Birmingham was created by Simone Leigh to represent the resilience of Black women and the Church Bombing of 1963, a racially motivated attack that claimed the lives of four young Black girls and was a catalyst for the civil rights movement.

    This year, Leigh became the first Black woman to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion for her presentation in the Arsenal. According to Sotherby's Birmingham is a masterful example of Leigh’s elegantly defiant exploration of Black female resilience and regality that establish her as a quintessential voice of American art today. 



    About Solo the Artist 

    Solo the Artist is a LA based multidisciplinary artist that was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. Playing basketball in college and then overseas in Denmark gave him essential tools that has been the foundation of his journey. After a career ending injury he then took his passion for storytelling to the screen to become an actor in television and film working on projects such as Alieu the Dreamer, Top Gun Maverick, Young and the Restless, Hawaii Five-O and Bosch. Acting prepared him with many vehicles of expression, especially the ability to be completely vulnerable which allowed him to find his true passion of becoming a contemporary artist. Solo creates abstract figurative work through a multilayer language of wisdom that he calls “F.E.E.L.” A process in which Solo describes as, “Creating art through being a vessel of (F)aith to possess the (E)nergy of (E)mpowerment through (L)ove. We all have a story and I want that to be reflected in every piece represented.” Solo tells short stories in different mediums that are divinely delivered in that moment and energetically translated creatively by giving it a voice. 

    Cover Art: Solo the Artist, We are all just figuring it our as we go, 2021, Acrylic on canvas, 30 x 48 in

    • 40 sec
    To Be Or Not To Be Represented

    To Be Or Not To Be Represented

    "So many artists want to be signed that they don't think about their legacy." Steven Terrell Cogle
    During this Jewell Sparks and Steven Terrell Cogle discuss his career as an artist and thoughts on the pros and cons of art gallery representation. Steven is a veteran and describes his art as tribal Africa intersecting with urban blight. Steven is based in Los Angeles, and spends a lot of time traveling across the globe creating artworks. Jewell and Steven discuss artists who have inspired him such as Picasso, Jackson Pollock and other great masters. Steven reflects on the time he had a presence at Art Basel Miami, and the impact it had on his career. He creates to leave a legacy for his children and is cautious about the decisions he makes as an artist
    This pod ends our first season of “Raising the BAAR” podcast series. Thanks for tuning in.  Season 2 kicks off during the fall as we embark upon the BAAR Art Residency and Journey which takes place Fall 2022 in Berlin, Germany.  If you would like to be featured on our podcast, send an email to jewell@baaresidency.com.

    Cover Art: Steven Terrell Cogle, Phoenix, 2021, Acrylic & Oil stick on canvas 24 x 36 in. Image courtesy of Steven Terrell Cogle. This work is part of a private collection.

    • 54 min
    "Work With What You Have!

    "Work With What You Have!

    "Helping other artists is part of my artistic practice." Harold Smith
    During this episode, Jewell Sparks talks to artist Harold Smith while he is sitting in his studio in Kansas City. They discuss Harold's art journey and career transformation. Harold first started selling his art on ebay back in the day. He recently retired from teaching after 35 years of being a computer science teacher.  Throughout his dual career as a self taught artist and a teacher, he wanted to transition to teaching art, but that was not an option due to the shortage of computer science teachers within the public school system.  Since his retirement, Harold has been granted a 3 year residency by Studios Inc,and a cash grant from a Charlotte Street Foundation.  According to Harold, his work addresses the black male experience, and encounters he has had throughout his own life. Harold is a member of the African American Artists Collective, and enjoys mentoring other artists on a regular basis. 
    Harold reflects on the lives of some of his childhood buddies and expresses that childhood experiences can teach one to be less judgemental of others.  Harold's art has been collected across the globe. Most recently, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art added a piece of his art to their collection, and Harold Smith's paintings are easy to spot in the TV show "Bel - Air." You can also purchase some of Harold's work on Artsy and other platforms. 

    Cover Art: Harold Smith, Black Man, Brown Suit, 2021, Acrylic on Canvas 48 x 36in. Image courtesy of Jewell Sparks, The Sparks Family, Inclusion Factors Collection

    • 30 min
    The Meaning and Power of Inclusive Intention

    The Meaning and Power of Inclusive Intention

    During this episode, Jewell Sparks and Paul Henderson discuss several matters at hand as it relates to art, culture and society.  These two take a deep dive into how to hold art institutions, gallerists and collectors accountable for their efforts, and the sometimes unintentional, yet impactful effects of the exploitation of underrepresented artists.  Themes of significance for diverse representation are at the center of Paul's focus. Jewell ahd Paul met back in the day when she was quite involved in art and culture in the city as an event and membership Board member, and philanthropist for several art inititatives. These two reminisce about the rise and fall of the Jazz Heritage Center and Art Gallery (in which Jewell was the Development Director), the lessons learned, and the power of being a Black art collector, and community voice as it relates to art equity and inclusion for underrepresented artists.  These old pals discuss the art of collecting, art fair access, the closure of African American art institutions, and more.

    Paul Henderson Paul is a 3rd generation San Franciscan and a prominent figure in society. As a collector Mr. Henderson is focused on art that is intentional about reflecting communities of color with an advocacy lens of social justice.  His collection includes works from both emerging artists and notable blue chip luminaries. Both his home and collection are featured regularly through his media presence and the artwork is highlighted intentionally to introduce audiences to new artists and work challenging cultural stereotypes.  Moreover, Paul frequently disseminates the provenance for The Henderson Art Collection as a validation and critical review of the many emerging artists in the collection.

    Paul Henderson is the innovative leader of the award winning San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (DPA). Paul contributes weekly as a legal expert and political analyst on television, appearing in more than 500 televised programs on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, and more. Furthermore, Paul sits on the editorial board for California Lawyer Magazine and is a contributing writer to Politico.com.

    Cover Art: Idris Habib, Adjad, 2021, Acrylic and pencil on 250 gram paper, 35.8 x 28 in. Image courtesy of Paul Henderson, The Henderson Art Collection.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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