Tue, 25 August 2015
Multi-media artist and Funk Zone resident!
I met Philip Koplin through Dan Levin, because the two have shared a studio down in the corner of the FunkZone, right next to some dumpsters, in a room that used to be a refrigeration unit, then a wine storage room.
Koplin is an assemblage artist like Levin is, but he also works in monotype, and is the first guy I knew who used Yupo paper, a strange plastic sheet that he's been experimenting with for some time. (He gave me a sheet, I still don't know what to do with it.)
In our limited conversations I knew there was a whole lot more to this artist's life story, so I got to sit down with him one day in a shed at the back of the Green House, the gallery that is co-inhabited by Koplin's wife, Virginia McCracken, along with Erika Carter, Donna Ayscough, and Liz Brady. Thanks to them for giving us space. (Refrigeratir units still have a noisy motor for some reason, so we had to move.)
Koplin talks about his Coney Island upbringing, his adventures on the road and during the Vietnam War, Santa Barbara in the '80s, and how every generation tries to figure out how to help Santa Barbara Artists. It's a great chat with the added bonus of traffic noise nearby and...wait for it...a bird.
As I say in the introduction, you can check out Koplin's work at his upcoming open studio on Sept. 18, 2015 at Koplin/Levin,206 Gray Ave.
He's also on the web here.
Tue, 18 August 2015
Screenwriter, mystery novelist, and co-creator of Where the Bears Are
I met Rick Copp one day when one of my best friends from my high school days came to town to stay. They were friends and Rick had given him a lift up to SB from LA, so the three of us had lunch. Years later, Mr. Copp is a guest on our show, which I recorded while in Palm Springs.
A few years back, Rick and two of his writing/acting buddies got the idea to write a comedy murder mystery featuring their type of man, and so Where the Bears Are came to be. At first shot on a shoestring budget, it's turned into an international success of a web series. It's rude, naughty, camp, and very silly. They are set to premiere Season 4 this coming Sunday, August 23. Here's the trailer (NSFW!)
Rick Copp has been writing for television since he joined the writers room of The Golden Girls at age 24. He went on to co-write The Brady Bunch Movie, as well as many episodes of childrens TV including Teen Titans and Scooby Doo.
This episode has more laughs per minute than a nitrous oxide factory, so please enjoy!
Sun, 9 August 2015
Abstract painter of dots and more!
As you do in Santa Barbara, I was down in the Funk Zone for a series of gallery openings and ran into Giuliana Mottin and her work. An abstract artist who has turned recently to dotted paint canvases, Mottin spends her time between New York and Santa Barbara.
We have a nice long chat about her travels, working on Ridley Scott's Hannibal, and whether gallery representation can work for the up-and-coming artist.
Her website is here.
Wed, 5 August 2015
Santa Barbara's historian
I've interviewed Neal Graffy a few times, most recently for an article about the 90th anniversary of the Santa Barbara Earthquake, so I used that opportunity to invite him on the show. An affable gent, as you will soon here, Graffy's knowledge is encyclopedic about our fair city, and we barely get going when our hour is up.
Graffy has several books available at his site, including Santa Barbara: Then and Now, Historic Santa Barbara, and Street Names of Santa Barbara, all of which are essential if you want to know why our city is the way it is!
His upcoming book is The Great Santa Barbara Earthquake: The Disaster That Built a City, out sometime later this year.
He has another site under his name, which may not be as recently updated, but has different info.