WELCOME TO THE REMIX PODCAST. We're talking about crowdfunding, commercial projects, streaming platforms, alternative spaces, and all things new with gallerists, artists, curators, art directors, critics and founders. We hope you enjoy our experiment.    

Introducing The Remix Podcast BATCH 2

The second batch of a new podcast series hosted by The Remix co-founders Heather Bhandari, Courtney Colman, and Steven Sergiovanni explores the challenges of creating and sustaining a business and career in the visual arts. The Remix is seeking answers to questions that are often asked in private. Topics include the struggling galleries, rising rents, a lack of patrons, a lack of diversity, and how we're all surviving and redefining our definitions of success while still remaining passionate about art.  

What Are We Drinking?

We asked everyone else.  Seems only fair to answer the question ourselves.  


Paddy Johnson, Founding Editor of ArtFCity

Paddy Johnson was fired from a number of galleries before founding Art Fag City in 2005. It was her way to participate in the art world while getting immediate feedback. When Facebook became a thing, Art Fag City became Art F City. Professionalism kicked in while she managed to retain a fresh and candid perspective. We talk about income inequality, valuing time, speaker fees, and the belief that art and artists can contribute greatly to communities. While talking about artist-run projects as a movement we talk cat boxes, microwaves, puppies, and new models.


Caroline Woolard, Artist & Educator

After Cooper Union, Caroline Woolard started a shared studio space with friends and discovered a healing community that was necessary to sustaining an artistic career.  She embodies the solidarity economy and explains how that is different from the sharing economy. We discuss online platforms, power, transformative justice, and believing in something. She is an artist and cultural organizer who imagines better futures.


Alex Paik, Artist & Founder of Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA)

Alex Paik is a community builder. He talks to us about why he co-founded TSA with friends in Philly and how it grew to be a network of spaces in Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Chicago (the Gagosian of the artist-run world?!). We learn about the nuts and bolts of running the four spaces including dollars and cents, dispersing the workload, and why TSA chose to be a nonprofit.  We also learn how Alex balances his art practice with his many administrative roles.   


Matthew De Leon aka Untitled Queen, Artist

Matthew De Leon takes us from Connecticut to art school to becoming the drag performer, Untitled Queen.  He gives credit to people along the way and talks about making community, redefining his practice, and resisting categorization. He samples and embodies everything from anime to art history to create social sculpture while working full time. The necessary element he added to his practice since getting his MFA: fun.


Leah Tinari, Artist and Founder of Avenue Sea Creatures

It’s a Leah Tinari love fest! She discusses the stages she went through when her gallery closed and how her expectations of the art world changed dramatically over the last two years. She talks sales over Instagram (once she figured out what a DM was) and going it on her own as an author/illustrator and  the founder of Avenue Sea Creatures. Once she became a mom and questioned the arbitrary line between painter and illustrator, her world opened up.


Molly Surno, Artist & Curator

Molly Surno is an artist and curator who uses her eclectic background to create dynamic and community-driven cultural programs. Molly walks us through her recent curatorial project with Spotify. In the process, she explains what transcendental screen savers are and what it was like to commission artists for the first video project on a major streaming service. She gives us examples of new models and has theories on why the art world is so slow to change. Why is she in New York and not Los Angeles? Listen to find out!



Allison Weisberg, Founder of Recess

Allison Weisberg went from managing lines outside MOMA in the rain to founding a nonprofit with deep community roots and a mission of inclusion. She is game for showing and facilitating difficult, critical art where people can touch, participate, and be loud. Recess’s spaces in Brooklyn are hubs for intense residencies and artist-initiated programming including Assembly, the organization’s diversion program for court-involved youth.