A.G. Geiger Presents, Tales from the LA Art Underworld

A.G. Geiger Presents, Tales from the LA Art Underworld

By Michael Delgado
Fine art book store owner, Michael Delgado interviews the most interesting artists, musicians, performers, poets, writers and other malcontents prowling the Los Angeles cultural landscape.

Produced in cooperation with the Mayfair Hotel and music and artist management company Regime 72, "A.G. Geiger Presents" comes to you weekly from the Library Bar of the historic Mayfair Hotel.
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#45 Artist Sheinina Raj
We visit with artist Sheinina Raj who talks about Intercultural, her traveling exhibition/ sound installation collaboration with Grammy award winner Nelly Furtado. The exhibition opens May 16, 2020 at the Louis Lambert Gallery in Bergamont Station, Los Angeles.
39:39
February 18, 2020
#44 Artist, Nancy Buchanan
A key figure in the performance art scene and of the feminist art movement that emerged in Southern California during the 1970s, Buchanan's work has often positioned the audience as participants in a wider conversation on the gendered and defamilarized body, the dangers  of commercialized voyeurism and the dire consequences of an increasing militarization in our society. Her work is included in the collections of major museums here in the US and abroad, including MOMA and the Centre Pompidou among many others.
37:56
February 7, 2020
#43 John Caulkin, WPA Poster Exhibition
Exhibition organizer Caulkin, explains why WPA posters are more relevant today than ever and how you can get inspired in workshops Feb 1 and Feb 8 on Chung King Road. 
28:14
January 28, 2020
#42 Gallerist Juri Koll
Opening a new space in the Bendix building, Gallerist Juri Koll talks about his inaugural show, a retrospective of LA Artist Gloriane Harris. He also discusses the upcoming 2020 edition of the Fine Arts Film Festival  at Beyond Baroque and other noteworthy art news. 
29:25
January 21, 2020
#41 Zen Psychosis: Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff
Critic, Curator and Author Shana Nys Dambrot and National Photojournalist of the Year, Osceola Refetoff discuss their collaboration on the oneiric fiction novella, Zen Psychosis recently published by Griffith Moon Press.
35:17
January 10, 2020
#40 Best of 2019
Interesting insights, provocative  commentary and music from Tosh Berman, Beatie Wolfe, The Dark Bob, Brendan Constantine, Phil America, Nancy Baker Cahill and Christie Hayden
31:49
January 3, 2020
#35 Gallerist Craig Krull
Longtime LA gallerist and force in the cultural workings of the region, Krull tells us why LA is THE city to be in for an artist today. 
41:11
December 13, 2019
#34 Artist Sandow Birk
Is painting a silly way to communicate? Why is the Qu'ran is so relevant to everyday America? And what does Bruegel have to do with mass shootings?  Born in Detroit but raised in the OC Birk is well travelled, and his subjects are as wideranging as his world wide adventures. Images of gang violence, graffiti culture, prisons, surfing, skateboarding, Dante’s Divine Comedy, the Iraq war, and the Qur’an are all treated with an eye toward social justice and historical contexts. Birk has exhibited in dozens of museum and galleries, and his work is in many public and museum collections including: SF MOMA the LACMA, The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Met; and the Harvard University Art Museum as well as several renown European museums. Birk has received an NEA grant, and Fellowships from the Guggenheim, Fulbright, the Getty and the City of Los Angeles. AND There are no less than seven books devoted to his various projects - which obviously is one of the reasons, I'm excited to have him on the show.
31:02
December 4, 2019
#33 This is Your Brain on Drums: Composer Elle Spencer Lewis
Emmy Nominated composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer  Elle Spencer Lewis talks about her recent experience as a participant in  Rhythms of the City at the Rendon, her work with neuroenhancement and why music is the most intimate of the arts.
33:39
November 22, 2019
#32 Int'l Artist/ Performer Carole Douillard
Worldwide phenom, Carole Douillard discusses her film "Idir", why Bruce Nauman haunts her, how different cultures influence the understanding of our own body gestures and why she is investigating the Stanford University lab dedicated to understanding rituals.
41:09
November 15, 2019
#32 Musical Weirdo Visionary Beatie Wolfe
Beatie Wolfe who just turned 31, has beamed her music into space, been appointed a UN Women role model for innovation, guest curated the LA Times "Festival of Books" and held an acclaimed solo exhibition of her ‘World First’ album designs at the Victoria and Albert Museum talks about how she got there and where she is going next.  If you have not yet discovered this amazing artist, or even if you have, this interview offers insights into Wolfe's ability create change through art and music. Her singularity and passion are inspiring and we play her enchanting song "Little Moth".
46:23
October 31, 2019
#31 Curator Asuka Hisa
The curatorial force behind the LA Department of Cultural Affairs' Triennial CultureLA: FOOD, Asuka highlights the numerous outdoor experiences to be discovered in this edition's public art extraveganza. With over 15 commissioned works and over 75 events spanning from October 5 to November 3, Asuka also tells us about the project's genesis and why it's culinary theme is relevant today. 
32:13
October 18, 2019
#30 Gallerist Molly Barnes
In a lively interview, longtime art world bon vivant Molly Barnes covers her privileged background, her time as an aspiring actress, why LA is primitive compared to New York, whether or not Marc Selwyn is a snob, why parking is key to the genesis of an art center and other thoughts from the one of the art world's best known and most energetic gallerists.
35:10
September 27, 2019
#29 Artist/ Curator John Eden
How I learned to love the bomb, the California Cool School, extraterrestrial beings as an inspiration, and a touching story of what actually goes into making emotionally charged art. 
29:25
September 16, 2019
#28 Fototeka.com owner Robin Blackman and photographer Merrick Morton
Murder, Mayhem & Art;  What Man Ray might have had to do with the Black Dahlia murder, Gangland LA and more! Originators of "Art of the Archive: the photos from the Los Angeles Police Department Archive" discuss how the internationally traveled show came about, the delicate balance in curation and how art can blossom amid the often gruesome work of police procedural photography. 
38:30
September 10, 2019
#27 Int'l Muralist James Peter Henry
The Aussie native talks LA architecture, a childhood chasing roos, living near aboriginal art and how he goes about painting the massive walls he has been commissioned to transform. 
29:41
August 27, 2019
#26 Art Critic and Novelist Shana Nys Dambrot
Becoming an art critic, the "LA Weekly Best Of" issue, why she is named Shana Nys and her forthcoming book "Zen Psychosis"
49:54
August 21, 2019
#25 Photographer Jonathan Potter
Giant pinhole cameras, an Episcopalian Bishop's influence on the American Revolution and enjoying analog in a digital world.
29:07
August 14, 2019
#24 Influential Performance Artist, The Dark Bob
Part of the infamous performance art duo, Bob and Bob, The Dark Bob talks about his solo career making art, recording and performing, his latest album, what it meant to be making performance art when no one really knew what that was, what it feels like to have your art put into the Smithsonian archive and why Speedos need to be redesigned for older fat men. 
45:18
July 23, 2019
#23 Phil America Update
Social Practice Artist Phil America explains his world view and why we should care. With an edited commentary from Delgado. A full, unedited interview can be heard in episode 13.
11:20
July 17, 2019
#22 Latin Alt Rock Chart Topper Maria Del Pilar
Pilar talks about her Songs + Canciones II that dropped in March, her immigrant experience, Cal Arts, the current LA music scene and her involvement in the new hit show "Vida" on the Starz platform. 
45:16
July 4, 2019
#21 Artist/ Actor Simone Gad
From the Holocaust to Hollywood, longtime LA Artist and Actor Gad recounts her journey from childhood actor to prolific artist to a renewed interest in acting. 
35:48
June 12, 2019
#20 COLA Fellow, Artist Sandy Rodriguez
One of LA's most interesting artists, Rodriguez chats about her current exhibition at the Municipal Gallery, Barnsdall and her Project 1521 which gathers artists, writers, and scholars to generate new  visual and literary works as we approach the 500 year anniversary of the  conquest of Mexico.
40:37
June 4, 2019
#19 Discostan founder, artist Arshia Haq
Artist, film maker, DJ and musicologist, Arshia Haq traces her journey from her immigrant experience to her career as an internationally renown artist exploring themes of mysticism, migration, celebration, warfare, nostalgia, homeland and borders.
51:38
May 24, 2019
#18 Publisher & Creative Director of SOVO Magazine, Farida Amar
The force behind LA's most interesting cultural magazine, Amar explains SOVO's mission to help you "curate your life", how to fly a helicopter upside- down and why commerce should be taken out of all artistic collaborations.
46:07
May 8, 2019
#17 Artist, Wallace Richard Mills
Wallace Richard Mills talks about how the disciplines of skateboarding  and making art intersect. He should know. As Creative Director/ Prod  designer extraordinaire for seminal skate brands like DC, Etnies and  Supra, Mills talks about his own art making journey and why you should  always listen to your inner 14 year old.
39:57
April 29, 2019
#16 Sex, Lies and 25 years of Kulov
In a lively interview, Provocateur/ Performance Artist Kulov discusses gender activism, public art and his new book "90-15> 25 Years of Political Public Art and Performances".
47:05
April 19, 2019
#15 Artist/ Activist Dorian Lynde
Coming off recent shows at the Raleigh Contemporary and the Marciano Foundation, with upcoming installations in LA, Lynde talks about gendered power, indentured servitude in the Disney animation studios and the beauty of cel vinyl. 
41:29
April 12, 2019
#14 Curator, Artist & Brand Guru, Vida Patricia Rodriguez
Vida talks about her background in fashion design, her transition into curating, and then explains why street art just might save the world.
39:21
April 10, 2019
#13 Artist/ Activist Phil America
The internationally renown artist who blurs the lines between social commentary and social activism tells us why he doesn't care to be represented by a gallery any time soon. 
50:15
March 27, 2019
#12 Doc Film Maker Gary Conklin
Best known for his artful piece on Rufino Tamayo, Conklin's filmography ranges from portrayals of Gore Vidal, John Huston and Ed Ruscha as well as more sweeping subjects such as film stars from the 30's and 40's and the twilight of Weimar culture. He also made the first doc on Paul Bowles with whom he spent months in Tangier. He has a few stories. 
41:18
March 20, 2019
#11 Artist & Film Maker Keaton Shyler
How to make art in Outer Space 101: Shyler discusses her success with the internationally renown artist Nahum on their amazing co-located installation that enables their specially created components aboard the International Space Station to interact with visitors at an earthbound exhibition. Sponsored by the European Space Agency and Space X, Shyler and Nahum's piece is called Contour of Presence  and is planning to travel to Los Angeles from Brazil where it is currently installed. 
35:14
March 11, 2019
#10 Writer and Bookseller Christie Hayden
Art critic, owner of OOF! Books, and the force behind the Acid Free book fair,  Christie Hayden talks bookselling, and why branching out into printmaking is a natural thing to do.
39:46
March 3, 2019
#9 Artist Nancy Baker Cahill
Celebrated multi-disciplinary artist, and founder of the free augmented reality app "4th Wall" , Cahill talks about art as activism, discusses her installation in this years' Desert X and explains why she secretly wishes she was a hacker. 
37:49
February 22, 2019
#8 Artist & Author Elyse Poppers
Just in time for Valentine's day,  Elyse Poppers discusses her new work "The Little Love Book, 267 Words for Love in Sanskrit. Poppers, currently the toast of the international art scene for her collaboration in artist Paul McCarthy's films "Rebel", "Rebel Dabble Babble" and "WS" as well as his provocative installation/ performance "That Girl",  talks about her background as an art fraud investigator, acting, and making conceptual art.
30:54
February 14, 2019
#7 Artist Sarah Cain
Highly sought after and influential artist Sarah Cain talks about her current exhibition at the Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles, her upcoming installation at Frieze LA 2019 and her large stained glass project, commissioned by the San Francisco International Airport.
24:17
February 11, 2019
#6 Architect Mauricio Espinosa
Soon to be household name, architect Mauricio Espinosa talks about what it means to be an architect these days, either here in LA or in the major cities of China where he is involved in projects whose scale makes planned communities here seem like dollhouses. 
45:58
February 10, 2019
#5: Curator, Juri Koll
Juri Koll, artist, film maker, curator and founder of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (VICA) as well as the Fine Arts Film Festival, announces upcoming exhibitions at his new VICA galleries, talks about San Pedro California's art scene and previews the 6th annual Fine Arts Film Festival screening this May.
30:53
January 24, 2019
#4: UCLA's Art & Trauma classPaul and Tania Abramson
Artist/scholars Paul and Tania Abramson both survivors of harrowing upbringings and who explore art and trauma, share a path beyond survival in which making and sharing powerful art not only liberates but inspires others.  
41:47
January 23, 2019
#3 Gallerist Charlie James
Contemporary Art Gallerist Charlie James previews his latest show with street art legend Lee Quinones,  talks about what makes his gallery tick, art and activism as well as why Koons' balloon sculptures will make sense to people who survive the apocalypse. 
55:42
January 9, 2019
#2: Poet Brenden Constantine
LA's most talked about poet, answers why poetry matters, how to teach a writing workshop for people afflicted with Aphasia and reads from his latest collection "Bouncy Bounce". 
45:52
January 9, 2019
#1 Author Tosh Berman
Author and publisher Tosh Berman, son of the influential artist Wallace Berman discusses his upcoming memoir, Tosh, Growing Up In Wallace Berman's World. Tosh spins tales of growing up with the likes of beat poets Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, being cast as a young boy in Warhol's Tarzan movie with Taylor Mead, hanging with Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones as well as with Dennis Hopper, Neil Young and anyone else that mattered in the California art scene from the 50's to the 70's.  Tosh, Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World out on January 22, 2018 on famed City Lights Press is a complete portrait not only of the time but also of Wallace Berman the artist and his continuing contribution to history. This is a lively interview for the record. 
56:16
January 9, 2019