Thu, 29 September 2016
Jodie Hollander is on the show today. She's an American poet whose career really started in the UK, and she's currently staying in Santa Barbara through the good graces of the Morris Squire Foundation. You might remember hearing about them from a few episodes back when I interviewed Kathy Kissik. She had several appearances and readings coming up and we're very lucky she reads some of her works on this show, including My Dark Horses, the title of her upcoming collection.
In this interview we talk about her upbringing, fighting against the trends of poetry, living in the UK, and the preponderance of horses in her works.
You can find her on the web at jodiehollander.com and her books wherever fine poetry is sold.
Wed, 21 September 2016
Painter of the L.A. Watershed, Devon Tsuno!
Last Friday, Devon Tsuno's show "Los Angeles River: Urban Reclamation" opened at Santa Barbara City College's Atkinson Gallery, and it will be up until December 2.
Devon is an up and coming Los Angeles- based artist and this one-man show explores the vitality of the Los Angeles River in vibrant, sometimes neon bright canvases that are somewhere between figurative and abstract.
They're also heavily layered so much the paint looks like cut out paper. Just before the opening, I was able to sit down with Devon and talk to him about this recent work, his life in L.A., and his love of fishing.
He also works with the Theodore Payne Foundation, which introduces native plants back into their former areas.
Wed, 14 September 2016
Magical realist painter Frank Kirk!
Painter Frank Kirk is on the show today! For years, since his early retirement, he’s been painting these beautiful, mysterious canvases, a cross between David Lynch and Edward Hopper, and he was just doing them for himself. But Frank Goss of Sullivan Goss gave him a show a year or so ago, and it was a revelation.
This was an artist I assumed was from the East Coast (which is kind of correct) and was well known (which was wrong.) Turns out he lives here and after talking with Frank Goss a bit, I was introduced to Frank Kirk and soon, I was heading high up into hills of Santa Barbara to record this interview.
This was a cool chat with a guy who for many years worked in the kind of office and time period you see on Mad Men, so I asked a lot about that. There’s plenty in here for you to dig on, and it’s a shorter than usual talk.
Frank Kirk is of an older generation, and completely unheard of, but I think he’s a gem. The only real place online to find him is Sullivan Goss’ page for him.
And this podcast.
Fri, 9 September 2016
Thaniel Ion Lee, artist!
Today on the show we have artist Thaniel Ion Lee, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, and who was recently in Santa Barbara for the opening of his show at SBCAST, called New Cosmic Horrors, that shows through the end of September.
These are mind-blowing grotesqueries in black and white, filled with body horror and freaky stuff, and you need to check it out.
He was brought here by Maiza Hixson, and she arranged this sit-down chat in a very echoey room. Maybe you can imagine we're talking in some awesome cave where, I dunno, black magic is performed. That sounds pretty metal.
You can find all his work over at thanielionlee.com