S2 E9 And Then There Was Light with Lara KnutsonCuriosity and practice have allowed Lara Knutson to satisfy her dream of experiencing light. Her objects are either made of reflective materials that turn the material into immaterial or the other way around. Lara uses light as a material to create objects that both are and are not there and that still allow the viewer to interact with them.
S2 E6 A Rabbit Catcher, A Ballad Singer, and A Photographer with Justin Partyka Part IA remarkable multi-volume book of William Eggleston's Democratic Forrest published by Steidl is Justin Partyka's object of desire. As we listen to him describing the ritual of immersing himself in Eggleston's photographs, we come to appreciate the singularity of photography as a medium of expression and its closeness to that of poetry.
S1 Episode 11: Untitled No. 5 with Rebecca Goodman
Artists develop a personal discipline that includes daily rituals. It is that type of commitment that allows them to absorb details of materiality, focus on ideas, and resolve the challenge of combining it all in expressive form.
Mixed media artist Rebecca Goodman has worked both in the commercial and nonprofit worlds and seems to have made up her mind. Public art that deals with ecology and the sense of self in a high-tech future is what she likes to explore in her writing, soon in her practice as well. But that does not mean she has turned her back to discussing luxury. It is all related. Listen to this episode to find out how.
S1 Episode 5: Majestic Measures of Being of with Sarah LaFleur“Luxury is to know where you come from,” the entrepreneur and young mother of three utters while reminiscing of the many times her family had to relocate although, admittedly, without the pain or stress that marks the experience of refugees. For Sarah, a daughter, who has internalized the generational narratives of a multicultural background, and a mother, who faces the inevitability of a partial erasure of precious cultural elements that are the hardest to transmit to her kids and their kids, “luxury is [synonymous with having a] home.”