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Spill Some Stuff with Brian Piana
31 minutes | Jul 4, 2018
EP 10: Routine Fables
We're back with a special episode featuring artist Elaine Bradford and poet Sara Cress. Elaine and Sara met via the podcast (hooray!), and then they worked on a year-long collaboration in which new sculptures by Elaine were paired with new poems by Sara for each week during 2017. The resulting work, collectively named Routine Fables, can be viewed online at RoutineFables.com. The sculptures and poems are also on display in Houston through the month of July at Lawndale Art Center. I urge you to go see the exhibition -- it's unlike any art show you've probably encountered before.
50 minutes | Sep 13, 2016
EP 09: Sara Cress
Sara Cress writes poems inspired by current events, and she regularly publishes them online at BreakingPoems.com. She came by to talk about her previous career as a journalist, how Breaking Poems came to be, and what her goals are for the project. Sara also tells the amazing story of getting married on TV (for reals!) on The Chris Gethard Show. Sara will be selling printed volumes of her poetry at this year's Zine Fest Houston, to be held November 19th at Lawndale Art Center. You can also purchase her books online at BreakingPoems.com.
46 minutes | May 31, 2016
EP 08: Emily Peacock
Artist Emily Peacock stops by to discuss her recent creative endeavors, which include writing and directing a film, staging a solo exhibition in Dallas, and even performing stand-up comedy. Her debut film, August, inspired by her own experiences during her mother's illness and death in 2014, is set to premiere this July in Houston. Meanwhile, her exhibition, User's Guide to Family Business, is on display at Beefhaus in Dallas until June 11th.
54 minutes | Mar 14, 2016
EP 07: MANUAL (Hill / Bloom)
I take the show on the road and visit with artists Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom, who have worked collaboratively under the name MANUAL since 1974. They have a new body of work on display at Moody Gallery titled Raising Nature. The exhibition, held concurrently with the Fotofest 2016 Biennial, has the artists directing their attention outdoors, reflecting on trees and their significance to the world we inhabit.
54 minutes | Mar 1, 2016
EP 06: Vinod Hopson
My friend Vinod Hopson of Fotofest International stops by to chat about the upcoming Biennial and to discuss all that goes into putting on such an expansive event. Six weeks of Biennial programming kicks off March 11th. He also talks about being a recent recipient of an Idea Fund grant and what his plans are for the project. (Hint: It involves cartography and bus tours!) Lastly, we get into an impromptu conversation about growing older, having friends or loved ones die, and reflecting on our own mortality. It was a personal and inspiring exchange.
78 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
EP 05: Robert Boyd Returns
The Great God Pan is Dead's Robert Boyd returns to talk shop and promote his latest creative endeavor, the art and prose tabloid EXU. Robert also gives us some insight to his childhood days of making comics, zines, and movies with his pals, and then later bouncing around the U.S. as a professional editor and publisher. We then discuss his return to Houston and how he became an art blogger, an art fair organizer, and now a tabloid publisher. Good stories abound!
63 minutes | Oct 10, 2014
Episode 04: Doak Procter
My friend Doak Procter joins me to talk about beer, home brewing, and this month’s Dixie Cup, which is the largest single-site home brew competition in Houston. Celebrating its 31st year, the Dixie Cup is put on by the Foam Rangers, which the city’s largest and oldest home brew club. Doak breaks down just what all goes into a competition of this size, and he also tells us what we can expect at this year’s event.
69 minutes | Sep 29, 2014
Episode 03: Robert Boyd
The Great God Pan is Dead‘s Robert Boyd joins me to talk about art fairs! What’s the point of them? Who are they really for? And why does Houston have two separate fairs a mere two weeks apart? Robert also shares a lot of his photos from his visits to New York for Frieze in addition to the two local fairs. Visit SpillSomeStuff.com for photo links and timestamps so you can follow along.
65 minutes | Aug 5, 2014
Episode 02: Elaine Bradford
Artist Elaine Bradford joins me to talk about a range of topics, including our cats, beer, and of course her art! She discusses the origins of her earliest crochet pieces as well as how and why she came to use taxidermy. We touch on some of her larger installations from the past and also discuss the work she's doing now. Please visit her website at www.elainebradford.com.
56 minutes | Jul 7, 2014
Episode 01: Emily Link
Emily Link sits down with me to talk about the 2014 Big Show at Lawndale Art Center, which opens on Friday, July 11th at 6:30pm. Have you ever wondered about the inner workings of the area’s largest open-call juried exhibition? Wonder no more! We also talk about Emily’s own art practice, including her use of an evolving narrative throughout her recent installations. We also reminisce about a memorable work of digital art she made while in my computer imaging class many years ago.
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