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Hello Listeners, Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: "aht" for "art". It’s ahtcast. Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc. The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it. I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening. Please visit: www.ahtcast.com for more on each artist. ("explicit" only because some artists use so many darn swear words).

Hello Listeners, Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: "aht" for "art". It’s ahtcast. Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc. The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it. I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening. Please visit: www.ahtcast.com for more on each artist. ("explicit" only because some artists use so many darn swear words).
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Hello Listeners, Welcome. My name is Phillip J. Mellen and I hail from the state of Massachusetts, USA. Hence the ‘Bostonian accent’ stand-in: "aht" for "art". It’s ahtcast. Ahtcast is a word, a partially made up word. It is a podcast. It is a podcast that aims to discover the passions, through the investigation of process, of the artist and their work, studio practice and inspirations etc. The backbone of each interview is the set of questions that are asked in each interview. They are a vehicle for dialogue. They are designed to gain insights and are a catalyst for open conversation. These questions often yield some very personal stories behind why artists do what they do and how they do it. I hope you enjoy the content shared in these interviews. Thank you for listening. Please visit: www.ahtcast.com for more on each artist. ("explicit" only because some artists use so many darn swear words).

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English


Episodes

Revisited: Sabine Tress and Phillip J. Mellen in Conversation

10/31/2017
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Words of the day: pink. zen. sad. challenge. change. contrast. Sabine Tress, painter based in Cologne, Germany returns to ahtcast for this episode. Having originally been interviewed back in 2013, I thought it was time to check in with Sabine to talk about changes, feelings on the studio, paintings, methods and materials, relationships to other artists etc. You'll find this recording to be more of a collaboration between Sabine and myself. Custom questions were brought to the table on...

Duration:01:20:58

Kat Knutsen Interview | Working on the Loving Vincent film

9/9/2017
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Words of the day: brushstroke. animate. palette. blue. technique. New Bedford, Massachusetts based artist Kat Knutsen joins ahtcast to talk about her experience working on the Loving Vincent film. Loving Vincent is an animated film, telling an important part of the Vincent van Gogh story, using oil paintings created in the style of the artist himself. Working at the film's painting studio in Gdansk, Poland for a number of months, Knutsen was immersed in the production that turned out...

Duration:00:21:43

Kat Knutsen Interview | Works on the Loving Vincent film

9/9/2017
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Words of the day: brushstroke. animate. palette. blue. technique. New Bedford, Massachusetts based artist Kat Knutsen joins ahtcast to talk about her experience working on the Loving Vincent film. Loving Vincent is an animated film, telling an important part of the Vincent van Gogh story, using oil paintings created in the style of the artist himself. Working at the film’s painting studio in Gdansk, Poland for a number of months, Knutsen was immersed in the production that turned out...

Duration:00:21:43

Katie Wynne Interview | Part Two

4/3/2017
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Words of the day: perimeter. definition. koan. bottomless. whir. Welcome to part two of the interview with Katie Wynne. Katie is based in Philadelphia and is currently installing work for her two person show, with Haynes Riley, titled "Familiars" that opens at Sediment Arts in Richmond, Virginia on Friday April 7th 2017. In this episode we discuss, at length, elements of the installation as part of Familiars. We also extend the conversation to include some of the inspiration affecting...

Duration:01:05:21

Katie Wynne Interview | Part One

4/2/2017
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Words of the day: stasis. gizmo. banal. abandon. escape. Welcome Philadelphia based installation artist, Katie Wynne. Here during part one we weave through some of the work leading up to Katie's latest work in her forthcoming two person show, with artist Haynes Riley, titled "Familiars" at Sediment Arts in Richmond, Virginia on April 7th 2017. We will discuss where Katie is coming from with the work, as well as my interpretations. Thanks for joining us. Installation view of...

Duration:00:28:43

Petra Nimtz Interview

1/23/2017
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Words of the day: shape. spontaneous. line. palatte. materials. Welcome. In this episode, Woodstock, NY based artist Petra Nimtz shares thoughts and experiences in art making, and maintaining a studio while moving around over the years. She also has a thing or two to say about art training, both in school, and on ones own. Petra gives us a window into her inherent practice that utilizes creative freedom in the sweep of her studio. Listen in for more! The artist's website:...

Duration:00:25:59

Kevin P. Kelly Interview

9/25/2016
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Words of the day: drawing. ubiquitous. immortalize. conflict. Wichita , KS based painter, Kevin P. Kelly shares his thoughts and working methods used in his Sketch Of the Day project. Irony, humor, and tension are just a few elements considered when picking objects to paint for Kevin in this series. Listen in as he describes the deconstructing of objects in his compositions and what that means to him as the artist. Thanks for listening! (some strong language). (Original...

Duration:00:39:12

Kimberly Rowe Interview

5/20/2016
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Words of the day: discovery. palindrome. jazz. illusion. intuitive. Oakland, California based artist, Kimberly Rowe, is the guest for this interview. Kimberly shares elements of her working practices including working on the floor, for larger pieces, which stems from her childhood, how a specific song helps to shape her painting philosophy, and the importance and lasting impression Graduate School has in her studio time to this day. Listen in for more! The artist's website:...

Duration:01:13:17

Joanne Freeman Interview

2/3/2016
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Words of the day: formal. direct. witty. freshness. Ahtcast is back. This time I spoke with NYC artist, Joanne Freeman. Inspirations, community vs. isolation in art school, and working in a series are all the topics discussed. Listen in to Joanne as she also shares her thoughts the formal qualities of painting, she also talks a bit on working with the figure, yes. The artist's website: http://www.joannefreeman.net/ (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

Duration:00:31:28

Katy Stone Interview

11/6/2015
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Words of the day: parts. ontology. suggestive. gravity. distilled. Seattle based artist, Katy Stone, joins ahtcast to share her thoughts and process. Making and looking are very important to Stone's studio practice, it brings a greater spontaneous element to her work. Duality can be found in the work such as organic, and calculated gestures. Listen in as the materials used in this assemblage work are discussed and said to be falling, spreading, and unbound by the environments they dwell...

Duration:00:56:54

Sue Danielson Interview

8/18/2015
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Words of the day: mistakes. space. process. scale. conversation. Sue Danielson, painter based in Seattle, joins me in this conversation about her work and the experiences that surround it. Process, process, process is the main element keeping Danielson's practice together and quietly strong. Listen in as she details her fascination with printmaking and experimentation. The artist's website: http://www.suedanielson.net/ (Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen)

Duration:00:29:56

Martina Nehrling Interview

6/8/2015
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Words of the day: optimism. audible. flying. direct. whale. Martina Nehrling, painter based in Chicago, joins ahtcast to talk process, scale of the work, and how some pieces require a lot of "think time." Martina Nehrling also shares her reasons for wanting to have had the chance to speak with a special list of artists who's work means a lot to her and her being an artist. Please tune in as I also share my thoughts on the work, as well as which musical act I feel would make an appropriate...

Duration:00:57:29

Jamey Hart Interview

5/31/2015
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Words of the day: weird. snow. cat. chewing gum. shift. color. Jamey Hart is an artist, poet, and musician based in Cleveland, OH. In this interview we talk about his ways of working with materials, and the relationship of those materials, to his hands, and to the viewer. It's a journey that Hart himself hopes to meet the viewer on the other side of the works in a relatively close proximity. These encounters occur somewhere in a conversation of honest, and somewhat unfinished works,...

Duration:00:37:32

Brenda Hope Zappitell Interview

9/22/2014
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Words of the day: intuitive. doodle. travel. process. environment. Splitting her studio time between Santa Fe, NM and Delray Beach, FL, Brenda Hope Zappitell finds her work heavily influenced and inspired by travel and life experiences. Family and scheduling studio time are also part of the gig. Movement, gesture and energy all come to mind as Zappitell translates these factors into her expressions in paint. Listen in as she shares the details of her studio practices and...

Duration:00:19:28

Jennifer Shepard Interview

9/8/2014
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Words of the day: simultaneous. absurd. journey. celebration. intervention. Brooklyn, NY artist, Jennifer Shepard joins ahtcast and shares a bit on her art and practice. Early on, Shepard was active in both art and music, and thought it was tough to decide which to focus on. As an artist in adult life, things appear to be a little clearer in the way that location, art community, and an organic studio practice all help contribute to success as an artist. Listen in for more. The artist's...

Duration:00:46:24

Ian White Williams Interview

6/23/2014
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Words of the day: immediacy. environment. intimate. respond. This interview is with Ian White Williams. With roots as a sculptor, Williams finds himself drawing and painting as of late. He gives us a history of 'why the shift to painting?' Also in this interview, Ian shares what has helped him stay connected and current on what is going on in contemporary painting, and how this continues to be valuable to him today. Listen in for more! The artist's website:...

Duration:00:59:07

Adam Lovitz Interview

5/20/2014
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Words of the day: immediate. energy. inform. nature. color. This interview is with Philadelphia based painter, Adam Lovitz. We dig in and talk a bit about education and how Lovitz was encouraged to create daily while growing up. Balancing work and painting can be a challenge, listen in as he shares how he has dealt with that issue. Nature also comes up and we talk the importance of it's image in painting. Lovitz also shares his thoughts and practices in color, space and dealing with...

Duration:01:03:52

Fiona Stanbury Interview

3/18/2014
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Words of the day: shape. space. arrangement. up-side-down. London based artist, Fiona Stanbury, shares her thoughts on painting and process in this interview. Inspiring to Stanbury, early on, was her time living in Africa, she details that the "Colors, deep shadows and..." were part of what she took away from her time there. Also inspirational was her studies under painter, Stass Paraskos, who was teaching at Cyprus College of Art Lemba. Stanbury has some nice words about Paraskos, who...

Duration:00:38:48

Stephen Wright Interview

3/2/2014
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Words of the day: grid. imagination. fundamental. intentional, and pair. Stephen Wright, based in Kentucky, is a painter deeply moved by color, not just any color, but greys. Wright talks at length about his relationship with the perceived meaning of his work by others and would prefer... As one who works on a number of series at once, Wright is interested in how each approach has it's independence as well as.... Listen in for more(some strong language). The artist's tumblr blog:...

Duration:00:32:57

Podcasting Painters: David A. Linneweh and Phillip J. Mellen

2/14/2014
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Words of the day: share. stories. share. community building. share. David A. Linneweh joins ahtcast to share his experiences as host of the esteemed Studio Break podcast. Linneweh talks about the beginning of his podcast and how it has grown to enrich his own studio practice as a painter. Listen in as we both express some of the rewards and inspiring aspects of hosting an artist interview podcast. Thanks for listening! (Some strong language) Studio Break host, David A....

Duration:00:45:18