Ted Gahl


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Welcome to our eighth episode of Y2K GROUP CHAT featuring artist Ted Gahl. We recorded in December 2020.

We speak with Ted about the 2010's in New York, drawing parties, the influence of social media on artists, being an artist in NY/LA, how to slow down, and a glimpse into the future.

Ted Gahl is a painter living and working in Northwest, CT.

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Audio timestamps below:

0:00 - Intro music

0:35 - Ted bio

0:49 - Hey

1:04 - What was the NY art world like when you first moved here?

3:32 - Drawing parties

4:31 - Do you remember your first solo/group show?

6:00 - Did you feel a lot of pressure leading up to the show and how did you feel when it closed?

7:56 - Would it be helpful to have longer shows?

9:50 - Seeing work online vs. in person

12:32 - How do you think IG influenced the art community?

18:10 - Gaming

19:24 - How do you stay focused as opportunities ebb and flow with your work?

24:29 - Undergrad experience

27:10 - Experimentation in grad school

29:21 - Who are some of your favorite artists?

32:18 - Some shows late fall 2020

35:02 - NY>LA story

40:27 - Do you still need to be in a main art city?

43:44 - Is it easier to make work outside of NY?

46:25 - Do you play music?

52:15 - What were your experiences like with different galleries?

54:47 - How do you feel about how the art neighborhoods in NY have changed and closures?

1:00:07 - What kind of work are you making?

1:03:18 - What’s your relationship to nature and landscape painting?

1:06:20 - Is nature a meditative space for you?

1:08:57 - How do you slow down and reflect on your work?

1:11:48 - How long does it take for you to finish a painting?

1:14:30 - Cathartic or therapeutic?

1:17:35 - What is your reference point when you start painting?

1:19:08 - Do you ever tap into your subconscious?

1:22:01 - What is the future of the art world?

1:24:32 - Can AI replace artists/art?

1:27:34 - Ted’s question: has an art show ever made you cry?

1:33:06 - Thank you