Artist In Repose was initially the name of my artist directory because I didn’t like to shoot artists at work. I liked when we were just chatting, lounging, just artists in repose. I have a very natural ease talking shop with artists, and because video makes people uneasy, and a microphone just disappears into the scenery very easily, I thought that it would only make sense to hit record.
As it says in the intro trailer:
“You’re listening to Artist In Repose. The New York Art World. . . In Repose. Relaxed conversations with contemporary artists, curators, gallerists, and art writers, from the comfort of their own studios.”
The concept is pretty simple, it’s like a chat show about your entire life. I am the host. I come to your studio. I bring a bottle of wine, all of my recording equipment. We loosen up by having some wine while we do a relaxed photo shoot of you in repose, sitting around your studio amongst your work (I’ve found that nearly all art studios have one awesome chair).
I set up the mics, I explain how it is going to work, refresh the wine, and then we start recording. For one hour we are talking, drinking, and going through all of your experiences that got you to where you are now.
Half way through the hour we will both be a little loosened up, the wine will have kicked in, and we would be less conscious of the mics. This is when the best stories (much like the wine) flow more freely. The hardest interviews are the ones where the artist abstains from drinking.
I have been recording these since 2014, and have twenty in the can. I’m just waiting for the right time to launch it, and I will start rolling them out in a seasonal format of weekly releases.
When I was working on my 10 Subjects paintings I listened to a bazillion podcasts, and there just aren’t that many art podcasts out there that are entertaining and also informative. I wish I had something like Artist in Repose to listen to when I was a student considering art school, or a young artist just starting out.
Being able to listen to the mistakes, pitfalls, and lessons learned the hard way by working pros they respect is invaluable. With every interview I feel like I am having open access to a one on one college course with an artist I respect, and can ask anything I want. I like to keep that young artist in mind when asking some of the questions. I just have to think to myself, what would I have wanted to know at that age?