The Artword Podcast
Summary: The Artword Podcast is a series of dynamic interviews with artists, curators and all of the inspiring people Jenny Danielsson find around the world. Each episode focuses around a particular theme. The conversations are edited by Eric Persson.
This is an interview recorded in Swedish with the Swedish artist John-E Franzén and his wife Ulrika in conjunction with the exhibition RIDE at Gävle konstcentrum. This interview is a collaboration between Gävle Konstcentrum and The Artword Podcast.
An NFT is an ownership registry, a database for creatives to know who has made what and track the information over time. Artist Ry David Bradley speaks about his relationship with the digital, the difference between working on a screen and seeing his tapestry works. We also talk about age, the importance of knowing what’s inside and what medium will outlast us.
This is a conversation in Swedish about Swedish artist Ulrica Hydman Vallien (1938-2018) and the exhibition "Paradise Lost" at Gävle Konstcentrum, autumn 2021. Participants: Staffan Bengtsson, Jan Stene and Jenny Danielsson. This episode is a collaboration between Gävle Konstcentrum and The Artword Podcast.
This is an interview recorded in Swedish with the Danish artist Pia Rönicke in conjunction with her exhibition Drifting Woods at Gävle konstcentrum. This interview is a collaboration between Gävle Konstcentrum and The Artword Podcast. Jenny Danielsson pratar med konstnären Pia Rönicke om hennes utställningen Drivande skog som visades på Gävle Konstcentrum våren 2020.
This is an interview recorded in Swedish with the Swedish artist Sunna Hansdóttir in conjunction with her exhibition "Röd Sol Blå Rep" at Gävle Konstcentrum. This interview is collaboration between Gävle Konstcentrum and The Artword Podcast.
In this interview Shoplifter / Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir speaks about the importance of color, the relationship between drawn lines and synthetic hair and the amazing Icelandic textile tradition. She describes the pleasures of working away with her hand at the studio. Born in Iceland, Shoplifter came to New York in the 1980’s to attend grad school. 25 years on she still divides her time between the mystical island and the bustling city. Her large scale multi scenery installation Chromo Zones, made of synthetic hair, is on display at Kulturhuset in Stockholm 2021. https://theartword
Artist Debra Scacco was working on an art project about the LA River when she visited “LACI” (Los Angeles Clean Technology Incubator), and was struck by the facilities’ impressive list of equipment, including laser cutters, a horizontal band saw and a vacuum oven. Tools that are rarely available for an artist. She saw an opportunity for exchange, between the people working with various starts up on green initiatives at LACI and artists that work with climate related themes. She founded AIR LACI, an artist-in-residency program open for research lead L.A. based artists. We talk about this special program, that perhaps is more of a fellowship than a residency. https://theartword
Stockholm-born Oscar Gustave Rejander (1813–1875) relocated to the UK in the 1830s. Some twenty years later he abandoned his profession as a painter to pursue a career in photography. Karen Hellman, assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the Getty Museum talks about the medium of photography in the 1850s – what it was and what Rejlander thought that the medium could do. Rejlander’s position as an outsider allowed him to do what was not expedited, like double exposures, photographic manipulations and retouching. Today he is often referred to as the father art photography, a pioneer experimenting with the medium. We talk about his legacy and how it fits within photo history and about his wife Mary Bull, her role as a model and support running the studio in Kentish Town, London. https://theartword.com
Adee Roberson moved to Los Angeles a few years ago. We talk about her connection with the city and its tradition of experimental black artists and spirituality. In the show she presents Awolowo Road, a wall piece made in Nigeria. To be more precise in Awolowo Road in Lagos. She describes her stay in the sprawling city, the feeling of becoming a part of its bustling energy, and how the location impacted her work.
Color is the most relevant ingredient in Chelsea Boxwell’s work. She takes fondly about the similarities between house paint and shiny pink fabrics she finds around the warehouses in The L.A. Fashion District. Painting is an act, and she paints without a conception in mind. The concept of the painting comes after. Equally, the installation of her work is site-specific, in correspondence with the specific room at a specific time. Also, glitter makes everything more active and she keeps an optimistic attitude.
We all see things differently, but Heather Day filters color in a particular way. Quite late in life she found out that she has synesthesia. She works intuitively, often pushing paint around and recalls an obsession with color from an early age. Over the years her studio and paintings have grown larger. From pastels on paper, via wider brushes on canvas to murals and spray paint, her whole body is always involved in the act of painting. She speaks on how she decides when a work is finished; the evolution of a painting from the materials touching, to the making of the painting and documentation.
Ladan Sedighi creates works that gives a sense of pleasure and excitement, inviting the audience to interact with their reflection in delightful shiny surfaces. Moving around the artwork feels like being inside of a piece of jewelry, the colors changing and expanding in correspondence with the light in the room. We speak about how California has influenced her work both the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the Light and Space movement combined with aesthetics of Persian art and architecture, all important sources of inspiration.
Director of Individual Giving at MOCA, Brooke Devenney gives us some proper behind the scenes information about the role of fundraising at a large museum. She talks about different layers of engagement with the museum. How the museum invite individuals and companies to become a part of the community. We learn that she works closely with the curatorial team and the importance of a strong mission statement. MOCA is the only collection institution in Los Angeles that completely rely on private donations. Brooke has since we did the interview changed jobs. Today she is Director of Development at USC Roski School of Art and Design. https://theartword.com
#17 - Brian Chambers on Glaze
#16 - Todd Lerew on Specific Museums