Claire Morgan is an artist born in Belfast and currently living in Newcastle. She is known for her sculpture made with taxidermy and plastic crumbs but also for her watercolor and more recently paintings. From her studio at home, she shares with us how she dealt with the lockdown and how it affected her creative process. Her work gives importance to nature, death and time ; in the interview Claire Morgan talks about how she sees the world currently through her artist lens. She also talks about this crisis as an opportunity to experiment and accelerate an artwork’s evolution. This episode will allow you to deep dive into a beautiful artist’s mind.
Todd Hido is an American photographer known for his pictures of suburban landscapes taken during solitary, long drives. He also produced interior photos and portraits using a wide range of pros and amateur cameras. His style is summed up in one of his famous quotes “I shoot like a documentarian, but I print like a painter.”His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Getty, the Whitney Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York amongst many more. We’ll discuss here about his creative process in general and under the lockdown as well as his experience with the situation. Moreover he Todd Hido will talk about his vision of photography and today’s society using the examples of Walker Evans or Dorothea Lange.
With a bottle-feeded generation with mainstream culture, bombarded with clips, ads, magazines and blockbusters, the artist Eric Yahnker rushes into the breach without a net and without complex. Ace of the pencil, he draws 2 meters high lampoons that jeopardizes religion, politics, icons and symbols of today’s America with a stunning realism. Provocateur (or genuine) and without restraint, he was animator for the South Park movie after graduating from Cal Arts and has done the animation for the Seinfeld DVDs bonus. Trained in a school of journalism, he worships cartoonists like Paul Conrad, Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, but also cites Woody Allen and Mel Brooks as references. His works offer a double reading, from the simple visual impact of its giant drawings to their meaning and look on American society. Whatever our perception as long as we see his works as he defines himself “political, stubborn, absurd, sarcastic, cerebral, perverted, jack-ass with a heart of golden testicles.”
Alain Servais is a contemporary art collector based in Belgium. He started his collection in the 90’s with photographs by Nan Goldin or Andres Serrano. He is known for attending numerous art fairs and for defending independent art galleries. Now The Servais Family Collection features several hundred works from international artists working in a variety of mediums, including digital art, and with one notable distinction, there are no paintings. As an entrepreneur in banking and finance, Alain Servais is also an accurate observer of the art market and a very active commentator of the art world through articles and social networks.
Rajendra Roy is the Chief Curator of Film at the MoMa, he worked on exhibitions such as Wim Wenders, Tim Burton, Bruce LaBruce, Mike Nichols, and was a jury member or in the selection committee of numerous festivals such as Sundance, SXSW and the Berlin film festival. The Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Film has one of the strongest international collections of motion pictures in the world, totaling more than 30,000 films between the permanent and study collections. (Films by artists like Fernand Léger, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol.)