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Lives of the most Excellent Artists, Architects, Curators, Critics, Theorists Poets and more, like Vasari’s book updated. (Interviews with over 1200 artists and others about practice and lifestyle from Yale University radio WYBCX)

Lives of the most Excellent Artists, Architects, Curators, Critics, Theorists Poets and more, like Vasari’s book updated. (Interviews with over 1200 artists and others about practice and lifestyle from Yale University radio WYBCX)


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Lives of the most Excellent Artists, Architects, Curators, Critics, Theorists Poets and more, like Vasari’s book updated. (Interviews with over 1200 artists and others about practice and lifestyle from Yale University radio WYBCX)




Lenard Smith

Lenard Smith is a first generation Ghanaian-American interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. Smith’s Advanced Photographic Studies MFA from Bard College grounds his work in traditional practices and methodologies — his interest in tableaux pictures are derived from historical guide books that offer solutions to life or death scenarios. Smith's experimentation with sculpture comes from an urge to collect and make meaning of the natural world we inhabit and what...


Firat Erdim

Whether with chisel, cast shadow, plumb bob, or the tow-line of a kite, Erdim’s practice investigates the intersection of projection, place, and materiality to question axioms of architectural imagination. His work has been exhibited recently at the Constance Gallery at Graceland University (IA, USA), Yellow Door Gallery (IA, USA), the Spartanburg Art Museum (SC, USA), the Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz (Rome, Italy), Windor (Madrid, Spain), and the Royal Danish Academy of...


Sophie Grant

Sophie Grant is an artist using painting, drawing, collage, and processes of transference and erasure to create energetic abstractions. In her work, foregrounds and backgrounds fluctuate with compositions that challenge depth perception. Pours of paint and crusty stains coagulate, evoking erosion and relief. Hand built ceramics punctuate fields of flatness, adding dimension to the rigid support of a wall. Her recent drawings are graphite rubbings that explore temporary physical and...


Josepha Gutelius

An award-winning poet and playwright, Josepha Gutelius made a radical switch to visual art in 2015 — inspired by an impulse to continue writing on the canvas, to convert narratives into visions. She usually works in series, each painting an interdependent expression of a particular theme. Themes such as “Shape of Water,” “School Days,” “Theater Pieces,” “Roman Elegies,” and most recently, “Inhabiting New Earth.” Her series “Silence of Nowhere” received a generous grant from the Barbara...


Mark Gerard Brogan

Mark Gerard Brogan was born in London where he studied art as an under- and post-graduate at Goldsmiths college. For over 15 years he has been living in Belgrade working as an artist and translator. As a resident in Belgrade – a foreigner in the “relaxed”, “bipolar” position of belonging – in his watercolour paintings and collages he reads society’s problems from the cracks, fractures and overlapping of socio-politico-historical phenomena. He first exhibited in Serbia in 2010 at the Belgrade...


Sutthirat Supaparinya

Sutthirat Supaparinya lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her works encompass a wide variety of mediums such as installation, objects, still and moving images. Through her works, she questions and interprets public information and reveals or question what’s structure affect her/us as a national/global citizen. Her recent projects focus on history and the impact of human activities on other humans and the landscape. Sutthirat seeks to cultivate freedom of expression through her art...


Craig Santos Perez

Craig Santos Perez is a Pacific islander poet originally from Guam. He is the author of five books of poetry and the co-editor of five anthologies. He teaches in the English department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa. The book mentioned in the interview was Habitat Threshold. Habitat Threshold (2020) unincorporated territory [lukao] (2017)


Edgar Oliver

Edgar Oliver, photo by Pavel Antonov Edgar Oliver is a writer and performer who has lived and worked in New York for many years. He started out reading his poems and performing monologues at the Pyramid night club in the early 1980's. From 1988 to 2001 he wrote and staged a series of autobiographical plays - premiering a new play almost every year in the Club at LaMama on east 4th Street. Titles include The Seven Year Vacation, The Ghost of Brooklyn, Mosquito Succulence, Motel Blue 19, and...


Slaven Lunar Kosanovic

Lunar - Photo by Sanja Tusek Slaven Kosanovic, better known as Lunar, is a Croatian graphic and street artist, philosopher and interdisciplinary person; coming to both music and art as a child, Lunar entered what would become a career as an artist in 1989 when he first picked up a spray paint can. Thirty years later, he is a unique living witness and participant in graffiti’s evolution since then as both a subculture and an art form, and the transformations of graffiti, hip hop, and...


Ward Shelley

Ward Shelley works as an artist in New York and Connecticut. He is interested in constructed worlds and intersecting narratives; how they create, mediate and inform each other. He wants to know how things really work. Shelley specializes in large projects that freely mix architecture and performance. For more than a decade, he has been collaborating with Alex Schweder, using experimental architecture to explore the dance between the designed environment and its consequences. Since 2007, the...


George Abraham

George Abraham (they/he) is a Palestinian american poet from Jacksonville, FL. They are the author of Birthright (Button Poetry) and the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press). He is a recipient of fellowships from Kundiman and the Boston Foundation, and a board member for the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI). Their poetry and nonfiction have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Baffler, The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, Mizna, and elsewhere. He currently resides on...


Michael Bazzett

Bazzett and his dog, Zeus, playing chess during the pandemic. (photo credit: Leslie Bazzett) Michael Bazzett is a poet, teacher, and translator. His debut collection of poems, You Must Remember This, won the Linquist & Vennum Prize in 2014, and his fourth collection, The Temple, was published by Bull City Press in 2020. His fifth book, The Echo Chamber, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2021. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Threepenny Review, Image, The Sun...


Tim McFarlane

Tim McFarlane is a painter based in Philadelphia, PA. His paintngs and works on paper examine the fluid and contradictory nature of memory and place, with an emphasis on color, multi-layered systems and process. His practice has extended to include wall-based painting and drawing installations, as well. Much of his work is informed by everyday observations of the visual impact of human activity and engagement with the outdoor environments of his native Philadelphia. Tim is a 1994 Temple...


Shelley Hirsch

Born and raised in East New York Brooklyn, Vocal Artist, Performer, Composer, Storyteller Shelley Hirsch, has been pushing boundaries with her unique vocal art and performance work, drawing on her life experiences, her memory and her vivid imagination for decades. She has performed her work on five continents and can be heard on more than 70 recordings. Hirsch has received prestigious awards including a John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellowship; A Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to...


Jenny Roesel Ustick

Jenny Roesel Ustick is Associate Professor of Practice and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art - DAAP at the University of Cincinnati. She holds an MFA from the same program and a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. A Cincinnati native, Ustick has become one of the most prominent muralists in her region, completing over 10 large-scale public mural projects with ArtWorks and several independent projects that include commissions from the US Soccer Federation, 21C Museum Hotel...


Tamy Ben-Tor

Studio Character 2, 2019, photo taken by Miki Carmi. Born in 1975, Jerusalem, Israel. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Tamy Ben-Tor is a graduate of The School of Visual Theatre, Jerusalem in 2001, and the M.F.A. program in Visual Art at Columbia University 2006. Using spoken word, various soundtracks, costumes, masks and wigs, Ben-Tor's videos and performances are a hysteric embodiment of her surroundings and an amplified over exaggerated interpretation of “Normal” . “My consciousness is a...


Alissa Juvan

Alissa Juvan is an accredited coach and elevatED certified pole dance instructor. A Vermont native, she moved to the UK for a number of years where she supported other artists in their creative careers through one-on-one coaching and development events before moving to Los Angeles to fulfill her own creative ambitions of being an actor. Notable acting roles include “I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance is Mine” and “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television”, in addition to writing, producing and...


Jmy James Kidd

Jmy James Kidd makes dances, textiles and community spaces. She is the founder of Pieter Performance Space in Los Angeles, CA. Choreographic commissions include REDCAT, The Kitchen, Made in LA 2014, The Broad, The Getty, Pacific Standard Time 2013. Residencies include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BOFFO, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. She is visioning a Music and Dance Temple to be built somewhere sometime in the next 10 years. She frequently collaborates with her wife,...


Tammy Nguyen

Tammy Nguyen is a multimedia artist whose work spans painting, drawing, printmaking, and publishing. Intersecting geopolitical realities with fiction, her practice addresses lesser-known histories through a blend of myth and visual narrative. She is the founder of Passenger Pigeon Press, an independent press that joins the work of scientists, journalists, creative writers, and artists to create politically nuanced and cross-disciplinary projects. Born in San Francisco, Nguyen received a BFA...


Philemona Williamson

Philemona Williamson is a narrative painter who has shown widely in the United States and abroad. Her work explores the tenuous bridge between adolescence and adulthood, encapsulating the intersection of innocence and experience at its most piercing and poignant moment. The lush color palette and dreamlike positioning of the figures ensures that their vulnerability - of age, of race, of sexual identity - is seen as strength and not as weakness. “My figures navigate a world of uncertainty as...