Artist Decoded: "Drawing Your Own Path" with John F Simon Jr.

John F Simon Jr. is a multimedia artist and software art pioneer who work and installations are found in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others. In 2011, he collaborated with Icelandic singer Bjork to write an app for her album, Biophilia. Simon's newest publication, Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at the Crossroads of Art and Meditation, is out now by Parallax Press. Simon grew up in central Louisiana and currently lives and works in Sugar Loaf, New York.

Topics Discussed in this Episode: 

  • Creative ruts leading to personal creative breakthroughs
  • His experiences going to Brown and SVA
  • How he started to experiment with digital imaging
  • Communal VR and AR spaces
  • "Snowcrash", a book by Neal Stephenson
  • Classic panopticons
  • His research into AI
  • The "no-self" experience
  • Discussing the idea behind his book "Drawing Your Own Path"
  • Understanding and dissecting meditation
  • "Secret of the Golden Flower" (book)
  • Mindfulness being executed when the verbal and non-verbal parts of the brain sync up
  • The personal narrative
  • Bruce Lee
  • Creating your own reality

www.drawingyourownpath.com

www.numeral.com

Artist Decoded: Rebecca Farr - "Out of Nothing"

Rebecca Farr (b. 1973, Los Angeles, California)

Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Rebecca Farr recently exhibited her most recent show at Klowden Mann, Out of Nothing and was reviewed by New American Paintings. In 2015, Farr was awarded a residency at Kaus Australis in Rotterdam, and was featured in a group exhibition at Kaus in the Fall of 2015. Farr has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Houston, Istanbul, Rotterdam, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Her work is held in private collections both nationally and internationally, and she recently completed two years as faculty artist in the education department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has been developing youth driven public works. Rebecca is the founder of CREATE/ACTION, an artist driven community organizing collective based in Los Angeles.

www.rebeccafarr.com

A Live Conversation from MIND/WAVE feat. Joshua Hagler + Jarell Perry + Maja Ruznic + Yoshino

It was an honor co-hosting my first live panel on art and spirituality last weekend during MIND/WAVE in Los Angeles. 

During the talk we touched on:

  • The role of religion in our upbringing and how that informs our artistic process today
  • The importance of intuition and where it comes from
  • The spiritual as the unknown, and seeking enlightenment through art

Listen below.

This podcast episode was originally recorded in Los Angeles, CA @ NOH/WAVE on March 18th, 2017 with guest speakers Joshua Hagler, Jarell Perry, Maja Ruznic, and Yoshino.

Images by Steve Lucero

Artist Decoded: "Being Guided by The Process + Lament Asunder" with Adam Lee

Adam Lee is an Australian artist working from his country studio at the foothills of the Macedon Ranges just outside of Melbourne, Australia. His practice focuses on a re-interpretation of painting and drawing traditions and references a wide range of sources, incorporating biblical narratives, natural history, historical and colonial documentary photography, contemporary music and film, and varying literary sources. Employing new evaluations of landscape painting and old world portraiture Lee investigates humanity’s interface with the environment of the natural world and its relationship to ideas of a timeless zone of the divine.

Topics discussed in this episode: 

  • Accepting the unexpected
  • Allowing the process of creating artwork guide you
  • Embracing inspiration
  • Describes his newest body of work, "Lament Asunder"
  • Anselm Kiefer
  • Chris Ofili
  • Creative problem solving within paintings
  • Understanding writers block
  • The business side of the gallery system
  • Ben Abraham

www.adamlee.com.au

Artist Decoded: "The Warrior's Path + Developing Mental Toughness and Resilience" with Daniele Bolelli

Daniele Bolelli is an Italian-born writer, martial artist, university professor, and podcaster. He is the author of several books including On the Warrior's Path. He's also known for his podcasts History On Fire and The Drunken Taoist.

  • How martial arts and physical activity can change your life
  • Developing mental toughness
  • The ability and willingness to challenge yourself
  • Making small improvements to your life
  • Joe Rogan
  • The reasons why he started his podcasts The Drunk Taoist and History On Fire
  • Existing as yourself
  • Living an unedited existence
  • Tackling fear
  • Understanding work from a conscious perspective

Artist Decoded: "Building A Creative Community" with Brian Shevlin (Con Artist Collective), interviewed by Michael Donovan

Brian Shevlin is the owner and founder of The Con Artist Collective which is an artist community, creative co-working space and gallery founded in early 2010. The collective is located in The Lower East Side in New York City. They are an active community of creatives, curating group shows & social events, encouraging collaboration & inspiring imagination.

www.conartistnyc.com

Interviewer for this episode is photographer and podcaster, Michael Donovan.