Brian Alfred sits down with artists and musicians in galleries and their studios to discuss their process and inspiration in their creative life.
Episode 337 / Michelle Blade
Michelle Blade is an artist born in Los Angeles who makes paintings and drawings documenting time, closely examining the stillness, strength, and persistence of the natural world and our relationship to it.
Recent exhibitions include her solo show "The Blue Horse" at Loyal, Stockholm (2022), and “Into the Forest” at Wilding Cran Gallery, Los Angeles (2020). Some recent group exhibitions include When The Sun Loses It’s Light at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles(2022); High Voltage 3 at The Nassima-Landau Project, Tel Aviv, Israel (2022); Machines of Desire at Simon Lee, London (2022); “If you Forget My Name I will go Astray) at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles (2022), and “My Secret Garden” at Asia Art Center curated by Emilia Yin and Melanie Ouyang Lum (Taipei).
She has also exhibited at Anat Ebgi (LA), La Loma Gallery, (LA); The Pit (LA), WOAW Gallery (Hong Kong), Make Room (Los Angeles), F2T Gallery, (Milan); The Center for Contemporary Arts (Santa Fe), The Bonnefanten Museum (Netherlands), Jack Hanley, Roberts & Tilton (Los Angeles), and The Torrance Art Museum (Los Angeles). Blade’s work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The Paris Review, Juxtapoz, The California Sunday Magazine, and Art Maze. Michelle Michelle has a BA from Loyola Marymount and an MFA from the California College of the Arts, in San Francisco.
Episode 336 / Raffi Kalenderian
Raffi Kalenderian is an artist who studied painting at the University of California, in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he did artist residency at Idyllwild Arts Academy, California, and at Medium, St. Barthélemy.
Raffi uses oil paint, watercolors, graphite, and colored pencils, sometimes combined with a collage of photocopied material. His portraits show people surrounded by domestic environments; patterns of clothing and furniture build elaborate abstractions. In his work, The artist reflects on leisure and portrays a young society that seems to be always waiting for something.
Raffi has held solo shows at the Buchmann Galerie, Berlin; Galerie Peter Kilchmann, Zurich; Brand New Gallery, Milan; Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, and Black Dragon Society gallery, both in Los Angeles. His participation in group shows was notably at Setareh Gallery, Dusserdolf; Saatchi Gallery, London, and Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN and the
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.
Episode 335 / Delphine Hennelly
Delphine Hennelly received her BFA from Cooper Union in 2002 and her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Visual Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 2017. A painter, drawer and occasional printmaker, Hennelly explores figuration primarily using the female form. She is a three-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. Recent presentations include “What A Day!” a group exhibition at EveryDay Mooonday (Seoul, Korea); “Fluuuuudio,” a group exhibition curated by Edoardo Monti presented at Cassina Projects (Milano, Italy); a participation in David Zwirner’s Platform; and the solo “Beguiling Tedious Hours” at Pangée (Montreal, Canada). In November 2022, she will have a solo at Carvalho Park (New York, New York). She recently completed a residency at Palazzo Monti (Brescia, Italy). She lives and works in Montreal and is represented by Pangée.
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Episode 334 / Iliodora Margellos
Iliodora Margellos is an artist born in Minneapolis who lives and works in Athens, Greece. She graduated from Yale University in 2006 with a BA in Art, and later worked at the studio of Peter Halley. She expanded her artistic practice with studies in photography and printmaking at the Columbia School of Arts and drawing at the Salzburg Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. Selected solo exhibitions include: ‘Bedroom Situation (Up in the Air)’ at Enter, Dio Horia Gallery, Copenhagen; ‘One Sun For All’ at Dio Horia Gallery, Mykonos; ‘Francesca Gabbiani | Iliodora Margellos‘ at Baert Gallery, Los Angeles. Selected group exhibitions include: ‘(Home) Situation Afloat‘ at Frieze LA, Baert Gallery, Los Angeles; ‘Tyranny: A Modern Intimacy’, 61st Thessaloniki International Film Festival at The Project Gallery, Athens; ‘Summer Group Exhibition’ at Baert Gallery, Los Angeles; ‘Notions of Female Leadership’ at Dio Horia Gallery & Art Virtual Online, Athens; Future Fair, Dio Horia Gallery, Online edition, Artsy; ‘Omega to Alpha’, at the Museum of Modern Greek Culture, Athens. Her work has been featured in the FT ‘How To Spend It’ issue in September 2020. In 2021, she won the Ruya Maps finalist prize for the Spirit Issue of Creative Cities Project open call, Athens.A note, we talk a bit about blankets in the beginning of the pod. For reference“Securities”, or security blankets, are her ongoing series of thread-on-iron-mesh embroideries. She reimagines these symbols of childhood vulnerability and post-partum co-dependency as rigidly metallic - yet malleable - wire mesh screens decoratively penetrated by brightly-hued islands of delicate thread.
Episode 333 / Jose Lerma
Jose Lerma was born in Spain and grew up in Puerto Rico. He earned an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Madison and BA from Tulane University, and attended the CORE Residency Program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, ME. He lives and works in Chicago and San Juan, Puerto Rico. His work has been in solo exhibitions at the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de San Juan, Puerto Rico, among others; as well as in group exhibitions at the Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Institute Valecia d’art Modern, Spain; Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico; Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; and Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX, and others. His work has been written about extensively in the press, including in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Artforum.
Episode 332 / Casey Cook
Casey Cook received her masters degree from the University of California Los Angeles. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, NYC and NC at galleries and museums including Dan Bernier Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, I-20, Branch Gallery, Light Art and Design, LUMP Gallery and The Nasher Museum. Her most recent solo show, Kissing The Scarecrow, was in May of this year at Shrine in NYC.
Cook works in a multitude of genres including sculpture, video, film, music and predominately painting.
She was a founding members of the art rock band Americans in France and currently fronts Sunny Slopes. She is working on a solo album of her music collaborations to be released in 2023.
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Its wonderful listening to you speak with artists on their process and work. Inspiring and thought provoking. Thanks.