Broad and High

S8 E24 | FULL EPISODE

Lightning Sprites And Jubilation

Everyday objects come to life in a Dublin art installation. The joy of the Short North is reflected in a new work of public art. A rapper’s poetic lyrics explore identity and perception. Also, modernist paintings from a New Mexico artist.

AIRED: July 14, 2021 | 0:26:46
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>> PRODUCTION OF "BROAD & HIGH"

IS FUNDED IN PART BY THE GREATER

COLUMBUS ART COUNCIL, SUPPORTING

ARTS, ADVANCING CULTURE AND

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY TO

ARTISTS, EVENTS AND CLASSES AT

COLUMBUSMAKESART.COM.

>> FROM THESE CONTRIBUTING

SPONSORS AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU.

THANK YOU.

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>> THIS TIME ON "BROAD AND

HIGH," EVERYDAY OBJECTS COME TO

LIFE IN A DUBLIN ART

INSTALLATION.

>> I WAS LOOKING AROUND FOR

INSPIRATION AND BOOM, IT WAS

JUST THERE.

>> THE JOY OF THE SHORT NORTH IS

REFLECTED IN A NEW WORK OF

PUBLIC ART.

A RAPPER'S POETIC LYRICS EXPLORE

IDENTITY AND PERCEPTION, AND

MODERNIST PAINTINGS FROM A

NEW MEXICO ARTIST.

THIS AND MORE, RIGHT NOW ON

"BROAD AND HIGH."

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>> WELCOME TO "BROAD & HIGH."

I'M YOUR HOST, KATE QUICKEL.

ARTIST MATTHEW MOHR HAS A WAY OF

BRINGING EVERYDAY OBJECTS TO

LIFE.

HE CALLS HIS CREATIONS LIGHTNING

SPRITES AND IF YOU'RE IN

DUBLIN, OHIO YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN

YOU MIGHT COME ACROSS ONE.

LET'S TAKE A LOOK.

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>> FOR A WHILE THERE, I COULDN'T

PRODUCE ANYTHING, WHEN THE

PANDEMIC HIT.

THE ART JUST WENT AWAY.

AND SO, I WAS LOOKING AROUND FOR

INSPIRATION AND IT JUST --

ONE MORNING, LOOKING AT THE

KITCHEN WITH MY CUP OF TEA,

LOOKING OUT MY WINDOW, I WAS

LIKE, "I LOVE THESE THINGS."

I'VE HAD THESE SOLAR POWERED

TOYS FOR, YOU KNOW, YEARS NOW.

THEY KEEP GOING.

THERE'S SOMETHING JUST SIMPLE

AND LOVELY ABOUT THE PLATFORM,

BUT WHAT IF WE COMBINED THAT

WITH A MORE OPEN ENDED APPROACH

TO ART?

WHAT IF WE MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE

OPEN FOR INTERPRETATION?

AND SCULPTURE, AND SOLAR POWER,

AND KINETIC, AND BOOM, IT WAS

JUST THERE.

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AND SO, THEN THE JOURNEY BECAME

ABOUT, HOW CAN I MAKE SOMETHING

THAT EXPRESSES THE WAY I'M

FEELING ABOUT THE PANDEMIC.

HERE I'M DRAWING DIFFERENT

POSSIBLE HEADS FOR THESE

CREATURES.

AGAIN, THINKING ABOUT HOW

WE'RE --

YOU KNOW, WE INTERACT WITH THESE

FORMS DAILY, THE PRESCRIPTION

PILL BOTTLE, OR THIS IS A TOP

FOR A TUBE THAT YOU TWIST AND

YOU CAN OPEN.

BUT THEN, THE PANDEMIC SORT OF

PUT US RIGHT BACK IN THAT MOMENT

WHERE THESE VERY MUNDANE TASKS

BECOME MUCH LARGER ACTIONS IN

OUR DAILY LIVES.

AND I JUST THOUGHT, YOU KNOW,

THIS IS A MOMENT THAT'S WORTH

CONSIDERING.

I ACTUALLY WORKED WITH

SUSAN VAN PELT PETRY TO WORK ON

A SERIES OF GESTURES.

SUSAN CREATED A GESTURE THAT

SWITCHES FROM RECOIL, WHICH IS

WHAT THE PANDEMIC MADE US ALL

DO, TO REACHING, REACHING

FORWARD AND GRASPING SOMETHING

NEW.

WHEN YOU SEE THIS, I ESSENTIALLY

TRANSLATED IT INTO SKETCHES.

SO, HERE WE ARE AT REACHING AND

IT'S GOING TO GO BACK TO RECOIL.

AND SO, NOW THEY'RE BEING

MODELED BY TODD PERKINS, WHO'S

DOING THE ENGINEERING BEHIND

THEM AND YOU KNOW, WE'RE WORKING

TOGETHER ON THESE AND IT'LL

BE -- THEY'RE GONNA BE GREAT.

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>> JUST NEED TO REMOVE THE

SUPPORT MATERIAL NOW.

THAT'S THE PART YOU SEE HERE.

>> SO, I CONTINUED TO WORK ON

THEM AND THEN I GOT A CALL FROM

DAVID AND JANET AT THE DUBLIN

ARTS COUNCIL, SAYING WE'D LIKE

YOU TO DO AN INSTALLATION FOR

THE ART AND WELLNESS SHOW.

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>> THEY'RE WHIMSICAL.

THEY'RE FUN.

YOU'RE CURIOUS ABOUT THEM WHEN

YOU SEE THEM.

THEY LOOK LIKE COMMON OBJECTS,

SOME PARTS OF IT.

SO, THERE'S A FAMILIARITY THERE,

BUT THERE'S ALSO A STRANGENESS

ABOUT THEM, LIKE AN

OTHERWORLDLY --

AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE MATTHEW

CAME UP WITH THE SPRITES IDEA.

>> LIGHTNING SPRITE IS

ESSENTIALLY A MOMENT, A FLASH OF

LIGHTNING ABOVE THE CLOUDS.

IT LOOKS UNEARTHLY.

IT HAS A REDDISH GLOW TO IT.

IT'S ONLY THERE FOR

MILLISECONDS, BUT IT'S LIKE

SOMETHING YOU'VE NEVER SEEN

BEFORE.

AND I THOUGHT ABOUT A LIGHTNING

STORM COMING THROUGH DUBLIN AND

DEPOSITING THESE LIGHTNING

SPRITES AROUND -- AROUND THE

FOREST OF DUBLIN, AS IF THE

LIGHTNING STRUCK A TREE AND LEFT

ONE OF THESE LITTLE SCULPTURES

THERE.

[ THUNDER ]

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>> IF WE COME OUT TOGETHER AND

EXPERIENCE ART, IT'S A WAY TO

MOVE THROUGH WHAT WE'VE BEEN

THROUGH THE PAST YEAR AND SO, WE

JUST HOPE THAT THE ART MAKES YOU

LAUGH, AND GIVES YOU JOY, AND

THAT'S OUR GOAL.

>> WE'RE AT THE BEGINNING STAGES

OF TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL ENABLE

US TO EXPLORE MANY, MANY

DIFFERENT WAYS OF EXPRESSION.

AND I SEE THESE SCULPTURES AS

BEING PART OF THAT DIALOGUE.

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>> LEARN MORE ABOUT LIGHTNING

SPRITES AT DUBLINARTS.ORG.

THE LATEST PUBLIC ART SCULPTURE

ON HIGH STREET IN THE SHORT

NORTH ARTS DISTRICT WAS CREATED

TO REFLECT THE VIBRANCY OF THE

NEIGHBORHOOD.

DESIGNED BY COLUMBUS ARTIST,

STEPHEN CANNETO AND

JUDITH SPATER, "JUBILATION" IS A

DYNAMIC DISPLAY OF CHANGING

LIGHT AND COLOR, SUSPENDED FROM

THE NEW WHITE CASTLE BUILDING.

FOLLOW ALONG AS WE DOCUMENT THE

ORIGIN STORY OF THIS PERMANENT

PIECE OF PUBLIC ART THAT GRACES

THE SHORT NORTH.

SO, WE ARE HERE IN THE SHORT

NORTH ARTS DISTRICT, RIGHT AT

2ND AND HIGH.

A LOT OF FOLKS KNOW THIS

INTERSECTION AS WHERE YOU CAN

FIND NORTH STAR, AND WHERE YOU

CAN FIND THE WHITE CASTLE, BUT

NOW IT IS AN INTERSECTION WHERE

YOU CAN FIND A REMARKABLE NEW

PIECE OF PUBLIC ART.

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IT IS A WORK BY A LONG TIME

COLUMBUS ARTIST, WHO HAS A

REALLY INCREDIBLE REPUTATION

HERE LOCALLY AND IS REALLY THE

FIRST TIME THAT THIS PARTICULAR

ARTIST HAS WORKED IN LIGHT WITH

THIS WAY, AND LIGHT IS CERTAINLY

A PART OF OUR LIFE HERE IN THE

SHORT NORTH.

THIS PIECE OF ART IN SOME WAY

PAYS HOMAGE TO THAT, BUT ALSO

THE EXUBERANCE OF EVERYONE THAT

YOU SEE HERE IN THE SHORT NORTH.

>> SO, I'M A PUBLIC ARTIST, AND

THE WORK THAT I LOVE DOING MOST

IS SITE ENGENDERED.

FOR ME, THAT MEANS LOOKING AT

THE SITE, WHO'S GOING TO BE

EXPERIENCING IT, AND HOW DO WE

CREATE A PIECE.

HOW DOES MY PARTNER JUDITH AND I

CONCEPTUALIZE A WORK THAT'S

GONNA RESONATE WITH THE SITE,

AND THAT'S GOING TO RESONATE

WITH THE PUBLIC.

>> WE WERE VERY INTERESTED IN

HAVING THIS PIECE REFLECT THE

JOY THAT IS THE SHORT NORTH, AND

I FEEL LIKE THIS PIECE REALLY

REFLECTS THAT BECAUSE OF THE

MATERIALS AND BECAUSE OF THE

LIGHT.

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>> WE'RE NOW IN THE FABRICATION

STAGE, AND HERE WE ARE ACTUALLY

CREATING THE STAINLESS STEEL

STRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS THE

SCULPTURE'S DICHROIC PANELS.

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ONCE THOSE PIECES ARE CUT OUT

AND WE CAN SEE SECTIONS OF THEM

WE'RE THEN WELDING THEM

TOGETHER.

WE'LL SAND, FINISH, POLISH, AND

THEN INSERT THE DICHROIC FILM IN

THESE PANELS.

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ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT

MY WORK IS THE COLLECTIVE

EXPERIENCE, THE COLLABORATIVE

EXPERIENCE.

SO, THIS PROJECT HAS HAD ON IT,

ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, LIGHTING

ENGINEERS, LIGHTING DESIGNERS,

THE FABRICATORS, THERE WILL BE

PEOPLE WHO WILL INSTALL IT.

THERE ARE ABOUT TWENTY PEOPLE

INVOLVED IN THIS ONE PIECE.

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THE CENTRAL CORE, WHICH IS

REALLY GOING TO BE ENLIGHTENING

AND JAZZING IT UP, ARE LEDS,

PROGRAMMABLE RGB LEDS.

RED, BLUE, GREEN.

THAT WILL, THROUGH THE COMPUTERS

PROGRAM, PLAY WITH DIFFERENT

COMPOSITIONS OF COLOR AND

MOVEMENT.

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>> THE PIECE IS TOTALLY

DIFFERENT DAYTIME THAN IT IS IN

THE EVENING.

SO DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU VISIT

THE SHORT NORTH, AND MANY PEOPLE

VISIT THE SHORT NORTH BOTH DAY

AND NIGHT, YOU CAN HAVE A

COMPLETELY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE

IN THE VIEWING THE WORK OF ART.

>> WHAT IT DOES IS IT BOTH

REFLECTS LIGHT FROM THE AMBIENT

LIGHT AND THEN AS LIGHT PASSES

THROUGH IT, IT'S ACTUALLY A

DIFFERENT COLOR.

IT ACTS A BIT LIKE A PRISM.

>> SO IT'S THIS COMPOSITION OF

LIGHT, METAL, THE LIGHT PLAYING

WITH THE DICHROIC, THE LIGHT

PLAYING WITH THE RGB LEDS AND

THE VIEWER AS WE WALK IN FRONT

OF IT, SUSPENDED 30 FEET IN THE

AIR.

>> THE PEOPLE THAT ARE UNDER

THIS SCULPTURE ARE GOING TO BE

HAVING A LIGHT SHOW THAT'S GOING

TO BE RATHER HARD TO AVOID.

IT'S GONNA BE REFLECTING ON

THEIR PHONES.

AND THEY'RE GOING, "WHAT IS

THAT?"

AND THEY'LL BE LOOKING UP

BECAUSE THE DICHROIC MATERIAL IN

THIS SCULPTURE AND THE LED

LIGHTS IN IT ARE GOING TO BE

CASTING THIS RAINBOW OF COLOR.

>> THIS IS VERY NEW FOR US IN

COLUMBUS.

THIS IS A WORK OF ART THAT IS

ATTACHED TO A BUILDING.

IT'S A PRETTY SIGNIFICANT

SCULPTURE.

IT'S ABOUT 30 FEET UP IN THE

AIR, SUSPENDED.

IT'S ABOUT 25 FEET LONG AND

UNLIKE OTHER WORKS OF PUBLIC ART

THAT WE HAVE HERE IN COLUMBUS,

WHICH ARE SORT OF TACTILE, WHERE

YOU CAN TOUCH THEM, AND YOU CAN

SEE THEM RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR

FACE, THIS IS SUSPENDED ABOVE

YOU.

SO, HOW YOU VIEW IT CHANGES

DEPENDING ON HOW YOU MOVE AROUND

IT.

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>> ONE OF MY OBJECTIVES IN LIFE,

BEING HERE AS A COLUMBUSITE,

HAVING OUR BASE HERE, IS TO

BRING AS MUCH BEAUTY AND

CULTURAL MEANING TO THIS CITY AS

WE CAN.

WE LOVE COLUMBUS.

IT'S A DYNAMIC, VIBRANT PLACE

TODAY, AND OUR CONTRIBUTION

GIVES US A SENSE OF FULFILLMENT

AS CITIZENS AND AS PUBLIC

ARTISTS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

>> I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A

FUN PIECE.

I THINK PEOPLE WILL ENJOY IT.

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>> OUR NEXT STORY TAKES US TO

TAMPA, FLORIDA TO SEE HOW A

WRITER AND RAPPER IS EXPLORING

IDENTITY AND SELF EXPRESSION IN

HIS HIGHLY CRAFTED LYRICS.

YOU'LL ALSO LEARN ABOUT HIS

JOURNEY TO THE UNITED STATES

FROM THE WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY OF

GHANA.

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>> I'M NOT CONCERNED WITH

EVERYTHING ELSE WHILE I'M DOING

IT.

IT JUST FEELS VERY INNATE, BUT I

THINK THE BIGGEST THING I CAN

HOPE FOR IS THAT THEY ENJOY IT.

AND IF THEY DON'T ENJOY IT, AT

LEAST APPRECIATE IT.

BECAUSE YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE

SOMETHING, BUT YOU CAN STILL

RESPECT THAT THERE'S WORK AND

EFFORT THAT GOT PUT INTO THIS,

YOU KNOW?

SO, I THINK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

MAYBE, BUT NOTHING MORE THAN

THAT.

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!!musiC@! THIS IS DISTORTED

PORTION OF HORTON

WHO HEARS A WHO

WHO HEARS IS WHO !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! WHO IS DR. SEUSS

SIMPLE RHYMES ELEMENTARY

BOOK I DO IT EVERY

TIME I DON'T FEEL !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! LIKE I GOT TO

CATCH THE HOOK

YEAH YOU LOST MOMENTUM

WHEN CHANGE !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! ANTICLIMACTIC !!musiC@!

>> I THINK BEFORE ME AND CHAEL

AND I GOT TO A CERTAIN LIMIT, I

WAS LIKE, "OKAY, I GOT ALL MY

BASICS.

I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING."

AND THEN LIKE WHEN I STARTED

WORKING WITH CHAEL -- I STARTED

PUSHING MYSELF.

HE STARTED PUSHING ME TO KEEP UP

WITH THE CALIBER OF LYRICISM

THAT HE WAS ALREADY AT.

>> YOU REALLY SEE THE INTENTION

AND THE LOVE THAT HE PUTS INTO

HIS WORK AND HIS PERFORMANCE,

AND THEN GETTING TO KNOW HIM,

YOU STILL SEE THE WORK AND HOW

IT FOLLOWS THROUGH.

SO THERE ARE TIMES WHERE HE

MIGHT BE RAPPING TO HIMSELF OR

REPEATING A LINE TO GET THE

CADENCE AND INFLECTION JUST

RIGHT.

HE'S CONSTANTLY WRITING AND

REWRITING AND EXPLORING

DIFFERENT WAYS TO APPROACH

THINGS.

AND THAT CARRIES OVER TO HIS

MUSIC.

I MEAN, AS AN ARTIST MYSELF, I

FEEL LIKE I KNOW TONS, AND TONS,

AND TONS OF MUSICIANS.

I KNOW TONS OF ARTISTS AND

CHAEL'S CRAFT AND THE HEART THAT

HE PUTS INTO HIS CRAFT IS

DEFINITELY DIFFERENT FROM A LOT

OF OTHER PEOPLE THAT I'VE COME

ACROSS.

!!musiC@! THE NINETY-NINE

AND TWO-THOUSAND

FOR THE CASH MONEY !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! DROP IT SO I'M

COMING BACK AGAIN !!musiC@!

>> I COME FROM A GHANAIAN

HOUSEHOLD.

I WAS BORN IN ACCRA, GHANA

IN 1998, AND I'VE BEEN HERE

SINCE 2003.

THAT'S 17 YEARS.

I CAME HERE A WEEK BEFORE I

TURNED FIVE.

THEN, IN 2004 WE MOVED INTO OUR

HOUSE AND I'VE BEEN THERE EVER

SINCE.

MY CHILDHOOD, IT WAS A PRETTY

PEDESTRIAN CHILDHOOD.

YOU KNOW.

I'M PRETTY SHELTERED, SO A LOT

OF MY TIME WAS SPENT WITHIN MY

NEIGHBORHOOD.

YOU KNOW, MY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS

AND I, LIKE THEY'RE AFRICAN TOO,

SO WE JUST KIND OF GREW UP IN

THAT SAME SHELTERED LIFESTYLE OF

THIS IS WHERE WE ARE.

IF WE'RE NOT HERE, WE'RE AT

SCHOOL.

IF WE'RE NOT AT SCHOOL, WE'RE AT

CHURCH.

PERFORMING, I WOULD SAY, STARTED

WHEN I WAS LIKE -- MAYBE LIKE,

THREE, FOUR?

CAUSE I WAS THAT KID AT THAT

PARTY, ON THE DANCE FLOOR FROM

THE MOMENT THE PARTY STARTS TILL

THE ENDING OF IT.

SO, I WOULD SAY I ATTRIBUTE MY

STAGE PERFORMANCE AND PRESENCE

TO THOSE EARLY DAYS, JUST THE

INNATE NATURE OF A PERSON.

YOU HEAR MUSIC, YOU PUT ON A

SHOW.

MY WRITING DAYS PROBABLY GO ALL

THE WAY BACK TO LIKE FIRST

GRADE, BUT SIXTH GRADE, I WOULD

SAY, THAT'S WHEN THAT WRITING

TRANSLATED FROM MORE FORMAL

STYLES OF WRITING TO MORE LIKE

POETIC AND CREATIVE FORMS OF

WRITING WHERE I'M NO LONGER

WRITING IN COMPLETE SENTENCES.

I'M WRITING AND MAKING UP MY OWN

LANGUAGE, ESSENTIALLY, OUT OF

THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AND JUST

HAVING FUN AND GOING CRAZY.

I DON'T THINK THE WRITING AND

PERFORMING HAVE ANYTHING TO DO

WITH EACH OTHER.

I THINK THE PERFORMING IS JUST

EMBEDDED IN WHO I AM AS A

PERSON, AND THE WRITING IS

SOMETHING COMPLETELY SEPARATE.

>> WATCHING CHAEL FROM A

STRANGER'S POINT OF VIEW, HE CAN

SEEM LIKE A VERY STANDOFFISH

PERSON, AND THEN HE GETS ON

STAGE AND HE JUST EXPLODES.

AND YOU'RE JUST LIKE, WHERE DID

THIS COME FROM?

THIS QUIET GUY WHO'S NOT

SPEAKING TO ANYBODY?

!!musiC@! ARM AND HAMMER SMOOTH

LIKE HAMMERS BAG

YOU LOSE PANTS

AND LATERAL SHUFFLE !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! STAN SHOW THE ROW

WITH THAT ROLL ON ON

WE TOOK A CHANCE

AND DANCED !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! CAUSE E EQUALED MC

PREVIOUS THE MC

PERCEIVE THE SQUARE !!musiC@!

>> I DO A BULK OF THE BEHIND THE

SCENES WORK, SO YOU KNOW, MIX

AND MASTER THE MUSIC, RECORD

HIM, MAKE A LOT OF THE BEATS.

DO ALL OF THE MUSIC VIDEOS.

I DO ALL OF THE TECHNICAL THINGS

TO GET EVERYTHING OUT OF HIS

HEAD AND INTO THE --

YOU KNOW, MAKE IT TANGIBLE.

!!musiC@! IT GOES ON AND ON

AND ON AND ON LIKE

ET CETERA !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! BHADUISM

CHEERS AND RACKETEER

ROGER FEDERER !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! MULTIPLE DIMENSION

COMPREHENSION PRECISE

THE VISION OF RELIGION

MY MURDER HER !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! TENNIS PLAY PRISM

CONTENDING ON COMPETITOR !!musiC@!

>> OUR FRIEND, SCORPIO IS VERY

TALENTED.

HE'S A VERY DIVERSE -- DIVERSELY

TALENTED INDIVIDUAL.

SO, IT MAKES ME NOT WANT TO JUST

WAKE UP AND NOT GIVE MY BEST

EFFORT, BECAUSE YOU HAVE

SOMEBODY WHO'S LITERALLY JUST

LIKE A ONE STOP SHOP FOR

CREATIVE COLLABORATION.

AND I HAVE A LOT OF IDEAS, BUT I

DON'T HAVE THE PATIENCE TO LEARN

THE TECHNICAL SIDE OF IT.

WITH CHARLES, I THINK CHARLES

JUST HOLDS ME ACCOUNTABLE AND

I'LL SAY WITH CHARLES, HE'S VERY

OUTSPOKEN ABOUT HOW GOOD MY ART

IS, AND I WOULD BE A FOOL TO

JUST WAKE UP AND STOP MAKING

ART, WHEN YOU HAVE THIS PERSON

THAT'S SHOUTING YOUR NAME OUT TO

THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS.

>> THERE'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING

INCREDIBLY SPECIAL ABOUT CHAEL.

HE HAS A QUALITY TO HIM.

HE HAS A FLAIR TO HIM THAT YOU

WON'T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE.

!!musiC@! WATCHING PBS AFTER SCHOOL

WHILE MY PARENTS WERE GONE !!musiC@!

>> WE ALL KNOW HOW HIP HOP IS

PORTRAYED IN THE MEDIA AND IN

DIFFERENT OUTLETS.

SO, I THINK, THE FEAR OF MY

PARENTS THINKING THAT I'M GOING

TO DIVE INTO THIS ART FORM AND

CHANGE THE WAY I BEHAVE AS A

HUMAN BEING IS PROBABLY WHAT

ALLOWED ME TO GET TO THE ROOT OF

THE ART FORM THAT I ACTUALLY

ENJOY, WHICH IS THE WRITING AND

THE ABILITY TO BEND WORDS AND

GET REALLY CREATIVE.

IT WASN'T EASY, BUT I THINK I'M

FINALLY AT A POINT WHERE I CAN

CREATE HIP HOP AND NOT WORRY

ABOUT IT NOT BEING LIKE A

STEREOTYPICAL TYPE OF HIP HOP,

AND IT JUST BEING MY OWN BRAND

OF HIP HOP.

!!musiC@! LIKE MR. BENJAMIN

TIE THE KNOT FOR REAL

LUCKY THOMAS JEFFERSON !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! TAKE THIS OUT

MY WALLET AND

MISFORTUNE LINGERS INSIDE

OF ALL THEM CREVICES !!musiC@!

!!musiC@! CRINKLE CUT AND FIVERS

OF THEM HAMILTON AND !!musiC@!

>> IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS, BUT

IT'S A MOVEMENT THAT WON'T BE

STOPPED.

>> THE ART KEEPS ME CENTERED.

IT KEEPS ME GROUNDED.

IT KEEPS ME FOCUSED.

IT JUST DOESN'T ALLOW MY MIND TO

WANDER AND STAY IDLE.

IT ALLOWS ME TO HAVE PURPOSE IN

EVERYTHING I DO JUST BECAUSE I

KNOW AT THE END OF IT, THERE

ARE -- WILL PROBABLY HELP

SOMEBODY ELSE.

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

>> ONE OF NEW MEXICO'S MOST

RENOWNED AND INFLUENTIAL

PAINTERS, RAYMOND JONSON,

PURSUED A LIFELONG INVESTIGATION

INTO MAKING COLOR AND FORM

EXPRESSIVE OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT.

MATTHEW ROWE, A CONTEMPORARY

ARTIST, SEES POIGNANT AND

TREMENDOUS ACHIEVEMENTS IN

JONSON'S PAINTINGS AFTER 1960.

HERE'S MORE.

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>> IT'S A LOT OF FUN KIND OF

DECODING WORKS AND JONSON JUST

KIND OF TAKES YOU OUT ON THIS --

I DON'T KNOW.

WHEN I LOOK AT THEM IT'S LIKE

THEY JUST MAKE MY EYES FEEL FUN.

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

RAYMOND JONSON REALLY IS MY

FAVORITE PAINTER.

HIS LATE PERIOD PIECES ARE

REALLY A QUESTION TO ME.

WE'RE LOOKING AT HIM AT THE APEX

OF HIS SPIRITUAL EXPRESSION.

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AND WE'RE LOOKING AT HIM AS A

MATURE ADULT, WHO'S REFINED HIS

TECHNIQUES.

HE'S NO LONGER REALLY

EXPERIMENTING WITH THE TECHNICAL

ASPECT OF ART BUT REALLY WHAT

CAN HE SAY.

WE LOOK AT THIS AND

RAYMOND JONSON HAS JUST GONE

THROUGH A TRAGEDY IN HIS LIFE,

HIS WIFE HAS PASSED AWAY, AND

INSTEAD OF RESPONDING IN THIS

NEGATIVE DARK WAY HE'S REALLY

CELEBRATING HER LIFE AND LIFE IN

GENERAL.

I MEAN THIS COLOR PALETTE IS

LOOKING UPWARD, IT'S LOOKING

INTO THE SKIES OF NEW MEXICO,

AND IT'S EXPRESSING SOMETHING

DIFFERENT, IT'S NO LONGER

TETHERED TO THE EARTH.

AND WE'RE REALLY MOVING INTO A

DIFFERENT SPIRITUAL EXPRESSION

AND A DIFFERENT DIALOGUE WITH

SPIRITUALITY.

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

HE IS EXPLORING THE BOUNDARIES

OF THE CANVASS MORE, HE IS FULLY

LIFTED THE CURTAINS, AND NOW THE

WORKS MOVE OFF THE CANVAS.

IT'S OFF THE PICTURE PLANE.

AS THE VIEWER, WHEN I APPROACH

ONE OF THESE I'M IMMEDIATELY

WONDERING WHERE DOES THIS LINE

FINISH?

WHERE'S THE CONCLUSION OF THIS

SHAPE?

HOW DOES THIS COLOR FADE RESOLVE

ITSELF?

AND WITHIN THE PICTURE, IT'S

COMPLETE.

IT GIVES YOU EVERYTHING THAT YOU

NEED TO FEEL A SENSE OF FINALITY

IN THE WORK, BUT IT ALSO THEN

ASKS YOU THAT QUESTION, OF

"WELL, WHAT'S GOING ON OVER

HERE?"

SO IN THAT THE CONVERSATION HAS

SHIFTED, HE'S ZOOMED IN BUT BY

ZOOMING IN HE'S ALLOWING US TO

ASK WHAT ELSE IS THERE?

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!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

AND I DO LOVE THAT IT JUST

CHALLENGES PEOPLE'S

PRECONCEPTIONS OF WHAT

NEW MEXICAN ART CAN BE, AND WHAT

IT WAS.

AND LIKE THESE PIECES ARE

CONTEMPORANEOUS WITH ALL THE

COWBOY AND INDIAN STUFF.

AND THIS IS AS MUCH NEW MEXICAN

ART AS ANYTHING ELSE.

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

HE REALLY NEVER STOPPED MAKING

ART, AND IN THAT THESE PIECES

ARE BEAUTIFUL, AND THEY'RE A

BEAUTIFUL CULMINATION, KIND OF

CONCLUSION, FOR HIS CAREER AS AN

ARTIST, BUT WHAT HE LEFT US IN

THAT IS THE ABILITY TO LOOK A

LITTLE FURTHER.

IT'S THE QUESTION OF WHY?

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

I FEEL RAYMOND JONSON REALLY

STILL HAS A LOT TO TEACH US.

!!musiC@!!!musiC@!

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>>> THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR

THIS EPISODE OF "BROAD & HIGH".

YOU CAN FIND ALL OF OUR STORIES

ONLINE AT WOSU.ORG AS WELL AS ON

OUR FREE WOSU MOBILE APP.

WE'LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK, WITH

MORE GREAT STORIES ABOUT

COLUMBUS ARTS, AND ARTIST.

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>> AMANDA BETTIN HORTICULTURE

DESIGNER,

FRANKLIN PARK CONSERVATORY.

I GET INSPIRATION FROM

EVERYTHING AROUND ME, IT'S AN

EXCITING PROCESS THAT'S

DIFFERENT EACH TIME I GO TO WORK

ON A NEW GARDEN.

THE LONG TERM BEAUTY OF A GARDEN

IS A RESULT OF MANY HANDS, IT'S

A COLLABORATIVE FORCE BETWEEN

THE DESIGNER, THE

HORTICULTURALISTS WHO CARE FOR

IT, AND MOTHER NATURE.

IT LEADS TO SURPRISING AND

EXCITING RESULTS I COULDN'T HAVE

CREATED ON MY OWN.

GARDEN'S CONTINUALLY GROW AND

CHANGE WITH THE SEASONS.

SO IT ULTIMATELY TAKES ON A LIFE

OF IT'S OWN.

I THINK COLUMBUS KNOWS HOW TO

NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS AND LET

THEM GROW.

I AM AMANDA BETTIN, PLANTS ARE

MY ART AND THERE'S NO PLACE I'D

RATHER MAKE IT.

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