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Artists in Offices

The Podcast

Created, produced, and hosted by Oakland-based artist Rebecca Bird Grigsby, Artists in Offices is a podcast that explores, through interviews with working artists, the idea that "the work you do for pay supports the work you do for love"...or does it? Music is provided by Mr. Neat Beats

Season One

The first season of the podcast launched on May 1, 2019 with the first five episodes. S1 artists include Elizabeth Amento, Laura Torres, Lisa Jonas Taylor, Helena Hsieh, Janine Biunno, Christopher Thomas Ford, Gabriel Martinez, Em Meine, Nicole Kita, and Mike Rothfeld (episodes 6-10 will be released once per week after the May 1st launch). Listen to the Season 1 Trailer here.

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S1:E8 Em Meine

Photo of Em Meine by Sophia Schultz Rocha

An Oakland-based artist who works in art & design higher education.

Em Meine makes drawings, paintings, and sculptures as a means of exploring collective memory, storytelling, natural history, and anthropomorphism. The works are often figurative representations of imaginary objects or landscapes. She considers her artistic practice to be a ritual for contemplation and self-care, which enables her to experience a sense of connectivity and communion with everything beyond her self. Em’s process is meditative, allowing her to disengage from the external world, and to instead explore an internal universe. 

More recently, Em has been making drawings that articulate vulnerable ideas based on her own experiences with anxiety or grief. With this work, she is exploring how very personal, unique emotions can become relatable and relevant to other people. 

Em is a member of CTRL+SHFT Collective, an exhibition and studio space located in West Oakland. As a group of cis-women, trans-spectrum, gender non-conforming, queer, and PoC members, CTRL+SHFT interrogates what it means to build and be a part of a community. Through workshops, exhibitions, and other community engagements, CTRL+SHFT focuses on providing a platform for their ever-growing family, which includes writers, artists, thinkers, performers, curators, allies, agitators, organizers, activists, and teachers who are people of color, women, queer, trans-spectrum, and gender non-conforming folks.

Meine received a BFA in General Fine Arts at Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA in Fine Art from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited in New York, Texas, Chicago, and California, including shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Em lives and works in Oakland, CA.

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Learn more about Em on her website and follow her on Instagram.

As always, podcast music is provided by Mr. Neat Beats.

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S1:E7 Gabriel Martinez

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A Berkeley-based visual artist & graphic designer.

Gabriel Martinez specializes in political art and Visual Cultural design. Gabriel has an eclectic history of being an artist whose works span the spectrum of being displayed on Bay Area gallery walls or finding their way directly to the hands of people for political empowerment. He has even had his portrait displayed at the de Young Museum. Gabriel's work unifies art and design.

The discursive style elements in Gabriel's work have been inspired by the graphic works of lowbrow art, political cartoons, and culture jamming. Thus, Gabriel has always been comfortable creating with a stylus and a ruler. He realized his knack for doing straight forward graphic design when he enlisted himself to create communication material to promote his art. Working as a graphic designer has allowed Gabriel to be around other creatives and to work for organizations with an emphasis in social justice.

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In the interview, Gabriel mentions studying with mural artist Juana Alicia at Berkeley City College. We also discuss “instagrammable” art and how artists and museums are utilizing this new tool with the example of Masako Miki who recently exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

Learn more about Gabriel on Linkedin and Behance. Keep up to date on Gabriel's art musings @sfavc_web on Twitter.

As always, podcast music is provided by Mr. Neat Beats.

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S1:E6 Christopher Thomas Ford

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A Los Angeles area artist & museum preparator's assistant.

In episode 6, I speak with Christopher Thomas Ford, an interdisciplinary artist from the Boston area who relocated to Los Angeles in 2016. He received his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University. In Dorchester, Massachusetts, he co-founded the Howard Art Project artist space and artist collective. He has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Lesley University College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited across the United States. In addition to maintaining an active studio practice, Christopher works as a Preparator’s Assistant at a contemporary art museum in southern California.

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In the interview, in addition to past teaching experience, Christopher mentioned working for another art podcast.

For more information about Christopher and his work, please visit his website and Instagram.

As always, podcast music is provided by Mr. Neat Beats

Listen here! Mini bonus episode here!

S1:E5 Janine Biunno

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A Brooklyn-based artist and archivist.

Janine Biunno is a visual artist and archivist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work is focused on analyzing and interpreting the semiotics of the built environment. Janine's artwork addresses the subjective practice of understanding and representing the architecture, infrastructure, and density of urban space, and how our general perception of those physical spaces is altered due to the increasing influence of the digital realm. She has exhibited at International Print Center of New York, Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Transmitter Gallery in Brooklyn, Satellite Art Fair, Miami, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and ACRE Projects in Chicago. As an archivist, Janine is focused on research and collections at the intersection of the fields of art, architecture, and design. She currently works as the Head Archivist at The Noguchi Museum in Queens.

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In her interview, Janine discusses the work of Agnes Martin and creative advice from Werner Herzog.

For more information about Janine and her work, please visit her website, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Listen here! Mini bonus episode here!

S1:E4 Helena Hsieh

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A Los Angeles area artist and educator.

Helena Hsieh was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She received her BA in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2004, her BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008, and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University in 2012. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. Hsieh has received a number of awards and recognition including being an Artist in Residence at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, and a Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship from SMFA. Her work has been featured in publications such as Fresh Paint Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Art Business News, and New American Paintings. Helena juggles her studio practice with adjunct teaching and part-time museum work.

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Helena sells prints of her work on Society6. For more information about Helena and her work, please visit her website and Instagram.

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S1:E3 Lisa Jonas Taylor

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A San Francisco-based artist and arts administrator.

In episode three, I talk to San Francisco-based artist Lisa Jonas Taylor, who works by day in the field of art and design higher education. Lisa’s studio practice is grounded in various mediums, primarily painting, sculpture, and installation, as well as project-based collaborative work. Her work has been exhibited at Good Mother Gallery and City Limits Gallery, Oakland; Studio 110 Projects, Sausalito; Southern Exposure, Bass & Reiner Gallery, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Berkeley Museum of Art and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica; among others. Collaborative work includes a performance by New York based artist Phoebe Osborne, God Sees Everything, part of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Fertile Ground at the Oakland Museum of California. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts, where she now works, and her BFA from CSU Long Beach.

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For more information about Lisa and her work, please visit her website and Instagram.

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S1:E2 Laura Torres

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A multi-disciplinary artist and tightwire performer.

In episode two, I speak with Laura Torres, a multi-disciplinary artist who has worked in sculpture, installation, film, and performance. She is a former member of the Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston, MA. Now based in Chicago, IL, Laura focuses on tightwire training, performing and coaching beginning wirewalkers. 

At the time of our interview, in December 2018, Laura was working in non-profit fundraising in the field of art and design higher education. She has since quit that day job in order to focus more time on her creative practice. Look for a bonus episode later in summer 2019.

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In the interview, Laura mentions Aloft Loft, where she trains. We also discussed Jerry Saltz's 33 Rules for Being an Artist.

For more information about Laura and her work, please visit her website and Instagram.

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S1:E1 Elizabeth Amento

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A self-described "artist with a day job".

In episode one, I speak with Elizabeth Amento. In her work, Elizabeth explores relationships, between people, between colors, and the play between both. At the time of our interview, in November 2018, Elizabeth was working full-time in an accounting firm in San Francisco, making her work in the evenings and on the weekends. Elizabeth has since quit her day job in San Francisco and moved to New York, where she’s already signed up for a woodshop basics course at Brooklyn’s Makeville Studio.

Elizabeth was born in Boston, MA, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She returned to the East Coast to attend Boston College for Studio Art and Psychology, Brandeis University for a Post-Baccalaureate in Studio Art, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University for her Masters Degree in Fine Arts. Elizabeth’s work has been exhibited in Mighty Tieton Gallery, Washington, Baton Rouge Gallery, Louisiana, Arena 1 Gallery, California, Modified Arts, Arizona, Melvin Gallery, Florida, Boston Young Contemporaries, Massachusetts, among others. Her work is featured in Index Book’s Cut out for Collage. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. 

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In the interview, Elizabeth paraphrases Bay Area career coach Marty Nemko, host of a podcast about, well, work. Elizabeth's work was featured on Jealous Curator in 2014.

For more information about Elizabeth and her work, please visit her website and Instagram, where you can see new sketches for future sculptures.

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