ARTIST DECODED
is a podcast started in 2015 by visual artist, Yoshino.

AD 2020 ++
AD | MIND/WAVE #5 w/ Daniele Bolleli
168 | Jerome Lagarrigue
167 | CJ Johnson
166 | Steven Assael x John Wentz
165 | Damian Kulash (OK Go)
164 | Blake Mills x Justin D. Hopkins
163 | Christine Yuan
162 | Bao Nguyen
161 | Ludovic Nkoth
160 | Janna Watson
159 | David Cheifetz
158 | Erin Nicole Henry
AD | MIND/WAVE #4 w/ Aja Daashuur
157 | Yung Pueblo
156 | Daan Noppen
AD | MIND/WAVE #3 w/ Yore
AD | MIND/WAVE #2 w/ Cory Allen
155 | Allie X
154 | Ron Hicks
153 | Ibarionex Perello
152 | Denna Thomsen
151 | Michael Phillip
150 | Riley Stearns
149 | Akira Beard
148 | Jennifer Pochinski
147 | Kit Dale
146 | Cory Allen
145 | Adam Lee
144 | Alex Kanevsky
143 | Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) x Saman Kesh
142 | Alexis Marshall (Daughters)
141 | David Kassan
140 | Antrese Wood

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139 | Hollis Heichemer x Justin D. Hopkins
138 | Maja Ruznic x Yore
137 | Josh Peck x Saman Kesh x Yoshino
136 | Joshua Hagler
135 | Daniel Martin
134 | Mia Bergeron
133 | Christian Rex Van Minnen
132 | Johan Van Mullem
131 | Zoey Frank

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #7

130 | Yumi Sakugawa x Justin D. Hopkins
129 | Nikolaus Summerer
128 | Jerry Hsu
127 | Paul Cristina

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #6

126 | Marie Tomanova
125 | Julius Onah

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #5

124 | Jesse Draxler
123 | Justin Tyler Close

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #4

122 | Kim Kei x Justin D. Hopkins
121 | Chi
120 | Sergio Barrale
119 | Andrew Thomas Huang x Saman Kesh
118 | Mari L. McCarthy
117 | Tunde Adebimpe x Kim Dorland
AD | Weekly Round Up #3
116 | John Wentz
115 | Alex Grey x Noah Lampert
114 | Joe Sill
AD | Weekly Round Up #2
113 | Brian Higbee
AD | Weekly Round Up #1
112 | David Cheifetz
111 | Kilo Kish x Jarell Perry
AD | MIND/WAVE  #1

AD 2018 ++
110 | Nick Runge
109 | Joseph Lee
108 | Michael Shaw
107 | Linus Sandgren x Saman Kesh
106 | Isaac Bauman x Saman Kesh x Yoshino
105 | Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio)
104 | Jordan Reyes
103 | Rina Yang x Saman Kesh
102 | Mia Bergeron x Justin D. Hopkins
101 | Tobias Schliessler x Aisha Schleissler
100 | Justin Daashuur Hopkins
99 | Aja Daashuur
98 | Alexandre Souetre x Jesse Draxler x Yoshino
97 | VOWWS
96 | Martin Starr x Saman Kesh
95 | Ania Catherine
94 | Mary Grisey
93 | Elly Smallwood
92 | Nicole Miglis (Hundred Waters)

AD 2017 ++
91 | Dado Valentic
90 | Norberto Rodriguez x Justin D. Hopkins
89 | Gavin Turek x Jarell Perry x Yoshino
88 | Akira Beard
87 | Steve Kim
86 | Colin Chillag x Jenna Duncan x Yoshino
85 | Casey Gleghorn x Justin Hopkins x Yoshino 
84 | Ian Daniel
83 | Dave Elitch x Justin D. Hopkins x Yoshino
82 | Edward C. Colver x David A. Willis
81 | Guy Maestri
80 | Virginie Picot
79 | Brad Kunkle
78 | Chelsea Wolfe
77 | Zola Jesus
76 | Jesse Draxler
75 | John Kilar
74 | Michelle Groskopf
73 | Scot Sothern
72 | Gems
71 | Kidmograph
70 | John F. Simon Jr.
69 | Casey Baugh
68 | Rebecca Farr
67 | Hagler x Ruznic x Perry x Yoshino
66 | Joe Kennedy @ Unit London
65 | Martin Wittfooth x Sergio Barrale
64 | Elly Smallwood
63 | Adam Lee
62 | Daniele Bolleli
61 | Anthony Lister
60 | Cory Allen

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59 | HONNE
58 | Brian Shevlin x Michael Donovan
57 | Ben Quilty
56 | Matthew Ryan Herget
55 | Andrew Hem
54 | Paul Jung
53 | Eddie Bravo x Hannah Vandermolen
52 | Olivia Bee
51 | Duke Johnson x Casey Baugh
50 | Saman Kesh
49 | Tunde Adebimpe x Justin Hopkins
48 | Byron Spencer
47 | Tim Bettinson (Vancouver Sleep Clinic)
46 | Jean-Paul Mallozzi
45 | Sean Dunne
44 | Shari Frilot
43 | Blake Neubert
42 | Tim Mattia
41 | Alex Beck
40 | Grant Singer
39 | WIFE
38 | Derek Delgaudio x Glenn Kaino
37 | Matt Skiba
36 | Andrew Thomas Huang
35 | Tim Barber x Michael Donovan
34 | Yuna x Jarell Perry
33 | Isamaya Ffrench
32 | Yoshino x Noah Lampert
31 | Rose McGowan
30 | Daniel Sannwald
29 | Timothy Wilson x Justin Hopkins
28 | Sabrina Bajaj
27 | Vanessa Prager
26 | Joshua Hagler x Maja Ruznic x Erik Castellanos
25 | Chadwick Tyler x Michael Donovan
24 | Seamus Conley x John Wentz
23 | Asger Carlsen
22 | Benjamin Bjorklund x Blake Neubert
21 | Phil Hale
20 | Julius Onah 
19 | Greg Puciato x Jesse Draxler
18 | Emilio Villlalba
17 | BRTHR
16 | Nicolas Uribe

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AD | Final Words For 2015
15 | Stacy Kranitz x Isaac Bauman
14 | Alex Kanevsky
13 | Brittany Markert
12 | Nathaniel Evans
11 | Graham Dunn
10 | Justin Tyler Close
 9  | Hueman
 8  | Luke Gilford
 7  | Daniel Segrove x Justin Hopkins
 6  | Isaac Bauman
 5  | Jesse Draxler
 4  | Zhang Jingna
 3  | Michael Donovan
 2  | John Wentz
 1  | Casey Baugh

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160 | Janna Watson - “Sifting Through Abstraction”





Canadian painter Janna Watson uses abstraction as both an escape from and return to the real. As the world we know dematerializes into paint strokes, so too does her paint take stage as its very own character in a multi-act drama of composition. Bundles of colour, made up of discrete yet inseparable instances of pigment—what Watson refers to as “moments”—are teeming and poised as though caught mid-multiplication. Sweeps of paint re-direct sharply and fold over themselves; thin, rigid ink lines cut into the pictorial field as rudimentary elements in an increasingly complex system of painterly language. All the components play out on a surface of slow, chromatic gradation. Like many of Watson’s players, these backdrops tenderly gesture toward the familiar, stopping just short of representation. The result is a conceptual project (and distinct, stylistic signature) that speaks to a contemporary milieu in which abstract painting is not the retreat of meaning into an unrecognizable realm, but rather the emergence of medium as a “figure” in its own self-inscribed world of feeling and being. Watson does more than reveal paint’s potential to emote—she gives it a space to reveal itself, in its own time.



Janna Watson holds an honours degree in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design, and since graduating has exhibited extensively across Canada and internationally in over thirty solo exhibitions. Her work has appeared in notable public collections including those of TD Bank, CIBC, Telus, the Ritz-Carlton, ONi ONE, the Soho Metropolitan Hotel, and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2013, she was commissioned to create an impressive, 11-foot painting for the lobby of AURA, Canada’s tallest residential building.

Watson’s paintings circulate regularly at international fairs, including Art Toronto, CONTEXT Art Miami, and in Seattle, where they were recently featured by Artsy in its list of “10 Works to Collect at the Seattle Art Fair.” Watson’s work has been covered by publications such as The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, NOW Magazine, and House & Home.

Janna Watson also runs Studio Watson, a business dedicated to redefining interiors with hand-tufted floor pieces inspired by the artist’s abstract compositions.

She lives and works in Toronto.



Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Janna’s experience as a youth growing up in a small town in northern Ontario with her father being a Pentecostal pastor. 
  • “Living in somewhat of a bubble… “naive atmosphere” as a child.” She was an introvert and spent her growing life in the church, which Janna says added to the naïve atmosphere. 
  • Janna reflects about her experiences coming out at the age of 18, her process of beginning to question the very faith she grew up believing, and how the world might be moving around her. 
  • Janna explains how she came to a particular point of surrender in the wrestling of her faith and personal life. – Critical point within her story; being a major catalyst for who she is today. 
  • Janna realized later on in her life how much she needed to “touch into” the spiritual world and tap into surrender. 
  • The process of covering all of her paintings with resin during a rough period in her life. “Shiny and sexy – glossing over the flaws.”  
  • Janna explains speaking in tongues and how she personally uses it within her prayer life and her thoughts on how speaking in this manner somehow transports her to her subconscious state of mind to be able to translate those feelings in her artwork. 
  • Janna’s grandfather pushing her to draw the “essence of things” in her drawings and how they needed to be wilder. He taught her the art of abstraction. 
  • Janna reflects on the title of her show speaking to the way we are currently living our lives as the coronavirus is occurring. 

www.jannawatson.com



Posted 5.23.2020
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