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A silly research show. Every week, guest artists teach host Javier Proenza what they’ve learned in pursuit of their practice.

November 14, 2022

153. Que Pasa USA? - Pamela Ramos

October 31, 2022

152. Underdog Imperialism - Justin Michelle

October 23, 2022

151. The Third Culture Kids and the Information Superhighway - Malado Francine

October 17, 2022

150. Whatever Happened to Nostalgia? - Artist/Printmaker May Roded

October 10, 2022

149. Artist as a Full Time Job - Artist/Painter Doug Domonkos

October 3, 2022

148. Metalwork and Poetry - Artist/Fabricator Jacky Perez

Artist and Fabricator Jacky Perez talks about balancing her art practice and her career as a fabricator for the entertainment and fine art industries, and why poetry and book making are important to her practice. 

September 26, 2022

147. Theories about Edges - Artist Megan Muller

Recorded at her show Theories about Edges at The Fulcrum Press, Artist Megan Muller talks about making photographic images using a flatbed scanner instead of a camera. 

August 29, 2022

146. Don’t Huff Sh*t, Kids - Lauren Maryam Moradi

August 21, 2022

145. Hopeless Horny Teenagers in Love - Soyoung Shin

Artist Soyoung Shin talks about her recent obsession with Young Adult books, and the nostalgia they bring for a time when emotions were all encompassing and hormones painted your perception reality. Filmed at Tiger Strikes Astroid Los Angeles during the Inbetween group show curated by liz Nurenberg, this conversation about teenage labido goes off the rails fast.

August 15, 2022

144. Nikki Ochoa

August 11, 2022

143. How to Make Art Friends - Maiden LA Co-Founder Molly Schulman

Artist and Maiden LA Co-Founder Molly Schulman and Javier Proenza talk about how they went from relative obscurity to active members of the artist run scene in LA without having MFAs. From the Launch of Maiden LA in 2016 to the current ambitions of What's My Thesis? Javier and Molly discuss their good and bad experiences networking in the art world.

August 1, 2022

142. The Athenian Marketplace - Robert Ramirez

July 25, 2022

141. Christine Atkinson

July 18, 2022

140. Humor in Art - Rose Briccetti

July 12, 2022

139. Don’t Talk Sh*t About LA - Gozie Ojini

June 27, 2022

138. Artist Run LA - Carl Baratta

Artist, and Co Director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles, Carl Baratta talks about his love for the artist run side of the art world. Carl is one of five founding members of High Beams, a recurring nomadic art show that started during the pandemic and gave artist run spaces and collectives and opportunity to show work during lockdown. the next High Beams will be in Colorado.

June 20, 2022

137. OK Boomer - Sam Dybeck

June 13, 2022

136. $6000 Worth of Weave - Quinn Hunter

June 6, 2022

135. Thumbtack Wrestling - Christopher Anthony Valesco

May 23, 2022

134. Whatever Happened to Critical Thought? - Emily Blythe Jones

May 16, 2022

133. Collaboration - Clare Gatto

May 9, 2022

132. Pre and Post Millennium Ravers - Victor Castañeda

May 2, 2022

131. Artist Baking Residency - Sara Nishikawa

April 25, 2022

130. Family Archive Project - Kamal Badhey

April 18, 2022

129. Light - Gerald Collins

Artist Gerald Collins uses light and color

July 18, 2021

128. Where Inspiration Comes From - Pilar Rius

Artist Pilar Rius initiates a discussion about where inspiration comes from as we observe cultural differences between the French and Americans. Are Americans too positives and the French too negative? We observe the evolution of the genius as an external source of inspiration to the contemporary understanding that a person is a genius, because they have access to inspiration. we end on a fun discussion on wether the origin of inspiration is always a positive experience, or is it something that also comes from emotions like outrage? Is Javier a conspiracy theorist, or has America carceral system really that insane?

July 11, 2021

127. Streets and Context - Hiroshi Clark

Artist and skater Hiroshi Clark stops by to discuss the streets as a multi-use space with ever changing context. Wether used as a metaphor, "I'm from the Streets," a means of transportation, a space where photographing strangers is legal, or a home for the presently unhoused, we consider streets in context of the use value these uniquely public spaces have.

July 4, 2021

126. Drug Memories - Ian McDaniel

Musician and Sound Engineer Ian McDaniel and I wax philosophical our favorite drug memories. We get in to all the wild, grimy shit we ALLEGEDLY did as kids, and make up all of it for street cred in the rap game.

June 27, 2021

125. Art Practice and the Unknown - Marley Starskey Butler

Multidisciplinary artist Marley Starskey Butler shares his thoughts on the relationship between art practice and the unknown, sharing stories about how his trust in the process allows him to explore new ideas that may take him years to understand how they fit into his work.

June 20, 2021

124. While the Encampments Burned - Alex Andrew Sanchez

Painter Alex Andrew Sanchez comes on the show for a post covid catch up. We talk about feigning interest in kids stuff as an artist parent, and watching the homeless encampments out side his building burn down.

June 13, 2021

123. How Colors Make Us Think and Feel - Danielle Winger

Artist and poet painter Danielle Winger talks about the importance of how colors make us think and feel in the context of art making and critical media literacy.


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June 7, 2021

122. Coincidence, Serendipity, and Fate - Debra Broz

Artist Debra Broz and I think about coincidence, serendipity and fate as we explore her practice of thrifting for ceramic animal figurine , breaking them apart, and using restoration techniques to combine these fragments into seamless new adorably unholy creatures.

May 31, 2021

121. Financial Strategy for Artists - Chris Adler

Artist Chris Adler stops by to talk financial strategies to keep visual artists from becoming starving artists.

May 24, 2021

120. Italian Horror Films - Dakota Noot

Visual Artist Dakota Noot talks about Giallo Movies, which are a genre of Italian horror Films pioneered by Dario Argento. we get into camp and gore, Hellraiser, Freddy, Jason, as well as more upsetting offerings by Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) and Park Chan-wook (Sympathy for mister Vengence)

May 17, 2021

119. Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind - Jamie Hamilton

Aliens! Artist Jamie Hamilton and I discuss Steven Greer's claim that through meditation people are able to summon Alien Beings and have UFO (UAP) encounters. It gets wild

May 10, 2021

118. Unmixed Paint - Phillip J. Mellen

Artist Phillip J. Mellen talks about his approach to painting with color.

May 3, 2021

117. Law Vs Morality - Molly Parmer

Criminal Defense Attorney Molly Parmer describes growing up the daughter of artist Skip Williamson during the Chicago 7 trial. Skip Williamson was influential in the Underground Comix movement, and did the art for Abby Hoffman's Steal This Book. Williamson was not one of the seven but was closely affiliated and active during the trial. Molly shares how her relationship to these events made her want to fight to protect people from a flawed system today, rather than work to reform it in the future. 

April 26, 2021

116. Generational Labor - Melissa Loney

April 19, 2021

115. Kitsch - Anna Breininger

 Artist Anna Breininger and I try to pin down what kitsch even means in an art world where hierarchy’s are actively being dismantled.

April 11, 2021

114. Fighting Gentrifiers in 2021 - Lincoln Heights Intel

Five LH Intel members stop by to talk their experiences running for Neighborhood Council. We talk about Los Angeles history, the brewery Arts Complex, gentrification, gerrymandering, voter suppression, homelessness, smear pieces, and Luxury apartments built on toxic superfund sight.