In this episode, artist, writer and spiritual guide John F. Simon Jr.
speaks with Mark Amerika about his divination drawing practice and
the release of his new book, Drawing Your Own Path: 33 Practices at
the Crossroads of Art and Meditation (Parallax Press). Creating what
the two artists term a fictional podcast-within-a-podcast titled
"Kona Coffee Talk," the conversation drifts into a divergent set of
themes including intuitive ways of sourcing creativity, the commodification
of the artist as a social role model, psychic automatism, and shedding
ego as part of the path toward artful mindfulness.
In the 1990s, John F. Simon Jr. Simon began writing digital software
to create visual imagery. His screen works display abstractions that
vary infinitely due to random sequencing. The visual elements of each
piece are generated in real time by his software. He has exhibited his
exploratory works of media art throughout the world including Site
Santa Fe and the Whitney Biennial of American Art. His work is found
in prominent museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art,
New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York,
the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, and the Los Angeles
County Museum of Art, California.