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

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

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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.


#51 Art Critic and Educator Paddy Johnson
May 15 • 23 min
The Founder of the influential website Art F City, Paddy Johnson explains why artist statements tend to suck and what to do about it. While chatting about her work as a writer for the New York Times, the Economist and other major publications, Paddy…
#50 Emmy Award Winning Director, Creative Director and Fine Artist, Wayne White
Apr 25 • 26 min
Artist Wayne White best known for his “Word Paintings” and his broadcast career as the strong creative force behind Pee Wee’s Playhouse, introduces his return to puppetry in a new project for Instagram.
#49 Love Letter to LA from Her Top Poets
Apr 8 • 41 min
In a special edition for our time of quarantine, 12 of LA’s finest wordsmiths offer readings dedicated to the idea of Los Angeles as a unique sense of cultural place, time and energy. Instead of focusing on pandemic and isolation, it’s a reminder of why…
#48 Artist Larry Bell/ special edition
Mar 28 • 26 min
On special assignment for Art Report Today dot com, I had the opportunity to speak with the world renown artist who explains why not knowing what you are doing is the best part of the creative process.
#47 Poet & Author, Candice Kelsey
Mar 10 • 34 min
In intense and clear vignettes with structural allusions to classic literature, Kelsey mines the depths of her life as a daughter and a mother, and by association our own childhood experiences and adult self-consciousness.
#46 SoLA Contemporary Director, Tatum Hawkins
Mar 3 • 25 min
Helping to drive exciting new community oriented programming at South Los Angeles Contemporary, Director Tatum Hawkins talks about the Crenshaw District, the non-profit’s mission and their upcoming shows that include projects with Storm Ascher & Mylo Mu.
#45 Artist Sheinina Raj
Feb 18 • 39 min
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…
#44 Artist, Nancy Buchanan
Feb 7 • 37 min
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…
#43 John Caulkin, WPA Poster Exhibition
Jan 28 • 28 min
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.
#42 Gallerist Juri Koll
Jan 20 • 29 min
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…
#41 Zen Psychosis: Shana Nys Dambrot & Osceola Refetoff
Jan 10 • 35 min
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.
#40 Best of 2019
Jan 3 • 31 min
Interesting insights, provocative commentary and music from Tosh Berman, Beatie Wolfe, The Dark Bob, Brendan Constantine, Phil America, Nancy Baker Cahill and Christie Hayden
#35 Gallerist Craig Krull
Dec 12, 2019 • 41 min
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.
#34 Artist Sandow Birk
Dec 4, 2019 • 31 min
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…
#33 This is Your Brain on Drums: Composer Elle Spencer Lewis
Nov 22, 2019 • 33 min
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…
#32 Int’l Artist/ Performer Carole Douillard
Nov 15, 2019 • 41 min
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…
#32 Musical Weirdo Visionary Beatie Wolfe
Oct 31, 2019 • 46 min
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…
#31 Curator Asuka Hisa
Oct 18, 2019 • 32 min
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…
#30 Gallerist Molly Barnes
Sep 27, 2019 • 35 min
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…
#29 Artist/ Curator John Eden
Sep 16, 2019 • 29 min
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.
#28 Fototeka.com owner Robin Blackman and photographer Merrick Morton
Sep 10, 2019 • 38 min
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…
#27 Int’l Muralist James Peter Henry
Aug 26, 2019 • 29 min
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.
#26 Art Critic and Novelist Shana Nys Dambrot
Aug 21, 2019 • 49 min
Becoming an art critic, the “LA Weekly Best Of” issue, why she is named Shana Nys and her forthcoming book “Zen Psychosis”
#25 Photographer Jonathan Potter
Aug 14, 2019 • 29 min
Giant pinhole cameras, an Episcopalian Bishop’s influence on the American Revolution and enjoying analog in a digital world.
#24 Influential Performance Artist, The Dark Bob
Jul 23, 2019 • 45 min
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…
#23 Phil America Update
Jul 17, 2019 • 11 min
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.
#22 Latin Alt Rock Chart Topper Maria Del Pilar
Jul 3, 2019 • 45 min
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.
#21 Artist/ Actor Simone Gad
Jun 12, 2019 • 35 min
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.
#20 COLA Fellow, Artist Sandy Rodriguez
Jun 4, 2019 • 40 min
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…
#19 Discostan founder, artist Arshia Haq
May 24, 2019 • 51 min
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.
#18 Publisher & Creative Director of SOVO Magazine, Farida Amar
May 8, 2019 • 46 min
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.
#17 Artist, Wallace Richard Mills
Apr 29, 2019 • 39 min
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…
#16 Sex, Lies and 25 years of Kulov
Apr 19, 2019 • 47 min
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”.
#15 Artist/ Activist Dorian Lynde
Apr 11, 2019 • 41 min
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.
#14 Curator, Artist & Brand Guru, Vida Patricia Rodriguez
Apr 10, 2019 • 39 min
Vida talks about her background in fashion design, her transition into curating, and then explains why street art just might save the world.
#13 Artist/ Activist Phil America
Mar 27, 2019 • 50 min
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.
#12 Doc Film Maker Gary Conklin
Mar 20, 2019 • 41 min
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…
#11 Artist & Film Maker Keaton Shyler
Mar 11, 2019 • 35 min
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…
#10 Writer and Bookseller Christie Hayden
Mar 2, 2019 • 39 min
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.
#9 Artist Nancy Baker Cahill
Feb 22, 2019 • 37 min
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.
#8 Artist & Author Elyse Poppers
Feb 14, 2019 • 30 min
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…
#7 Artist Sarah Cain
Feb 11, 2019 • 24 min
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…
#6 Architect Mauricio Espinosa
Feb 9, 2019 • 45 min
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…
#5: Curator, Juri Koll
Jan 24, 2019 • 30 min
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…
#4: UCLA’s Art & Trauma classPaul and Tania Abramson
Jan 22, 2019 • 41 min
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.
#3 Gallerist Charlie James
Jan 9, 2019 • 55 min
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.
#2: Poet Brenden Constantine
Jan 9, 2019 • 45 min
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”.
#1 Author Tosh Berman
Jan 9, 2019 • 56 min
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…