The Wise Fool Art Podcast

The Wise Fool Art Podcast

A University Art Professor embarks on a journey far away from the ivory tower of academia to discover what the contemporary visual art world is all about. A taboo-free place where artistic curiosity meets a rebellious attitude – The Wise Fool Art Podcast is a show full of wit with some of the most interesting conversations you did not even know you wanted to hear. Curated by Matthew Dols and though he is an academic, this podcast is as far from academic as possible – anyone with an open mind and in interest in creativity is welcome along for the ride. Episodes every Tuesdays and Thursdays

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May 23, 2022 37 min

This is #10 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series ‘Retrospective’.

In this episode we discussed the outlook and impressions of the next generation of young artists.

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We discussed: blindspots, the difficulty of being original, conceptual art, beauty and aesthetics, the romanticised artist lifestyle, knowing what you don’t want, bureaucracy in the arts, portfolio reviews, artist statements, synchronicity, the importance of artists websites

 

http://www.monicasuder.com

 

People + Place mentioned:
Magnum – https://www.magnumphotos.com
Time Life Books – https://timelife.com
Rolling Stone – https...

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May 16, 2022 42 min

This is #9 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series ‘Retrospective’.

In this episode we discussed their perspectives on the current state of the Art world today. (recorded between November...

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We discussed: taking time to reflect, adversity breeds creativity, writing in journals, why we lie, privilege, nepotism, why she sells photography, portfolio reviews, the benefits of phone calls, why art collectors choose what they collect, digital storage, white cotton gloves, art speak, digital printing, print editions, not making assumptions.

 

https://www.lauraannnoble.com

 

 

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Diane Arbus – https:...

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May 9, 2022 51 min

This is #8 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series ‘Retrospective’.

In this episode I we discussed the need for tenacity in your art career. having a career in the Arts is a marathon, not...

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We discussed: rules in icon writing, gold vs silver, painting vs writing icons, making your own pigment, teaching iconography, signing your art, the affect of light sources on icons, commissions.

 

 

https://www.sacredmurals.com

 

 

People + Places mentioned:
Tretyakov Gallery – https://www.tretyakovgallery.ru

 

 

Audio engineering by Mickey at CushAudio Services

Music by Peat Biby

 

 

Supported in part by: EEA Grants from Icel...

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May 2, 2022 39 min

This is #7 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series ‘Retrospective’.

In this episode we discussed the choice (or not) to have a family and the desire for finding balance in your life and c...

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We discussed: how they choose residency participants, role of an artist residency, writing artist text, sponsorship, funding, finding time and space to be creative, portfolio reviews, tenacity, constructive feedback

 

https://sunnhordland.museum.no/kunstneropphold/

https://helenpetersenfotografi.com

 

 

People + Places mentioned:
Les Rencontres Internationales de la photographie d’Arles – https://www.rencontres-arles.com

 

 

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April 25, 2022 38 min

This is #6 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series ‘Retrospective’.

In this episode we discussed career goals and the evolving definition of success in an art career.

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We discussed: side hustles, alumni lists, internships, building networks, not all art collectors are the same, how art is valued, print editions, the need to create demand, provenance, certificates of authenticty, signatures, connoisseurship, how to plan an auction, online art auctions, learning what you do not want to do is as important as knowing what you do want to do.

 

https://www.phillips.com

 

People + Places mentioned:
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April 18, 2022 81 min
This is #5 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed the benefits of building networks and communities. You will hear conversations w...
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We discussed: how to get people to buy art, running a non-profit / NGO, book fairs, reputation vs brand, the story behind the art, the cost of books, not being difficult to work with, book distribution   http://www.yoffypress.com   People + Places mentioned: Alec Soth - https://alecsoth.com Magnum square print sales - https://www.magnumphotos.com/shop/collections/square-prints/ Steidl - https://steidl.de     Audio engin...
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April 11, 2022 56 min
This is #4 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode we discussed the various career paths that getting an MFA offered. You will hear conversation...
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We discussed: artistic discipline in the 21st century, curating photography, contemporary photography, interdisciplinary art, subjectivity, the evolution on photography, beauty in art, the importance of text with your artwork, artist statements, the responsibilities of artists   https://archipelagoprojects.com     People + Places mentioned: Trevor Paglen - https://www.pacegallery.com/artists/trevor-paglen/ Hito Steyerl - h...
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April 4, 2022 33 min
This is #3 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode I wanted to learn about how they paid for their education and how that affected them over the ...
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March 30, 2022 98 min
We discussed: white washed history, family heritage, legacy planning, reverse technologist, jealousy, being a portraitist, plastic cameras, the problems with Adobe subscription software, art movements are always groups of artists, portfolio reviews, the sense of play, the importance of the concept, collage, upgrading your scanned archives     https://www.gallerysink.com     People + Places mentioned: Samuel Morse - https:...
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This is #2 in a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode I wanted to know how prepared they felt for the art world after graduation. You will hear con...
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March 23, 2022 75 min
We discussed: the power of your community, racism in the art world, virtual art galleries, 3d rendering of artwork, online art sales, data points to help with art sales, objective criticism, how she chooses artists to represent, NFT's, post pandemic art world, art fairs, the increased speed of the art world because of social media   https://www.laisunkeane.com     Audio engineering by Mickey at CushAudio Services Music by...
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March 21, 2022 51 min
This is #1 of a 10 part inquiry into the lives and experiences of 11 people who got the same Masters of Fine Arts, though in various disciplines, from the same institution (the San Francisco Art Institute) in 2001. and 20 years of reflection and experiences post graduation. I am calling the series 'Retrospective'. In this episode I wanted to know why they chose to pursue an MFA in the first place and why they chose SFAI in...
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We discussed: having an alter ego, being a rebellious Pollyanna, her love of text and photos, analog vs digital photography, fetishising photographic materials, flea markets, typography, calligraphy, self publishing books, the importance of timing, ambition is good, competition is not good   https://photocaptionist.com Candida Desideri - https://antinomie.it/index.php/author/candida-desideri/   People + Places mentioned: T...
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