Walter Robinson: the artist and former editor-in-chief of ArtNet Magazine talks about: being an artist in the East Village scene of the 80s; what it's like being an art critic, including the responsibilities of an art critic/journalist vs. being an artist; selling off some of his own collection; and his own work over the years, including his successful show this past spring at LynchTham gallery on the Lower East Side.


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Past Episodes:

Tom Muller on: having a studio visit in which a dealer told him he wasn't properly branded for his type of work; growing up in South Africa, Switzerland, and Seattle; managing time as an artist with a kid; and showing outside of L.A., including Denver and D.C.


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Charlie White is willing to talk about the objective. He(we) discuss: Larry Clark; Charlie's project Casting Call; the image(s) of adolescence, from Dana Plato's Kimberly Drummond to Brooke Shields; on working with institutions instead of galleries. With Karl Haendel as guest host.


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Sharon Louden, a Brooklyn as well as a Minneapolis-based artist behind the much-talked about book, "Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists." She can be followed via @loudenstudio on Twitter.


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Cole Case, Los Angeles-based painter, on: being a political cartoonist in his adolescence/young adulthood; the challenges of transitioning into fine art; going back to (art) school at 35 (and subsequently leaving his job and ending his marriage); and surviving through some eviscerating art critiques, from Tim Ebner and Fred Fehlau, among others. Dealer Deb Klowden Mann co-hosts.

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Smilee Barnacle, owner of Barnacle Bros. Sculpture & Custom Fabrication:  Smilee talks about how he got into art/sculpture fabrication, what his projects are like, and how and how NOT to cultivate new clients. (Episode was originally broadcast on KCHUNG Radio).


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 Max Presneill, artist and director of the Torrance Art Museum: on being a roadie; making the move from England to the States; his evolution as a curator; his penetratingly honest studio visits; his disastrous interview for entrance into Goldsmiths College.

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Karl Haendel: on his recent experience being in the Whitney Biennial; and various studio visit stories. Margie Schnibbe - artist, The Conversation Podcast, and KCHUNG vet - co-hosts.  (this was The Conversation's first show on KCHUNG radio)

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New Segment on The Conversation: "Don't Call Us, We'll Call You..."

Do you have a story of a disastrous studio visit, major show mishap, miscommunication with an influential figure, or anything along those lines? Even NOT art-related? We'd love you to share it with The Conversation.  You can do so one of two ways:  via email- theconverationpod(at)gmail(dot)com  OR, even better, you can leave a message on the dedicated voice mail: (424)256-6618.


Samantha Fields: on airbrush painting and the culture of airbrush; teaching at Cal. State Northridge and Miss Sam's Charm School, in which she teaches her students about artist etiquette; and the series of studio visits that didn't and then did lead to her gallery represenation.

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Dani Tull:   on... growing up in Hollywood from a multi-generational artist family; going to San Francisco Art Institute; his large-scale project about model homes and commodification of lifestyle; the culture and practice of Ayahuasca; showing with Blum & Poe; and acquiring the only two autographs he's ever cared to get, from two intriguing behemoths of their fields.

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Christian Tedeschi: on living in Detroit and 'Object Orange;' the perils of applying for faculty jobs; working for Chris Burden; and the realities of being an artist.

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 Amir H. Fallahtalks about his family's emigration from Iran, his creation of Beautiful/Decay (the zine/magazine), his work ethic, and his work, including "The Collected" series.

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Oliver McIrwin: from his solo show at ACE gallery straight out of school, to an exodus from the art world for a career in engineering, and everything in between.

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As an engineer, Oliver has worked for WET Design, the company that made the fountains of the Bellagio, and is now doing electrical engineering for a 3d printing company called Solid Concepts.

Here are videos of some of his work:

Short Teaser for Aquaculture exhibit at Aran Cravey Gallery

Plant That Dances To The Macarena At Statlter Waldorf Gallery

His MFA exhibition:


 The Conversation 3-Way, Episode 5: Language in Art, Hypertext, and Funny money, with Alexandra Grant and Susan Silton


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 The Conversation 3-Way, Episode 4: Monday-morning quarterbacking with Philip Martin and Aaron Morse


Aaron Morse and Philip Martin in 2003; the gallery facade.                                                          


  Etiquette expert and painter Lizzie Post answers questions about Art World etiquette






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