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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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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 | 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

Matt Schaefer Interview

2/10/2014
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“There’s no place for being careful when making art.” This episode is with Rapid City, South Dakota artist, Matt Schaefer. Schaefer’s beginnings with art worked in tandem with playing music. Painting shortly took over his focus and his unique ways of studying art history was born. He let’s you in on his thoughts over an important artist that has let him down. He also share’s his feelings on planning as it relates to process. Listen for more! (Some strong language)(Original intro song by...

Duration:00:34:58

Lorri Ott Revisited

1/24/2014
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Ahtcast revisits the work of artist, Lorri Ott, in this episode. Lorri Ott and I originally spoke in February of 2012 and I thought it would be interesting to see what she has been up to in her studio as of late. We also talk about past work and how it has changed as well as how the work has, in a sense, come full circle. Thanks for listening.The artist’s website: http://lorriott.net/home.html(podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:50:48

Julie Torres, Brian Edmonds Interview: Artist as curator

9/20/2013
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To curate. To collaborate. To D.I.Y. Join ahtcast in this conversation with Julie Torres and Brian Edmonds. Both artists and curators etc. In this episode, they have shared the details of their experiences in curating along with a bit about their other projects and things on the horizon. Listen in as we are taken into how their respective projects have come together via connecting with other artists, both at home and abroad. Torres and Edmonds continue to delight with their projects and...

Duration:00:51:19

EC Interview

8/15/2013
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London based artist, EC joins ahtcast for this interview. We discuss the value of preliminary work and all of it’s different forms. EC also talks about the beginnings of a painting and how “automatic writing” plays a big part of the initial marks on the canvas. Responding intuitively and improvisation are important to EC’s process as well. Some great quotes shared in this one! Please listen for more.The artist’s website: http://untitledpainting.wordpress.com/(podcast intro/outro music by...

Duration:00:39:26

Suzanne Kammin Interview

8/11/2013
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Suzanne Kammin, a Newark, New Jersey based artist, takes us into her process and thoughts on being a painter who likes to play with the reversal of figure ground only to flip it back again. Suzanne talks about the processes she uses to “eliminate the anxiety of destroying a work.” She also speaks of her highly experimental past and what enjoying both representational and abstract painting can do to one’s process. Listen in for more.The artist’s website: suzannekamminbaron.com/(podcast...

Duration:01:06:00

Susan Carr Interview

4/29/2013
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This interview is a special one. It made it’s way into more of casual conversation, and one where Susan Carr and I interviewed each other. Carr, a Cape Cod based artist, decided to visit my home and studio. During the visit, we sat and talked about the aspects of our work and process. I found that we shared some of the same views based on the interview questions. We viewed each others work and it helped the interview along. I really enjoyed our chat and what she had to say. Thanks for...

Duration:01:01:19

David T Miller Interview

3/29/2013
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“The less thinking you do, the more freedom you have.” Join ahtcast as we are brought into the thoughts and process of Pennsylvania based artist, David T Miller. Miller describes his process as a “one person collaborative event” along with speaking of the “call and response” element of making art. Listen in and see why his work has been said to have a “twang.” Enjoy! Artist’s website: http://davidtmillerart.com/ (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:38:06

Bridget Fahy Interview

3/11/2013
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Inspiration from the ocean, weather patterns and the color of Cyprus, are all things that bring artist Bridget Fahy closer to her paintings. Fahy believes that the internet brings us to art as it’s emerging and that creative block is something one has to deal with by “riding out the storm.” Listen in. The artist’s website: http://bridgetfahy.com/ (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:16:39

Paul Urban Interview

2/28/2013
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“If I make it, I just let it live.” Explore the thoughts and process of Whittier, California artist, Paul Urban. Urban details his experimental process and how he likes to keep things fresh. He strives for his work to be immediate and not heavy-handed, and pulls a great deal of inspiration from Nature. Talk a listen! The Artist’s website: https://paulurban.artspan.com/ (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips) (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah...

Duration:00:38:29

Dennis Michael Jones Interview

2/19/2013
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Michigan artist, Dennis Michael Jones, details his inspirations and process. Jones goes into the importance of making notations to fuel his work, and how he respects the digital side of making art. He works with both text and spacial explorations with color and abstraction, and feels that there is an inherent “directness” with words and a “slippery meaning” when dealing with abstraction. Take a listen! (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:31:40

Inga Dalrymple Interview

1/29/2013
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Step inside the art and process of Sydney, Australia artist, Inga Dalrymple. She describes her process as “building a character up” and how intuition plays a big role while working. Dalrymple also feels that art school “gave me my voice and my eye.” Listen in. The Artist’s website: http://ingadalrymple.net/home.html (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:27:52

Connie Goldman Interview

1/26/2013
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Join ahtcast in this interview with California based artist, Connie Goldman. Goldman goes on to say that “Work comes from the work” and “It’s healthy to stretch out in different directions.” Her work appears to move in space and are very inspiring. Take a listen. The Artist’s website: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conniegoldman (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:30:51

Loren Munk Interview

2/6/2012
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Join ahtcast with NY based Artist Loren Munk. Munk speaks on the importance being aware of what else is being made in the Artworld and how it is essential to build a “tribe” and support your fellow Artist. Artist’s website: www.lorenmunk.com (podcast intro/outro music: Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:58:17

Caroline Doherty Interview

1/10/2012
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Rhode Island based Artist, Caroline Doherty, sits with me to discuss the nuances of her work and practice. Join ahtcast in this conversation on surprise, interaction and communication. Artist website: http://www.carolinedohertystudio.com/ (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:01:19:35

Clare Price Interview

10/19/2011
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London based Artist, Clare Price, discusses her practice, inspirations and techniques. Spare, yet complex works that bridges the gap between digital and physical Art. Paintings that take a dimensional existence within the two-dimensional format. Great Art quotes in this one, thanks. Artist Website: www.clareprice.com (podcast intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Duration:00:35:44

Damien Hoar de Galvan Interview

9/28/2011
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Picking up a riff - and/or, spell-check will save me - and/or, text me baby. Communication and feedback. Sometimes through my headphones. Other times via the click of the mouse. Color, material etc. can make you laugh sometimes. The work and thoughts of Boston based Artist Damien Hoar de Galvan. artist website: http://damienhoardegalvan.com/ (podcast intro music: Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips. In the episode is also the music of Joan of Arc)

Duration:00:51:29