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Being Hated - Ernest Hemingway and Maya Lin
In this episode we will look at the raw emotion of hate as it applies to artists and their work. By looking at these two artists, we will see if hate can derail a career? Or, does hate allow the artist total freedom to produce work that draws so much negativity it actually thrives? Hopefully at the end of this episode we will have some perspective on the hate and the damage it can do. Here is a rough cut interview with Hemingway where you can see the impact of his many head trauma's...
Publicity Stunted - Sinead O'Connor and The Sex Pistols
In this episode we will look at how the necessary evil of self promotion, usually through acts of Publicity Stunts have played out for two artists. Specifically, we will see the impact these stunts had on the careers of Sinead O’Connor and the Sex Pistols. Here's Sinead's SNL performance.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCOIQOGXOg0 Here's a link to Sinead trying to perform at a Dylan Tribute concert but the fans were not having...
Forgery Ahead - Sturtevant and Beltracchi
In this episode we will look at how two artists who made careers out of copying other artists - or in one case- masterfully forged other artist’s works, to examine if there is any value in, um, borrowing to further your career. Could stealing art, and passing it off as your own, be a means to becoming wealthy and famous? Well by the end of the episode, we should have a pretty good idea. Here's a video about Elaine and its a great...
Menial Jobs - William Burroughs and Jack White
In this episode we will look at the impact of menial jobs on artists. Are they beneficial or are they a soul sucking detriment? We will review the impact of low end jobs on William S Burroughs and on Jack White. One of these guys hated centipedes while the other can work a sewing machine like no other. Have a listen. Here is a link to a clip of David Cronenberg's interpretation of Burrough's novel Naked Lunch...yes there will be crawling things...
Killer Collaborations - Van Gogh and Iggy Pop
In the second episode we look at how fruitful collaborations with other artists can be. Are they doomed from the start, like Van Gogh and Gauguin or are they life long positive impacts that rocket careers to the next level like Iggy Pop and David Bowie? Are collaborations for you? Are you at that point where adding in another energy to your work would be a boon or a bust. Come and listen and find out. Notes: Here is Search and Destroy for your listening...
Successful Self Criticism - Pollock and LeWitt
The first episode of this podcast focuses on self criticism and self doubt as it pertains to creating art. This episode examines the lives of artists Jackson Pollock and Sol LeWitt, two artists who handled self doubt in very different ways and looks for ways you, as an artist, can use self criticism to create better work Show Notes: The Hans Namuth film on Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cgBvpjwOGo Here is the five page letter by Sol LeWitt: And, please review the...