Austin Art Talk

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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  • Episode 20: Griffon Ramsey - Chainsaw Art

    March 17th, 2018  |  1 hr 6 mins
    chainsaw art, griffon ramsey

    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
    abstract, comtemorary art, oil painting, roi james

    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
    bale creek allen, gallery

    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
    nancy mims, photography

    "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.

  • Episode 11: PRINTAUSTIN - Cathy Savage & Elvia Perrin

    December 30th, 2017  |  1 hr 2 mins
    cathy savage, eliva perrin, print austin

    If you don’t know anything about PRINTAUSTIN here is your chance. Started in 2013 by printmakers Cathy Savage and Eliva Perrin, it has become a nationally recognized annual event that promotes the art of printmaking through artist talks, exhibits, special events, and workshops and demos with participants from all over the US. Jan 15th-Feb 15th 2018

  • Episode 10: Claire Howard - Curating & The Open Road

    December 23rd, 2017  |  56 mins 40 secs
    blanton museum of art, claire howard, photography, the open road

    Claire Howard is the Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art. Our conversation centers around the traveling photography exhibition The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip. We learn about the images in the exhibit, what it takes to plan for and integrate a new show into and existing space, and the opportunity to curate additions that are relevant to a local audience.

  • Episode 9: Hayley Gillespie - Art.Science.Gallery.

    December 16th, 2017  |  57 mins 23 secs

    The intersection of art and science might not be obvious at first glance but the two are actually very intertwined and have been for 100's of years. From the drawings and studies of Da Vinci and Charles Darwin to modern day illustrations of black holes, art as a way to imagine, interpret, and convey the ideas of science has never been more relevant. And Dr. Hayley Gillespie, founder of Austin's Art.Science.Gallery. is for me the best person to explain Science Art and share stories of scientists who were and are also artists and what it's like to run a gallery and support artists in this city.

  • Episode 8: Yuliya Lanina - The Nature of Being

    December 9th, 2017  |  1 hr 1 min
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    Yuliya Lanina is a multimedia artist who creates paintings, animations, music videos, animatronic sculptures, and performances, and often works on collaborations with composers, technicians, and choreographers. She is also a lecturer at UT and since moving to the US from Russia as a teenager has created a very successful career.

  • Episode 7: Paloma Mayorga - Healing & Empowerment in Art

    December 2nd, 2017  |  1 hr 4 secs
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    Voted Best Visual Artist of 2017 through a readers poll in the Austin Chronicle, Paloma Mayorga is an artist, curator, and has worked in arts administration since graduation from college. Her work is subtle but evocative and attempts to inspire and continue the conversation about women's issues and how we can all heal and empower others.

  • Episode 6: Steven Walker - Rocking Photography

    November 18th, 2017  |  1 hr 8 mins
    austin gallery, modern rocks, rock and roll, rock photography, steven walker

    Steven Walker, the owner of Modern Rocks Gallery, shares about his life leading up to moving to America, and the past almost four years selling rock photography and rocks in the live music capital of the world.

  • Episode 5: Emily Galusha - Undercurrents

    November 11th, 2017  |  1 hr 5 mins
    emily galusha, illustrator, painter

    What happens when you go from being a dancer to making a living as an artist? How do you move to a new city and start over? Join me for a delightful talk with Austin graphic artist Emily Galusha to get the answers and hear about her life in art starting as a child to being more fulfilled than ever with her work and path.