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My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast

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Are you an art and culture lover? Would you love to go inside the minds of your favorite creatives? With over 10 million unique monthly viewers, My Modern Met is one of the world’s leading art+culture websites. And now, we’re exploring the world of visual arts for 30 minutes every other week with the photographers, painters, designers, and makers who are shaping our world. Sit back and relax as My Modern Met's contributing writers sit down for one-on-one chats with some of your favorite artists.
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Architect Dorte Mandrup designs stunning structures that integrate seamlessly into their environment. Her self-described “irreplaceable places” are exactly that: entirely unique designs that have found their way into some of the most breath-taking places in nature. This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we interview Dorte Mandrup about those irreplaceable places, from concept development to final designs. Dorte discusses her role as a leader in the design field, where she’s actively pursuing more gender equality in the male-dominated architecture industry, and goes on to answer your listener questions, sharing where she noticed room for improvement with younger architects. Dorte’s story demonstrates how one can succeed against overwhelming bias, and, ultimately, help create some of the most innovative and thought-provoking architecture on the planet. Follow Dorte's work on her website, Instagram, and Facebook. Did you know that we're on YouTube? Watch your favorite episode now! Follow us on Instagram to see some of the visuals we talked about in today's episode. We want to hear from you! Leave us a listener voicemail and subscribe to our newsletter so you can submit questions for upcoming interviews. You'll find everything on podcast.mymodernmet.com.  Want to support the artists we feature and the podcast? Check out books by our guests on the Top Artist Bookstore. My Modern Met Store is offering a special discount for Top Artist listeners. Get a 10% discount on our entire curated selection of creative products when you enter the code TOPARTIST10 at checkout. Read more about Dorte's work and the projects we discuss: Whale-Shaped Marine Observatory Will Offer Visitors a Fascinating Look Under the Sea Rocky "Whale" Emerges in the Arctic Circle Blending Architecture and Environment Architects Reveal New Images of "The Whale" Museum in Arctic Circle
Artist Gabriel Dawe creates wondrous work using thread. His incredible site-specific Plexus installations—some in art galleries and others in places like airports—feature a rainbow array of thread spanning architectural elements. This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast we interview Gabriel about his installation art, from its conceptual development to the logistical obstacles. We'll also delve into the personal side of making art and Gabriel's personal quest for self-improvement. For anyone who finds themself struggling to find their voice, Gabriel's story demonstrates that while he doesn’t have it all figured out (who does?), he has thoughtfully approached his work in a way that is authentic and continually inspires him—and by extension, others. Follow Gabriel's work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook. Did you know that we're on YouTube? Watch your favorite episode now! Follow us on Instagram to see some of the visuals we talked about in today's episode. We want to hear from you! Leave us a listener voicemail and subscribe to our newsletter so you can submit questions for upcoming interviews. You'll find everything on podcast.mymodernmet.com.  Want to support the artists we feature and the podcast? Check out books by our guests on the Top Artist Bookstore. My Modern Met Store is offering a special discount for Top Artist listeners. Get a 10% discount on our entire curated selection of creative products when you enter the code TOPARTIST10 at checkout. Read more about Gabriel's work and the projects we discuss: 8 Contemporary Artists Taking String Art to the Next Level First Look: Gabriel Dawe’s Stunning New Thread Art in Italy Gabriel Dawe's Newest Colorful "Plexus" Thread Installation Artist Stretches Delicate Strands of Thread to Produce Awe-Inspiring Rainbows Indoors
Conservation photographer Cristina Mittermeier has dedicated her career to capturing the incredible life in our ocean. In addition to capturing beautiful images, she uses her work to make a real impact. In this episode of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we chat with Cristina about her photography and how every piece of art she creates is tied to a “call to action” focused on protecting our environment. Did you know that we're now on YouTube? Watch Cristina's interview and see images that we discuss during the episode. Follow Cristina's work on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. See more about what she's doing and how you can contribute by following Sea Legacy and Only One. Looking for the perfect gift? Head over to the My Modern Met Store, where we have a carefully curated selection of items by our favorite makers. Top Artist Listeners get a special 10% discount when you enter the code TOPARTIST10 at checkout. Read more about Cristina's work and the projects we discuss: Renowned Wildlife Photographer Wants Your Help Preserving the Marine Life of the Galápagos [Interview] Interview: Scientist Turns Hobby into Career as Award-Winning National Geographic Photographer Amazing Finalists of Ocean Photography Awards Pay Homage to the Stunning Seas National Geographic Celebrates 100 Million Instagram Followers with Photo Contest Want to support the creatives we feature and the podcast? Check out books by our guests on the Top Artist Bookstore. And remember, we want to hear from you! Leave us a listener voicemail and subscribe to our newsletter so you can submit questions for upcoming interviews. You'll find everything on podcast.mymodernmet.com. 
Architect Cliff Tan of Dear Modern believes that architecture services should be available to everyone, not just those wealthy enough to afford traditional architecture services. He was inspired to use social media to teach simple lessons on feng shui and design to help people find the best use for their space. This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we talk to Cliff about the impact he is making with his platform and his view of architecture and design. Tune in for an episode on architecture, feng shui, and the idea of sharing your work to inspire good design and to help others. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Cliff’s work on his website, TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. This episode was brought to you by WinXDVD, a global leader in multimedia solutions. Click here to enter their WinXDVD Video Converter Giveaway. Want to support the creatives we feature and the podcast? Check out books by our guests on the Top Artist Bookstore. And remember, we want to hear from you! Leave us a listener voicemail and subscribe to our newsletter so you can submit questions for upcoming interviews. You'll find everything on podcast.mymodernmet.com. 
Fiber artist Bisa Butler uses the traditional craft of quilting to create incredible portraits of Black stories. This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we interview Bisa about the meaning behind her portraits and how she brings lost histories back to life. We think you’ll really enjoy hearing about these unexpected narratives that Bisa represents in colorful textures and bright patterns. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Bisa’s work on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. Want to see your work on a billboard? Enter our sponsor Fine Art America's 2021 Billboard Contest by August 31 and you might just see your art on a large scale. Read more about Bisa’s work and the projects we discuss: Quilted Portraits Honor the Stories of Black Men and Women Who Are Forgotten by History Vibrant Quilts Honor Black Men and Women Whose Stories Were Forgotten or Overlooked Colorful Quilts Crafted from African Fabrics Tell Stories of Artist's Ancestral Homeland 5 Contemporary Textile Artists to Celebrate During Women’s History Month Want to support the artists we feature and the podcast? Check out books by our guests on the Top Artist Bookstore. And remember, we want to hear from you! Leave us a listener voicemail and subscribe to our newsletter so you can submit questions for upcoming interviews. You'll find everything on podcast.mymodernmet.com. 
For decades, photographer Jamel Shabazz has been using his photography to make an impact on his community. This week on the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast, we interview Jamel about his career and his approach to street photography. We learn about photos as “visual medicine” making a difference in New Yorkers' lives and the intimate stories Jamel's work uncovers. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Jamel's work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook. Want to see your work on a billboard? Enter our sponsor Fine Art America's 2021 Billboard Contest by August 31 and you might just see your art on a large scale. You can learn more about Jamel's life and work in Charlie Ahearn's 2013 documentary, Jamel Shabazz Street Photographer, which is available for rent on Amazon. Read more about Jamel's work and the projects we discuss: Authentic Street Photography of 1980s New York Reveals the Rise of Hip-Hop Culture Vintage Photos of Life on the Gritty New York City Subway of the Past Top 12 Street Photographers Who Captured the Grit of New York in the 70s and 80s Want to support the artists we feature and the podcast? Check out books by our guests on the Top Artist Bookstore. And remember, we want to hear from you! Leave us a listener voicemail and subscribe to our newsletter so you can submit questions for upcoming interviews. You'll find everything on podcast.mymodernmet.com. 
We have officially wrapped up the first season of My Modern Met's Top Artist Podcast! Hosts Jessica Stewart, Sara Barnes, Sonya Harris, and Samantha Pires got together to reflect on our first twenty episodes of the show. We also discuss next season's theme of "Impact" and introduce you to some awesome guests to look forward to.  We can't wait to share all of the new artists we have planned. In the meantime, we'll be releasing new content on our socials and website. Be sure to follow us on our website, Instagram, and Facebook.  Plus, catch up on some episodes you might have missed from last season: Painter Elyse Dodge on Her Colorful Low Poly Landscapes Street Artist Vhils on His Iconic Art Style and Creative Process Artist Alexa Meade on Her Successfull Career and the NFT Art Revolution Media Artist Refik Anadol on His AI-Driven Artwork Redefining Space Photographer Fares Micue on Her Artistic Self-Portraits Exploring Mental Health and Self-Growth
This week on My Modern Met's Top Artist Podcast, we talk with painter Elyse Dodge about how she developed her unique style and much more! Dodge describes her work as the “intersection between art and design.” You can find the result of this beautiful hybrid in her colorful landscapes with abstracted low poly mountains. We love that Dodge’s art style includes both digital and traditional techniques. You can find her beautiful landscape paintings on murals, in private collections, and in many shapes and sizes. Dodge tells us about her lengthy creative process, from using digital tools to breaking down landscapes into colorful polygons, using projections to get it on a canvas, and the therapeutic process of painting. We also get an insightful behind-the-scenes look at what it is like being a full-time artist and a full-time mom. This episode is a great listen for people trying to develop their own styles or those who can appreciate all art forms. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Elyse's work on her website, Instagram, and Facebook. Read more about Elyse's work on My Modern Met: Artist Reimagines Majestic Mountainscapes as Jewel-Toned Polygon Paintings Vibrant Beauty of Mountainscapes as Jewel-Like Geometric Paintings Artist Reimagines Canada’s Mountain Ranges as Vibrant Geometric Landscapes
This week on My Modern Met's Top Artist Podcast, we talk with street artist Alexandre Farto, also known as Vhils. Known for his groundbreaking carving and explosive street art, Vhils has made a name for himself by revealing thoughtful narratives behind city life. His work reimagines the role of graffiti as a method of reckoning with our past and celebrating our shared history. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Vhils' work on his website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Weibo. Read more about Vhils' work and the projects we discuss: Vhils Pays Tribute to Healthcare Workers by Chiseling Portraits Into Hospital Wall Vhils’ Giant Chiseled Street Art Gets Two Simultaneous Gallery Exhibitions in Paris Extraordinary Street Art Collaboration by Pixel Pancho and Vhils Amazingly Detailed Chiseled Cork Sculpture by Vhils New Portraits Chiseled Out of Walls by Vhils Explosive Street Art by Vhils
This week on My Modern Met's Top Artist Podcast, we talk with artist Alexa Meade. Alexa is known for her innovative technique of painting on the human body and 3D spaces to create an illusion that they are 2D pieces of art. We'll explore how Alexa moved from a career in politics to starting a successful art career and creating a team to help execute her vision. We'll also look behind the scenes at some of her most popular projects and discuss her venture into the world of NFT art. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Alexa's work on her website, Instagram, and Facebook. Read more about Alexa's work and the projects we discuss: Alexa Meade Transforms a Room Into a Two-Dimensional Painting Live Painted Models Blend Seamlessly into Graffiti Background Interview: Alexa Meade Reveals Behind the Scenes of Painting Ariana Grande for Her Music Video
This week on My Modern Met's Top Artist Podcast, we talk with media artist Refik Anadol of Refik Anadol Studio. This studio creates incredible pieces of art that exist in the public realm and seeks to be accessible to people of “any age, any background, and any culture.” Anadol’s media art exists in the form of incredibly immersive audio/visual installations, stunning projections, and parametric data sculptures that all explore the relationship between humanity and technology. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Refik Anadol's work on his website, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Behance, Vimeo, and LinkedIn. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Dynamic Art Installation Uses AI To Turn 200 Million Nature Images Into a Mesmerizing 3D Visual Experience Crypto Art: How Artists Are Selling Their Work on Blockchain
This week on Top Artist Podcast we chat with photographer Fares Micue about her striking self-portraits that tell interesting stories about self-growth and mental health. Using imagery of flowers, origami, and other delicate props, Micue transforms self-portraits into beautiful narratives about life. Her work is accompanied by thoughtful prose that brings new meaning to each piece. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Fares Micue's work on her website, Instagram, and Facebook. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Striking Self-Portraits Use Flowers and Butterflies to Explore Self-Growth and Mental Health Best of 2020: Top 60+ Photographs From Around the World Want to support My Modern Met and the Top Artist Podcast? Join our Membership Program and you'll have a hand in supporting creativity!
This week on Top Artist Podcast we chat with embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning on her successful professional journey and about how her work has changed along the way. Benning tells us about her decision to embark on an art career. We hear about managing an 80-hour workweek to fill an Etsy shop, pursue new projects, and to keep up with demand. We think you’ll enjoy hearing about this artist’s relatable struggle with finding a work-life balance—especially when your work includes creating art that you love. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Sarah K. Benning’s work on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Learn About the Illustrative Embroidery of Sarah K. Benning in This Gorgeous Book Embroidery Giveaway: Win a Book About Sarah K. Benning + a DIY Kit to Start Stitching Everything You Need to Start Stitching Your Own Embroidery Want to support My Modern Met and the Top Artist Podcast? Join our Membership Program and you'll have a hand in supporting creativity!
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk with artist Ian Berry about his creative process and the way he uses denim to create spectacularly detailed installations and works of art. After working in advertising while perfecting his craft on the side, Berry decided to take a leap of faith and become a full-time artist. Since then, he has been fascinating the world with blue-toned scenes that celebrate the range of colors and textures found in jeans. Berry tells us that to him, this style is about portraying contemporary life out of a very urban fabric that may be the “material of our time.” See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Ian Berry’s work on his website, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Giant Clapping Hands Are Projected Around the World to Say ‘Thank You’ Artist Recreates His Lockdown Living Room Completely Out of Denim Artist Recreates California’s Chill Vibes and Summer Blues Using Only Denim Artist Creates “Secret Garden” with the Last Denim Made in USA Artist Uses Denim Jeans to Create Realistic Scenes of Everyday Life
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk to photographer and game designer Liam Wong about his cinematic photography.  He tells us about the effect video games and film had on him as an artist. These artistic influences helped him develop the sharp eye for composition that allows him to capture such dramatic shots of lively urban streets, often in Tokyo, Japan. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Liam Wong’s work on his website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Interview: Photographer Shares Cyber-Punk View of Tokyo at Night in New Book Sleepless City Streets of Rainy Tokyo Nights Lit by Electric Neon Signs Photographer Gets Lost in the Beauty of Tokyo’s Neon Streets at Night
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk to sculptor Ben Young about his incredible glass and concrete sculptures and how he began making these unique pieces.  He explains that boating and water sports were an important part of his life for a long time, but a family trip first introduced him to the glass art that would later define his career. We learn about the influence his time as a boatbuilder had on his craft and about the leap of faith he made when transitioning to work as a full-time sculptor.  See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Ben Young’s work on his website, Instagram, Facebook, Behance, and Tumblr. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: New Layered Glass Sculptures Capture the Depth and Beauty of the Ocean Interview: Former Boat Builder Translates His Love of the Ocean into Stunning Glass Sculptures New Hand-Cut Layered Glass Sculptures of Ocean Waves by Ben Young New Ocean-Inspired, Hand-Cut, Layered Glass Sculptures by Ben Young New Layered Glass Ocean Sculptures Capture the Spirit of the Sea
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk to photographer Sophie Gamand about her many dog photography series and the changes they have made in both dog and human lives. Gamand’s Pit Bull Flower Power series is just one example of photography that tackles unjust treatment of animals by questioning our prejudices and getting us to appreciate the fragility of life. We talk to her about this work, her experiences at shelters and dog meat farms, and about what motivates her to use photography to give a voice to the voiceless.   See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Sophie Gamand’s work on her website, Instagram, Twitter, Patreon, LinkedIn, and Facebook. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: New Adorably Expressive Photos of Wet Dogs by Sophie Gamand Funny Portraits of Wet Dogs by Sophie Gamand Up-Close Photos Capture the Diverse Textures and Patterns of Dogs Fur Interview: Photographer Helps Save Lives of Pit Bulls With Adorable Flower Crown Portraits Colorfully Dreamy Portraits Show Pit Bulls in a Softer Light
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk with sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor about his incredible work and the impact his pieces have on their local environment. Trained at the London Institute of Art, deCaires Taylor uses his sculptures to rebuilt natural habitats and mitigate damage caused by tourism to at-risk underwater areas. His large body of work spans from additions to the Great Barrier Reef to entire underwater museums carefully considered to benefit the local ecology. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Jason deCaires Taylor’s work on his website, Instagram, and Facebook. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Dramatic New Underwater Statues by Jason deCaires Taylor Jason deCaires Taylor’s New Coral Winged Sculpture Lifelike Human Sculptures Are Submerged in Underwater Museum at the Great Barrier Reef [Interview] World’s First Inter Tidal Art Gallery Opens in the Maldives
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk with painter Omar Ortiz about his shockingly realistic paintings. Ortiz specializes in hyperrealistic female nudes with often more abstract backgrounds. Ortiz shares that he has always been interested in technique and precision. He experimented with airbrushing in university because it allowed him to achieve a texture and blurriness common to the realism he is now known for. He currently works with oil paint as he believes it the “noblest technique.” See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Omar Ortiz’s work on his website, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, and Patreon. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Hyper-Realistic Paintings of the Female Form Gorgeous Hyper-Realistic Nude Paintings
Photographer Richard Silver has a talent for capturing space in unique and unexpected ways. This week on My Modern Met’s Top Artist Podcast, we talk about the techniques featured in his work, his upcoming Vertical Churches book, and much more. Silver has built up an impressive portfolio across the almost 100 countries and over 350 cities he has visited. In each new place, he documents iconic landmarks, incredible modern architecture, and beautiful vernacular designs. His photography also allows us to explore even the most famous or familiar places from a completely new perspective. See some of the artwork we discuss on the Top Artist Instagram Follow Richard Silver’s work on his website, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. And read more about some of the projects we discuss during our chat: Multiple Photos of Iconic Places Taken Over Time are Sliced into Single Images Interview: Stunning Vertical Panoramas of Churches by Richard Silver Photographer Reveals What Historic Theaters Look Like From a Performer’s Perspective [Interview] Interview: Accomplished Photographer Captures Life While Living in a Different City Each Month
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