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Episode 10: "Process" Oliver Pauk, Fine Art Photographer / Mixed Media Artist, Akin Collective

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Episode 10: "Process" Oliver Pauk, Fine Art Photographer / Mixed Media Artist, Akin Collective

Episode 10: "Process". Oliver Pauk, Fine Art Photographer / Mixed Media Artist.  Recorded in The Junction, Toronto.

My guest, Oliver Pauk, is a fine arts photographer and mixed media artist whose work has been  exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe.  Oliver has followed a unique path to becoming a visual artist.  He studied economics at the University of Toronto with the idea of heading into investment banking.  While in school he changed gears and decided to play music for a living, his instrument – the alto sax.  While playing in bands, he re-discovered his passion for photography and over time that became his central focus.  Oliver’s got a unique perspective in that he’s completely self-taught and arrived to his life’s work following an unconventional path.

Three years after leaving school, Oliver launched Akin Collective, an artist-sharing space with his friend Mike Dellios.   The original goal was to rent out studio space for 8-10 of their friends who had a similar difficulty in finding affordable studios to work in the city.  Today, 160 artists share 19,000 sq feet of work space in completely artist-run Akin studios.  

Oliver and I talk about his inanimate collaborators – the various software he uses and how he finds unexpected results by pushing them past their programming.  We talk about following your intuition and trusting your gut, and the various stages of discovery and transformation his work goes through; we talk about finding your tribe; people that you can share with and get feedback from.

For this episode that focuses on process, transformation and discovery, we finish it with a piece by New York composer Michael Hix from his release Aeon.  In in its elegant 7 minutes, the song has has a snake-like quality in the way it repeatedly sheds its skin and becomes something new and recognizable at the same time.   It mirrors in many ways the process of discovery that Oliver works with he’s trying to uncover what he’s making. 

Oliver Recommends: 
Book: "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig
Websites:
www.oliverpauk.com 
akin.art
Instagram: Oliver Pauk
Facebook: Akin Collective
Some Links to Oliver's Work in Galleries:
Angell Gallery
Patrick Mikhail
Episode Song Playlist: Michael Hix , "II"
 from the Album "Aeon"
, New York, USA. 

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Episode 7: "Ice Cream & A Couple of Chords" Laura and Greg, Musicians

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Episode 7: "Ice Cream & A Couple of Chords" Laura and Greg, Musicians

Who: Interview with Laura and Greg, Musicians
One of my favourite indie pop duos in NY, Laura and Greg. I caught up with them on the eve of their new album release “Grey Shark Canyon” and their trip down to SXSW.  Laura is also one of the co-owners of the amazing Van Leeuwen ice cream trucks and shops in NY and L.A. Greg also works as a visual artist so we chat about his newest project, how working in other arts and business ventures help both of them in supporting creativity in their lives, the importance of saying yes when you’re in a band, and navigating gratitude and frustration while  pursuing a career in the arts.  
Where: Recorded Greenpoint, NY
Stuff We Mention:  Ira Glass on Creativity (video), Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, In Search of Lost Time - Proust
Follow: @lauragregmusic (twitter)
Facebook: Laura and Greg
Web: 
www.lauraandgregmusic.com
and www.artbygreg.squarespace.com 
Episode Song Playlist: "Masha " from the album Grey Shark Canyon by Laura and Greg (New York) 

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Episode 5: Feurd, The Elwins

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Episode 5: Feurd, The Elwins

Who:  Interview with Feurd, Multi-Instrumentalist & Songwriter, The Elwins
Where: Recorded in Little Italy, Toronto. 
What We Talk About: Growing up in small-town Keswick, ON, going to art school, the impact of life-changing teachers, The Elwins band book club, the spirit and compromise of fruitful collaboration, good habits to invite the creative spirit in our lives, and of course, moustaches.  
Stuff We Mention: The Magic of Thinking Big (Book)
Follow:  The Elwins on Facebook, Instagram
Support: Buy Elwins' music and stuff at bandcamp
Website: The Elwins Official Website
Video: "Show Me How to Move", single off "Play for Keeps" the second album by The Elwins
Episode Song Playlist: "Show Me How to Move" by The Elwins

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Episode 4: Glenda MacInnis, Actor/Film Producer

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Episode 4: Glenda MacInnis, Actor/Film Producer

Episode 4: Interview with Glenda MacInnis, Actor/Film Producer
Where: Recorded in Cabbagetown, Toronto. 
We drank: Spanish Wine, Sake.
Stuff We Mention: Siddhartha (Book, Hermann Hesse), The Alchemist (Book, Paulo Coelho), First Aid Kit - Stay Gold (Music, Swedish Folk Duo), Inside Amy Schummer (TV), Broad City (TV). 
Follow:   Glendamacinnis (instagram), glendamacinnis (twitter)
Episode Song Playlist: "Ooh" by The Pinecones (Toronto) 

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Episode 3: Julia Hladkowicz, Comedian

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Episode 3: Julia Hladkowicz, Comedian

Episode 3: Interview with Julia Hladkowicz, Comedian, Writer, Blogger.
Where: Recorded in Liberty VIllage, Toronto. 
Read: Julia's food blog "Eating With Julia"
Listen:   "We're Doing It" podcast by Julia Hladkowicz and Amanda Brooke Perrin
Watch: Viral Kitchen (Julia's youtube show)
Follow:  whatjuliaeats (instagram)
Website: Juliacomedy.com
Episode Song Playlist: "Hurricane Lovers" by Bond Girls (Toronto) 

 

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Episode 1: Jacquie Neville, The Balconies

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Episode 1: Jacquie Neville, The Balconies

Episode 1: Interview with Jacquie Neville, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of the Toronto-based rock band The Balconies.
Where: Recorded in Roncesvalles, Toronto.
Stuff We Mention: The Artist Way by Julie Cameron , TED Talk "Your Elusive Creative Genius" by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Listen: The Balconies
Watch: Balconies on Youtube
Buy & Support: iTunes // Bandcamp
Follow:  Facebook  //  Twitter
Episode Song Playlist: "Slo" by the Balconies, Fast Motions LP.

Photo Credit:  Bobby Singh

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