Interview with Artist Alison Snowball

This is the second in new series of 11 artist interviews I conducted earlier this year I’ve titled “a new space; artists and social media”. You can learn more about this project at http://artistsandsocialmedia.tumblr.com/


http://alisonsnowball.com

Alison Snowball is an artist based in Toronto. I met Snowball in 2010 while we were both conducting gallery space projects in the Parkdale neighbourhood and had recently seen mention of her Chalk Form Census (http://alisonsnowball.com/art/chalk-form-census/) and TWEETHIS: An Art History Paper in 361 Tweets (http://alisonsnowball.com/art/tweethis-an-art-history-paper-in-361-tweets/) on Facebook. This was only one of two interviews in the project conducted in person.

Interview with Artist Eric Oglander

This is the first in new series of 11 artist interviews I conducted earlier this year I’ve titled “a new space; artists and social media”. You can learn more about this project at http://artistsandsocialmedia.tumblr.com/

http://www.ericoglander.com

(there is some sound degradation in parts due to audio feedback. my apologies for this).

Oglander is an emerging artist who recently moved to Brooklyn, New York and in many ways represents the fulfilment of the promise of instant fame and recognition that social media holds for many artists. His project, Craigslist Mirrors (http://craigslistmirrors.com), was started in late 2013 and almost immediately found by renowned art critic Jerry Saltz (https://twitter.com/jerrysaltz) who posted links to it on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

[Podcast #9] Interview with #hamont Heritage Activist Graham Crawford

Listen to the Audio Podcast here (also available on iTunes)

I had the honour and pleasure of interviewing Silver Jubilee Medal recipient Graham Crawford at his HIStory & HERitage Museum storefront space. Crawford is a hero to some and a thorn in the side to others with his outspoken views on city business and priorities. Retired from a very successful run in the corporate world, he perhaps is the best example of the methodical and intelligent activist who vexes the myth of the malcontent and uninformed activist that seemingly is applied to anyone who speaks out in this community.

When I first moved to Hamilton, Ontario three years ago, Graham’s storefront window full of “culture jamming” images and commentary was an intriguing and accessible point of entry to learn about this city in transition. During this interview, I try to get an overview from Crawford on what makes Hamilton architecture so special, some of the current problems with the political leadership and where Hamilton is going next.

The interview goes for an hour and a half, and could of gone on for another hour and a half. I hope you enjoy.

(Bonus: Fellow Silver Jubilee Recipient Matt Jelly art included below)

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[Video + Podcast #8] Christopher Healey interviewed about exhibit Mexico ii, by Hamilton Artists Inc.

You listen to the Audio Only Podcast or watch the video below:

Raw audio + finished video  from a 20 minute interview on June 29th, 2013 of Christopher Healey. Conducted by Hamilton Artists Inc’s Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Sutherland, and Gallery Assistant Samantha Roketta, about my exhibit Mexico ii featuring paintings by my mother Beverly Healey and digital collages by me.

I’m the first artist for this video interview series for the Inc, and was glad to help out this way. I really appreciated being able to articulate more of about the show and the process, and yet still feel like I forgot to mention a couple of key points – of course. That is, essentially, my work is about death and the “thinness” of our existence – which is one of the reasons I used the sunlight and the materials I did, such as the skull and white plastic. My Mom’s oil painting portrait work is about life, and the richness of an individual’s character and immortalizing it.

More information at my original post about the show here: https://chrishealey.me/2013/05/26/mexico-ii-an-exhibit-of-paintings-digital-collages/

One of great things I enjoy about the culture of the Inc is involvement with some young graffiti artists – one in particular has been very involved. He got very excited telling me about the impression my Mom’s work made on him during the member’s exhibit “Oh my god it was so good – no offence, but it was the best work in the gallery… it’s like a 17th century painting by on old master… no one else came close to it – no offence to your work or anything – it was totally sick. If she gave me her one of her paintings, I would walk out of the gallery and never do graffiti art again.. I’m serious!..”

This was awesome feedback for my Mom 🙂 Especially since we live in an age where street artists usually end up as the new art stars.

I’ll update this post when the video is available. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of the exhibit below:

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Christopher Healey & Beverly Healey – photo by Joanna St. Jacques

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[Podcast #7 / Video] Interview with artist Pat Apt

While I was staying in a village called Ajijic, in the mountains of central west Mexico, I talked to an artist whose free spirit led to a commitment to living and working in this artist community for the last 21 years.

Painter and printmaker Pat Apt just moved into new studio space digs in the downtown of this cobble stoned town with it’s narrow streets and a bustling international foot traffic. With a wide open garage door, Pat risks people like me wandering in and asking her a million questions. But she’s a shrewd and insightful person and knows that location, location, location is everything – whether for your studio / gallery or hoping into a car one day and deciding to go get lost in Mexico. Pat is an eminent figure in this community of artists and I suspect her new studio, with the addition of the soon-to-arrive intaglio printing press, will be a thriving and central art hub for years to come.

I wanted to hear some of Pat’s story about an artist deciding to pick up and move one day and what factors lead into her decision to settle in a mountain village called Ajijic. The answer may surprise you.

I took some photos of Pat and her studio, but also of some of the other artist’s work in her studio at that time. I’m sorry I don’t have those names to credit those works but hopefully will soon. I added in other photos of the region as well, in part to provide some context to the landscape paintings. Included are shots of Guadalajara, Chapala, Chapala Lake, San Juan Cosala, Colima Volcano,  Colima and Cuatulyan on the coast as well as scenery from in between these places. (I know I need to take more photos for the movie version of my podcasts, but I discovered my iphone won’t upload files that large to youtube – a snag in my quest for 100% production mobility.)

[Podcast] Interview with Artist Pat Apt



Pat Apt’s artist website is patapt.artspan.com

[Podcast #5 / Interview] I talk with HWDSB Trustee Tim Simmons about Sanford Avenue School

This is a phone interview with Hamilton, Ontario’s school board chair and my local Trustee Tim Simmons, who was gracious enough to give his full attention to a blogger wearing a citizen journalist hat. I was impressed with his willingness to confront the issues and to attend the community meeting next week.

Podcast #5 is available here and on iTunes. This episode is 31 min 45s.

I voice concerns and ask Mr.Simmons questions about the decisions and process that has led to the likely imminent demolition of Sanford Avenue School – a beautiful 1932 historic building in my neighbourhood. Apologies for the poor quality of the phone recording – we do the best we can with what we have. There is nothing scandalous here, but lots of revealing insight into the process and even a sense of hope and common ground, I believe.

Buildings like these are an artist live / work loft dream come true, and many other people find this structure equally as appealing for many other uses – including developers who have not had a chance to propose a plan to save the building and incorporate local community goals.

You can find out more about the state of crisis of this structure on my original blog post here.

If you are reading this before Dec 4th, 2012 and you live in Hamilton, particularly Ward 3, then please consider attending the Wever Hub special community meeting that day at 6pm at Cathy Wever School to voice your opinion. It’s important, especially for future generations in the community.