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Earth as Medium: Antti Laitinen, Artist

Conceptual artist Antti Laitinen, uses natural elements and the environment he inhabits in rural Finland to create unexpected interruptions, installations, performances, and stunning photography. Although he and his work have been referred to as "environmental" due to his use of the Earth as his primary medium, Laitinen explains that these terms aren't at the forefront of his creations. In this episode, we speak with Antti about his process and the reception of his pieces, why he chooses to...


The Art of Protecting Lands: Aviva Rahmani

Continuing our exploration into the umbrella of environmental art, in this episode Andrew speaks with artist, Aviva Rahmani, who creates public, site-specific art to fight off land developers. Focusing on her series, Blued Trees Symphony, Aviva explains how her approach incorporates community, creativity and legal theory to protect natural landscapes. She also touches upon her belief of our community being in a time of "eco-suicide," and where she identifies her art in the umbrella of...


The Art of Metamorphosis: Franky Cruz, Artist

In this episode, Andrew Herman speaks with Miami-based artist, Franky Cruz, who works with butterflies to create unexpected art pieces. Initially a graffiti artist, Franky shifted away from conventional painting in search of a non-toxic means by which to express himself creatively. This environmentally conscious move led him to learn how to repair butterfly wings, rear caterpillars successfully through metamorphosis, and how to work with these creatures to produce large-scale paintings; all...


Introducing Environmental Art

With Earth Day celebrations just around the corner, for the month of April, we will be dipping our toes into the vast spectrum of Environmental Art. SOTA host, Andrew Herman, returns to lead fascinating conversations with a 4 different artists, each using and/or collaborating with the environment in a variety of ways. Primarily, we will be looking at eco art, land art, earth art, and how each artist approaches and considers the implications of their work both as an art form and, potentially,...


Reflecting on Sex Positivity with hosts Andrew Herman & MegZany

In this wrap up episode with SOTA hosts Andrew Herman and MegZany, the two discuss Meg's conversations around sex positivity in the arts and the different voices and opinions she brought onto the podcast as part of that exploration. Together they delve into Meg's experience as a guest host, what surprised her during the interviews, the most poignant conversations or topics she felt merged throughout the month, whether or not her opinions on feminism, sex object, and other terminology has...


Sex Positive: The Art of Shaping Body Politics with Shawné Michaelain Holloway, Artist

Guest host, MegZany dives into the work of new media artist, Shawné Michaelain Holloway, who explores aspects of relationships and interactions through digital spaces and performances. Together, the two discuss Shawné's transition to offline work, her interest in power dynamics and how these are addressed in her pieces, the correlation between kink spaces and Shawné's artwork, and how she transfers aspects and sensations from sexual and "taboo" realms into art spaces to engage her audience,...


Sex Positive: The Art of Shaping Body Politics with Uncle Reezy, Artist

Welcome to a world of explosive color and convoluted bodies, where pleasure-seekers come adorned with halos and bodies are shamelessly explored and shared. This is the art of Uncle Reezy aka Marissa Kelling. In this episode, guest host MegZany speaks with self-taught artist, Kelling who goes by Uncle Reezy on Instagram. Reezy's drawings unabashedly depict individuals and groups engaged in various acts of pleasure from playfully making out to masturbation and threesomes. Together, they...


Sex Positive: The Art of Shaping Body Politics with Amanda Micallef, President & Co-Founder of Arsenic

MegZany kicks-off her month-long exploration of sex positivity with Amanda Micallef, co-founder and president of Arsenic, a media group focused on embracing sexuality and empowering women in the industry. Together, they discuss Arsenic's mission, how they're championing sexuality, the affects social media has had on the movement, and the backlash sex positivity faces amongst both men and women. **Things to Note** The name "Billy" comes up in this conversation, referencing Billy Hawkins,...


Introducing Guest Host, MegZany, Artist

This month we welcome guest host, MegZany who will be taking our mobile recording studio for a fierce ride bringing you a fantastic lineup of women artist's embracing sex positivity at the core of their work. Before we drop her first episode this Thursday (March 7, 2019), Andrew talks with Meg about her journey from corporate America to full-time street artist, feminism, and why she decided to focus on sex positivity this month as State of the Art's second guest host. Guest hosting is a new...


Reflecting on "The Black Creative" with hosts Andrew Herman & Tre Borden

State of the Art host, Andrew Herman, returns to the podcast to unpack February 2019's theme, "The Black Creative," explored and produced by guest host, Tre Borden. Together they discuss inclusivity on platforms, how we (SOTA) and others can improve our approach and expand that dialogue, Tre's takeaways and the moments he found most resonant in the interviews, and how each artist brought a different perspective and served as a reminder that, yes, these are all black experiences but they're...


The Black Creative 03: Martin Alexander Spratlen Etem, Artist

In this episode of The Black Creative, Tre speaks with multidisciplinary artist, Martin Alexander Spratlen Etem about his experiences growing up as a mixed-race person, his journey into embracing his full-name and his identity, his creative practice, and how he has navigated the fine art world. -About Martin Alexander Spratlen Etem- Martin Etem is a multidisciplinary artist using drawing, painting, and sculpture to survey modern society’s ideologies and sociology. Influenced by past...


The Black Creative 02: Leila Weefur, Artist, Writer & Curator

In this episode, Tre Borden speaks with artist, Leila Weefur, whose discussion of black identity is at the center of her work and who is helping to build collectives and spaces in the Bay Area. Together, Tre and Leila ruminate on the complexities of black identity, how it is defined, for whom and by whom. This episode also dives into the double edged sword that is Black History month, and discusses Leila’s upcoming solo-show, Between Beauty & Horror, opening Friday, February 15, 2019 at...


The Black Creative 01: Jessa Ciel, Artist, Filmmaker, & Creative Director

Guest host, Tre Borden, launches his four part series, The Black Creative, with artist Jessa Ciel. Together they discuss Jessa's definition of an artist, what a black artist’ role is in society, what it was like for Jessa to navigate Cranbrook, her experience of making art post MFA, and how her identity factors into her response to our current social and political moment. The Black Creative theme aims to offer a glimpse into the art world from the viewpoint of a black person and offer some...


Introducing "The Black Creative" with Tre Borden

As we continue to explore the various factions that have shaped the state of art as we know it today, a big goal at State of the Art Podcast is inclusivity. With this in mind, we welcome guest host Tre Borden, LA-based consultant and producer, to lead this month's discussion on "The Black Creative." -About Tre Borden- Tre Borden is a Los Angeles-based placemaking consultant and producer. Tre seeks out clients and collaborators looking to produce values-based creative products that activate...


New Museums: Examining "Selfie Palaces" with Albie Hueston of Refinery29's 29Rooms

Continuing our exploration into the world of "Selfie Palaces," in this episode we speak with Albie Hueston, Creative Director behind Refinery29's hugely popular installation, 29Rooms. 29Rooms first emerged in 2015 as an immersive story-telling experience intended to spark conversations addressing current events with the aim of disrupting pop-culture. As one of the original immersive art experiences--around long before The Museum of Ice Cream--we ask Albie how 29Rooms is different from other...


Viewing Art in the Digital Age: Live Panel Recording with Untitled Art Fair @ The Battery, SF

Untitled Panel: Viewing Art in the Digital Age Panelists: Lynn Hersman Leeson (artist), Dorothy Santos (artist & educator), and Erica Gangsei (SFMOMA) As technology continues to evolve and permeate nearly every aspect of human life, it’s only natural that our markets and culture evolve alongside it, ushering in new concepts and questions. The art world, arguably moving at a slower pace than other markets, is a delicate ecosystem grappling with what the digital age means for the arts, from...


New Museums: Examining Selfie Palaces with Leila Amirsadeghi of OneDome

Museums, galleries, exhibitions, and art venues at large are catering more and more to the rise of social media and being “insta-worthy.” In fact, in 2017, participants in a study by Culture Track said they would much rather be entertained than educated, and that the majority prefer social interactions, as opposed to quiet reflection, when attending cultural events like exhibitions. This month we speak with the minds behind some of the most noteworthy, grammable exhibitions, museums and...


A Year in Review: Re-visiting "The Art of Visitor Engagement"

As we approach the end of the year, SOTA host, Andrew Herman, reflects on his favorite episodes from the podcast's first year in production. Today, we revisit Andrew's first episode as a host on State of the Art featuring Erica Gangsei, head of Interpretive Media at SFMOMA. ----- In a city where the tension between artists and techies is palpable, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has pushed exhibitions, programs and projects that bridge the two spheres, like their inventive video...


A Year in Review: Re-visiting "Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls" with Andrew Herman

As we approach the end of the year, SOTA host, Andrew Herman, reflects on his favorite episodes from the podcast's first year in production. Today, we revisit Andrew's first appearance on State of the Art as a guest. In 2014, Andrew Herman co-founded the mobile app French Girls. As the name of the app may reveal, Andrew doesn’t take himself too seriously; but he is serious about the app’s ability to introduce users to art appreciation and original art. In this episode, you'll hear SOTA...


A Year in Review: Re-visiting SXSW 2017

As we approach the end of the year, SOTA host, Andrew Herman, reflects on his favorite episodes from the podcast's first year in production. In this episode, we revisit our very first panel, originally recorded live from the podcast stage at SXSW on March 15, 2018. Our panelists included Erica Gangsei, head of Interpretive Media @SFMoma, Nahema Mehta, Co-Founder and CEO of Absolut Art, and (now, current SOTA host) Andrew Herman, founder of French Girls & MiniCanvas. Our panelists got on like...