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Pointing out the Elephant in the Room with Al Diaz

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Today’s guest on the show is Al Diaz. In this episode we talk about SAMO, razor tag, first jobs, the art world, early graffiti culture, internal motivation, Hugh Masakela, old New York and kicking heroin.

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Al Diaz is best known for his collaboration with Jean Michel Basquiat on SAMO©, graffiti that appeared in lower Manhattan from 1977 to 1979. SAMO© initially became known because of its wit and sarcastic humor; but became a globally recognized graffito after Basquiat’s rise to fame.

A prolific and influential first-generation NYC subway graffiti artist, who later became a text-oriented street artist, Al Diaz’s career spans 5 decades. He currently works with WET PAINT signs used throughout the New York City subway system. After cutting out individual letters to create clever, surreal and sometimes poignant anagrams, he hangs the finished works in subways stations throughout New York City. His WET PAINT work was  featured in the 21st Precinct Street Art Event ( July,2014) , a solo show at “Outlaw Arts”  (March, 2015) and  will appear in the upcoming book, “Street Messages” by Nicholas Ganz.

Show Notes

  1. Brooklyn, NY
  2. Hugh Masakela
  3. Hugh Masekela-Grazing In The Grass – YouTube
  4. Herbie Hancock Head Hunters Album
  5. SAMO for a bloated multitude. – Al Diaz Quote
  6. SAMO for those of us who merely tolerate civilization – Al Diaz Quote
  7. Planned obsolescence definition
  8. “Stuffed for the kill” – Al Diaz Quote
  9. “Stay the F out of Jail” –  Al Diaz Quote
  10. Inside the Abandoned Spofford Juvenile Jail in the Bronx, Poised for Redevelopment by NYCEDC
  11. Razor Tag
  12. Rikers Island
  13. The cost of cigarettes
  14. Krink Markers
  15. Tamra Davis Filmmaker
  16. Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child
  17. Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
  18. You want change or you want to accomplish something, the motivation must be internal.
  19. What do you miss about old New York?
  20. How long does it take to be a real New Yorker?
  21. “I got 58 years” -Al Diaz
  22. Constrained Writing
  23. SAMO because someone has to point out the elephant in the room.-Al Diaz
  24. Bomb-One
  25. Wet Paint
  26. Just do art.
  27. Graffiti Culture and Street Art Culture two different things.
  28. Christopher Hart Chambers
  29. Linus Coraggio
  30. Snake 1
  31. Flint Gennari Interview
  32. Jester 1
  33. Tracey 168
  34. Lee Quinones
  35. Taki183 New York Said Episode 40
  36. Washington Heights, NY
  37. Going All City
  38. Bowery Wall
  39. Tags
  40. Throw Ups
  41. Murals
  42. Getting ragged
  43. Bansky Mural on Bowery Wall
  44. Banksy
  45. 5Pointz
  46. The Words in Graffiti
  47. SAMO was never a religion
  48. The Goldman Properties
  49. Live and embrace life to the fullest, you only get to go around once.

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Greg Miller talks Painting, Westerns, Surf Culture and The Wild Bunch

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Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

Greg Miller and Amon met up in Chelsea to converse about painting, westerns, surf culture and his participation in the The Wild Bunch exhibition at the JoAnne Artman Gallery.

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Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

 

Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

 

Painting by Greg Miller

Painting by Greg Miller

 

Artist Statement

Drawing from the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his Californian roots, Greg Miller explores his relationship with the space he inhabits to communicate a particular urban experience. Working with both paint and collage, he constructs and deconstructs exploring the contradiction, ambiguity, and truth between urban streetscape and history.

Miller’s art is clever and cool. His abstracted backgrounds of drips, patterns, and phrases and the peeling back of layers provide a study in the impermanence of the things that surround us. His large-scale paintings and installations aim to make the most fleeting parts of American culture tangible. They grab us nostalgically, rousing us to enjoy the momentary beauty found in the impermanent parts of our lives. There is a fragile heroicness conveyed within the temporary nature of it all, especially within his construction of paper, wood, and natural materials, that gives Miller’s work liveliness and depth.

Greg Miller’s work is featured in numerous museum and private collections that have traveled internationally including those organized by the Charles Saatchi Collection and the Frederick R. Weisman Collection. The Get Go, a volume of his writings, photography and paintings, was published in 2010, and the first comprehensive monograph on the artist, Signs of the Nearly Actual, was published in 2008.

Miller spends his time between New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA.

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Stephen Wilkes talks Passion, Magic and his documentary film Jay Myself

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Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories.

 

Today’s guest on the show is artist, photographer and first time director Stephen Wilkes.  Stephen is well known for his photographs of Ellis Island, Bethlehem Steel as well as being the creator of the panoramic photo-series Day To Night. Stephen is also the director of the new documentary film Jay Myself now playing at Film Forum. If you enjoyed last week’s episode with Jay Maisel then you’re going to love this conversation.

Big Love and Shout Out to Susan Norget Film Promotion

Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Stephen Wilkes (L) and Jay Maisel (R). Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Keep Up to Date with Stephen Wilkes

Website: https://stephenwilkes.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/swilkesphoto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephenwilkes/

 

Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Show Notes

JAY MYSELF -Official Trailer

Production companies: Mind Hive Films, Crooked Mile
Distributor:Oscilloscope
Director:
Stephen Wilkes
Screenwriter:Josh Alexander
Producers:
Henry Jacobson, Emma Tammi, Bette Wilkes
Executive producers:Stephen Wilkes, Jennie Wilkes, Michael Hirschmann
Directors of photography:
Stephen Wilkes,Jason Greene
Editor:Armando Croda
Composer:
Joel Goodman
Co-Executive Producer: Doug Blush
Additional Editing: Daniel Haworth
Music Supervisor:
Jonathan Finegold
Shout out to Chris!

Bethlehem Steel, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Bethlehem Steel, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Coney Island, New York, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

Coney Island, New York, Credit: © Stephen Wilkes

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Jay Maisel talks 65 Years of Shooting Photography

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Jay Maisel in his Brooklyn Studio // Photography by Stephen Wilkes

Jay Maisel and Amon met up for a fireside chat deep in the heart of midtown Manhattan. In this episode they talk about light, color, gesture, Arthur Miller, cigars, buying the “The Bank” also known as 190 Bowery, shooting 65 years worth of photography, editing and a new documentary by Stephen Wilkes called Jay Myself.

 

Big Love and Shout Out to Susan Norget Film Promotion

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Stay Up to Date with Jay Maisel

Website: https://www.jaymaisel.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaymaisel/

See the Film, Jay Myself: Film Forum

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Show Notes

 

"'Miles

  • “If you are not your own severest critic then you are your own worst enemy” Jay Maisel Quote
  • The difference between looking and seeing
  • Disassembling 190 Bowery
  • Drama vs. problem
  • Stephen Wilkes– Director & Photographer
  • Stephen Wilkes Website
  • Bob Kato– Professor & Art Director
  • Walk Slow
  • “It is not how much ground you cover it is what you see, it is what you look at…” Jay Maisel Quote
  • The Mercedes
  • New Yorkers are very kind
  • Almost New York
  • “New York is Manhattan.” Jay Maisel Quote
  • Rent in New York
  • Easier to live in New York
  • Milgrim Department Store
  • Jack Klein- Broker
  • Jasper Johns– American painter, sculptor and printmaker
  • Robert Indiana– Artist
  • Robert Rauschenberg– American painter and graphic artist
  • Provident Loan Society
  • Katz Delicatessen
  • Do you have more like this?
  • The best view of NY
  • I never took it for granted
  • St. Patrick’s Day 1966

 

"'First

 

"'Girl

  • “I want to make the poem out of the evidence.” – Arthur Miller Quote
  • Arthur Miller– American playwright, essayist
  • Composition and Framing
  • William Albert Allard– Photographer
  • Twining
  • Gesture
  • “Learn to see what is actually in front of you.” – Jay Maisel Quote
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Ayn Rand– Russian American Writer and philosopher

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