SPARK

Sanjay Patel: Visual Arts and Animation

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, Sanjay Patel, a lead animator at Pixar, talks about the importance of character and storytelling in animation and illustration. When not animating for Pixar, he draws on his Indian heritage to illustrate adaptations of ancient Hindu stories. He talks about his struggles against and his eventual embrace of Indian culture and how he incorporates that into his personal and professional work.

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"Tap": A Share-Ware Art Project with James Buckhouse

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Discover the joy of digital technology and dance in the studio of animator artist James Buckhouse. Buckhouse shares instructions for using technology to choreograph and perform this ground-breaking form of dance. The results are stunning in this merger of visual arts, choreography, dance, and cell phones.

 

Jesus Aguilar: Conceptual Art

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Bay Area video artist Jesus Aguilar is exploring the intersection between language and technology. Drawing his inspiration simultaneously from video artist pioneers of the 1970s and the Internet, Aguilar is developing an artistic process that examines communication in the 21st century. With this Spark video produced by KQED, visit Aguilar at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where the young artist talks about some of his latest projects.

Victor Cartagena: Visual Arts

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how Victor Cartagena draws on memories of the Salvadoran Civil War to create a haunting body of work. Visit with Cartagena as he guides viewers through his artistic process.  

Explosion of Comedy with Donald Lacy

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Go backstage with comedian Donald E. Lacy Jr. at the AfroSolo Arts Festival: An Explosion of Comedy. Lacy tours nationally and internationally and has appeared on comedy programs on the BET and HBO networks. In addition, he founded the LoveLife Foundation in 1997 to provide at-risk Bay Area youth with supportive opportunities such as mentoring, multimedia training, and career development.

Trevor Paglen: Visual Arts (Photography)

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The work of artist Trevor Paglen explores the intersection of conceptual art, geography and activism. Paglen's ongoing project of photographing and otherwise documenting restricted military bases and testing facilities operates at the limits of vision, rendering visible landscapes normally invisible to the naked eye. In this Spark video produced by KQED, join Paglen on an expedition to the edges of the restricted area that surrounds the Tonopah test range to catch a glimpse of the artist and geographer at work.

Viola Frey: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

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Artist Viola Frey has handcrafted hundreds of larger-than-life clay sculptures during the last few decades of her life. She continued to produce new work with the help of her studio assistant Sam Perry, even when she was faced with serious physical challenges after suffering a series of devastating strokes. The studio has always been her home and her solace. Viola began producing on this monumental scale almost 30 years ago, at what is now called the California College of the Arts (CCA) where she both studied and taught ceramics. While there, she engineered new ways of working with clay. Original air date: February 2004.

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Dance: Jo Kreiter | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, choreographer Jo Kreiter's approach to public art is encapsulated as she creates a political statement by making use of a specific site to call upon the importance of its own history—in this case, Market Street, in San Francisco, as an enduring location for political protests.

Conceptual Art: Paul Kos | Spark

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Paul Kos, who's been creating humorous and provocative conceptual artwork since the late 1960s using a wide variety of media to explore a distinctive range of ideas, from the concept of time and the structure of the Catholic Church to the international divisions of global politics and cultural assumptions. Of primary concern to Kos is the employment of a unique language of art as well as finding the right combination of message and media to transcend the limits of verbal communication.

Wil Blades: Music (Jazz)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, jam with Wil Blades, the hippest organ player in the Bay Area. Blades is at the top of the local music scene as a Hammond B3 organ player. The B3 is that big warm sultry, funky tone that provided the groove to many of the 1960s and 1970s R&B recordings. The B3 is experiencing a revival today, particularly among jazz saxophonists who find it a nice complement to a trio.

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