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Artists Talk Movies

Artists Talk Movies

By Erin Stafford and Heyd Fontenot

Artists Talk Movies is a platform for discussing films with contemporary visual and performing artists. Hosts Erin Stafford and Heyd Fontenot speak with a variety of guests about the influence of cinema on their own artistic practices. Foregoing stuffy “art speak”, this lively podcast delivers insight and introduces you to living artists in unique conversations.

Explore the movies that caused a chain reaction of creativity by influencing artists of the 21st century.
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The Hunger (1983) with Kendall Morgan
The Hunger (1983) with Kendall Morgan
Any cravings out there??? Heyd and Erin can help with this Halloween episode featuring culture writer Kendall Morgan who has selected The Hunger, an artsy film that is a quintessential 80's erotic horror movie with the legendary David Bowie. This movie features vampires with deep feelings who fear aging and loneliness, playing classical music to soothe their aching hearts. Join us as we pull back the sheer curtains and shoo the white doves as we dig into this film that has "the most elegantly shot lesbian scene ever committed to film."  Tangents: Starck Club, botox and fillers, vampire facials, Death Becomes Her, Instagram filters, alien abductions, faux finishes, Jery Saltz, Top Gun For more information about Kendall's writing, check out follow her on Instagram @an_uncommon_alchemy. Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies Help support the podcast by purchasing t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, etc!!!! 
01:32:47
October 31, 2022
Jojo Rabbit (2019) with Jeffry Mitchell
Jojo Rabbit (2019) with Jeffry Mitchell
Ever wonder what would happen if Wes Anderson and Mel Brooks had a baby??? Look no further as we invite you to our conversation with artist Jeffry Mitchell, a gay folk artist from Portland, who was captivated with this episode's movie Jojo Rabbit whilst working in his studio. Even though this film is a tad controversial, we hope you enjoy this deep dive on the comedic interpretation of Nazi Germany as we try not to let a hand grenade blow up in our faces! Tangents: USA Freedom Kids, Catholic Church, Mary Kelly's Post-Partum Document, Dan Savage, Inglorious Bastards, vampire sex, Nom Chomsky, Wes Anderson, Up with People For more information about Jeffry's studio practice, check out follow him on Instagram @jeffrymitchell. Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies Help support the podcast by purchasing t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, etc!!!! 
01:23:46
October 17, 2022
The Little Mermaid (1976 and 1989) with Jessica Harvey
The Little Mermaid (1976 and 1989) with Jessica Harvey
Are you ready dear listeners to explore the underwater tale (no pun intended) of Hans Christian Andersen's legend about a girl who doesn't fit in? This double-feature episode with Jessica Harvey takes on a Czech iteration titled Malá mořská víla from 1976 with its mesmerizing music and dreamy visuals as well as the 1989 adaptation produced by Disney. We explore the subliminal messages of this beloved fairytale with its themes of sadistic torture, patriarchal structures, and religious indoctrination. We know that you will be amused by this discussion because as Heyd stated "I'm talking to two 6 year olds about an animal movie!". Tangents: Little Shop of Horrors, Beanie Babies, Catholicism, guilty pleasures, sex education, queer villains For more information about Jessica's studio practice, check out follow her website thejessicaharvey.com and Instagram @thejessicaharvey. Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies Help support the podcast by purchasing t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, etc!!!! 
01:26:02
October 03, 2022
Forrest Gump (1994) with Gary Sweeney
Forrest Gump (1994) with Gary Sweeney
Get ready to throw away those rose-colored glasses as we look at this gluttonous "apolitical" film Forrest Gump with artist Gary Sweeney, our guest artist who is known for his re-examination of the past with a sharply pointed feather that will tickle your funny bone. Erin and Heyd get critical with this Academy award-winning film that did not age well, knowing full well that their observation might suffer the same fate in the future. Cuddle up as we embrace this cloyingly sweet film that melts like cotton candy with an artist who will have you wondering who the movie is actually for.  Tangents: deep fakes, public art committees, Texas textbooks, blindcasting, rap music, Woodstock '99, Gary's grandmother, patriotism  For more information about Gary's studio practice, check out follow his Instagram @garysweeneyart.  Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies Help support the podcast by purchasing t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, etc!!!! 
01:30:50
September 12, 2022
Rear Window (1954) with Patty Carroll
Rear Window (1954) with Patty Carroll
Who doesn't love a good whodunit??? Settle in as Heyd and Erin nestle into this classic Alfred Hitchcock film Rear Window with Patty Carroll, a photographer based in Chicago who captures the constraints of society in wonderfully composed domestic spaces. As a lover of bygone eras, Patty is enamored by this films portrayal of various types of women and how they are seen from the POV of the protagonists. We invite you to follow us as we decipher the clues of Rear Window, perhaps questioning where you see yourself within the "race of Peeping Toms".       Tangents: Technicolor, stereotypes and gender roles, social media, reality TV, Edith Head, pandemic art, thrifting, MurderCon, origins of "throwing shade"  For more information about Patty's studio practice, check out follow her website pattycarroll.com and Instagram @pattyphotosnaps.  Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies  Help support the podcast by purchasing t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, etc!!!! 
01:19:38
August 22, 2022
The Big Lebowski (1998) with Nic Nicosia
The Big Lebowski (1998) with Nic Nicosia
In the parlance of our time, Heyd and Erin chat with artist Nic Nicosia who shares with us his affection for this stoner noir classic, The Big Lebowski, which was lovingly directed by the Cohen brothers. We explore the paradoxical nature of his dudeness, duder, or el dudorino as well as other memorable characters that has been a catalyst for Nic in the studio. So if you’re not into the whole brevity thing, join us as we meander our way through this film like tumbleweed, but please be careful, man, there’s a beverage here! Tangents: Pulp Fiction, Nicolas Cage, Stanley Kubrick, Hollywood industry, Church of the SubGenius, 9/11 conspiracy, sexual positions For more information about Nic's studio practice, check out follow is website nicnicosia.com and Instagram @nicnicosa. Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies Help support the podcast by purchasing t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, etc!!!! https://artists-talk-movies.storenvy.com/
01:20:18
August 08, 2022
Paisan (1946) with Celia Álvarez Muñoz
Paisan (1946) with Celia Álvarez Muñoz
No sugar coating here dear listeners. We dive into this Italian neorealism film Paisan with artist/activist Celia Álvarez Muñoz, an octogenarian who is inspired by the commonality of the characters, who despite not being able to speak the same language, make meaningful connections. This six episodic film carefully crafts stories about the humanity of war from the perspective of ordinary people, allowing us to see a range of conflicts and emotions. Join us as we attempt to tie a rope around Roberto Rosselini's film with an artist who is deeply invested in personal and historical experiences.  Tangents: white telephone movies, Hollywood props, silent films, German Expressionism, Netflix by mail, Wes Anderson, The Night Porter  For more information about Celia's studio practice, check out follow her Facebook page.  Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies Help support the podcast by purchasing t-shirts, totes, mugs, hats, etc!!!!
01:11:34
July 25, 2022
The Motel (2005) with Taro Waggoner
The Motel (2005) with Taro Waggoner
Artist and graphic designer Taro Waggoner has selected the award-winning Indie film The Motel, which features an impressionable 13-year-old boy who's Chinese-American family owns a seedy hourly-rate motel. Taro is drawn to the awkward adolescence of Ernest who is struggling with bullies, a neighborhood crush, and a family who doesn't understand him. This tender glimpse into the plight of this misunderstood boy reveals the inner child in all of us who dare to open the mysterious if not terrifying box of fried chicken!  Tangents: Norman Rockwell, Awkwafina, Ocean Vuong, Jackie Chan, folk art, magical thinking, Pen15  For more information about Taro's studio practice, check out his website www.taro-kun.com and Instagram @fantasyboytaro and @strangepowerspress Here is a link to Dallas Zine Fest with details on the application process.  Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:22:49
June 27, 2022
Special Episode! Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Special Episode! Rosemary's Baby (1968)
To celebrate our 30th episode, Heyd has selected a movie to discuss that has greatly influenced him, which is chock-full full of salacious themes such as motherhood, the Occult, traditional gender roles and feminism. Rosemary's Baby explores the gestation period of the titular character's womb, which has been "pimped out" (Heyd's words) by her husband, who is appropriately named Guy. Originally a novel by Ira Levin, this movie has captured the imagination of its audience with conspiracy theories focused on satanic horror not to mention a trendy new haircut by Vidal Sassoon!  Tangents: placenta, Boogie Nights, dick pics, ethical pornography, Balthus, Mother!, Sackler family, Stepford Wives  For more information about Heyd's studio practice, check out his website www.heydfontenot.com and Instagram @heydf  Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:28:13
June 06, 2022
Jurassic Park (1993) with Sarah Welch
Jurassic Park (1993) with Sarah Welch
Hold on to your butts listeners as Heyd and Erin dive deep into this 90's blockbuster hit Jurassic Park with artist Sarah Welch. We spared no expensive as well tunnel though themes such as feminism, attempts at controlling nature, Marxism and villains vs. heroes. With limited access to movies, Jurassic Park was one that resonated with Sarah with her fascination with humans relationships to flora and fauna in many variations such as zines, prints and installations. Buckle your seatbelts as we dig though the folly of humans with this nostalgic horror/sci-fi classic.  Tangents: author Sady Doyle, FurnGully, animal husbandry, Roe vs. Wade, women in STEM, Freudian slips, fat-phobia, Spice Girls, Guernica  For more information about Sarah's studio practice, check out her website www.sarahwelch.info and Instagram @welch_wich You can find Sarah's work to purchase on Mystic Multiples and Etsy  Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:19:24
May 23, 2022
Waiting for Guffman (1996) with Cody Ledvina
Waiting for Guffman (1996) with Cody Ledvina
Have you ever wanted to visit the "stool capital of the world"??? If so, join Heyd and Erin as they discuss this epic saga of Waiting for Guffman with artist Cody Ledvina, who is drawn to this mockumentary format with a satirical edge that created classics such as the Missouri compromise...of whatever Corky's haircut is! This "big fish in a small pond" story allows director/actor Christopher Guest to fabricate the delicious tale of a small town theater director who is tasked with recounting the town's history via a musical production, including alien abductions with quintessential probing. We have reserved a front row ticket for you as we giggle our way through this quest for fame and noterietay in the Americana hellscape we call home. Tangents: city council meetings, Total Recall, Matthew McConaughey, gay face, Rand Paul, work families, artist cemetery For more information about Cody's studio practice, check out his website www.codyledvina.com and Instagram @codyledvina Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:21:04
May 09, 2022
Bringing out the Dead (1999) with Xxavier Edward Carter
Bringing out the Dead (1999) with Xxavier Edward Carter
Happy Easter/Jesus Zombie Day everyone!!! Heyd and Erin have invited transdisiplinary artist XXxavier Edward Carter to talk about this anxiety inducing movie Bringing Out the Dead, directed by Martin Scorsese about a manic NYC paramedic who struggles with insomnia as he attempts to save lives throughout the night shift. Much like this film, Xxavier is inspired by stories of survival with biblical references approached with a rawness and sincere vulnerability that achieves a level of transcendence. We promise that this episode will answer all of your questions about death, free will and how to break a metal baseball bat!  Tangents include: Pieta, cell phones, co-dependent relationships, death doula, sexy grandmas, nudity in art, sexy toys, Jerry Saltz, pornography  For more information about Xxavier's studio practice, check out his website www.xxavierismyname.com and Instagram @bambliatigre Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:22:10
April 25, 2022
Lolita (1962) with Sophia Longoria
Lolita (1962) with Sophia Longoria
How did they ever make a movie of Lolita??? We attempt to answer that question with our guest Sophia Longoria, who is a Galveston-based artist that explores her personal experiences with inherited trauma and mental illness through figurative painting. As we discuss this movie directed by Stanley Kubrick, Sophia examines the repetitive use of the term "normal", allowing the viewer to see the inherit fallacy in this concept as it is used to describe predators. By cloaking the villains with the flavor of banality, this dark comedy shows us how humor can make us feel uncomfortable when it is sprinkled on top of a monster.  See Link Below For An Explanation Of A Therapy Called Cognitive Behavior Therapy That Has Helped Sophia To Be Well! www.mayoclinic.org Also If You Feel You Need Some Help Out Of A Dark Place Please Seek It Out!! Here's A Number Below To Reach Out. www.suicidepreventionlife.org Tangents include: Woody Allen, Jorden Peterson, NIMBY, 2022 Oscars, Alfred Hitchcock, Shelly Duvall, Dan Savage For more information about Sophia's studio practice, check out her work on Instagram @seriesofdots and website www.seriesofdots.onfabrik.com Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:25:44
April 12, 2022
Rollerball (1975) with Chris Schanck
Rollerball (1975) with Chris Schanck
Well listeners, it's time lace up your roller skates for this dystopian movie ripe with biting social commentary called Rollerball, which was introduced to us by Detroit-based artist Chris Schanck. As someone who blends futuristic sculpture and furniture, Chris is often drawn to parallels between the ornate and the dilapidated, which can be seen thematically in this film with the use of violent sport as a metaphor to represent societal degradation. We invite you to explore the poetic side of this science-fiction sports movie that accurately predicted the future, with the exception of sport heroes in roller skates! Tangents include: artistic moms, Tom Brady, mega churches, Nietzche, gentrification, Idiocracy, James Abbott McNeill Whistler For more information about Chris's studio practice, check out his work on Instagram @chrisschanck Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:34:59
March 28, 2022
Aimee and Jaguar (1999) with Edgar Fabián Frías
Aimee and Jaguar (1999) with Edgar Fabián Frías
Heyd and Erin dig into this Romeo and Juliet style love story with artist/healer Edgar Fabián Frías, who engages with historical legacies while operating outside of the traditional structures of the art work. Since their youth, Edgar has felt connected to the two protagonists, Lily and Felice, who embody characteristics such as resilience, underground activism and gender fluidity, which play directly into Edgar's artwork. We hope you enjoy this dynamic conversation as we weave in and out of the past and present, questioning the status quo whilst trying not making it a "trembling contest". Tangents include: femme-phobia, Ukraine, Easter, The Celluloid Closet, The Power of the Dog, fetus food cravings, inherited trauma  For more information about Edgars's studio practice, check out their website www.edgarfabianfrias.org and Instagram @edgarfabianfrias Panel Discussion: Art, Data and Life in the Metaverse, 12:30 - 2:00 PM, BAMPFA, Osher Theater, UC Berkeley Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:15:05
March 07, 2022
Predator (1987) with Emily Peacock
Predator (1987) with Emily Peacock
Knock-knock. Who's there? Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold Schwarzenegger who? Arnold Schwarzenegger making a knock-knock joke in this episode's feature movie Predator! Artist/photographer/comedian Emily Peacock has hand-selected this classic action-packed movie because of the unique bond that she shares with it and her dad growing up in rural Texas. With elements of humor and absurdity, this heart pumping deep-dive allowed us to explore Emily's artwork on multiple levels, but don't worry, we didn't push TOO many pencils! Tangents include: competitive weightlifting, Cheetos in any form or color, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, homoeroticism, Ana Mendieta, crooked teeth, Jurassic Park, Eddie Murphy, censorship For more information about Emily's studio practice, check out her website www.emilyannpeacock.com and Instagram @epeacock Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:30:27
February 21, 2022
Harold and Maude (1971) with Margret Meehan
Harold and Maude (1971) with Margret Meehan
Are you in the mood for an existentially dark, yet lighthearted rom-com about about wonderfully mature women who's vivacious energy seduces a youth with mommy issues? Us too! We popped the cork of some "organic" wine while talking to Virginia-based artist Margret Meehan about one of her favorite movies Harold and Maude, which is a direct inspiration for many of her artworks. While watching this film, we couldn't help but fall in love with Maude as she shows us that "if we want to be free, be free" and how the act of living can be intoxicatingly life affirming. RIP (Resist in Peace) Maude (Ruth Gordon) xoxo   Tangents include: grandmother's scents, sex shaming, WITCH (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell), manic pixie dream girl trope, Arlington National Cemetery, Wes Anderson, cardinals, extreme embalming  For more information about Margrets's studio practice, check out his website www.margaretmeehan.net and Instagram @margaretmmeehan Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:32:28
February 07, 2022
Joker (2019) with Joe Harjo
Joker (2019) with Joe Harjo
Have you ever been told to smile and put on a happy face? Well, get out your face-paint and join us as we speak with Joe Harjo, an artist who is drawn to this origin story of a killer comedian who takes vengeance on a community of villains. With inspiration regarding Joker's transformation, Joe makes multi-faceted work about his lived experiences and his Native American heritage, often confronting mainstream misrepresentation and single-mindedness. We invite you to hop on this rollercoaster of reality verses fantasy as we delve into dark questions such as "DId you pick Joker or did Joker pick you?". Tangents include: dickful thinking, billionaires as politicians, caveman diets, QAnon Shaman, The Master, toxic positivity, Theaster Gates, Mark Hamill's Joker, staircases in art, Gray Gardens, Sarah Silverman, Edger Heap of Birds  For more information about Joe's studio practice, check out his website www.joeharjo.com and Instagram @ndnstagram Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:32:11
January 24, 2022
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) with Angela Fraleigh
The Witches of Eastwick (1987) with Angela Fraleigh
Are you ready to conjure another spell with us dear listeners? For this episode, we are joined with figurative painter Angela Fraleigh to talk about another occult classic movie called The Witches of Eastwick, a film that explores female empowerment with a dash of misogyny. Our three heroines conjure their "perfect" man during a coven-style girls night, who unfortunately ends up manifesting into the "horny little devil", bringing about both sinful pleasure and questionable behavior. It's time to bring out the junk food and stir that martini for a magical conversation that will have you thinking twice before you eat another cherry. Tangents include: John Currin, The Exorcist, slut shamming, Phyllis Schlafly, Kiki Smith, Frozen, narcissist relationships, SATC, Cone sisters Reading: The Heronine with 1001 Faces by Maria Tatar For more information about Angela's studio practice, check out her website www.angelafraleigh.com and Instagram @angelafraleigh Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:20:39
January 10, 2022
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) with Sarah Fox
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) with Sarah Fox
Are you in the mood for a epically rebellious fairytale? Then join Heyd and Erin as they converse with multi-media Sarah Fox who has been inspired by Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro to discuss his masterpiece Pan's Labyrinth. In the spirit of this movie, Sarah creates dark personal narratives with hybrid creatures while also revealing themes of love, loss and toxic masculinity. Join us as we wander through Fascist Spain of 1944 with the protagonist Ofelia who opens our eyes to the mysterious underworld that reveals both a happy and melancholic ending.  Tangents include: lobsters, mom's as artists, Krampus, Goya, eggs, NFTs again!, Nora Robert's books, hunting, McNay Art Museum  For more information about Sarah's studio practice, check out her website www.sarahfoxart/home.html and Instagram @foxsar   Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:23:53
December 27, 2021
Querelle (1982) with Brian Scott
Querelle (1982) with Brian Scott
Listeners, are you ready to roll the dice and take a chance with us as we explore the erotically charged film Querelle from 1982 with Dallas-based artist Brian Scott? Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, this film follows the seductively deviant path of the titular character. Querelle is a sexy sailor that navigates a French brothel with various characters who want to love him AND kill him. Join us in our discussion as we ponder why men want to "kill the thing he loves".  Tangents include: phallic architecture, Dungeons and Dragons, gay panic, masochism, Michelangelo, Village People, weddings, open relationships, Logan's Run For more information about Brians's studio practice, check out his website www.chuckandgeorge.net and Instagram @andgeorge and @junkmale1o1 Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:24:00
December 13, 2021
Basquiat (1996) with Lance Letscher
Basquiat (1996) with Lance Letscher
So how long does it take to get famous??? Four years?? Six to get rich??? For this episode, Heyd and Erin discuss TWO films: Julian Schnabel’s biographical movie Basquiat and a documentary about our guest artist, The Secret Life of Lance Letscher. This double-feature episode explores representations of artists, including stereotypes, insecurities and the tortured genius with discussions centered around notions of celebrity, consumerism, and racism in the art world. Join us as we attempt to get at the heart of a movie about a painter made by a painter with a collage artist from Texas. Tangents include: artist stereotypes, insecurities, Vincent van Gogh, Basquiat purses, art world horror movies, Nancy Whitenack, NFTs, 3D movies For more information about Lances's studio practice, check out his website www.lanceletscher.com and facebook Lance Letscher Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:25:14
November 15, 2021
The Witch (2015) with Margaux Crump
The Witch (2015) with Margaux Crump
Did ye make some unholy bond with that goat? The answer is most definitely YES! With themes such as original sin, isolation, and infant sacrifice, how could we say no to our guest artist Margaux Crump with the psychological horror movie The Witch, directed by Robert Eggers in 2015. Both Heyd and Erin watched as the Puritan family battle the forces of evil that manifested into the iconic goat named Black Philip as well as mysterious witches in the woods. Even though this isn’t considered a feminist text, Margaux discusses her connection to the titular character who occupies a liminal space that allows for kindred connections between us and the worlds that we haven’t quite yet figured out. Tangents include: refugee camps for witches, Blue Fugates family, Goya paintings, school dress code, Spiritualism, Erin's ghost story For more information about Margaux's studio practice, check out her website www.margauxcrump.com and instagram @margauxcrump Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:35:57
November 01, 2021
Sankofa (1993) with Dr. Fahamu Pecou
Sankofa (1993) with Dr. Fahamu Pecou
Erin and Heyd have invited Dr. Fahamu Pecou to ponder the Netflix re-released film Sankofa, directed by Haile Gerima, which was made possible by the innovator Ava DuVernay, director, writer and producer. Fahamu shares personal stories of his childhood and insights as a Black artist and father, connecting his experiences and practice to the philosophy of Sankofa, which translates to "go back, look for, and gain wisdom, power and hope". We know that you will be inspired from this nuanced conversation with Fahamu who's artwork pushes beyond trauma with images of empowerment and strength.  Tangents include: Ted Cruz, Fred Wilson, public art, Kanye West, Nina Simone, "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe For more information about Fahamu's studio practice, check out his website www.fahamupecouart.com and instagram @fahamupecou Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:26:21
October 11, 2021
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) with Patrick Turk
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) with Patrick Turk
Buckle up listeners as Heyd and Erin discuss the both loved AND hated psychedelically nauseating film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas with Houston-based artist Patrick Turk. The dizzying aesthetics of the film relates directly to the sculptural collages made by Patrick with trippy repetition and radial designs while using anachronistic imagery sourced from science-fiction novels, encyclopedias, history, and scientific diagrams that seem to morph both time and space. With every drug induced stupor, we explore themes related to patriotism and moral panics that melt our perceptions of reality and make us question if we should continue to hump the American Dream. Tangents include: D.A.R.E., Half-Priced Books, art school (again!), GOOP, Liberace, 14th wax medical models, Heyd and Erin’s Colorado “trip” For more information about Patricks's studio practice, check out his website www.patrickturk.net and instagram @patrickturk76 Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:33:15
October 04, 2021
A Clockwork Orange (1971) with H Schenck
A Clockwork Orange (1971) with H Schenck
Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. Heyd and Erin have invited Chicago-based artist H Schenck to discuss Stanley Kubrick’s futuristically squishy film A Clockwork Orange, which resonated with H as a teenage youth due to its subversive themes of masculinity and the “ultra-violence”. This movie explores the story of Alex, the gang leader of the “droogs” who go about terrorizing their victims whilst singing ironically upbeat toons such as “Singing in the Rain”, taunting them mercifully. After being charged with murder, Alex is brainwashed by the Minister to feel a deep aversion to violence and crime.  We invite thou to play the old Ludwig van and pour a glass of “milk-plus” as we ponder the concepts of free will and societal moral panics. Viddy well listeners. Tangents include: baby talk in the bedroom, moral panic à la Marilyn Manson and video games, artists as sponges, police brutality, sexy Bible verses, queer composer Wendy Carlos, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teaching of Plants More suggested reading from H: A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son, Pass with Care: Memoirs, The Misunderstanding of the American Boy For more information about H's studio practice, check out his website http://www.hschenck.com/ and instagram @hschenck_reclaim_space Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:39:16
September 20, 2021
The Wizard of Oz (1939) with Brian Jones
The Wizard of Oz (1939) with Brian Jones
Erin and Heyd have invited Brian Jones, also part of an artistic duo called Chuck and George, to discuss the movie The Wizard of Oz...ever heard of it??? This technicolor dream enchanted Brian from an early age with its magical storytelling, vivid characters, and memorable tunes. This episode explores the myths of The Wizard of Oz, including dark undertones of manipulation, political coup d’état, PTSD and extreme dieting of cigarettes/coffee. Join us as we meander down the yellow brick road, sharing childhood memories that will have you too feeling Young in Heart. Tangents include: poop paintings, Rumspringa, art school, John Waters' movies, Brian's childhood nickname, pet-able beasts For more information about Brians's studio practice, check out his website http://www.chuckandgeorge.net/Brian%20K%20Jones/ and Instagram @chuckandgeorge Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:38:15
August 30, 2021
Marie Antoninette (2006) with Ann Wood
Marie Antoninette (2006) with Ann Wood
Heyd and Erin converse with sculptor/installation artist Ann Wood as they enter into a world of decadence and decay with Sophie Coppola's historical drama film about the complex life of French queen Marie Antoninette. Ann's fondness for this movie stems from her Rococo aesthetic with squishy textures, floral motifs and frothy imagery that allow her to frolic in her inner impulses related to "cute aggression". In the spirit of the titular protagonist, Ann provocatively embraces the effeminate with a rebellious edge that will having you saying "Sacre bleu!". Tangents include: pastry fetishes, royal sex ed., Brittney Spears, Monet's water lilies, hedonic treadmill, Art Basel For more information about Ann's studio practice, check out his website https://annwoodartist.com/section/179556.html/ and Instagram @woodannc Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:15:43
August 16, 2021
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) with Christie Blizard
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) with Christie Blizard
"Put on some makeup and turn on the deck tape" as Heyd and Erin explore this groundbreaking musical comedy-drama Hedwig and the Angry Inch with San Antonio-based artist Christie Blizard. With a botched sex change surgery that was forced upon him, Hansel becomes Hedwig, the fabulous transgender singer who expresses her trauma through iconic ballads. Christie also connects to the idea of transformation by tapping into ancient spiritual text that has informed their studio practice through experimental performance while exploring the process of being trans species. We promise you won't have to give up part of yourself for love, but please remember that bras do NOT go in the dryer! Tangents include: bad art schools, Farrah Fawcett, Blues Traveler's song Hook, Hedwig perfume, Octopi or Octolpuses, plant memories, regional art  For more information about Christie's studio practice, check out his website https://www.christieblizard.com/ and Instagram @christieblizard Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:09:44
August 02, 2021
Blazing Saddles (1974) with Naima Lowe
Blazing Saddles (1974) with Naima Lowe
It's time to polish your Gucci boots for this satirical Black, Western comedy as Heyd and Erin discuss Blazing Saddles with Naima Lowe, a Tulsa-based artist who embraced this movie with her dad as one of her childhood favorites. Naima offers her insightful reflections as an artists who is able to see the film as a Black, queer, womanish person with insights into topics such as miscegenation, cowboys of color and masculinity tropes. In the spirit of Mel Brooks and Richard Pryer, this episode will leave your head spinning as we lasso the history of Western films, squeezing them into a schnitzengruben!   Tangents include: dick jokes, Hollywood queerness, Gene Wilder's hair, Hays Code, Obamacare, Black rodeos, combining humor and melancholy   For more information about Naima's studio practice, check out his website https://www.naimalowe.net/ and Instagram @trial_and_error_dot_art Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:12:06
July 19, 2021
The Watermelon Woman (1996) with Julia Land Barbosa
The Watermelon Woman (1996) with Julia Land Barbosa
Join Erin and Heyd as we explore an influential film of artist Julia Land Barbosa called The Watermelon Woman, first seen as a disgruntled teenager at her local shopping mall in San Antonio and would later impact her as a performance artist. With director, writer and editor Cheryl Dunye, we follow a journey of self-discovery as the protagonist researches the long-lost history of a black queer female actor from the 1940s in an attempt to reclaim the narrative. With one foot in the present and one foot in the past, this rom-com drama will have have you longing for the days of romance in the video rental stores while wondering if you should rent Aliens OR Carrie! And as always... be kind, rewind!  Tangents include: embarrassing Goggle searches, Camille Paglia, NEA censorship, feminist film group break ups, Georgia O'Keeffe's "vagina" paintings, witchyness of art making For more information about Julia's studio practice, check out his website https://julialandois.com/ and Instagram @jblandois Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:30:34
July 05, 2021
The Birdcage (1996) with Anthony Sonnenberg
The Birdcage (1996) with Anthony Sonnenberg
Is it Goldman or Coleman??? Find out as we explore Anthony Sonnenberg's favorite movie The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. While an impressionable youth, Anthony watched this film for first time on a family road trip, allowing him to see a gay couple represented as something aspirational, with body positivity, bubbly personalities and a passion for "heat". While talking with Anthony about his interest in functionally decedent sculptures, we promise that you too will giggle all the way through this quote by quote examination of this beloved movie that will have you screaming, "Fuck the shrimp!". Tangents include: family road trips, Phyllis Schlafly, conservative comedians, Matt Gaetz, thongs in South Beach, la petite mort, Nancy Whitenack at Conduit Gallery in Dallas, cannibalism   For more information about Anthony's studio practice, check out his website http://www.anthonysonnenberg.com/ and Instagram @anthonysonnenberg. Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:20:24
June 21, 2021
Orlando (1992) with Keer Tanchak
Orlando (1992) with Keer Tanchak
Defy aging and death with Heyd and Erin as they discuss this gender bending movie Orlando with Keer Tanchak, a Dallas-based artist who uses historical references in her delicately textured paintings on chunky aluminum surfaces. In this film, we discuss symbolism, colonization and gendered expectations with Orlando's transition from male to female halfway through the story that spans from 1600-present day. With every wink and nod, this delicious film captured a fresh perspective on sexual ambiguity and social hierarchies and we know you will enjoy every drop from the sexually suggestive tea kettle!  Tangents include: butterfly metamorphosis, Freaky Friday, Cottagecore, G.W. Bush paintings, art school critiques, bourgeoisie ennui, gender reveal parties, orgasms and painting, Billy Zane celebrity encounter!  For more information about Keers's studio practice, check out his website http://www.keertanchak.com/news_1.html and Instagram @keertanchak Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:24:04
June 07, 2021
Conan the Barbarian (1982) with Joshua Goode
Conan the Barbarian (1982) with Joshua Goode
Its time to dust off your bear skin rugs and listen to our guest Joshua Goode as we bulk up for our discussion about this action-packed film Conan the Barbarian. This cult classic has inspired Joshua to interrogate historical artifacts through on-site performances whereby his sculptures are unearthed to questions our understanding of historical reality. Be prepared for a deep dive into a treasure trove of cinematic artifices that will leave you feeling like you too can start a snake cult and punch a slutty camel in the face.   Tangents include: Joseph Beuys, Arnold Schwarzenegger getting attacked by dogs, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Atkins diets, Oliver and Roger Stone mix-up, Texas pyramids in Germany, shit talking Jeff Koons  For more information about Joshua's studio practice, check out his website https://www.joshuagoode.com/ and Instagram @joshua_goode Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:20:57
May 24, 2021
Angel Heart (1987) with Andrea Tosten
Angel Heart (1987) with Andrea Tosten
Light some candles and join hands with Heyd and Erin was we descend to the the depths of Angel Heart with Dallas-based artist Andrea Tosten. Angel Heart explores taboo themes such as Voodooism and Satanism to uncover the mystery of a missing person named Johnny Favorite. With the discovery of several heinous murders in New Orleans, the detective Harry Angel gets wrapped up in the dark arts, blood rituals and frankly more deviled egg than he can chew.   Tangents include: epistolary novels, Satanic Panic, Jinco jeans, high school devil possession, artificial fingernails, Pee-wee Herman, Black Venus, Lisa Bonet Interviews  For more information about Andrea's studio practice, check out her website http://a-scribe.squarespace.com/ and Instagram @ascribe1.  Here is a list of books that Andrea references in the episode: Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Screwtape Letters by Bram Stoker, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, Tell My Horse and Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:26:25
May 10, 2021
The Andromeda Strain (1971) with Christopher Blay
The Andromeda Strain (1971) with Christopher Blay
Heyd and Erin spiral down a plastic sealed laboratory with Christopher Blay to explore a movie that has inspired many of his experimental exhibitions. The Andromeda Strain is a film based on a Michael Crichton book that reveals the world as intensely vulnerable with an outbreak of an extraterrestrial microorganism, forcing scientists to thoroughly decontaminate before they begin their quest to discover the antidote.   Tangents include: Heyd's dream job as FLOTUS, Leonardo di Vinci, beautiful failure, Christopher's job as a photo-booth technician, shit talking Tom Sachs For more information about  Christopher's studio practice, check out his website https://www.christopherblay.com/ and Instagram @artist_c_blay Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:14:36
April 26, 2021
Somewhere in Time (1980) with co-host Erin Stafford
Somewhere in Time (1980) with co-host Erin Stafford
Heyd and Erin explore the "seminal" film Somewhere in Time, a romantic sci-fi that delves into the concept of time travel, leading the protagonist down a rabbit hole to find true love. Erin used this movie as a catalyst for an exhibition, whereby she was able to confront feelings of loss and eventual acceptance through sculptures such as Lover's Picnic.  Tangents include: the Bechdel test, Black Mirror, The Bachelorette, artist and critic Darren Jones' "love" of Thomas Kinkade, rom-coms   For more information about Erin's studio practice, check out her website https://erinlouisestafford.com/ and Instagram @erinlstafford. Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:10:60
April 12, 2021
The Devils (1971) with co-host Heyd Fonenot
The Devils (1971) with co-host Heyd Fonenot
Our first episode explores a film called The Devils, released in 1971 that resonated with our co-host Heyd Fontenot early on in his career. Directed by Ken Russell, this movie explores a loosely historical tale of politics clashing with religion in 17th-century France and is considered one of the most controversial film of all time.   Tangents include: Dachshund mauling, hell houses, pandemic hugs, Mike Pence, Francis Bacon, Heyd's first confession  For more information about Heyd's studio practice, check out his website http://heydfontenot.com/ and instagram @heydf Follow us on Instagram @artists.talk.movies
01:06:02
March 29, 2021