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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

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!

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


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...

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


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


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


T J Donovan Interview

12/30/2013
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T J Donovan, a South Dakota native finishing his studies in Chicago, discusses his work and philosophies on art making. Donovan likes to preserve a space for abstract making and direct address in his work. He believes that working through a creative block is important, and feels that action will automatically “yield to something different.” Listen in as he also describes his experience on playing with the work in different contexts, and how that it may or may not change how the work is...

Duration: 00:55:28


Julia Schwartz Interview

12/28/2013
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Santa Monica, California artist, Julia Schwartz, joins ahtcast for this interview. Schwartz describes how she paints regardless of creative block and feels that social media has become a great artist community. Schwartz goes on to detail how she is open to the world and how it unfolds, and takes her experiences into the studio. “The more I’ve been painting, the more wordless I become.” Listen in!The Artist’s website: http://www.juliaschwartzart.com/(podcast intro/outro music by Ani...

Duration: 00:47:10


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


Alastair Eales Interview

8/20/2013
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Join ahtcast for this interview with Winchester, Hampshire UK artist, Alastair Eales. A real virtuoso regarding process and developing simplified palette possibilities. Eales talks about how it can be tricky to maintain the spontaneity of smaller works and sketches when translated into larger work. The subject of how these sketches can bring a greater focus to larger works also comes up. His ambiguous technique may stem from his childhood memories of drawing in which Eales created...

Duration: 01:02:24


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


Tim McFarlane Interview

8/10/2013
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This interview is with Philadelphia based artist, Tim McFarlane. In the interview, McFarlane mentions how he discovered art in High-School and the effect it had on him. He also describes his process, in detail, and how the computer is sometimes a part of his practice. Dealing with creative block is also part of the discussion and how he has come to accept that taking a day away from the studio can bring a “fresh perspective” when returning to work. McFarlane also shares his personal ‘mantra’...

Duration: 00:33:10


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

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