Austin Art Talk Podcast

In depth conversations and wisdom from Austin artists and creatives, about life, work, and creativity.

About the show

The goal of the podcast is to facilitate connections with and to learn from the successes, struggles, life experience, and wisdom of the people featured, most of whom live and create in Austin, Texas. The honest conversational flow of these weekly long form interviews lends itself to some really great insights and information that is available to anyone who wants to listen. Join us to explore the origins, stories, lessons, lives and work of those in our community who are at the forefront of creative expression. The podcast is hosted by photographer, art enthusiast and collector, Scott David Gordon.

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Episodes

  • Episode 27: Faustinus - El Subconsciente

    May 5th, 2018  |  1 hr 58 secs
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    Photographer Faustinus Deraet learns more about himself every time he clicks the button on his camera, captures an image, and makes a print. These images are windows into his subconscious (subconsciente) which end up revealing something deeper that needs to be expressed.

  • Episode 26: Karen Hawkins - The Pink Bow Project

    April 29th, 2018  |  55 mins 21 secs
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    The Pink Bow Project by Karen Hawkins is an installation at Gallery Shoal Creek in Austin, TX from April 13th to May 12th, 2018. Fifty two panels each with 1000 bows to approximately represent the substantiated cases of sexual abuse of females under the age of 18 each year in the US. Karen created the project to open up more conversations about sexual abuse, to help educate people, to create the opportunity for healing, and bear witness to those who are the victims of that abuse.

  • Episode 25: Jenn Hassin - A Life Of Service

    April 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins
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    Jenn Hassin cares about the world we live in and is trying to figure out what we can do as a society to make it a better place. Her artwork is often focused on raising the awareness of important issues like veteran suicide, sexual abuse in the military, and mental health.

  • Episode 24: AKIRASH

    April 14th, 2018  |  1 hr 22 mins
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    Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya is most well known by the name AKIRASH. He is a unique interdisciplinary artist who has few boundaries when it comes to what can best be used to tell the story he wants to share. Painting, sculpture, clothing and textiles, paper, installations, voice and music, and performance are all enlisted to create moments and places, with people being the most important piece.

  • Episode 23: Ron Berry - Fusebox Festival

    April 7th, 2018  |  1 hr 1 min
    dance, film, fusebox festival, literature, music, performance, ron berry, theater, visual art

    The annual Fusebox Festival aims to allow for a meaningful exploration and exchange between varied art forms and art communities by making space for what might only be possible in a live environment with other people. Each year Ron Berry and his team curate and paint onto the canvas that is the festival, a rich cross section of artists from different backgrounds and geographies into a diverse set of live event situations and performances.

  • Episode 22: Elizabeth Hendley - The Power of Art Therapy

    March 31st, 2018  |  1 hr 16 mins
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    A lot of people don’t know what art therapy is but for those who do they probably understand and appreciate its power and potenial. Elizabeth Hendley, the art therapist at Dell Children’s Medical Center, might not think she is a saint but she is doing really important work. This conversation will enlighten you to the world of art therapy and inspire you to think about the ways you could incorporate it into your own life.

  • Episode 21: Natalia Sylvester - Everyone Knows You Go Home

    March 24th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 secs
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    Novelist Natalia Sylvester says of her most recent book, she is writing for the people who have shared common experiences around immigration and know about being caught in between. These powerful and sometimes painful stories need to be out in the open so that the subjects and those like them know that what they went through has not gone unnoticed. But it’s not just about the struggles. It’s also the overlooked triumphs, courage, strength, and ordinary moments of daily life that need to be recognized.

  • Episode 20: Griffon Ramsey - Chainsaw Art

    March 17th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
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    If you get to the point in your artistic career where you are invited to help build a church out of ice in Slovakia for three weeks, you might think you have made it. But for Griffon Ramsey it is only a part of the beginning of the next exciting chapter.

  • Episode 19: Deborah Roberts - Dedicated to the Work

    March 10th, 2018  |  1 hr 4 mins
    collage, deborah roberts, mixed media, painting

    Deborah Roberts has had an incredible year with sold out shows all over the country and lots of press praising the her work and giving credit where it is due. She is best known for creating mixed-media portraits of young black girls, aged 8-10, that ask the viewer to consider how the subjects beauty has been imagined: by art history, pop culture, American history, and black culture. It's important work and it resonates with a lot of people.

  • Episode 18: Roi James - Leaps of Faith

    March 3rd, 2018  |  1 hr 12 mins
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    A raw and thoughtful conversation with contemporary artist Roi James about his life, work, and path through diversity to success. He specializes in creating sublimely beautiful abstract paintings and "Constructs" that are a combination of sculpture, painting, and architecture.

  • Episode 17: Kirk Weddle - The Next Big Gig

    February 24th, 2018  |  50 mins 14 secs
    advertising, editorial, envionmental, kirk weddle, nirvana, photography, portraits, underwater

    As an advertising and editorial photographer, Kirk Weddle has had the chance to work all over the world with a lot of different individuals and corporate clients. Throughout his career he has honed his skills photographing people and loves to do environmental portraits which often include the opportunity to visit some interesting and exciting locations. He has also specialized in a very difficult and adventurous type of photography. Underwater. That led him to his first big break.

  • Episode 16: Bale Creek Allen - No Limitations

    February 17th, 2018  |  1 hr 21 mins
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    Bale Creek Allen has chosen to live a beautiful and rich life and live by his own rules. He is a prolific artist with a great work ethic who creates art in a very diverse amount of ways and with many different materials. Bronze, neon, sculpture, painting, wood, photography, music, spoken word and theater to name a few.

  • Episode 15: Michael Anthony García

    February 3rd, 2018  |  56 mins 35 secs
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    Michael Anthony García is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and activist. His work takes many forms and attempts to addresses personal, local, and global issues, often highlighting those in this world who are marginalized, unseen, and under appreciated.

  • Episode 14: Nancy Mims - It Begins With A Walk

    January 20th, 2018  |  54 mins 42 secs
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    "It begins with a walk. Cracks on a sidewalk. Birds on a line, then suddenly in flight. A streak of clouds above the treeline. A rusty staple embedded in a telephone pole. Fragments of paper clinging to a utility box. The mysterious tracings of an insect’s trail across a length of wood." - Nancy Mims

  • Episode 13: Flip Solomon - (Bonus Stories) Lek Chailert and the Hare Dream

    January 16th, 2018  |  15 mins 31 secs
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    This is bonus content from the interview with Flip Solomon Episode 12. The first inspiring story is about Lek Chailert who with the help of many others saves and rehabilitates hundreds of animals in Thailand. The second story is of a dream that inspired a drawing and created a connection. If you haven't listened to Flip's main interview please go back and check that out first. Thanks!

  • Episode 12: Flip Solomon - Darkest Before Dawn

    January 13th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
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    If you had a neurological disorder that caused you to sleep more than normal and have vivid and intense dreams you might think of that as a serious problem with no upside. But for Flip Solomon it has become the source of her artwork in which she explores timeless themes and symbols with a goal of healing and connecting people on a basic, fundamental level. Hear her story and consider how you might look at your own problems as solutions.