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MTR Podcasts are irreverent, hilarious, and interesting podcasts covering what's trending in news and pop culture. Mastermind Team's Robcast is an irreverent and hilarious podcast covering all things pop culture and weird news. Getting To The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore

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    The Power of Art and Emotions: A Conversation with Beth Evans

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2023 42:11

    Step into the emotive world of Beth Evans in this compelling Conversation on The Truth in this Art Podcast

    A Conversation with J.M. Giordano: Activism and the Story of '13-23

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2023 44:55

    Exploring the World of Media and Journalism with Eric Deggans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 57:30

    Meet Eric Deggans, a multifaceted individual who wears many hats as a TV critic, author, musician, and educator. As a TV critic and media analyst, Deggans works for National Public Radio (NPR) where he discusses and analyzes television and streaming content. He engages with his audience through various mediums, including reviews, trend stories, think pieces, feature stories, interviews, and even news reporting.In this episode of "The Truth in This Art," we delve into the world of media and journalism, discussing Deggans' unique perspective and offering more than just surface-level analysis. With their shared visual aesthetic of being bald, black, and sporting glasses and beards, they share personal experiences and reflect on the evolving perception of baldness. Tune in for an engaging conversation that goes beyond the surface.Here are the major takeaways from this enlightening conversation: Consistency is key in the modern media landscape: In a world where attention spans are shorter than ever, it's crucial to be consistent, constant, and reliable. Just like NPR's iconic show, Fresh Air, which has evolved over the years but still offers the same quality content that initially drew listeners in. So, whether you're a content creator or a consumer, remember that consistency pays off! Finding balance in your creative pursuits: Eric Deggans shares his experience of balancing multiple creative endeavors, from journalism to music. It's essential not to cut away pieces of your creative personality but rather find a balance and be responsible about it. With the right mindset and flexibility, you can pursue different passions without feeling like you're shortchanging any of them. Mindful snacking and healthy habits: Our conversation took an unexpected turn as we discussed the importance of being mindful about snacking and making healthier choices. Eric emphasizes the need to snack judiciously and opt for healthier options with less sugar. And he even suggests ditching soda altogether! It's a small change that can have a big impact on your overall well-being. Join us as we explore the behind-the-scenes of media analysis, streaming trends, and more. Eric shares his insights, experiences, and even some of his own reporting stories. You don't want to miss it!

    Jon Goldman: Journey into Intermedia Art

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2023 95:07

    Jon Goldman is not your typical artist; he is a master of intermedia art, a genre that fuses various forms of expression into one powerful narrative. His journey through the realm of art has been marked by an unwavering dedication to his vision and a resolute focus on his craft, regardless of the financial constraints that often come with pursuing one's passion.This conversation covers diverse topics ranging from the frontiers of interactive art and a lifelong fascination with intersection of Art, Design, Technology and Science. Goldman discusses the influential artists who mentored him at MIT's Center for Advanced VIsual Studies including Joe Davis known for pioneering Space Art and Bio-art, Otto Piene (Sky Art, ZERO), Aldo Tambellini (Video Art, Poetry and Experimental Theatre) and emphasizing that art is work. The conversation touches on Goldman's ambitious current work TRUTH PROJECT a series involving the word “TRUTH” on variety of scales from a nanometer(“GRAIN OF TRUTH”) to 44-foot long “TRUTH LOST AT SEA”.  In this episode, we discuss: The obstacles artists face in achieving success, especially in relation to privilege and connections. How groundbreaking art movements like GRÜPPE ZERO, Bauhaus, Cubism, Environmental Art, Interactive Art, challenged art. The role of art in addressing and challenging societal issues, with a focus on race,class and environment. Jon Goldman's unique approach to building community through art, particularly using humor and elaborate inflatable costumes. The importance of innovation and originality when making interactive “public" art that fosters a sense of community, connection and belonging.  Looking for a podcast that delves into the fascinating world of art, technology, and community? Look no further! Check out The Truth in This Art podcast with host Rob Lee and special guest Jon Goldman!

    Exploring Artistry, Love, and Connection with B/ue Robin

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 38:15

    B/ue Robin is an artist of love and creator based in Baltimore. With a focus on love and connection, B/ue Robin uses various mediums to create immersive sensory experiences that awaken and inspire. From painting to fashion design to fragrance, B/ue Robin's work is centered around storytelling and emotion.B/ue Robin discusses his diverse range of mediums, including painting, fashion design, and fragrance, and how he uses each one to convey his message of love. He shares his early experiences with art and creativity, as well as the challenges he faces when working on projects that are meant to be interpreted in multiple ways. B/ue Robin also explains the concept of being a "victim and villain of love" and the importance of embracing all aspects of love, both positive and challenging.What to expect from this episode: Discover how B/ue Robin channels love and connection through diverse mediums. Explore how he views projects as personal challenges, connecting to the world. Learn about the harmonious art of collaboration, akin to a jazz band's synergy. Gain insights on preserving your unique style to make your work exceptional. Understand how the "why" behind art serves as the guiding anchor in the creative process. Join us as we explore the immersive sensory experiences created by artist B/ue Robin, designed to awaken and connect. Don't miss this captivating conversation on The Truth in this Art podcast!

    Artscape Resurgence: Todd Yuhanick on Celebrating Creativity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 28:51

    Todd Yuhanick is the interim CEO of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA). With a background in finance, PR, and film production, Todd brings a unique perspective to his role as a connector between the artist community and the resources they need to succeed. He is passionate about empowering artists and celebrating the diverse creative class in Baltimore.Todd Yuhanick and host Rob Lee discuss the resurgence of Artscape, the largest free arts festival on the US East Coast. They explore the challenges of bringing back Artscape after a hiatus due to the pandemic, the changes in logistics and scheduling, and the importance of celebrating and supporting local artists. Todd highlights the impact of Artscape on the Baltimore art scene and shares his excitement for the upcoming festival. He also discusses the transformational projects happening in Station North and the focus on showcasing Baltimore's vibrant arts community.In this episode, we delve into: How Artscape, the East Coast's largest free arts festival, celebrates a wide spectrum of art forms and fosters a sense of togetherness among attendees. Why Artscape's scheduling shifted to September and how this change addresses previous attendance challenges linked to scorching July heat. The logistical intricacies of organizing Artscape, including the coordination efforts with other cultural organizations and the management of traffic and festival operations. How BOPA is dedicated to empowering local artists and ensuring that Artscape continues to serve as a vital platform for Baltimore's creative community. The exciting lineup for Artscape, featuring a diverse array of artists and engaging activities, such as a youth film festival and a captivating mural project in Station North. Join me in celebrating the resurgence of Artscape, the largest free arts festival on the US East Coast! I had the pleasure of speaking with Todd Yuhanick, the interim CEO of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, about the exciting changes and challenges of bringing Artscape back after a long hiatus. Check out the full interview on the podcast!

    Leading Change: A Talk with Senator Cory V. McCray

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2023 47:22

    Senator Cory McCray serves as a leading voice in equitable policy-making, community involvement, and impactful governance. Representing the younger generation of politicians, Senator McCray's work has consistently aimed for positive change within his jurisdiction.During this compelling discussion, Senator Cory McCray shares: His early life experiences that molded his political aspirations, supported by mentors who encouraged him to serve his community. The pivotal moments that cemented his decision to turn his political interests into a committed career in public service. The intricate balance of challenges and rewards that come with representing a diverse set of constituents, and how these experiences influence his legislative decisions. Tune in to this episode to understand the nuances of modern-day political leadership, explore the inner workings of community engagement, and gain valuable insights from Senator Cory McCray's journey from local advocate to influential legislator.

    Pushing Boundaries: Steve Hackman's Innovative Fusion of Art Music

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2023 40:39

    Meet Steve Hackman, a visionary composer, conductor, producer, and songwriter who is redefining art music in the 21st century.Steve is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, where he honed his skills as a conductor and composer. He has been praised by The New York Times as "a rising star," and has received critical acclaim for his innovative fusion of classical music and popular genres such as hip-hop and rock.In this episode, we dive into Steve's background, his early interests, and how they still show up in his work today. We explore the role of a conductor and the key skills and attributes needed for success in the field. Steve also shares his creative process of merging two seemingly different genres and the challenges he faces in doing so.One of his most notable fusions is his mashup of Drake and Tchaikovsky, which garnered international attention. Steve walks us through his thinking behind this unlikely combination and the impact it had on audiences.We also discuss Steve's favorite fusion and what makes it stand out to him, as well as his exciting future projects that push the boundaries of music even further.Today's episode uncovers: The world of Steve Hackman, the visionary composer, conductor, producer, and songwriter renowned for his groundbreaking fusion of classical and popular music. Get ready to explore how he seamlessly blends these two genres, creating compositions that redefine musical boundaries. The diverse array of influences that drive Steve Hackman's extraordinary creativity. Through this episode, you'll gain insights into the sources that inspire his fusion works, ranging from the enchanting allure of film and the electrifying energy of sports to the deeply personal experiences that shape his musical vision. Steve Hackman's artistic process in this immersive podcast episode. Discover how he weaves the threads of improvisation, experimentation, and meticulous refinement to craft mesmerizing musical journeys. Be prepared to witness the magic of how these elements intertwine, resulting in cohesive and profoundly impactful compositions. Steve Hackman's musical evolution as he delves into his original works in this exciting podcast installment. Experience the artist's unyielding dedication to finding his unique musical voice and pushing the boundaries of art music. Join us as we witness firsthand the unfolding of a remarkable artistic journey that promises to challenge conventions and inspire fellow creators. Join us for an insightful thought-provoking discussion with Steve Hackman on "Truth in This Art", where we explore the innovative ways he's bridging the gap between classical and popular music. A must-listen for music enthusiasts and industry professionals alike!

    Inside Abstract Expression with Artist Alexi Abi Mikhael

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2023 34:11

    Explore creativity where it meets business insight on 'The Truth In This Art Podcast'. I'm Rob Lee, and today, we're journeying with Alexi Abi Mikhael, a visual artist from the DMV area, whose abstract artwork marries diverse cultural influences. Drawing from her Middle Eastern heritage, she crafts compelling masterpieces unlike any other."Alexi Abi Mikhael's journey in abstract art is a story of talent, art therapy, and entrepreneurial spirit. From finding art as a healing tool during high school to embracing inspiration from greats like Andy Warhol and Van Gogh, her work is imbued with emotion and personal experiences. In this episode, she emphasizes collaboration and adaptability in the art industry, giving us insights into her future ventures, including teaching art and participating in festivals. Dive into the conversation with an artist who skillfully unites therapy, art, and business.Inside this recording, we venture into: Alexi's early experiences with art during high school, where she discovered its power as a form of therapy. Explore how creative expression can serve as a means of coping during challenging times and how it has shaped her artistic journey. How Alexi's Middle Eastern heritage influences her abstract artwork. Discover how she skillfully weaves together diverse cultural inspirations, bringing a unique and captivating dimension to her creations. The intricate relationship between emotions and art in Alexi's work. Uncover the ways in which she employs colors, shapes, and lines as her emotional toolkit, allowing her to communicate a wide range of feelings and experiences through her abstract pieces. The dynamic world of collaboration and adaptability within the art industry. Learn from Alexi's insights on why these qualities are crucial for artists to succeed, and how remaining open to learning and collaboration can enhance creativity and growth. Her plans for teaching art classes and participating in art festivals, gaining valuable insights into her aspirations, teaching philosophy, and the exciting events she's preparing to engage in. Join me in this inspiring conversation with Alexi Abi Mikhael as we delve into the vibrant world of abstract art, art therapy, and entrepreneurship. You don't want to miss it!

    Blending Worlds: Pothik Chatterjee on Art & Identity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2023 45:18

    Join us for a deep conversation with Baltimore-based abstract artist Pothik Chatterjee. We discuss his blend of South Asian-American culture, spirituality, and LGBTQ identity. Learn how a multicultural upbringing and key mentors transformed his art from a hobby into a life's calling. Currently displayed at Maison 10 Gallery in NYC. SPONSORSforaged. a hyper-seasonal eatery: Farm-fresh seasonal plates, beer & wine served in a warm, casual space lined with greenery. each item on the menu is comprised of local and seasonal ingredients. the concept is true to chef Chris Amendola's ethos in the kitchen, one that is deeply rooted in the woods. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

    Crafting Perspective: Kim Rice on Art, Whiteness, and '[RE] Birth of a Nation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2023 50:54

    Dive into a compelling conversation with Kim Rice, the visionary behind the art exhibition '[RE] Birth of a Nation.' Kim unpacks how crafts like crocheting serve as social commentary on systemic racism and inequality. Learn how her art is influenced by cities like New Orleans and Baltimore, and don't miss her transformative exhibit, '[RE] Birth of a Nation,' now showing at Gallery in the Sky. This season of 'The Truth In This Art' Podcast is powered by The Gutierrez Memorial Fund & The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Learn more about their work by visiting The Gutierrez Memorial Fund & The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

    Inside HBCU Week: A Conversation with Maryland Public Television's Travis Mitchell

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2023 36:40

    Join us for a captivating talk with Travis Mitchell, Senior VP and Chief Content Officer at Maryland Public Television. With over 30 years in media and a strong focus on community, Mitchell delves into his career journey, storytelling, and the importance of HBCUs. Don't miss his insights on HBCU Week, an initiative expanding the representation of Historically Black Colleges nationwide. This season of 'The Truth In This Art' Podcast is powered by The Gutierrez Memorial Fund & The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Learn more about their work by visiting The Gutierrez Memorial Fund & The Robert W. Deutsch Foundation.  ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★

    Warren Bernard: Shaping the Comic Landscape through Small Press Expo (SPX) and the Library of Congress

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2023 47:05

    Warren Bernard is a prominent figure in the world of comics as the Executive Director of the Small Press Expo (SPX), an acclaimed independent sequential art festival. He's an accomplished comics-focused writer and historian, co-authoring the Eisner Award-nominated book "Drawing Power." With extensive expertise, he has extensively researched and written about the pivotal 1950s Juvenile Delinquency / Senate Comic Book Hearings. Warren is a valued contributor to over a dozen books, frequently sharing materials from his own expansive collection. His insightful lectures have been hosted by esteemed institutions including the Library of Congress and The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS). Warren resides in Bethesda, Maryland, where his passion for comics thrives.During this engaging discussion, Warren Bernard shares: His journey from being a passionate comics enthusiast to his current role as the Executive Director of the Small Press Expo (SPX) and curator of the SPX Collection at the Library of Congress. The evolution of the SPX Collection since its inception and the meticulous process of accumulating over 10,000 works, preserving the legacy of indie comics. How his role at SPX has increased his visibility, opening up opportunities for podcasts and interviews, and how this unique perspective has affected his approach to discussing comics and sharing his expertise. Tune in to this episode to uncover the remarkable impact of the Small Press Expo, delve into the fascinating world of comics, and gain valuable insights from Warren Bernard's journey as a curator, author, and historian. 

    Chris Guido on Film Editing: Storytelling, Indie Cinema, Documentaries

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2023 35:13

    Chris Guido is a freelance video editor with over 15 years of experience in the film industry. He has worked on a variety of projects, including promos for well-known networks like Paramount Plus and Disney. Chris has also edited feature-length documentaries, showcasing his passion for storytelling and love for cinema. With his versatile skills and dedication to his craft, Chris has made a significant impact in the world of film editing.Chris shares his early experiences and fascination with indie cinema, which led him to pursue a career in film editing. He discusses his work on promos for major networks and the creative strategies he utilizes to align with the client's vision. Chris also highlights his contributions to documentary filmmaking, including his work on the films "Great White Intersection" and "Reaching West Dreams of China's New Generation." He emphasizes the importance of giving a voice to people through documentary storytelling. Throughout the conversation, Chris provides valuable insights into the world of film editing and the collaborative nature of the industry.In this episode, dive into: How Chris Guido's passion for storytelling and cinema has shaped his thriving career in film editing. Explore Chris's approach as a video editor, focusing on serving the footage while aligning with the client's vision through adaptable styles. Uncover the art of creating promos that strike a balance between engaging the audience with information and leaving them curious for more. Discover how Chris finds fulfillment in documentary filmmaking, providing voices to individuals and exploring diverse perspectives. Examine the crucial traits of patience, open-mindedness, and flexibility that aspiring film editors need to succeed in the industry.

    Art, Comics & Community with Sergio Neptuna

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2023 61:34

    Embrace the journey with 'The Truth in This Art' podcast, hosted by none other than Rob Lee. Today our guest is Sergio Neptuna, a digital artist known for merging everyday life with contemporary culture in his artwork. Inspired by his passion for comics, movies, and music, Sergio's work challenges perceptions and provokes thought. He is dedicated to celebrating the power of creativity in the digital age.In this episode, host Rob Lee interviews digital artist Sergio Neptuna. Sergio shares his creative background, which was influenced by his love for comics and music. He discusses his current work, which is still in its early stages but aims to incorporate wordplay and thought-provoking themes. Sergio also talks about the importance of community and camaraderie among artists and his experience as an artist in Baltimore. He emphasizes the beauty of the city and the connections he has made there. The conversation touches on the challenges of the local art scene and the need for a centralized platform to bring artists together. Sergio concludes by discussing his creative process and the importance of maintaining confidence in his art.Within this segment, we dig into: Sergio's creative process as he uncovers how his passion for comics, music, and daily experiences shapes his innovative artworks. Explore how Sergio crafts his art to engage audiences, delving into the stories and concepts that drive his thought-provoking pieces. Join Sergio in a discussion about the vibrant artist community in Baltimore, as he shares anecdotes and insights into the bonds that strengthen the collective creative spirit. Embark on a journey through the realm of artistic self-discovery with Sergio, unraveling the significance of confidence and embracing growth as an ongoing pursuit. Engage in a conversation about the future of art promotion and connectivity as Sergio illuminates his vision for a centralized platform that bridges artists and audiences. Discover the incredible talent of Sergio Neptuna, an artist who crafts narratives that challenge perceptions and provoke thought. His work celebrates the boundless power of creativity in the digital age. Don't miss this thought-provoking interview!

    Live From The Underground with LordsWrath: A Musical Journey from Atlanta to Baltimore

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2023 57:20

    Jordan M. Graham, also known as LordsWrath, is a musical visionary who seamlessly blends the essence of Atlanta with the vibrant spirit of Baltimore. He is a masterful producer and vocalist, crafting genre fusions that resound with substance and capture Baltimore's creative scene.Jordan's journey in music is one of exploration and growth, embracing discomfort to evolve as an artist. Drawing from his diverse Jamaican, Cuban, Trinidadian, and Native American heritage, he shares insights into his experiences in the EDM scene and how he crafted his unique sound. This episode explores the importance of intention and collaboration in creating music with depth, and Jordan's push for authenticity and innovation in Baltimore's music scene. His call for a new direction and refusal to conform to industry standards is a compelling look into the heart of a creative force shaping the future of music.In this episode, we delve into: The transformative power of stepping out of one's comfort zone as an artist and the growth that emerges from embracing discomfort. The role of authenticity and intention in the creation of meaningful music that resonates deeply with audiences. The collaborative process of leveraging the skills of talented visual artists to elevate the visual aspects of musical projects. Addressing the current state of the Baltimore music scene and the need for a fresh direction that brings representation and diversity to the forefront. Examining the impact of conforming to industry norms on the underground music scene's unique identity and exploring strategies to maintain its authenticity while navigating industry standards. Join us as we dive into the creative mind of Jordan M. Graham, LordsWrath, and explore his unique blend of music that resounds with substance and captures the vibrant spirit of Baltimore.

    Art, Inspiration, and Community: A Conversation with Agnes Gummere

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2023 41:48

    Agnes Gummere is an artist and interior designer based in Philadelphia. She specializes in oil painting, figure painting, portraits, and illustration. With a background in interior design, Agnes draws inspiration from the city's rich history of art and architecture.Agnes Gummere is a skilled artist and interior designer based in Philadelphia. She works primarily with oil paint and specializes in figure painting, portraits, and illustration. Agnes draws inspiration from the city's art and architecture, and her work captures character, emotion, texture, and realism. She combines centuries-old oil painting methods with modern digital mediums to create unique and captivating pieces. Agnes also discusses her love for figure painting and her passion for capturing the essence of people in her artwork. She shares her process, including sketching, layering, and incorporating different mediums. Agnes also talks about the intersection of her interior design background and her art, and how they complement each other. She emphasizes the importance of being genuine and passionate in one's creative pursuits. Agnes is currently exploring abstract art and has a show coming up.In this episode, we discover: The artistic journey of Agnes Gummere, a Philadelphia-based artist and interior designer, renowned for her expertise in oil-based figure painting, portraits, and illustration. Agnes Gummere's unique fusion of time-honored oil painting techniques and contemporary digital tools, as she takes us behind the scenes of her creative process. How Agnes Gummere draws inspiration from the rich artistic tapestry of Philadelphia's art and architecture, infusing her creations with the city's vibrant spirit. Agnes Gummere's background in interior design lends a strategic edge to her artistic process, as she meticulously plans and crafts her paintings, seamlessly integrating various mediums. Get an exclusive peek into Agnes Gummere's latest artistic venture – a journey into abstract art – and learn about her upcoming show that promises to showcase her ever-evolving artistic prowess. Join us as we explore the fascinating world of artist Agnes Gummere, where figure painting, interior design, and illustration converge. Prepare to be captivated by her masterful techniques and the depth of emotion in her work. Don't miss this inspiring conversation!

    Culturalyst Chronicles: Reshaping New Orleans' Artistic Landscape with Sam Bowler

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2023 58:37

    Welcome to 'The Truth in This Art' podcast, hosted by Rob Lee. Engage in this captivating conversation with Sam Bowler, a sculptor, technologist, and writer, as well as the founder of Culturalyst. He is passionate about building a future that takes care of artists and believes that art is a pathway that leads to self-discovery and connection with others. Sam's work with Culturalyst focuses on creating digital infrastructure to make it easier to find and support artists in cities across the country.In this episode, we dive deep into: How Culturalyst's digital platform revolutionizes art discovery and support across cities, connecting audiences with local artists. Delve into the paradox of New Orleans' booming cultural economy juxtaposed with the hardships faced by artists, unearthing the dynamics at play. Join us as we unpack Sam's ambitious mission to interlace artists through a network that amplifies their potential, offering a tapestry of opportunities. Embark on a journey through the profound impact of art on personal expression and human connection, delving into its democratization for all. Uncover the intricate dance between preserving New Orleans' rich cultural heritage and the challenges of progress, sparking a dialogue on the city's evolution. Sam Bowler, founder of Culturalyst, joins host Rob Lee to discuss his work in reshaping New Orleans' artistic landscape. Sam shares his personal journey as an artist and the inspiration behind Culturalyst. He highlights the challenges faced by artists in New Orleans and the need for a digital infrastructure that connects artists with opportunities and resources. Sam also emphasizes the importance of preserving the unique cultural identity of New Orleans while embracing progress and development.Join us as we explore the vibrant culture of New Orleans with Sam Bowler, the founder of Culturalyst. We dive into the innovative platform that is reshaping the city's artistic landscape. Don't miss this inspiring conversation!

    M Emily Mackenzie, Noah Collier, and Producer Riel Roch-Decter on 'Carpet Cowboys'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2023 44:19

    Welcome to "The Truth in This Art" podcast, hosted by Rob Lee, where we delve into the fascinating world of film production with our esteemed guests M Emily Mackenzie, Noah Collier, and Riel Roch-Decter. The directors and producers behind the documentary film "Carpet Cowboys." They have worked together for many years, with M Emily and Noah specializing in cinematography and Riel as the producer. They are part of Memory, a production company that focuses on artist-driven films."Carpet Cowboys" is the film that explores the world of Dalton, Georgia, the carpet capital of the world, and delves into themes of American identity, creativity, and economic evolution. The directors share their unique connection to the project and discuss the unexpected moments they encountered during filming. They also talk about the distinct roles they played in the production and how it compared to their previous projects. The episode concludes with a discussion about the upcoming premiere of "Carpet Cowboys" at the New/Next Film Festival and the expectations and excitement surrounding the film's release.In this episode, we uncover: The captivating storytelling of "Carpet Cowboys," a documentary shedding light on Dalton, Georgia's carpet industry, known as the carpet capital of the world. The intriguing journey of how directors and producer M Emily Mackenzie, Noah Collier, and Riel Roch-Decter transformed their fascination with hotel carpets into a unique project. The intricate web of personalities, job roles, and the pursuit of the American dream that the film uncovers within the carpet industry. Discover the behind-the-scenes details as we discuss the multi-year filming process of "Carpet Cowboys," including the challenges and insights encountered by the directors and producer. Tune in for an exclusive look at the anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming premiere of "Carpet Cowboys" at the New/Next Film Festival, as our guests share their eagerness to engage with audiences and spark meaningful conversations about their thought-provoking film. Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of the carpet industry with Carpet Cowboys, a documentary film premiering at Baltimore's new next film festival. Join me on The Truth in this Art podcast as I chat with the directors and producer about their journey into the carpet capital of the world, Dalton, Georgia. Don't miss this eye-opening film!

    Empowering Women Artists: Unleashing Success with Michelle Gomez

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2023 49:59

    Welcome to another captivating episode of "The Truth In This Art Podcast"! I'm your host, Rob Lee, and today, we're delving into a world where creativity meets guidance. Today our guest is Michelle Gomez, a life and business coach for women artists. She is a multi-passionate artist herself, with a background in art, writing, and teaching. Michelle is dedicated to helping women artists become entrepreneurs without sacrificing their mental health. She is also the founder of the Mental Wealth Network, a membership program that focuses on supporting neurodivergent women artists.In this episode, host Rob Lee interviews Michelle Gomez, a life and business coach for women artists. They discuss the challenges that artists face after graduating from art school, including the lack of business skills and the mental health crisis among artists. Michelle shares her own journey as an artist and entrepreneur, and how she started her coaching business to help other artists succeed. She emphasizes the importance of emotional intelligence and self-awareness in running a successful art business. Michelle also introduces her programs, including the Artist to Entrepreneur coaching program and the Mental Wealth Network membership.Within this segment, we dig into: The crucial role of business skills and emotional intelligence in an artist's journey toward entrepreneurship. Delve into the strategies, stories, and insights from artists who've successfully merged their creative prowess with astute business acumen, revealing the art behind the artistry. The pressing issue of mental health within the artist community. Explore how coaching and support networks have become pivotal tools in addressing the challenges artists face. Tune in to hear stories of resilience, strategies for self-care, and expert insights on nurturing mental well-being. The secrets to thriving as an artist by building a supportive community and fostering meaningful relationships. In this episode, we explore the transformative impact of shared experiences, collaborative spaces, and the bonds that artists forge. Join us as we dive into the stories of artists who've found strength and growth through community. Tune in as we challenge the notion of worth and success tied to social media metrics. We explore the deeper dimensions of an artist's journey, where authenticity, impact, and personal fulfillment take center stage. Learn from artists who've redefined their paths, and discover how to measure success on your terms. Harnessing the power of multi-passionism in the world of entrepreneurship. Explore how artists can leverage their diverse interests to create thriving businesses that resonate with their authentic selves. Through stories and strategies, we uncover the art of balancing and embracing one's many passions. Learn how to turn your passion for art into a thriving business with these valuable insights from Michelle Gomez on the podcast!

    The Power of Authentic Storytelling in Baltimore Filmmaking: A Conversation with Unique and Devin Robinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2023 53:02

    Welcome to "The Truth In This Art." I'm your host, Rob Lee. In today's episode, we have an inspiring conversation with Devin & Unique Robinson. Unique is a poet, performer, and professor who directed the film Decisions II (Check out Unique's first interview). While Devin is a film star, producer, and writer who also starred in and wrote Decisions II.This episode takes a deep look at: How Unique and Devin made a remarkable transition from poetry and music backgrounds to the world of filmmaking, unraveling their artistic journey and the motivations behind it. Behind the Scenes of "Decisions II": Get an exclusive peek into the making of the film "Decisions II," as Rob Lee delves into the casting process, location shooting in Baltimore, and the intriguing highlights that made the production stand out. The significance of portraying Baltimore's essence authentically on the silver screen, as Unique and Devin stress the role of local artists in telling genuine Baltimore stories with unparalleled depth and perspective. Independent Filmmaking Essentials: Learn from the experts themselves about the crucial elements that contribute to successful independent filmmaking, with a spotlight on the importance of securing quality actors and investing in well-crafted scripts for the best outcomes. The Impact of Art in Filmmaking: Uncover the profound impact of art, personal experiences, and local storytelling in the filmmaking process, as Rob Lee engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Unique and Devin about the power of narratives and creative expression. Looking for some quality Baltimore filmmaking? Look no further! I had the pleasure of speaking with Unique Robinson and Devin Robinson about their film Decisions II. Get ready for an authentic and captivating story that will keep you hooked till the end!

    Exploring Depth and Dimension: Unveiling Afrofuturism with Qrcky

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2023 45:01

    Welcome to "The Truth in This Art" podcast hosted by Rob Lee, where we are thrilled to have a distinguished guest for the second time Qrcky, a Baltimore-based artist. Delve into his early influences, including iconic figures like Bob Ross and Chuck Jones, and explore how his art serves as a therapeutic outlet. Quirky's remarkable and diverse body of work reflects a unique fusion of Afrofuturism and personal experiences, often exploring themes of freedom, depth, and dimension. With a keen eye for using black and white and experimenting with color, his art has gained recognition within the vibrant Baltimore art scene. Join us as we uncover how Quirky's artistic path, born in the seventies in southern Virginia, led him back to self-expression after navigating challenging life experiences. Through isolation and focus, he discovered a profound sense of contentment and wholeness in his art, embodying a truly inspiring artistic narrative.In this episode, we delve into: Qrcky's canvas which is a blend of childhood wonders, drawing inspiration from legends like Bob Ross and Chuck Jones. In today's episode, we delve into how these influences shape his captivating art. Uncover a different kind of brushstroke – one that paints serenity and calmness. Discover how Qrcky's art isn't just a visual feast, but a therapeutic journey that brings him solace and tranquility. Ever wondered how art can leap off the canvas? Get ready to explore the world of dimension and depth as we unravel the secrets behind Qrcky's masterful use of 3D modeling, adding a whole new layer to his creativity. Tune in as we embark on a mission with Qrcky: breaking molds and shattering barriers. Through his vibrant artistry, we'll explore how he's challenging preconceived notions and giving a powerful voice to artists of color. Baltimore isn't just a city – it's a canvas of community and collaboration. Join us on a journey through Qrcky's eyes as he shares the heartwarming tale of how the art scene in Baltimore nurtures diversity and support, turning creativity into a collective masterpiece. Qrcky shares how his art has been a therapeutic outlet for him, especially during difficult times. Qrcky also delves into his artistic process, including his use of 3D modeling and building his own reference images. He emphasizes the importance of depth and dimension in his work and his desire to bring a new perspective to people of color art. Qrcky expresses his love for Baltimore and the welcoming art community he has found there. He also touches on the concept of Afrofuturism and its presence in his work. Overall, Qrcky's art is a reflection of his personal experiences and a way for him to communicate and connect with others.Uncover the depth and dimension in Qrcky's artwork and how it sparks meaningful conversations. Don't miss this inspiring interview!Check out my first interview with Qrcky here.

    Unveiling Abstract Art: The Artistic Odyssey with Santos Shelton

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2023 48:04

    Welcome to The Truth in this Art. I'm your host, Rob Lee. Today, I am thrilled to engage in a captivating conversation with our next guest, an extraordinary multi-faceted creator who has established a profound impact in the realm of art and self-expression. He creates abstract art using bold colors, shapes, and textures. Please welcome Santos Shelton!Join us as we discuss: An inspiring podcast episode that delves into the creative world of Santos Shelton, an artist whose love for anime and comic books ignited his passion for art. How art serves as a therapeutic outlet for Santos, providing him with a powerful medium to express his emotions and life experiences. Discover the captivating elements of storytelling and vibrant colors in Santos' abstract art, where he skillfully conveys emotions and establishes a profound connection with viewers. Explore the essence of Santos' creative process, where he emphasizes the significance of taking breaks and finding a delicate balance between work and self-care to fuel his artistic endeavors. How Santos draws inspiration from his lived experiences in the Bay Area, leading us on a journey through his art that explores thought-provoking themes of race, class, and gentrification. We invite you to join us in an enthralling conversation, where we delve deep into the wellsprings of inspiration, the impactful influences, and the fascinating creative process that breathes life into Santos Shelton's enchanting and emotive artwork.

    Breaking Barriers: Set Hernandez on Filmmaking, Activism, and 'Unseen' at the BlackStar Film Festival

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2023 44:08

    Welcome to 'The Truth in This Art,' I'm your host Rob Lee, and today we sit down with the inspiring Set Hernandez, a filmmaker and community organizer who uses their platform to amplify the voices of the underrepresented. Set, a queer, undocumented immigrant with roots from the Bicol, Philippines, shares their unique perspective on filmmaking and advocacy. They provide a behind-the-scenes look into their film, "Unseen," which will premiere at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia. In this episode:* Dive deep into Set's journey as a filmmaker and community activist, and how their personal experiences have shaped their work.* Understand their commitment to storytelling that expands the portrayal of underrepresented communities on screen. * Discover how Set's background as a published linguistics researcher and community organizer has influenced their approach to filmmaking.* Learn about the story behind "Unseen," a unique narrative that explores immigration, disability, and mental health.* Understand how Set's vision of inclusivity and accessibility in filmmaking has guided their creative process for "Unseen."Set opens up about their personal journey as a filmmaker and activist, and how their own life experiences have deeply influenced the stories they choose to tell. They talk about their work with the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective, and how it promotes equity for undocumented immigrants in the film industry. Set also shares the story behind "Unseen," a film that sheds light on the challenges faced by Pedro, a visually impaired, undocumented immigrant, and aspiring social worker. Join us in conversation with Set Hernandez, an advocate who is breaking barriers and pushing boundaries in the film industry. Learn about their vision for creating more inclusive and diverse narratives in cinema, and don't miss the insightful conversation on their award-winning film "Unseen."

    Futurist Weaver of Stories: Violeta Ayala on Filmmaking, Technology, and Inclusive Narratives in The BlackStar Film Festival

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2023 56:56

    Welcome to 'The Truth in This Art,' I'm your host Rob Lee, and today we have a special guest – Violeta Ayala, an exceptional artist who merges technology, storytelling, and culture to create riveting narratives. Violeta is a pioneer in filmmaking and a vocal advocate for her Quechua heritage. Her groundbreaking work redefines the art scene, filmmaking, storytelling, and technology. They discuss Violeta's film, La Lucha, which will have its world premiere at the Black Star Film Festival in Philadelphia. Violeta introduces herself as a futurist and a weaver, who combines different mediums and technologies to create her narratives. She aims to break away from colonial ideas and create a more inclusive and diverse storytelling landscape.Within this episode: Delve into Violeta Ayala's role as a futurist and weaver of stories, challenging traditional filmmaking notions. Explore her belief in education beyond reading and writing and the significance of storytelling in human culture. Discover how Violeta's unique perspective as someone on the autism spectrum has shaped her journey as an artist and filmmaker. Learn about Violeta's latest documentary, "La Lucha," which chronicles the world's longest protest by people with disabilities, advocating for disability rights in Bolivia. Delve into her emphasis on art's role in evoking emotions, challenging perspectives, and fostering self-critical thinking. Violeta discusses her journey as an artist and filmmaker. She shares how her unique perspective as someone on the autism spectrum has shaped her approach to storytelling. Violeta also talks about her early experiences in Bolivia and Australia, her discovery of filmmaking, and her passion for giving a voice to marginalized communities. She delves into the intersection of technology and art, highlighting the evolving nature of film and the need for new narrative languages. Violeta provides insights into her latest documentary, "La Lucha," which follows the longest protest by people with disabilities in the world. She emphasizes the importance of creating art that provokes emotions, challenges perspectives, and opens minds.Join us in conversation with Violeta Ayala, a groundbreaking filmmaker who challenges the status quo. Learn about her advocacy for her Quechua heritage and her upcoming world premiere at the Blackstar Film Festival. Don't miss it!

    Baltimore By Baltimore's Impact on Baltimore's Renaissance: Devin Wilkins' Reflections on A Curation of Love for our City

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2023 38:58

    Welcome to The Truth In This Art podcast! Join our host, Rob Lee, as he delves into enlightening conversations with creative minds and their inspiring journeys. In this episode, we are excited to feature a vibrant discussion with Devin Wilkins, the native of Baltimore City and founder of Meeting Where You Are (MWYA), a mentorship program dedicated to reducing recidivism rates among youth through mentorship, opportunities, and exposure.During this engaging interview, Devin Wilkins shares:* His profound connection to Baltimore and how growing up in the city influenced his path towards community outreach and mentorship.* The inspiration behind creating "The Black Baltimore Renaissance Vol. 1" coloring book, which highlights the greatness of the Black community in Baltimore and showcases the individuals changing the city's narrative.* The pivotal role of Baltimore by Baltimore in shaping the event "A Curation of Love for our City" and how this partnership enriched the planning and execution of the second installment in the series' second year.* The meticulous process of curating diverse talents for the event, ensuring each participant reflected the unique spirit and essence of Baltimore.* Standout moments from "A Curation of Love for our City" that captured the vibrancy and creative prowess of the city's inner harbor, local vendors, music, and art.* How this event has influenced Devin's future curatorial decisions and approach to future Baltimore by Baltimore festivals.Tune in to this episode to gain a deeper understanding of Devin Wilkins' unwavering dedication to Baltimore, his vision for empowering the city's youth, and his commitment to showcasing the brilliance of its diverse talents.

    Building Bridges for Baltimore's Vibrant Future: Deep Dive with Matthew Reeds of Baltimore Homecoming

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2023 48:23

    Welcome to a captivating episode of "The Truth in This Art"! Join host Rob Lee as he engages in a meaningful conversation with Matthew Reeds, the Deputy Director of Baltimore Homecoming—an organization mobilizing accomplished Baltimoreans worldwide to spark new collaborations and investments in Baltimore's future.In this episode, we explore: Matthew's background and commitment to philanthropy and doing good in Baltimore, driven by his pride as a lifetime Baltimorean and alumnus of Morgan State University and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. An overview of Baltimore Homecoming, its significance for the city, and Matthew's main focus and responsibilities as Deputy Director. The impact of Baltimore Homecoming on the community, with specific examples showcasing positive outcomes and changes witnessed. Insights into the Crab Tank Pitch Competition and the Homecoming Hero Awards program, and their contributions to Baltimore Homecoming's overarching goals. Discover the opportunities to support the Homecoming Hero Awards through public voting, the benefits for winners, and how local organizations and institutions engage with Baltimore Homecoming. Don't miss the discussion on Baltimore Homecoming's annual signature event, Activate 2023, and how you can be part of empowering Baltimore's vibrant future.

    Amplifying Diverse Voices: A Conversation with Maori Karmael Holmes, Founder of BlackStar Projects

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2023 37:16

    Welcome to The Truth In This Art. I'm your host, Rob Lee. In this episode, join us for an insightful conversation with Maori Karmael Holmes, the founder, CEO, and artistic officer of BlackStar Projects. BlackStar Projects is the driving force behind the BlackStar Film Festival, an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and global communities of color, featuring films by Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers from around the world.Maori Karmael Holmes is a renowned curator, filmmaker, and writer, dedicated to championing diverse voices in the film industry. As we delve into her inspiring journey, we explore her passion for film, the impact of influential movies and filmmakers during her youth, and the intersection of her personal journey with the founding of the BlackStar Film Festival.Join us as we discuss: Maori's approach to documentary filmmaking, capturing authentic narratives while respecting the privacy and dignity of her subjects. Insights into her powerful documentary "Scene Not Heard: Women in Philadelphia Hip-Hop" and its exploration of underrepresented voices in the music industry. The mission and significance of the BlackStar Film Festival, as well as the programs and initiatives organized by BlackStar that contribute to a more inclusive and equitable landscape for filmmakers. Discover the impact of groundbreaking films showcased at the BlackStar Film Festival, pushing boundaries and challenging traditional genres. Gain insights into the evolving independent film community in Philadelphia, the festival's base, and Maori's exciting highlights from this year's program.Join us for an engaging episode as Maori Karmael Holmes shares her invaluable perspectives on amplifying diverse voices and shaping a more inclusive future for filmmakers.

    Heritage, History, and Cultural Renaissance: A Conversation with Shauntee Daniels of Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2023 71:22

    Welcome to a captivating episode of "The Truth in This Art"! Join host Rob Lee as he engages in a meaningful conversation with the innovative and passionate Shauntee Daniels, the Executive Director of the Baltimore National Heritage Area (BNHA), a distinguished region that celebrates historic structures, cultural traditions, and unique patterns of history.In this episode, we explore:- Shauntee Daniels' inspiring journey as an advocate for heritage tourism and promoting Black history and cultural heritage.- A comprehensive understanding of heritage areas, with a focus on BNHA's pivotal role in preserving Baltimore's rich past and promoting cultural development.- BNHA's impactful initiatives, including guided walking tours and grants that encourage tourism and historic preservation.Join us for an insightful exploration of Shauntee Daniels' journey at BNHA, the significance of heritage areas, and the profound impact of promoting cultural heritage through heritage tourism.

    Enchanting Melodies and Dreamy Pop: Exploring Ari Voxx's Artistic Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2023 48:24

    Welcome to "The Truth In This Art." I'm your host, Rob Lee. In today's episode, we have a captivating conversation with Ari Voxx, DC's Dreamy Pop Princess, who delves into the enchanting world of music and creativity.Join us as we explore Ari Voxx's unique perspective shaped by her diverse influences and unwavering dedication to crafting dreamy pop masterpieces. Through her mesmerizing vocals and captivating songwriting, Ari creates thought-provoking and authentic musical experiences.In our talk, Ari shares: Early influences and the themes she explores in her captivating music. Her artistic journey and the driving forces behind her dreamy pop sound. The impact of Ari's performances, both locally and beyond, at prestigious venues. Ari Voxx's belief in the importance of self-expression shines through her artistic endeavors. Join us in this inspiring episode as we uncover the profound messages embedded in Ari's music and gain insight into her creative process. Prepare to be captivated and inspired by the enchanting world of Ari Voxx.

    Disrupting Narratives Through XR: A Conversation with Idris Brewster, Founder of Kinfolk

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2023 58:46

    Welcome to a captivating episode of "The Truth in This Art"! Join host Rob Lee as he engages in a meaningful conversation with the innovative and passionate Idris Brewster, founder of Kinfolk, an augmented reality archive of Black and Brown history.In this episode, we explore: Idris Brewster's journey into XR and the interplay between artistry, storytelling, and technology. A simple definition of XR and its distinctions from VR and AR. The founding of Kinfolk and its mission to make Black and Brown narratives accessible through XR. Join us for an insightful exploration of Idris Brewster's journey in the XR industry, the founding of Kinfolk, and the profound impact of merging technology, art, and storytelling.

    Archiving the Essence of Advanced Industrial Societies: A Conversation with Visual Artist Joseph Cochran II

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2023 55:37

    Welcome to "The Truth In This Art." I'm your host, Rob Lee. In today's episode, we have a captivating conversation with Joseph Cochran II, a visual artist, researcher, and archivist who delves into the essence of advanced industrial societies and the power of archives.Join us as we explore Joseph's unique perspective shaped by personal trauma and his dedication to capturing the mythological and historical significance within his work. Through mediums like photography, text, video, and installation, Joseph crafts thought-provoking art that intertwines research and archiving practices.In our talk, Joseph shares: Early influences and the themes he explores in his captivating art. His artistic journey and the driving forces behind his archive-centric approach. The impact of Joseph's exhibitions, both domestically and internationally, at prestigious venues. Joseph Cochran II's belief in the importance of truth shines through his artistic endeavors. Join us in this inspiring episode as we uncover the profound messages embedded in his exhibitions and installations. Prepare to be captivated and inspired by the world of Joseph Cochran II.

    Revealing Colorful Portraiture and Pop Media Paintings: A Conversation with Artist Jay Delnegro

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2023 57:13

    Welcome to "The Truth in This Art." I'm your host, Rob Lee, and I'm thrilled to introduce our next guest. Hailing from Baltimore, MD, this artist specializes in eye-catching, colorful portraiture, pop media paintings, and digital artwork. Please welcome Jay Delnegro.In this episode, we delve into: How Jay discovered their passion for art and what specifically drew them to colorful portraiture and pop media paintings. The convergence of influences from comics, cartoons, and social issues in Jay's artwork, and the intended message or emotions they aim to convey through their expressive pieces. The significance of incorporating themes of childhood and 90's R&B in Jay's art and how these nostalgic elements contribute to the overall narrative and aesthetic. Join us for an engaging conversation as we explore the inspiration, influences, and creative process behind Jay Delnegro's captivating and expressive artwork.

    Unveiling the Power of Truth: Rob Lee's Engaging Creative Mornings Presentation at Maryland Art Place

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2023 45:15

    Step into the inspiring world of Maryland Art Place as Rob Lee, the naturally curious and talented storyteller, takes the stage for his Creative Mornings talk on the theme of 'Truth.' In this captivating presentation, Rob explores the concept of truth through three famous quotes, sharing his unique perspective as the host of "The Truth In This Art" podcast.With over 400 interviews featuring a diverse guest list of artists, entrepreneurs, and tastemakers, Rob has become a prominent voice in Baltimore and beyond. Motivated by a desire to challenge negative narratives and false perceptions about his beloved hometown, Rob created "The Truth In This Art" podcast in 2019. In recognition of his impactful work, the podcast was awarded the title of Best Podcast in Baltimore by Baltimore Magazine's esteemed editors in 2022.Beyond his podcast, Rob's commitment to the arts and community shines through his active involvement on the boards of the Baltimore Improv Group and Creative Nomads. These organizations provide platforms for live comedy shows, adult and youth workshops, podcasting, and foster the professional and craft development of arts entrepreneurs. Rob's dedication to providing access to arts, music, and cultural programming to all youth and families is a testament to his belief in the transformative power of creativity.Join Rob Lee as he takes you on a thought-provoking journey through his Creative Mornings talk at Maryland Art Place. Experience the wisdom and insights he uncovers through three powerful quotes, and gain a deeper understanding of truth in the context of art, storytelling, and community.Photo by Schaun Champion

    Unveiling the Art of Sign Making: A Conversation with Sean Danaher

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2023 38:56

    Welcome to the Truth in This Art. I'm your host, Rob Lee, and I'm thrilled to be in conversation with my next guest: Sean Danaher, founder of the Baltimore-based Danaher Signs. This company specializes in traditional sign making methods, providing a variety of signage solutions for individuals and businesses alike. Please welcome Sean Danaher.Thank you again for joining the podcast, Sean. In this episode, we will delve into the fascinating world of sign making and explore Sean's background and current work. We will touch upon the following points: Sean's background as a former youth pastor and frequent skateboarder, and how these experiences have shaped his journey. The transition from his previous roles to becoming a sign painter and the factors that sparked his interest in this unique art form. An intriguing exploration of the history of sign painting, which has been practiced in America for over 150 years. Sean's process as a sign painter and his preference for traditional methods over technology. A discussion on Sean's favorite tools for the creative process and how they contribute to his craft. Join us as we explore the world of traditional sign making with Sean Danaher, gaining unique insights into his creative process, the history of sign painting, and the keys to success in this art form.

    Exploring Artistic Perspectives: Emilio Maldonado's Journey Through Identity, Memory, and Social Constructs (The Truth In This Art Beyond: Philadelphia)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2023 36:14

    In this episode of the podcast, join host Rob Lee as he engages in a fascinating conversation with Emilio Maldonado, an Afro-Caribbean artist living and working in Philadelphia. Emilio's work provides a unique perspective from the systematically disenfranchised, utilizing discarded materials to explore the significance of objects in collective memory and the construction of narratives.During their conversation, Emilio and Rob touch upon various intriguing topics, including: Emilio's early creative experiences that sparked his interest in art and creativity. The experience of living and working as an artist in Philadelphia. Emilio's artistic journey, encompassing both 2D and 3D work and the themes and ideas that drive his current artistic practice. The sense of irony and satire present in Emilio's artwork and the feelings he aims to express through his art. The core inspirations that fuel Emilio's creative process and artistic expression. The importance of approaching his work from the perspective of the systematically disenfranchised and its significance in his artistic vision. Join us in this enlightening episode as Emilio Maldonado shares his unique perspective and insights into his artistry, offering thought-provoking perspectives on perception, memory, the impact of social constructs, and mental health.

    Exploring the Vibrant Artistry of Roxanne Sauriol Hauenherm

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2023 36:44

    Welcome to a new episode of "The Truth in This Art" podcast! Join our host, Rob Lee, as he engages in a captivating conversation with Roxanne Sauriol Hauenherm, a self-taught painter whose works are collected and exhibited internationally. Together, they explore the vibrant world of Roxanne's artistry and gain insightful perspectives into her creative journey.During their conversation, Jessa and Rob touch upon several intriguing topics, including: Roxanne's contemporary interpretations of classic paintings, which offer a fresh perspective on timeless masterpieces and capture the essence of humanity through vivid brushstrokes. The themes that Roxanne explores in her captivating art and her unique approach that centers around research and archiving practices. The profound messages embedded in Roxanne's exhibitions and installations, where she showcases her perspective on advanced industrial societies and the power of archives, utilizing mediums such as photography, text, video, and installation. As their discussion unfolds, you'll have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Roxanne's artistry and the thought-provoking elements she incorporates into her work.Join us in this episode of "The Truth in This Art" and be sure to rate and review the podcast to support the best in podcasting.

    Unveiling the Intricacies of Black Identity: A Conversation with Emerging Visual Artist Victoria Walton

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2023 38:06

    Welcome to a fresh episode of The Truth in This Art! In this episode, our host, Rob Lee, engages in a stimulating conversation with Victoria Walton, an emerging visual artist and 2023 Ceramics MFA Candidate at Alfred University.Victoria's artwork brings forth the profound intricacies of Black identity through her captivating life-size figurative works. This conversation delves into: Victoria's early experiences and influential figures that shaped her artistic journey. The pivotal "ah-ha" moment that directed her towards art as a lifelong career. Her exploration of ceramics as a primary medium, and the additional techniques she employs in her artwork. The impact of her work on individuals, the broader Black community, and its cultural significance. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion as Victoria opens up about her favorite aspects of being a ceramic artist and imparts valuable advice for those embarking on their own artistic journey.

    Unveiling the Creative Journey of Jessa Dupuis: Blending Art, Design, and Abstract Narratives

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2023 46:09

    Welcome to another episode of "The Truth in This Art" podcast! In this engaging conversation, Jessa Dupuis and Rob Lee explore a wide range of intriguing topics. They dive into Jessa's creative journey, discussing her early interests, the inspiration behind her current work, and her unique approach to merging art and design. They also delve into the themes she passionately pursues and reflect on the challenges, rewards, and moments of satisfaction in her artistic endeavors. Jessa graciously shares her insights on overcoming creative blocks, handling rejection and criticism, and the importance of embracing weirdness in art and creativity. Through experimentation and play, she continually evolves as an artist.Rob and Jessa discuss: Jessa's early creative interests and path into the art world. The vivid description of her current work, which centers around abstract visual storytelling and connecting individuals with their own narratives. Insights into Jessa's creative process, including the themes she explores and the challenges and rewards she encounters. The significance of embracing weirdness in art, overcoming creative blocks, and the role of experimentation and play in Jessa's ongoing artistic evolution. Join us for this captivating episode and get ready to be inspired by the artistic journey of Jessa Dupuis.

    Empowering Communities through Entrepreneurship: Insights from Tayyib Smith (The Truth In This Art Beyond : Philadelphia)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2023 51:50

    Welcome to another episode of "The Truth in This Art" podcast! Join host Rob Lee as he engages in a captivating conversation with Tayyib Smith, the founding partner and chief strategist at The Growth Collective. In this episode, we cover: Tayyib's background and early experiences that have shaped his work today. The role of hip-hop culture as a vehicle for entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, and the inspiration behind founding the Institute of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship. Tayyib's approach to building and nurturing relationships between artists, niche brands, and diverse audiences, and how it has contributed to his success as a cultural connector and entrepreneur. Three guiding truths that have shaped Tayyib's career and continue to drive his endeavors. The creation of The Growth Collective, its mission to address systemic racism and wealth inequality in communities of color, and its strategies to provide access to resources and capital. The key challenges faced during the inception of The Growth Collective and how they were overcome. Effective ways to share information and resources with underprivileged communities and ensure equitable access. The goals and priorities of The Growth Collective and Tayyib's vision for the organization's evolution over time. Tune in to this thought-provoking episode as Tayyib Smith shares his insights and experiences in empowering communities of color and generating wealth through his entrepreneurial endeavors.

    Mind on Fire: Unveiling the Musical Journey of James Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2023 42:06

    Welcome to a captivating episode of "The Truth in This Art"! Join host Rob Lee as he engages in a meaningful conversation with the multi-talented James Young.In this episode, we explore: James Young's background as a composer, improviser, educator, and show runner, and his deep passion for organized sound. His creative journey from Texas to Baltimore and the influence these environments have had on his musical expression. James's extensive experiences at prestigious institutions and festivals, including Mass MOCA, Bang on a Can Festival, and June in Buffalo. The unique role he holds as the Artistic Director of Mind on Fire, a modular orchestra that focuses on living composers and promotes accessibility to the arts. James's formative experiences, major influences, and his distinctive creative process as a composer. The collaborations and partnerships Mind on Fire has cultivated with diverse artists, including somatic artists, poets, puppeteers, and filmmakers. The importance of collaboration and creative exchange in the artistic process, and how it enhances the work of both individual artists and the collective. James's vision for providing a space for contemporary music and nurturing its growth and impact. Join us for an insightful journey into the world of James Young, where music becomes a powerful language of communication, education, and transformation.

    Unleashing Musical Magic: An Interview with TrillaKay, the Fearless DJ and Entrepreneur

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2023 34:47

    Welcome to an exciting new episode of "The Truth in This Art"! Join host Rob Lee as he engages in a captivating conversation with the multi-talented artist, DJ, and entrepreneur, TrillaKay.In this episode, we delve into: TrillaKay's journey from being a young music enthusiast to becoming a successful DJ with a devoted fan base. The unique qualities of TrillaKay's mixes, music elements, and playlists that have played a pivotal role in their career. Their diverse range of influences, from house to international sounds and hip hop, and how these inspirations have shaped their fearless approach to innovation. The challenges and triumphs they've encountered along their artistic path and how they have persevered to achieve their goals. Their entrepreneurial endeavors and how they've been able to create a distinct brand and connect with their audience. The importance of representation and inclusivity in the music industry, and how TrillaKay actively contributes to creating spaces for underrepresented artists and communities. Join us for an insightful and inspiring conversation with TrillaKay, where we explore their artistic journey, creative process, and commitment to fostering an inclusive and vibrant music scene.

    Designing a World of Wonder: Q&A with Jordan Levine, Founder of WonderBooks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2023 38:35

    Welcome to the Truth in This Art. I'm your host, Rob Lee, and today I'm honored to be in conversation with Jordan Levine, a Baltimore-based designer, illustrator, and the founder/CEO of Wonderbooks Tools For Wonderers - Timeless Notebooks for a Range of Purposes. Please welcome Jordan Levine.Thank you for joining me today, Jordan. In this episode, we will explore Jordan's background and creative journey as an illustrator. We will touch upon the following points: Jordan's background and how he discovered his passion for illustration and design. The realization of wanting to pursue a creative path and the factors that influenced this decision. Jordan's favorite artists and the individuals who have inspired his work. The development of his artistic skills and the steps he took to establish a career in art. The influences that shape Jordan's work, including custom lettering and illustration styles. Join us as we dive into the world of design, illustration, and the founding of Wonderbooks with Jordan Levine. Gain insights into his creative process, inspirations, and the keys to success in the industry.

    Q+A with game designer and founder of Pioneer Virtual Reality Christopher Fonte

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2023 46:11

    Welcome to a new episode of "The Truth in This Art"! Join our host, Rob Lee, as he converses with the remarkable Christopher Fonte, founder of Pioneer VR and a passionate virtual reality enthusiast.In this engaging episode, we delve into: Christopher's background and early creative interests, including his musical background in composing. His career path leading up to launching Pioneer VR and the entrepreneurial figures who have influenced him. The history of virtual reality, Christopher's motivations for creating Pioneer VR, and how he came up with the groundbreaking idea. Specific examples of how Pioneer VR has been used in events and presentations, showcasing the impact it had on the audience. How Pioneer VR makes virtual reality accessible to everyone, including those who have not had access to it before, and the reasons behind its traditional inaccessibility. The evolution of Pioneer VR since its inception in 2017 and the future plans for the company. The future of virtual reality and the role Pioneer VR aims to play in its ongoing evolution. This episode offers a profound and inspiring insight into Christopher Fonte's journey, the history and accessibility of virtual reality, and the exciting future prospects for Pioneer VR. Tune in to discover the world of virtual reality and its limitless possibilities.

    Exploring Art's Boundless Beauty: Q&A with Dr. Asma Naeem, Director at the Baltimore Museum of Art

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2023 50:08

    Welcome to a new episode of "The Truth in This Art"! Join our host, Rob Lee, as he converses with the remarkable Asma Naeem, the Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director at the Baltimore Museum of Art and curator of "The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century" exhibition.In this engaging episode, we delve into: Asma's fascinating journey into the art world, from practicing law to pursuing a Ph.D. in American Art. Her experiences as the first person of color leading the Baltimore Museum of Art. An insightful exploration into "The Culture," an exhibition that brilliantly captures the profound influence of hip hop on contemporary society. A look into Asma's curatorial process, the challenges faced, and the triumphs celebrated while putting together this groundbreaking exhibition. Asma's vision for the future of museums, emphasizing inclusivity, accessibility, and representation. And a discerning discussion on where Baltimore stands among the top art communities in the region. This episode offers a profound and inspiring insight into the intersection of hip hop, art, and cultural expression through Asma Naeem's expert lens.

    Unleashing Athletic Excellence: Q&A with Olanrele Oni, Founder of Unmatched Athlete

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2023 47:02

    Welcome to "The Truth In This Art." I'm your host, Rob Lee. In today's episode, we have an enlightening conversation with Olanrele Oni, the President and Founder of Unmatched Athlete, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ+ representation in sports and fitness.Join me, Rob Lee, as we delve into Olanrele's journey with Unmatched Athlete and discover the mission they passionately share with our listeners. Throughout our discussion, Olanrele shares their experiences, insights, and the incredible impact that Unmatched Athlete has had in creating a more inclusive and empowering environment.During our conversation, Olanrele shares: The story behind their journey with Unmatched Athlete and the driving forces that led them to establish the organization. The mission of Unmatched Athlete, which encourages LGBTQ+ and allied youths aged 5-18 to participate in sports and fitness activities, fostering inclusivity and empowerment. The creative and unique ways that Unmatched Athlete integrates inclusivity and representation into their sports and fitness programs. The impact of their work and the importance of shifting narratives, especially in the world of sports. Olanrele also shares inspiring success stories that have emerged from the organization, highlighting the transformative impact Unmatched Athlete has had on the LGBTQ+ community in Maryland.Next, we explore the rewarding aspects of Olanrele's work with the organization so far and how Unmatched Athlete approaches educating and involving allies in their mission. Allies play a crucial role in supporting and creating a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ youths, and Unmatched Athlete recognizes their importance.Lastly, we discuss the upcoming Union Collective Pride Fundraiser, a celebratory event that brings together Unmatched Athlete, Movement Hampden, and various businesses in the Union Collective to affirm LGBTQ+ inclusion and raise funds for the organization. This event promises to be a day filled with joy, empowerment, and support.Tune in to this episode of "The Truth In This Art" podcast to hear Olanrele's insightful responses to these questions and gain a deeper understanding of the incredible work being done by Unmatched Athlete.

    Crafting Reality: Unveiling the Intricate Weavings of Sasha Baskin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2023 45:44

    Welcome to "The Truth In This Art" podcast! This episode features an engaging conversation with our host, Rob Lee, and the creative dynamo, Sasha Baskin. Sasha's work, a fascinating blend of weaving, drawing, and lacemaking, explores the convergence of craft, classical rendering, and reality television.In this episode, we delve into: Sasha's creative journey and the early experiences that shaped her unique artistic path. The inspiration behind her transition to traditional weaving and lacemaking. An exploration of her current work and the evolution of her creative process. The intriguing correlation between reality shows like "The Bachelor", Greek Mythology, and Sasha's art. Her intriguing use of analog and digital technologies in her work. The significance of creativity in her life beyond art practice. The key skills that her education at MICA enhanced. Join us as we explore the intricacies of Sasha's unique creative perspective and her journey as a successful portrait artist turned craft and material studies expert.

    Twin Magic Unveiled: Hope and Faith's Interdisciplinary Collaborative Journey

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2023 51:35

    Welcome to "The Truth In This Art" podcast! Join host Rob Lee as he dives deep into the inspiring stories of creative minds. In this episode, we have the pleasure of featuring D.C. born, Hyattsville raised twins, Eleisha Faith McCorkle and Tonisha Hope McCorkle. With their BFA's from New York University in Studio Art, these talented artists bring together their unique qualities to create an impressive interdisciplinary collaboration.In this enlightening conversation, Eleisha and Tonisha share: Their origin stories and the paths that led them to their artistic journeys. The distinctive characteristics that define their work and the sources of inspiration that drive them. The fascinating transformation process of turning an idea into a physical masterpiece. The profound significance of their bond as siblings in both their individual and collaborative creative processes. An in-depth exploration of their first solo show, "OUR SKIN, OUR LOGO." A glimpse into their current projects and their exciting vision for the future. How their artistic practices have evolved over time and their aspirations for the next three years. Join us as we delve into their shared experiences, uncover the intricate narratives behind their art, and embark on their spiritual journey of creation using 2D, 3D, and 4D elements. From everyday activities to poignant memories, discover how Eleisha and Tonisha channel their inspirations into captivating works of art.

    Julio Ricardo Varela: Leading Latino Journalism & Media

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2023 61:11

    Welcome to The Truth In This Art podcast! Join our host, Rob Lee, as he delves into enlightening conversations with creative minds and their inspiring journeys. This episode features a vibrant discussion with Julio Ricardo Varela, the founder of Latino Rebels, co-host of the “In The Thick” political podcast, and President of Futuro Media.During this episode, Julio Ricardo Varela shares: His unique background and journey as a leading journalist in the Latino digital news landscape. Insights into his journalistic approach and what separates good journalism from shoddy journalism. The fascinating story behind the founding of Latino Rebels, one of the top U.S. Latino digital media sites in the world. His experience and leadership role at Futuro Media, its mission, and its impact on the journalism landscape. Tune into this episode for an enriching insight into the world of Latino media and journalism. 

    Greg Burnham: Creator of Tuskegee Heirs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2023 43:39

    Welcome to The Truth In This Art podcast! Our host, Rob Lee, engages in an illuminating conversation with acclaimed writer Greg Burnham, known for his captivating Tuskegee Heirs comic series and author of two notable children's books, "Broken Glass" and "Grandpa's Shoes."In this inspiring episode, we delve into: Greg's fascinating journey in the world of comics and writing. His inspirations and motivations behind pursuing this creative career. The conceptualization process behind his work. We learn about the diverse characters Greg creates and understand the importance of representation in his storytelling. The hurdles Greg has encountered in his career and his methodologies to overcome them. Greg also shares insightful advice for upcoming writers who may face similar challenges. The impact of platforms like Awesome Con on creators. We discuss how such platforms offer an opportunity to showcase work, interact with fans, and connect with the community. Greg's approach to preparing for Awesome Con and the convention season. He shares his strategies for ensuring a successful and engaging experience for both himself and his fans. A sneak peek into Greg's exciting upcoming projects and collaborations. We also learn about his dream project that he wishes to undertake in the future. This episode is a must-listen for comic enthusiasts, aspiring writers, and anyone intrigued by the creative process behind compelling storytelling.

    Q+A with artist Ada Pinkston

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2023 47:31

    Welcome to The Truth In This Art podcast! Our host, Rob Lee, engages with creative minds to uncover their inspiring stories. This episode features a conversation with Ada Pinkston, a multimedia artist, educator, and cultural organizer born in New York.Ada enlightens us on: Her unique journey as an artist. The way her art explores the intersection of imagined histories and socio-political realities on our bodies. How she stays creative and innovative in her field. Tune in to this episode for a fascinating deep-dive into Ada's artistic process and her role in shaping the contemporary art scene.

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