We Eat Art

We Eat Art

We Eat Art is a podcast featuring the most in-depth one-on-one interviews with contemporary artists available on the internet. Hosts John Mejias and Zak Smith talk to a wide variety of fellow painters, sculptors, installation artists and other art-world figures about their lives, techniques, philosophies, and biographies. It's also funny.


October 3, 2018 62 mins
Reine Paradis produces quirkily utopian photographs of a world seemingly painted into being in bright bold strokes that belie the complexity, labor and danger involved in creating them. We talk about where these glossy images of a folded, flattened world come from--and how she almost dies in the process. Check out the trailer for her upcoming documentary "Queen of Paradis" out in 2019: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-7pneZR1bk
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we talked Young Joon Kwak about trauma, sculpture, William Burroughs the X Men, being a punk being trans, growing up in a conservative household, the healing power of literature, and being a massive slut...with color. (featuring music clips of Young Joon's band Xina Xurner)
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August 8, 2018 2 mins
For Patreon Subscribers: Five artists at once!! Zak hosts an artist panel discussion in Culver City at the Castanier Gallery where he had a group exhibition with Claire Collette, Adam Beris, Kenton Parker, and Patrick Martinez. The exhibition was curated by past podcast guest Andrew Schoultz. Lagunitas Pilsner was served, tongues were loosened, and there were great audience questions. The color yellow gets a very thorough considera...
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July 30, 2018 107 mins
We talk to Jim Shaw about melting face masks, weirdness, thrift store paintings, Oism, meaning and secrecy, being in a two-artist household, assistants, Destroy All Monsters, second jobs for artists and more.
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July 12, 2018 74 mins
We talked with Amanda about the exact moment she decided she couldn't be an artist, whether or not she likes to enjoy life, erotic uses for spreadsheets, video art, Makunaima, how exactly you become an independent curator, and the difference between doing it right and doing it wrong.
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June 27, 2018 63 mins
We got to talk to rising star Deborah Roberts in maybe? her first long interview about process, the world through the eyes of little girls, Tanner and Normal Rockwell, getting called "African", being fierce, hungry collectors, Roland Barthes as the Beastie Boys of critical theory, how Skechers just needs to stop making shoes, Good Times and Rudolph, the boy in grade school she became an artist to impress
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May 31, 2018 108 mins
Zak Smith, our host, gets spoken with, to mark his show at Fredericks and Freiser gallery this month. Friend of the show Sean McCarthy joins John to interview Zak about brush hair, punk and fine art, porn and fine art, being a seasoned art school attendee, drawings that don’t make the cut, why painting is impressive, using your art to tell other people’s stories, the reality of desire, Suicide Girls, pizza, and why Los Angeles is V...
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May 18, 2018 1 min
We are taping the show live tomorrow, May 19th, at Beyond Baroque in Venice Beach California! Audience members get a chance to stump us with pieces the hosts will have to analyze on the spot. Come by at 1pm, and bring ideas for art works from before 1950. It's FREE. This event was created by Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND), and is part of their Frame Rate series. https://nomadicdivision.org/exhibition/frame-rate/
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May 3, 2018 87 mins
we talk to Ron Athey about growing up with weird religion, having sex in the 1970s, having aids in the 1980s, being used as a pawn in the NEA Culture wars, the early West coast punk rock/ industrial performance circuit, The pre-lapsarian Los Angeles tattoo/body mod scene, being banned in the USA being received in Europe collaborating with classical musicians, blood and death, sanctity in mortification, politics, subculture, grant m...
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April 20, 2018 72 mins
We talked with Andrew Schoultz about his physical and political relationships with cities, staying out of trouble by skateboarding, getting in to trouble with graffiti, going political in jail, making street art that exposes architecture, reasons why people make maps, juggling between galleries and streets, using the American flag, painting an entire airplane and more.
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April 19, 2018 2 mins
Our sonic invitation to the art opening of the century. It's not just a promo teaser, it's an audio adventure. Zak has an opening today (April 19th) at Fredericks and Freiser gallery in NY. It'll be up for a month. Don't miss it!
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April 5, 2018 2 mins
Hey kids, We Eat Art has a new partner-- Artillery magazine is going to be sponsoring some of our episodes. Here's a promo that goes in to more detail
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March 29, 2018 102 mins
We talk to Glen E. Friedman about photographing skaters, punks and rappers, how to photograph character, the point of wide-angle lenses, working together with the subject to get the perfect picture, how he decided to stop photographing guns, collaborating, mythmaking, politics, and contemporary art. Plus Ice T as art-director, the Beastie Boys learning from Glen, photographs of Jay Adams 40 years apart, King T's wraparound shotgun ...
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March 26, 2018 2 mins
We talked with artist and “Black Pulp” curator Mark Thomas Gibson and vintage Marvel expert Jeff Lester to find out everything you ever wanted to know about the comic books that contributed to Black Panther movie but were afraid to ask. we also cover Afro futurism, problems of representation, Octavia Butler, Ta-Nehisi Coates, The difficulties of making art under capitalism, Some beautiful drawings and, hopefully, recommend so...
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March 15, 2018 64 mins
we talked to Ben about the police chasing him across the country after he ran away from his Mormon parents and confiscating all of his art and we also talk about that art and also about bureaucracy and Washington DC and construction and The Kafkaesque
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March 2, 2018 50 mins
We talk to Jocelyn Hobbie about how pointless it is to talk about art, about medieval illumination, and egg tempera, about whether girls would hang out with you or whether they’re actually made of paint, about fabric patterns, about process, about whether there’s an art world or not and about Holly Hobbie
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February 22, 2018 69 mins
We talk to Gary Taxali about the optimistic era of corporate mascots, disturbing santas, irony, whether or not money can be funny, working for cigarette companies and the Canadian government and Aimee Mann and christian rock bands, using drawing to attract girls and repel bullies, sausages with faces, toys, Bollywood and more
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February 14, 2018 76 mins
We talk to writer-curator Anuradha Vikram about Claes Oldenberg, Carolee Schneeman, Sesame Street at the Temple of Dendur, sexism in midcentury art, Lee Krasner, Minimalism, Mike Kelley, Nam Jun Paik, the recent Whitney Biennial, running an art space, what makes a good show and curator-as-art-mom.
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February 8, 2018 92 mins
Gronk talks to us about B-movies, being inspired by a coffee table, the well-dressed women who determined the course of his life, Max Beckmann, making theatre sets, the Asco art collective and their non-movies and tape-murals, decades living in downtown LA with 'the elite of the maladjusted' and much more
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February 1, 2018 88 mins
We have far too much fun talking to Aaron Johnson about James Ensor, Garbage Pail Kids, deplorables, preparing disgusting slides and housesitting on the palazzo in Honduras, Trump-era art, pizza, turduckens, abstraction, expressionism, satire and, of course, socks.
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