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Arts Undone

Arts Undone

By Erin Schwartz
All things contemporary art. The audio version of the ArtsUndone blog.
Art discussions, reviews, conversations, critiques, and more.
Join art historian host, Dr. Erin Schwartz, as she dives in the deeper meanings and implications of the contemporary art world.
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ArtsUndone 04: We are here... talking photography and the human condition with Ferney Manrique Aragon.

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ArtsUndone 05: I love the way your hurt me: A Conversation with Paula D. Ashe
Paula D. Ashe is a writer of dark fiction.  And I mean....dark.  In this episode we talk about what dark horror is, why we like it so much, and about agency, abjection, and the fact that safety is an illusion.  When one is confronted with the embodiment of experience, is self-mutilation an act of transgressive empowerment?  And why does Paula hate faces?   Paula's new book is entitled We Are Here To Hurt Each Other and is available on Amazon.  Paula can be found on twitter @pauladashe ------- ArtsUndone is a podcast and blog about all things art, including aesthetics, markets, and meanings.  Your host is Dr. Erin Schwartz Facebook: Instagram: @artsundone Twitter: @artsundone We have a discord server as well! NEW VIDEO CONTENT: A video version of this podcast will be made available on PATREON, join Patreon to gain access to exclusive materials, make suggestions on upcoming topics and much more!  MUSIC CREDIT: Song: Documentary, Music by Coma-Media from
April 04, 2022
ArtsUndone 04: We are here... talking photography and the human condition with Ferney Manrique Aragon.
This week I have a conversation with photographer and artist Ferney Manrique Aragon.  Our conversation focuses mostly around photography, the embodiment of taking a photo and the fundamental difference between digital and analog photography.  It's a wide ranging and long conversation that addressed performance, abstractions, experimentation, Artificial Intelligence, and phenomenology.  We get deep.   Ferney and I work together at a University in Wenzhou, China and you'll hear us talk a little bit about that as well, and what it's like to be a street photographer in China.   We mention, briefly, the philosophers Roland Bathes and Henri Bergson, as well as Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty.  We also discuss the AI project that creates portraits of people who have never existed, which you can check out here: Ferney Manrique Aragon can be found here: Instagram: website: Flickr: Music credit: Song: Documentary, Music by Coma-Media from  Follow ArtsUndone: Instagram: web: Patreon:
February 28, 2022
Arts Undone 03: Recovering Perfectionist: Cyanotypes and letting go with Erin Patton McFarren
In this episode I interview artist Erin Patton McFarren. Erin Patton-McFarren is an artist and educator working in northeast Indiana. She studied art education and sculpture at the University of Saint Francis and earned her Masters in Library Science from Indiana University, specializing in educational media and arts reference.  Erin creates experimental cyanotypes with natural materials, primarily using the rivers and bodies of water near her home. She enjoys traveling to create site-specific work and is preparing work for two solo shows in the coming year. Erin Patton McFarren website:    Instagram: @epattonmcfarren Look for her upcoming solo exhibitions in 2022 at the ArtLink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN (, and at the Marcia Evans Gallery ( in Columbus, OH.   ____________________________ Music by Coma-Media from Pixabay Find Arts Undone on Instagram: @artsundone Facebook: Online at: Special thanks to Tracy from the Harpy Hour Podcast:
December 21, 2021
Quick Take: Disappearing Leonardo
How does a Leonardo da Vinci painting disappear?  
November 23, 2021
ArtsUndone: 02. Destroy the Dots-another look at NFTs
The audio version of the ArtsUndone Blog, at In a follow-up to episode 01: Burning the Banksy,  Dr. Schwartz checks in with the NFT market and considers where we're at now with the issues of authenticity and accessibility associated with this new technology.   
November 09, 2021
ArtsUndone: 01. Burning the Banksy
The audio version of the ArtsUndone Blog.  Recently, Christie’s auction house sold a piece of digital artwork by Beeple (Mike Winkelmann) for over $69 million. The interesting thing about the work, entitled EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, beyond its aesthetic and mode of production, for me, is that the item sold is not a physical manifestation of the piece, nor is it “merely” a high-resolution digital file. The work was an NFT, or Non-Fungible Token. What are the ramifications of this on the art market and future of art production?  In this article, the host, Dr. Erin Schwartz addresses issues of commodity and authenticity in light of news ways of trading art.  
March 13, 2021
Arts Undone trailer
Dr Erin Schwartz walks you through all things contemporary art.
March 12, 2021