Tue, 30 December 2014
Today we sit down with a fixture of Santa Barbara's art scene, whether you've seen his brutal but cartoony canvases, gone to his annual Reindeer Art Show, know him for his early '80s band The Tan, or just met him around town.
As of September 2014, he became the head of the Santa Barbara Arts Fund, which helps place teens with mentors from printmaking to sculptors. Brad is a guy who thinks out of the box naturally, being raised by two artists, abstract expressionist Ken Nack and "naive" artist Joan Main. You'll see how he turns the entire interview into a statement of his art in the end...it's clever!
Object of Knowledge, a work by Ken Nack, Brad's father
Tue, 23 December 2014
On today's podcast I sit down with philosopher Tam Hunt to talk about Panpsychism, a school of thought that tries to collect science and spirituality together and find a common ground. When Tam's book "Eco, Ero, Eros" came past my desk I was intrigued for two reasons: he was taking the macro/micro ideas found in Buddhism and linking it to science in fascinating ways, and he had a few things to say about creativity...on a molecular level. I gave him a call and despite neither of us knowing each other, we set up an interview quickly. I hope you enjoy our chat and check out his book.
Topics discussed in this podcast:
I also asked Tam to recommend his top ten favorite books:
Mr. Hunt lives in Santa Barbara and runs Community Renewable Solutions LLC. Let me just cut and paste from his site: "Hunt is an attorney with substantial experience in California regulatory law and policy, specializing in renewable energy and energy efficiency policy. His regulatory work takes him to the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board, and occasionally to Sacramento to watch sausage-making in action. He is also a Lecturer in climate change law and policy and renewable energy law and policy at UC Santa Barbara."
So, yeah, he's doing good work.
By the way, subscribers to the podcast now receive my weekly newsletter "Friday Document Dump" (guess when it comes out!). Blatantly borrowing an idea from another podcaster, I provide 10 links to things I found interesting this week, from essays to artist portfolios, videos and more. Look for it!!
Tue, 16 December 2014
Good day to you all, Funkee Homosapiens!
Dug Uyesaka has been making art in Santa Barbara since the '70s and trained under an impressive roster of instructors during his time at UCSB. A really swell guy to talk to, I've seen Dug out and about in SB since I started hanging around the wine-and-cheese peeps that congregate at art openings, and he's always got time to talk. So that made her perfect podcast invitation material. But because information about him is scant, I used this interview to really unearth his background, and by gum we did!
In this chat we go into a lot of Californian and American history, then wind up talking about art and teaching.
Topics discussed include:
Dug really doesn't have much of a web presence...maybe he'll ask one of his students to bash together a site for him. Hey, it's what we call extra credit in the teaching biz. In the meantime, here's his Facebook page.
Wed, 10 December 2014
Welcome back, Funky people!
Tue, 2 December 2014
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