Shockoe Artspeak

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While many of us are comfortable with the idea of grants, very few of us are experts when it comes to building a proposal or thinking through a project in a way that will be attractive to a grant committee. The world of grant writing feels foreign and impermeable. And with so much emphasis put on grants during undergrad and grad school as well as from industry websites and conferences, it can seem like we just have to flounder through the applications, hoping for a run of exceptionally good luck. This week Ryan and Garreth dig into the first eight points of a 16-point discussion on how you can better prepare yourself for writing a grant proposal. It is not a secret language, and it is not a process where the deck is stacked against you. There is a lot to learn before you sit down to tackle your first grant narrative, but you can quickly improve your chances with a little knowledge and preparation. Stream our documentary The Builder!For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help! Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.
In so many ways, we eagerly dive into the mediation the modern world passes over to us with open hands. Whether it is soulless screens or myopic conceptualism, we are greeted every day with a normalized world of subsidiary ideas and secondary experiences. Art gives us a chance to reconnect in real ways, but where the world expects shallow cop-outs, art and design asks for true engagement. This week Garreth and Ryan sit down with Miguel Carter-Fisher to talk about painting, philosophy, and escaping back into the real world. With a focus on figurative painting, Miguel Carter-Fisher thinks deeply about his work and the way it points to a world that exists and can be experienced. Stream our documentary The Builder!For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help! Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.
When we talk about space, we usually think of space as a limiting feature of the work we do: the panel isn’t large enough, the page count isn’t long enough, the studio isn’t spacious enough. We limit ourselves with the belief that the things we need outweigh the things we have. While our circumstances are not always ideal, constraints always present new areas for creative exploration. This week, Ryan and Garreth welcome Richmond-area painter and printmaker Katy Becker into the studio to talk about how space has impacted the work she does. Katy’s work shows a heightened attention to detail both on the surface of her work and in the way she sees the world around her. As a painter, mother, wife, neighbor and more, Katy has navigated a world of space and time limitations to develop a successful practice that was born from a non-ideal circumstance: a 4′ x 5′ closet she turned into her studio for the last five years. Oh, and we had the pleasure of being joined in the studio by our youngest guest ever: Katy’s three-week-old Leo! Stream our documentary The Builder!For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help! Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.
Most institutional art training pushes us to focus and to specialize. In order to excel, we are told, we have to push aside tertiary interests and give our creative practice our wholehearted attention. Something about this always feels off, though. While deep skillsets are necessary in the arts, there is a nagging feeling that there is also something necessary about our interests across multiple creative pursuits. This week Ryan and Garreth sit down with product designer/artist/man-of-many-interests Josh Williams to talk about creativity, systems, and the underlying interest all artists and designers should have in the beautiful and simple act of making. Stream our documentary The Builder!For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help! Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.
Literally everything you do involves space, but how often do we really think about the area we occupy? Take it a step further, how often do you consider the space that your work occupies or the implications of space on the work you make. Sure, we give it a bit of thought every once and a while, but for most of us, we rush right past understanding the space around us and head into other territory like concept, aesthetic, or client needs. This week Ryan and Garreth sit down in the studio to begin to chart out a bit of territory in a larger discussion of space and its many implications in the work we create. No matter your medium, the way we understand the physical realm we operate in is a major priority. Stream our documentary The Builder!For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help! Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.
It may not have always been this way, but it seems that grants and other sources of funding are the norm for artists and designers. From public arts grants to student grants to professional grants, there is an expectation that we write and receive grants for the projects we undertake. But how many of us ever took a course in grant writing or had a professor spend the time to outline the process? We sure didn’t. This week in the studio, Ryan and Garreth sit down to dip a toe in the waters of grant writing to help you understand the first stages of the process and dispel a few myths about grants and what you need to do to get the ball rolling. Stream our documentary The Builder!For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help! Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.
It has been nearly a year since Shockoe Artspace held an opening. Since then we have had cancelled events, shutdown spaces, and a lot of time separated from each other. Earlier this month we were able to open the space once more to have people come in a benefit from viewing art and sharing in community. It was extremely well received, and it felt good to finally be able to do again. It was a sigh of relief. This week Ryan and Garreth sit down to talk about the experience of opening up for the first time since COVID shut the world down including the precautions, the good, the bad, and the little things you tend to forget when you are a little out of practice. Stream our documentary The Builder!For a limited time, our documentary The Builder is available to stream on Vimeo! The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. Four Horsemen & the Apocalypse!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe; even a few bucks can be a big help! We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
We all love to make things; it is the only thing that all of us artists and designers can agree upon. Some of us like the planning, some like the finishing, and some like the thrill of opening night, but we all love to make. On second thought, maybe there is more than one thing we can agree on: we have a hard time letting the work go. We control, we hoard, we keep it juuuust unfinished. This week, Ryan and Garreth sit down to talk about the life of our work when our hands should be done with it. Whether it is going to a museum, a gallery, a private collection or an art fair, we all struggle with allowing the work to live beyond us and outside of us. We are the worst helicopter parents sometimes, and we never talk about how it could be damaging to the work we do. Check out our documentary The Builder!The Builder is a story about friendship and the powerful way the interconnectivity of people living and moving throughout a city can help to build culture. The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. New Show! New Show! New Show! New Show!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace finally has a new exhibition! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work that will be shown from October to February. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe, so be on the lookout for how you can help bring Hatchback Gallery to a neighborhood near you! We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Almost every practicing artist or designer can tell you that what we do is more than just a job or a series of mindless tasks. Regardless of why we do what we do, there is a shared sentiment that art and design does something in the world around us. Despite this, the assumption still remains that what we do is only good or just neutral, and this assumption is not correct or helpful. This week Ryan and Garreth take a quick 30 Below jump into the way the work we creates functions within society. There is freedom in art and design to make the things you want to make, but is there also a call to make responsibly? Is it part of our work to ask what our art or design does to other people? Are we blameless for the good or bad that comes about from the things we bring in to the world? These aren’t easy or fun questions all of the time, but they are always worth the asking. Check out our documentary The Builder!The Builder is a story about friendship and the powerful way the interconnectivity of people living and moving throughout a city can help to build culture. The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. New Show! New Show! New Show! New Show!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace is finally going to have a new opening! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work to get us all back in the gallery this October. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe, so be on the lookout for how you can help bring Hatchback Gallery to a neighborhood near you! We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Shockoe Artspace made a documentary last year about an unlikely art collector and the community of artists, collectors, and curators that surround him. We recently started the screening and festival circuit, so we figured this week’s episode would be a great time to introduce everyone to our co-directors and discuss the film. This week Ryan and Garreth sit down with Nicholas Seitz, a Richmond-based photographer and filmmaker who has been active in client and creative work for years. His father is an architect and helped instill an early passion for art and design. His childhood home had a drafting board and drawing tools, and Nick still surrounds himself with creative people and activities. Check out our documentary The Builder!The Builder is a story about friendship and the powerful way the interconnectivity of people living and moving throughout a city can help to build culture. The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. New Show! New Show! New Show! New Show!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace is finally going to have a new opening! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work to get us all back in the gallery this October. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe, so be on the lookout for how you can help bring Hatchback Gallery to a neighborhood near you! We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
We couldn’t have made it this far without each and every one of our fantastic listeners, so thank you so much for helping us make this podcast what it is today. It has been a crazy 18 months. We wouldn’t have believed you if you had told us everything that has taken place in the last year. And a small part of us might not have believed we would make it to 50 episodes. So here we are. This week, Ryan and Garreth sit down and discuss the last year and a half as well as the new things that are on the horizon for Shockoe Artspace. Also, we talk about our good friend, Ken. Check out our documentary The Builder!The Builder is a story about friendship and the powerful way the interconnectivity of people living and moving throughout a city can help to build culture. The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, Heidi Trepaneir and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. New Show! New Show! New Show! New Show!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace is finally going to have a new opening! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work to get us all back in the gallery this October. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe, so be on the lookout for how you can help bring Hatchback Gallery to a neighborhood near you! We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
A whole lot of artists and designers have found a renewed sense and desire to engage more deeply with their work since the world began quarantine earlier this year. Sheltering in place and working from home may have its ups and downs, but many artists have found that the stress of the outside world and the extra time indoors has renewed their interest in making to a level that has been missing for some time. All of that extra creative energy being exerted to make new things is fantastic, but what do you do with all of it? This week Ryan and Garreth talk through some solutions once the stacks of work begin to make you eligible for your friends submitting you to a reality show. Come join us as we talk storage, sharing, and boy bands. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace. Check out our documentary The Builder!The Builder is a story about friendship and the powerful way the interconnectivity of people living and moving throughout a city can help to build culture. The film centers on the art scene in Richmond, Virginia, with a focus on Oregon Hill native and contractor Don Childress, who–to the surprise of many–has an incredible contemporary art collection. This collection includes work from Francisco Clemente, Ron Johnson, Heidi Trepaneir and Bill Fisher to name just a few. Check out more at The Builder’s website. Help Ken Gilbertson and Hatchback Gallery!Our good friend Ken is trying to update Hatchback Gallery to better serve his new city and its art lovers. While he won’t let anyone touch the outside of the gallery, he does want to get a few new parts and build some new walls. We are helping Ken launch a GoFundMe, so be on the lookout for how you can help bring Hatchback Gallery to a neighborhood near you! New Show! New Show! New Show! New Show!After a pandemic hiatus, Shockoe Artspace is finally going to have a new opening! We have four phenomenal artists who are making some amazing work to get us all back in the gallery this October. For more information, be sure to check out the Shockoe Artspace website.
With the start of a new semester on the horizon, a lot of thoughts turn to school and all the things that define art school. Whether you are a teacher, an artist who has gone through art school, or a student currently hip deep in it, we all have been a part of critiques. And we don’t all love the idea. On this week’s episode, Ryan and Garreth sit down to talk about why the critique is such an important part of the experience and process of being an artist or designer. Critiques should never be about being simply critical; instead, they should help us see our work in new ways and help us strive to be better at what we do. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Back in early March, we were all introduced to Ken Gilbertson, an artist with a unique passion for bringing art into places where it is not always present. Just like many artists and gallery owners, Ken has suffered some set backs this year and is trying to breathe new life into his own space–Hatchback Gallery–and is curious about how Shockoe Artspace may be able to help save his struggling space. This week, Ryan and Garreth get to sit down with Ken for another conversation as he discusses his philosophies on art, his ’89 Civic hatchback and his old pal Cordi. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
This week, Ryan and Garreth sit down with Dontrese Brown, a designer who has had his hands in all kinds of experiences from teaching to branding to social justice. Despite how varied his work may seem, the theme of his work has been steadily promoting the good of other people and society. Sit back and listen as Dontrese shares his work, his passion, and his top five MCs with us. J. Dontrese Brown is a motivational creative design professional who has brought passion, inspiration and dedication to each opportunity in his professional journey.  He has led various teams from a creative and development perspective, building strong relationships and pushing processes and design to the maximum.  His thirst for brand design, creative strategy and teamwork is the driving force that inspires all those around him. Brown is currently the Executive Director of the EDGE Career Center at Randolph-Macon College. Prior to this role, he served as the Director of Brand Creative at Capital One and the Creative Director of Victorinox Swiss Army, among other creative positions. Brown holds a BFA from Georgetown College and an MFA in graphic design from Savannah College of Art & Design. He and his business partner recently launched BROWNBAYLOR, a creative firm located in Richmond, Virginia following the massive success of their branding work with the newly renamed Arthur Ashe Boulevard. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
The work of a maker can be extremely solitary at times, but that doesn’t mean those voices we contend with stop. Even when the voices of other people are quiet, there is a constant discussion in our heads of whether or not the work we are creating is good or should even be made. Some of us struggle with the anxiety this brings, and others of us just ignore it and press on. But, perhaps both of these options are a bit off base. As we continue our conversation about navigating opportunities, Ryan and Garreth are back in the studio talking about how we can move away from a mindset that is only concerned with making and moving forward. Instead, they present us with categories that help us step back and think deeply about what the work we make is doing. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
After more than a few weeks of businesses and galleries being shutdown or operating at minimal capacity, many artists and designers are seeing opportunities dry up and disappear. While this is hugely problematic, creative professionals may be the most equipped to handle these problems and most capable in recasting them as opportunities. This week, spurred on by a listener question, Ryan and Garreth begin a longer discussion on how we can approach and navigate opportunity. Join us as our hosts begin to lay the groundwork for how we understand the dynamics of standard relationships in the creative fields. There is a lot to dig into; so come join us. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Like many of you, we feel a lot of fatigue over the sadness and senselessness of the events that have been playing out in our country over the last few weeks. We’ve taken the time lately to listen and learn and process everything that has been going on. This is just the beginning, and–in some ways–the easy work is behind us. Just like with our personal art and design practices, the long hours seeing a hopeful idea turn into a tangible reality are the largest part of the work we do. We at Shockoe Artspeak wanted to take a few minutes to lend our voice to the conversation and to encourage everyone to keep it up! There is a lot of work to do in the ecosystem we call life as we build a more just society. And it may be a lot of work moving forward, but as a first step, check out the names of black artists and designers on this list who have influenced and encouraged us. Look up their work and go buy some art! This is not an exhaustive list, but it will give you a place to start as you learn more and more about black makers and their amazing work. Oliver Jackson – Sanford Biggers – Chino Amobi – Curtis Newkirk, Jr. – Caitlin Cherry – Stanley Rayfield – Jarod Perry – Miguel Carter-Fisher – L. Kasimu Harris – Hasan Flowers – Dexter L. Booth – Jaycen Mitchel – Josh Williams – CeeJay renner-Thomas – Michael Jevon Demps – Nontsikelelo Mutiti – Malcolm Peacock – Elaine West – Kamille Jackson – Lauren Hayes – Myles Manuel – Wes Taylor – Sonya Clark – Keith Andre – Nyka Ro Hendrix – Jay Payton – Arnold Kemp – Hamilton Glass – Clifton Powell – Amina Colemen-Davis – Aamina Palmer – Malcolm Houston – Wayson R. Jones – Trevor Mitchell Jr – Chris Vision – Jacque Chandler – Quinton J. Batts – David Marion – Jo Baskerville – William Paul Thomas – Johannes Barfield – Asmaa Walton – Kehinde Wiley – Amanda Barnes – Angie Scott – Brianna Parry – Brittany Sands – Chris Kindred – Daniel Disagranados – Derrick Zavier Jones – Eric Robinson – Gary Lundy – Jon Bibbs – Joy McMillian – Kat Williams – Masa Lemu – Maya Jackson – Natasha Oladokun – Noah Weinbaum – Perrin Turner – Ronald Walton – Seth Woodies – Kara Walker – Kerry James Marshall – Faith Ringgold – Jerrell Gibbs – Joy Labinjo – Kassou Seydou – Arcmanoro Niles – Kenturah Davis – Gerald Lovell – Somaya Critchlow – Wangaro Mathenge – Tajh Rust – Kudzanai-Violet Hwami – Isis Davis-Marks – Julie Mehretu – Mark Bradford – Jack Whitten – Mickalene Thomas – Kana Danzey – Al Winfield – Clinton Helms – Bob Foster – And So Many More We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
The world is incredibly heavy lately, and it is hard to understand everything going on and see a way forward. People are dying, cities are burning, we are all hurting, and it is hard to get out of bed some days. But maybe the world needs the artists, designers and creatives the most right now. This week, Ryan and Garreth sit down with painter/designer/filmmaker Curtis Newkirk, Jr. to talk about his work, his deep hope and how to navigate the gallery in a world forever changed by pandemics and endless violence. Check out Curtis’ work on his website and follow him on Instagram. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
For our 40th episode, we decided that it would be good to take a step back and revisit a few of the topics we have covered over the last year and a half. To help us clarify, our good friend Ian C. Hess joins us for the first in a recurring series where he quotes us from past episodes and asks “What did you mean by that?” We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Sometimes it seems like the only thing we are supposed to do as artists and designers, and sometimes it just seems like an imprecise buzzword. Whatever the case is, collaboration is always buried somewhere in our conversations about our practices. No matter where you enter the conversation, whether through economics, professional practice, or exploration, collaboration is a topic we can all dig into a little bit more deeply. In this week’s episode, Ryan and Garreth get into the why of collaboration and how we can better understand the mindset and point of it. It’s not something that everyone is constantly involved in, but the arts are uniquely positioned to include collaboration as a core component of what we do. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Life in the times of global pandemic has brought up a lot of thoughts that we could easily brush aside when everything was normal before. Countless videos, podcasts and more have dealt with anxiety. We even revisited dealing with anxiety a few episodes back. It’s a great topic to talk about when we can all use a little encouragement. But how do we proactively deal with anxiety and not just talk about it? Confidence is a tricky substance: too little of it and most of feel unable to even do our work as artists and designers; too much of it and we become the type of people we don’t enjoy being around. But where does it come from? In this week’s episode, we tackle the role of responsible making in terms of being confident, curious and content. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
Life in the times of global pandemic has brought up a lot of thoughts that we could easily brush aside when everything was normal before. Countless videos, podcasts and more have dealt with anxiety. We even revisited dealing with anxiety a few episodes back. It’s a great topic to talk about when we can all use a little encouragement. But how do we proactively deal with anxiety and not just talk about it? Confidence is a tricky substance: too little of it and most of feel unable to even do our work as artists and designers; too much of it and we become the type of people we don’t enjoy being around. But where does it come from? In this week’s episode, we dive more deeply into the landscape of confidence, specifically about confidence, curiosity, and contentment. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
We never get away from the basics. We’ve all heard that in school and life and everywhere else, so we decided to drop back into one: color. As a painter and a designer, Ryan and Garreth approach the basics from opposite sides at times, so it is worth unpacking what these approaches look like. How do we choose color? What impact does color have on how we conceive of our work? And where do we go from here? There is a lot to be learned from the differences we bring to our respective practices. We are on Patreon!All of our episodes are sponsored by all the fantastic people we are pleased to call our listeners. You’ve all been a great audience and we want to give you more: more content, more types of shows, and more in-depth talks with more of your favorite artists and designers. Even $1.00 a month can make a huge difference. Check out more at patreon.com/shockoeartspace.
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Created by
Shockoe Artspeak
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Feb 7th, 2019
Latest Episode
Nov 23rd, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
Episodes
64
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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