145 Ashley Olah

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Ashley is a photographer with a tight style that is fast, wicked, and grabbing. I was introduced to Ashley’s work through our mutual friend, Rachael. Based in LA, Ashley is exploring her early years of photography. We talk about art, photography, business, fear, culture and cats.

Recorded Monday, Feb 18, 2019 in Encino, CA

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NOTES:
Ashley’s Instagram: @ashleydarianolah

MD’s Instagram: @TheMichaelDonovan
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142 Zach Leary

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Zach Leary by Michael Donovan / Play Del Ray - 2019

Zach and MD sit at the kitchen table and explore ideas surrounding the culture wars, psychedelics, art, and how to find Peace & Love in this insanely chaotic time. Buckle up! - Recorded January 14th, 2019 in Play Del Ray

 

SHOW NOTES:
Zach's site: zachleary.com
MD on Instagram: @TheMichaelDonovan
Shop for art: studiodonovan.com/shopping/

Ronin Sina Ayahuasca Retreat in Ecuador: roninsina.com
Karmageddon Trailer: youtu.be/wEn8EiF8pb8
Melody Oficial's Instagram

 

123 Meghan Collison

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Meghan is an icon in the modern fashion world with 7 Vogue Italia covers and countless campaigns (Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Louis Vuitton, Valentino and more). We hang at her apartment to talk about career, health, cats, and more. - Recorded in Chinatown, NY

https://models.com/models/Meghan-Collison

#118 Driely Carter

Driely and I have been told that we would get along because we are angry. We're angry?! 

Driely is a photographer also fascinated with anarchy and disruption of power. We hang and chat about our mutual experiences with authority as well as her experience on photographing Kanye, Standing Rock, and more. - Recorded in Brooklyn, NY

Check out her site and follow her on her instagram

#116 Anonymous 3: The Sex Worker

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Our guest today is hiding a secret. She's a 23 year old emerging artist and tells people she is an archivist for an artist to fund her globetrotting lifestyle. She tells others she is a dominatrix. But she's secretly harboring her life as a sex worker.

Historically sex workers have been mocked, ridiculed, shunned, glamorized, and put in boxes. Often only the most vocal workers and activists are heard and dominate the conversation. We decided to share a brief and uncensored account of one young and quiet escort in New York to tell us what she has gone through.

Her mentor who started her career warned her: "you are going to lose your soul." We hear as she explores her new reality and shares her personal life adventure while relating to her soul.

She opens up to us about her life and the thoughts she hasn't been able to express with many others. She sifts through where she's been, where she's at, and where she may or may not be going as well as the intricate emotions attached to balancing her work and life.

She discusses the pain she feels she deserves, earning money, being wrapped in drugs, festishes, loneliness and so much more. - Recorded in Brooklyn, NY

Music by Noah Lampert.

#115 Elizaveta Porodina

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A psychologist turned photographer, Eliza Porodina now creates beautiful surreal images. Together we explore the balance of love and the critic with art; discover aspects of the meta level of the mind; the artificial intelligence; the human soul; death, schizophrenia; stupid shit photographers say, and more. - Recorded in Brooklyn, NY

Look at Elizaveta's work or follow her on instagram

#113 Anonymous 2: The It

Our second episode from the anonymous series is a psychological nightmare and lesson on self healing centered around the mind and body.

Today's guest is a photographer in his mid 20's who elects for surgery to improve his vision. The procedure goes awry and he finds himself battling depression and crippling pain for over a year.

The experience leads him to an addiction to klonopin he is forced to overcome. Eventually he seeks healing at an ayahuasca ceremony in Peru but is forced to repeat his trauma when he returns home to New York.

We begin by learning about his journey, then explore how the incident challenges him in an area he least expects it: his sex life and manhood.

The entire process forces him to deal with "The It," an invisible force attacking his humanity by finding cracks in emotional weakness.

Our guest explains how The It manifests itself in your life through physical pain and gives you the task to confront the emotional pain causing you pain. 

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#112 Brandon Wisecarver

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Brandon dropped out of school in the 5th grade, traveled from San Fran to NYC in a school bus at 22, and decided he'd work in the arts somehow. We sit down to talk about a lot:
• What it means to be progressive in the modern world
• Conspiracy Theories and Conspiracy Knowledge
• How to achieve success and happiness by keeping your goals simple
• How to keep yourself center balanced by checking out extremes from all sides
• The Mandela Effect
• Science and Art

Recorded in Lower East Side, NY

#104 Ashley Smith

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Ashley Smith and I shot 7 years ago and never worked or talked with each other again due to a stupid misunderstanding. We reunited recently based around a side project she is currently working on and discovered we share a lot more in common. Following her recent Playboy cover and feature, she received some backlash for her looks, so we we sat down with a little too much beer to talk about the complex and complicated world of those of us navigating art and branding around sexiness and sexuality within the commercial/fashion infrastructures. We also talk through Ashley's hustle and drive.

PS: We get a little drunk in the making of this episode and sing for you... you'll love our singing because we love you!

Follow Ashley on Instagram!

#103 Jordan Eagles

Jordan makes sculptures with blood. His work has placed him in the center of the worlds of science, spirituality, mortality, and art. Todays episode explores
• how we can overcome social stigmas to promote blood equality
• the process and politics of working with blood
• the spirituality of blood
• how some art transcends borders and creates dialogue
• why artists can separate themselves from their work and see it move
• how blood donations really work and what you can do to improve the system
• what the Department of Health is promoting to decrease HIV by 99%
We also discuss his recent projects including Blood Mirror and Blood Illuminations. 

SHOW LINKS:
Jordan's Site
Jordan on Instagram
Blood Equality at Hammer
BloodEquality.com

Marina Abramovic teaches us how to host a Spirit Cooking!

#102 Tim Barber

Tim Barber is a photographer, curator and designer in NYC. Barber worked as the photo editor for Vice Magazine (2003-2005) and founded the online gallery and image archive tinyvices.com (2005-2012), which was released as a free App (2010) and evolved into time-and-space.tv (2013-2016), a curated community platform for artists. Barber co-curated the inaugural New York Photo Festival (2008), curated / edited a series of five monographs published by the Aperture Foundation (2008) and launched the independent publishing house TV Books (2008-2010).

Ideas expressed in this episode:

• Art being able to communicate messages that words can't describe
• Creating, manifesting, capturing, hunting for... "IT"
• The podcast highlighting todays "unsung heroes". These artists have the potential to eventually become "cult classics".
• Our job as an artist is to translate experiences and to share them with the world
• Different levels of dimensions and consciousness
• Virtual reality becoming a part of reality
• Living with love and fear in our lives. Creating a no fear zone
• Becoming Photo Editor for Vice
• Conversations becoming artworks within themselves
• Trying to live within a non-consumerist way of life
• The art world being a vast sea of hits and misses. Being both deep and shallow.
• Our relationship with our own truths and universal truths

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This is a Re-Run episode I did for artistdecoded.com. Follow my podcast and other great shows on MindPodNetwork.com. Rate it 5 stars on iTunes

#67 Allie Smith

Allie Smith is an amazing makeup artist based in LES. We take a break during fashion week to talk about moral flexibility, gender equality, trends in images and being open to real talk. The conversation takes a turn and we spend time investigating Bi-Polarity - Allie opens up while I learn more about the life of someone with bipolar disorder. 

Visit Allie's site!
 

#66 Petite Meller

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Petite Meller is an amazing musician who is bringing her imagination to life in the form of her own little empire. We both found ourselves back in NYC for fashion week and decided to catch up at her midtown hotel to discuss consciousness, philosophy, spirituality, dreams, art, imagination and so much more. NOTE: A small sample of Petite's songs are used as reference including Backpack, Baby Love, and NYC Time. Support the art and buy your copy of her music today. 

Petite Meller Official Site

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