Podcast: Your Art Sucks

Your Art Sucks
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By Trevor Stoddart

Regardless of where you are in your creative career, the hard truth is that your art is not where it should be. Whether you have chosen to a write, paint, act, make films or music, you know your talent needs to be further honed. This podcast is here to help. Each episode will examine the methods legendary artists, from all fields, have used to push themselves, and their art, out of mediocrity. We will strip away fact from fiction and reveal actionable truths that you can immediately apply to your creative processes. And, as we go down this path, we will make art that doesn't suck.
    Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this show, we will be examining a recent article written by Pulitzer prize winning art critic Jerry Saltz. I will get into Jerry’s backstory in a moment, as I believe it is what gives Jerry the street cred to be able to write an article that lays bare the rules, he deems to be essential to making in as an artist in today’s climate.  Jerry's article - 33 Rules:  https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/jerry-saltz-how-to-be-an-artist.html   Jerry's article about failing as an artist - MUST READ! https://www.vulture.com/2017/04/jerry-saltz-my-life-as-a-failed-artist.html   Paragon Cause Link! https://paragoncause.bandcamp.com/album/escape-ep
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    In this episode we will look at two photographers who were hired by various government agencies to create and document the land and the people of their countries. While some artists may feel that working for such a red-tape laden bureaucracy would be nothing but stifling and soul sucking, this show will highlight the ability of artists to create iconic images that, in one case, brought images of desperation and poverty that rocked society and, in another case, highlighted the absolutely stunning beauty of a land that was still, for the most part, unknown to its citizens.  Please support the show: www.patreon.com/yourartsucks  Here is Dorothea's iconic photo: And here is a link to the NFB Log Driver Waltz I mentioned..enjoy Canadiana at its finest.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upsZZ2s3xv8 Music for the episode was brought to you by Soft and Furious and Kai Engle.
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will hear about how the liberal use of obscenity laws and the actions of religious backed social groups impacted the world of art at several points in recent history. We will hear how artists were singled out, attacked and in some cases dragged through the courts for decades all in an attempt to silence their voice and remove their art from public viewing. Under the guise of morality, we have seen time and time again that those in power have abused the laws in order to protect some outdated, unrealistic and ultimately fraudulent social experiment   Patreon - Please support the show!!  www.patreon.com/yourartsucks
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will look at two examples of how original art was covered and reissued by other artists only to gain the success the original artist could not achieve. Each of these cases shows how art can be ignored or undervalued by one audience, only to resonate deeply with audiences years, sometimes decades later. Patreon Page - Please Support the Show! www.patreon.com/yourartsucks Here's Gloria's version of Tainted Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSehtaY6k1U And Here is Indio's version of Hard Sun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1tVvQUAcf4
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will look at how art was co-opted by those who would use hate as a means to carry out horrible acts of violence. We will see how artists have had their works mutated, misread, misappropriated and ultimately forever marred. We will see how art can become an impetus for pain and suffering without the artist ever intending their work to become such fuel.  Patreon Page - Please help the show!!  www.patreon.com/yourartsucks Here is a picture of Mark David Chapman with John Lennon just hours before the tragedy.    And here is Hitler meeting Elizabeth - the one who twisted Freidrich's works: And here is Hitler staring intently at the bust of Friedrich.
    Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    This is Self Criticism Revisited, the first episode of season four. It's great to be back and I do hope all of you are ready to engage with our creative processes and see where we can challenge ourselves, our art, and our accepted methods. As creative beings, we must continuously strive to push ourselves out of our comfort zones and truly explore what the universe brings into our lives Benedict Reading Sol : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnSMIgsPj5M   Thank you to all my Patreon Supporters: If you haven't signed up to support the podcast, you can do so here:  www.patreon.com/yourartsuckspodcast   Here's a link to Vertigo Gambler's webpage:  https://www.vertigogambler.com/
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    Hello All,  Hope you find the episode informative. It is just a quick update as to the new season as well as a request to nominate the show.  Here is the link to nominate - please do so before Oct 26th!!  Let's win the category of society and culture!!  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfHni3xahXHugZHQD-AauuNExw4_2Idml27rQkIseA2CnOG4A/viewform Thank you!! Trevor
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    For those of you who follow this podcast, you will know that this is the last episode of season three, after which I will be taking a bit of a break. I would love to be able to give you a start date for season four, but right now that is up in the air. The main reason for this is that I am dedicating more time to working on my book. I really feel that I need to get this completed and released as I have been putting it off long enough.    Here is the link for Hauser and Wirth https://www.hauserwirth.com/ And here is a picture of the man himself with one of the many tools he used to create his large images:
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will look at three very different artistic performances, their creation and execution and ultimately we will examine if these works were successful in conveying the message the artist intended. Performance art is a high stakes medium that is very much risk and reward. Whether it is live or replayed, any art based on a physical interaction and reaction is one that, when successful, creates a unique bond between the artist and the viewer. A soul deep connection that lasts well beyond the work’s completion. Please help the podcast!!!! www.patreon.com/yourartsucks And thank you to the Louisiana Channel!!  http://channel.louisiana.dk/topics/art
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode, we will take a look at how two artists who were plagued by internal afflictions so severe that their very life paths were permanently altered. And while this episode will talk about negative emotions and painful events, I want to assure you that both of these creatives found a way through these dark times, to produce work far superior to what they had done prior. Please support the show!!  www.patreon.com/yourartsuckspodcast  Here is the video of Andy's panic attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZrCL1aF_Zg   And here is a link to Giger's work: http://www.hrgiger.com/
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode, I am going to, hopefully, change the way you think about creative spaces. This is not going to be the usual show where I discuss two artists and the lessons we can learn from their successes and failures. No, I wanted to switch the focus for this episode and challenge you to consider the environments we live and work in. Come support the show on Patreon: www.Patreon.com/yourartsucks   Francis Bacon Studio....the disaster:    Here is Lynne's image of the stairwell I tried to describe:    Here is a link to the travel site:  http://www.artiststudiomuseum.org/   And here is link to Tim's book: https://www.amazon.com/Running-Down-Dream-Winning-Creative-ebook/dp/B07DVBWH23/ref=pd_sim_351_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07DVBWH23&pd_rd_r=63ac2e14-aa3f-11e8-b96a-75051c3f57a5&pd_rd_w=8SusB&pd_rd_wg=PaxJV&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=a180fdfb-b54e-4904-85ba-d852197d6c09&pf_rd_r=6SFEY22HZNWB0MYSRZX4&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=6SFEY22HZNWB0MYSRZX4
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will hear about how two musical acts dealt with the intimate relationships that comes with long term, high pressure creative cohabitation. There’s no escaping the fact that when you’re in a group, your identity may be lost within the larger concept of the project. Let’s also be realistic here, spending weeks, months and even years locked in a van, an airport or in hotel rooms together can lead to some emotionally explosive situations.   Please support the show at Patreon:  https://www.patreon.com/yourartsucks
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode, we will look at the lives of two industrial designers who altered the world of consumer goods. There is no hint of hyperbole when I say that both of these artists have changed the very lives of hundreds of millions of people.
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode, we will look at the lives of two artistic geniuses who had external circumstances prevent their lives from achieving the true recognition they deserved. The goal, by the end of the show, is to bring their stories to you so that we can all be inspired by their greatness.   Here is a link to Winifred's The Deluge https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winifred_Knights#/media/File:The_Deluge.jpg
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will examine the art of these two individuals who used their bodies as vessels of self expression. And while such practices have been done throughout the history of art and in many cultures as a rite of passage, both Chris and Bryan pushed the envelope into very dark and dangerous places   Here is the link to Orlan's work....tough to watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoX00dhVlEg   Here is the link to Bryan's drug fueled portraits  http://bryanlewissaunders.org/drugs/   Here is the video for Chris Burden's Shoot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26R9KFdt5aY
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will examine the effects of commercial success on an artist and their art. And when I say commercial, I mean this literally. The two artists in this episode were fortunate enough to have one of their songs prominently featured in a National television ad for the consumer electronics juggernaut also known as Apple. This single act, as we will hear, had an immediate impact on the careers of these musicians. They were, as if in an instant, rocketed to heights of popularity few artists ever realized.  For many in the industry, this opportunity was akin to winning the lottery and the spoils that came with it were almost as lucrative.   Here is the legendary Peaches video.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an0ce8kfYOc   Here is Feist with Apple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LarZG0l3dPc   Caesar's turn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEPTcZPDrXc
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode, I will be addressing the monster that is creative block. All artists, at some point in their career have experienced this drought in their process. And I am sure you have as well. While some of these periods can be brief, a day or two, there have been blocks that have lasted years. Tormenting the artist and, in the worst cases, having them turn away permanently from their true path.
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will explore a concept I have been excitedly working on as I feel that it will have a large impact on you and your art. It is based on a law in nature that, if mastered, can bring art to another level of engagement not to mention the positive impact it will have on the artist. As mentioned, here are images of the sculptures I spoke of:  High Energy (Low Entropy) works: And Ai WeiWei's work:   And here are the Low Energy (High Entropy) works:  And The Lightning Field
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will look at how being unyielding, loyal and single - minded in the belief that the creative path you are on is the only path forward, can bring about the recognition your work deserves regardless of the amount of time it takes.  Please take some quiet time and listen to this masterful version:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUxQLU_eqfU   Here are Louise's rules for artistic success:  https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-artist-louise-bourgeois   And here is Danny's website I mentioned. Buy a Tee!  https://www.madxdan.us/
  • Your Art Sucksadded an audiobook to the bookshelfPodcast: Your Art Sucks4 years ago
    In this episode we will look at how a single artistic performance can have enormous implications for society at large. This is going to be an amazing show as we will look at the Boston Garden concert of James Brown in 1968 and a play, titled The Drag, written by Mae West, performed in 1927 and how these specific productions reverberated throughout their times.
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