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New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.
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Apr 17, 2024

Peter Feliciano, a man whose journey from Far Rockaway to the upper echelons of the fine jewelry industry embodies the spirit of New York City. From his early days navigating racial tensions and forging alliances on the streets to his transformative experience in the United States Marine Corps, Feliciano's story is one of grit, adaptability, and unwavering determination. Through his immersion in the world of precious stones and his relentless pursuit of success, Feliciano has built a thriving business and a legacy that shines as bright as the gems he sells. 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/grit-grind-and-carats-the-peter-feliciano-story

 

Apr 17, 2024

René Mantilla, a New York-based luxury hat designer whose handcrafted fedoras have become a symbol of the city's effortless style and a favorite among celebrities. From his humble beginnings in Ecuador to his breakthrough moment at Nordstrom, Mantilla's story is one of unwavering faith, tireless dedication to his craft, and an unshakeable belief in the power of dreams. The article delves into Mantilla's creative process, his commitment to using the finest materials, and his mission to empower wearers through his designs. It also highlights the designer's grounding in faith and humility, despite his success, and positions his hats as a subtle but powerful reminder of our shared humanity in an increasingly divided world.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/crafting-crowns-rene-mantilla-and-the-art-of-luxury-chapeaux

 

Apr 12, 2024

Jan Kaláb, born in 1978 in Czechoslovakia, has emerged as one of the most prominent contemporary artists of his generation. From his roots in Prague's graffiti scene to his current international success, Kaláb's artistic journey is a testament to his unrelenting passion, innovation, and ability to push boundaries. This article explores Kaláb's early years as a graffiti pioneer, his transformative visit to New York, and his evolution into a globally recognized artist known for his unique geometric style and thought-provoking installations. Gain insight into the mind and work of an artist who continues to redefine contemporary art and inspire others with his commitment to growth and discovery.

Show Notes: Geometry, Color, and Innovation: The Captivating World of Jan Kaláb's Art

Feb 24, 2024

During a recent conversation, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kimberli Gant, an art curator at the Brooklyn Museum. She is known for her innovative approach to curating contemporary art exhibitions. Gant's style involves going beyond just the aesthetics of art and focuses on how it reflects our time's culture, history, and human connections. Her curatorial selections in this latest exhibition, "Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys," showcase her ability to combine the narratives of various artists from different generations, backgrounds, and mediums. She creates an immersive experience that encourages reflection and conversation.

 

Read Full Article: Kimberli Gant, Art Curator for the Brooklyn Museum, Unlocks "Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys"

 

Feb 8, 2024

In this episode, Amon Focus engages with Bill Adler, a pivotal figure in hip hop, to explore his transition from a music journalist to Def Jam's first publicist and his significant contributions to preserving hip hop culture. Adler's insights reveal a deep passion for the genre, highlighting his work on a seminal photo book and donations to institutions, ensuring hip hop's legacy for future generations.

 

Read The Article: Inside the Mind of Bill Adler

 

 

Dec 29, 2023

In this episode of the "New York Said" podcast, Amon Focus and Juan Sanchez reflect on their eventful year of 2023. They delve into personal milestones such as Juan's experiences of fatherhood and coping with loss, and Amon's professional achievements, including his speech at the School of Visual Arts. The episode also highlights the significance of storytelling and cultural narratives in their work, featuring discussions with guests like Erica Ford and Destiny Mata, adding diverse perspectives to their enriching conversation.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/2023-year-end-wrap-up/

 

Dec 12, 2023

Saladin Q Allah is a prominent figure in cultural education and community engagement. Learn about his work at the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center and his contributions to preserving and enlightening communities about their rich ancestral legacies.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/saladin-q-allah-merging-ancestral-wisdom-with-modern-outreach

 

Nov 20, 2023

Join us as we delve into a candid conversation with Bruce Munro about his artwork 'Field of Light at Freedom Plaza.' In this episode, we explore the inspiration behind this breathtaking installation and gain insight into Bruce's creative process and aspirations.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/art-and-illumination-an-intimate-discussion-with-bruce-munro-on-field-of-light-at-freedom-plaza

 

Sep 13, 2023

New York-based fine artist TTK debuts with "See What I'm Seeing," his most intimate and revealing collection yet. "These paintings were inspired by people escaping from something and stepping out of what's familiar, even when it's uncomfortable," reveals TTK. Building on the success of his "See What I'm Sayin'" art book series, this exhibition promises to be more than just a visual delight; it offers a journey into the artist's mind.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/ttk-unveiled-behind-the-scenes-of-see-what-im-seeing-a-solo-exhibition/

 

Aug 1, 2023

In a realm where tradition often looms large, breaking the mold is no mean feat. Yet, one artist has continually refused to be bound by convention, making waves with her unorthodox approaches and captivating work. Dan Lam, a Dallas-based artist, has captured the world’s imagination with her stunningly vibrant and tactile sculptures that blur the lines between the fantastical and the tangible, the alien and the organic.

Read the Full Article: Unlocking Dan Lam’s Artistic Journey: A Deep Dive into Innovation and Creativity

Jul 3, 2023

In a city known for its relentless pace of change, one woman’s lens is capturing the timeless essence of life in New York City. Destiny Mata, the impassioned photographer whose work delves into the heart of her neighborhood, is creating a profound photographic archive, one frame at a time

Learn More about Destiny Mata

Jun 5, 2023

Explore the inspiring journey of Erica Ford, a community leader dedicated to transforming lives and promoting peace. Discover how she founded Life Camp Inc. and embarked on a mission to empower at-risk youth. Join Erica Ford and Paper Planes in raising awareness during Gun Violence Awareness Month with their limited edition Crown.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/greatness-is-a-process-erica-fords-journey-to-empowerment-and-peace

 

Jun 1, 2023

Amon Focus hosts a conversation with filmmaker Rico James, who provides an intimate look into the life and legacy of the late influential street artist, TMNK. Known worldwide for his transformative impact on urban art, TMNK or 'The Me Nobody Knows,' remained an enigma until his passing in 2016. Rico’s recollections offer not only a tribute to TMNK's life and work, but also a testament to the indomitable spirit and passion of an artist who continues to inspire years after his departure. As the conversation unfolds, the audience is treated to candid revelations about TMNK's struggles, triumphs, and unwavering commitment to social justice. 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/nobody-was-here-rico-james-and-preserving-the-legacy-of-tmnk

 

 

Apr 18, 2023

In this episode, we delve into the life and work of Renda Writer, a poet, muralist, and hip-hop enthusiast who has dedicated his life to uniting communities through art and culture. Discover his philosophy on personal growth, his love for language, and the importance of connections in the world of arts. Don't miss the chance to learn more about Renda's World Peace Mural Tour and Grateful for Hip-Hop projects. Be inspired by Renda's remarkable journey and witness the transformative power of words.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/the-journey-of-renda-writer-a-testament-to-the-power-of-words-and-art

Apr 13, 2023

In an interview with Amon Focus, conceptual artist Cj Hendry discussed her upcoming tenth solo show, Plaid. The exhibition features hyper-realistic pencil drawings and a unique heuristic format, including the immersive Plaidground installation, a 5,000 sqft adult playground. Hendry's work aims to evoke nostalgia and connect visitors with their inner child while exploring the intersection of literal and conceptual art. Plaid challenges the boundaries of hyperrealism and public art, showcasing Hendry's versatility as an artist.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/art-and-play-collide-cj-hendrys-plaid-experience

 

Mar 23, 2023

Discover the story of Joffy Top Tiger, a rising powerhouse in the hip hop world. Learn about his origin story, collaborations, and innovative projects, and find out why he's becoming one of the most sought-after artists in the industry.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/joffy-top-tiger-overcoming-adversity-and-building-a-legacy-through-music

 

Mar 19, 2023

It's another exciting day on the podcast as we welcome back Comfort Crusade. With his signature blend of chilled hip hop, lo-fi, and Rhodes-filled house music, Comfort Crusade's unique sound has gained recognition worldwide, captivating audiences with its ability to transport them to far-off musical destinations. Don't miss out on what he has in store for us today - it's no surprise why Comfort Crusade has become a favorite among our listeners.

Show Notes: Comfort Crusade: The Evolution Continues

Mar 10, 2023

In his latest project, Violet Skies: Volume I, Jahan Nostra combines modern content and concepts with a vintage, raw hip-hop sound. The eclectic collection of production and featured artists create a well-rounded project with no wasted space. Nostra's slick lyricism and thought-provoking content are elevated by powerful sonic backdrops, taking listeners on a journey through sound and feeling. The respect Nostra has for hip-hop culture is evident in every record he's dropped, and Violet Skies is no different. With 50 years of foundation setting the stage, Nostra showcases a keen understanding of the culture he's stayed so dedicated to.

View Show Notes: New York Said

Mar 9, 2023

Home. It’s where the heart is, where we feel safe and secure. And in New York City, home takes on a whole new meaning. The Museum of the City of New York is launching its new contemporary photography triennial, New York Now: Home, on March 10th. This inaugural exhibition explores the different ways in which we make homes in and around the five boroughs. Co-curated by Thea Quiray Tagle and Sean Corcoran, this event marks the beginning of the Museum’s centennial year programming.

As the world center of photography, New York City has inspired generations of image-makers. And as the storyteller of the city, the Museum of the City of New York has collected and exhibited the best of this work for a century. With New York Now, they’ll continue this tradition, engaging with themes and issues relevant to New York and the experience of urban life. Lens-based work has a unique power to connect the artist, subject, and viewer in a way that’s unlike any other medium. Through this and future installations of New York Now, the Museum will showcase both established and emerging talents, reflecting a range of perspectives.

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Opens March 10, 2023

Show Notes: New York Said

Feb 16, 2023

Paola Zamudio is an award-winning interior designer and creative director based in New York, known for her innovative and unique approach to design that seamlessly blends art, culture, and functionality. She is the founder of npz studio+ and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from commercial spaces to residential homes, with clients that include Bell Works, Somerset Development, and Quantum Investments. Paola is passionate about sustainability and the use of meaningful objects, plants, materials, and colors in her designs, and is a strong advocate for tapping into all the senses to create truly immersive and engaging spaces. In this interview, we will delve deeper into her design philosophy, her creative process, and what inspires her to create spaces that spark joy and bring people together.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/breaking-barriers-in-design-a-discussion-with-paola-zamudio-of-npz-studio

 

Dec 31, 2022

Juan and Amon are back to pontificate, philosophize and reminisce on the year 2022

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/2022-year-end-wrap-up/

 

Dec 1, 2022

On a walk through Central Park, Stay Sain talks growing up in Philly, his experiences in West Africa and chess strategies.

Show Notes:  https://www.newyorksaid.com/walking-to-stay-sain/

Oct 20, 2022

Artist Shantell Martin’s signature black and white lines have led her to exciting and very successful collaborations that highlight both her work and those of the brands she loves. In her newest collab - Shantell x HOEK - Shantell designed super fun pieces with her iconic pen, from coasters to coffee tables to wall art, to spread throughout any eco-conscious home. 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/shantell-martin-shares-how-she-fused-her-signature-lines-with-hoeks-transformable-furniture

 

Sep 26, 2022

Vikki Tobak explores the intricate dialogue between culture, adornment, and identity in her latest book, Ice Cold: A Hip-Hop Jewelry History.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/vikki-tobak-ice-cold-interview/

 

Aug 26, 2022

TTK is educating and inspiring the next generation of black creatives with his new documentary film, JUST LIKE ME.

Show Notes:

https://www.newyorksaid.com/ttk-harris-is-educating-and-inspiring-the-next-generation-of-black-creatives

 

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