Wed, 25 May 2016
Fine artist, illustrator and tattoo artist
Today on the show we have artist Danny Meza, who is both an amazing up and coming illustrator, mashing together Japanese and Mexican popular arts in his recent work, but he is the resident tattoo artist in downtown Santa Barbara at 805 Ink…and possibly coming to a tattoo convention near you, so check it out. I first saw Danny's work when I attended open studio at Derek Harrison's place and it turns out they share the same studio, and I really liked his Sinaloa cowboy illustration and we started talking about Japanese woodcut artists we like.
For this episode we sat down at that exact same studio and talked about his life, his time in L.A. for design school, where his art comes from, the ins and outs of tattooing, his weekly life painting salons, and more! I hope you enjoy our chat.
Tue, 17 May 2016
Today on the show we have actor Joseph Bottoms, best known for starring in television mini-series back in the day like Holocaust, soaps like Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara, and Disney’s sci-fi film The Black Hole. And he’s still acting, by the way, starring as conspiracy theorist Ray in Steven Dietz’ play Yankee Tavern currently playing here at Center Stage Theater, and the reason I was able to get him to sit down with me for this interview. I went and saw the play last Friday and it a fabulous comedy-thriller based around 9-11 conspiracy theories. And do we get into some of that? Yes we do.
If you are from Santa Barbara, you’ll also know that Joseph is one of the four Bottoms brothers, all of whom got into acting. Timothy was in The Last Picture Show and Sam--who passed away in 2008—-was in Apocalypse Now. His father Bud Bottoms is a sculptor and is best known for the dolphin sculpture at Stearns Wharf, one of the symbols of the city. So man, this is a prominent Santa Barbara family.
This was a fun interview, and I'm sorry if I didn’t get to talking about a certain show or movie, but there’s some good stories in here.
Tue, 10 May 2016
Magical realist landscape painter!
Today on the show we have painter Phoebe Brunner, whose most recent series of landscapes are showing at Sullivan Goss through May 29, and if you haven't checked out her magical realist work before, you really must get over there. Now I'm not the biggest fan of landscapes, but in the hands on an artist with an interesting, one could say skewed vision, that's something else entirely.
Her works have this very weird attention to detail, whether that's in the seeds and flowers flying through the air, or the menace of the dark colors, or her choice of odd locations and hues. I can spot a Brunner work almost immediately when she's in a group show, and it's great in this current exhibition to see all her work together. She definitely has a style that I love, so I sought her out and finally we got to sit down and talk about her work.
You'll hear in a minute how's she's a Santa Barbaran at heart, and the various artists that have influenced her along the way, along with her need for adrenaline and her various working methods. I enjoyed my chat with her and I think you will too. You can find her on the web at www.phoebebrunner.com. So check her out.
Wed, 4 May 2016
Today on the show we have painter, drummer, and musician CJ Loo, who hails from Malaysia, but has taken up residence in Santa Barbara and is bringing her Chinese brush art to galleries around town, starting with Bella Rosa Gallery, where we first met. She's a tireless promoter of her work and warm and friendly and it wasn't too long until our paths crossed and I knew she had to be a guest on the show. As you're about to hear, she's an amazing world traveler, a great collaborator, and a fantastic multi-tasker.
She just illustrated a book called Holding Demons in Small Jars, written by her friend Jasmine A Kumalah, and you'll want to hie yourself to her website where you can see a lot more examples of her work. She also has a fantastic blog there.
In this interview we talk about identifying as both Malaysian and Chinese, remixing cultures, benefits of being the oldest child, and what it's like to attend a trance music evening...and not with glowsticks and EDM.
And here's footage of her both drumming and painting: