A.R.T. Artists Real Talk

It's been a long time coming, and Think Tank Gallery is proud to announce the release of our first podcast series! We've teamed up with some of our favorite artists, producers, directors and more to catch a deep glimpse into what it takes to turn an artistic vision to reality. We have been honored to work and be friends with some of the most inspiring people in LA and across the country, and for the last few weeks we have been bringing a grip of them into our new podcast studio to have some chill conversations over a beer or three. Join us in our freshly built podcast studio as we get ready for some dope shit.
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Dec 1, 2016

Sinziana Velicescu, best known for her much-hyped Instagram profile @casualtimetravel and curatorial efforts at Standard Vision, is an old friend and a great photographer who has truly built a career on her own terms. She also has a very real and loving relationship with her home in Los Angeles. If you are an Angeleno through and through, this is the episode for you. If you're looking for some words of wisdom on maintaining your practice in a city as big as this one, you'll also find plenty of them here. 


5:30 - City of dreams -


6:40 - What is your role at Standard Vision?


7:22 - Can you name some notable artists who have shown on the screens?

Video Artist: Pascual Sisto


Robert Seidel-

Casey Reas-

Andreas Fischer-


7:55 - SV Presents:


8:05 - AREA by Will Galperin,


8:25 - Dan Chen SV Presents 

Elliot Lee Hazel -

Beck videos by Elliot Lee Hazel-


12:17 - Bill Violla


13:45 - Jenny Holzer



17:05 - How do you approach listening to people within the art you create?


17:25 - Teddy Kelly mural on 8th and Los Angeles:


20:35 - What software are you guys using at Standard Vision?


22:25- Marriott:



Transition to Photography


22:50 - Tell us how you got into photography and gained the skill of photographing architecture.


23:25 - Finding ways to photograph each shot differently.


24:25 - Being inspired as a child from LACMA’s modern art paintings.


25:40 - Children art classes at the armory in Pasadena


26:02 - Writer and art historian Cy twombly had kids make paintings for him allowing them to draw whatever they wanted, sometimes he would add to them sometimes he wouldn’t.


27:51- Sinzi adding visual puns in her photography


28:10 - What is your process? 


28:25 - Exploring and capturing places that have history


29:25 - Street photography:


31:25 - Sinzi falling back in love with LA by taking moments that are usually critiqued and finding life in them.


36:21- At what stage in your career was it when you looked at your photography and realized you could sell them in a gallery? 

Where was the first gallery you sold them in?


37:25 - Eliminating people from photography shots


41:25 - Elements of human interaction in Sinzis photography


42:25 - What are the cities you have loved going to recently where your work has been shown and how does it feel?


48:05 - You Are Here video recap:


Neema Sadeghi:


49:09 -


51:08 - Are you restricting yourself to shoot only in Los Angeles?


54:09 - Vinyl mixtape monthly subscription:

Sinzi’s design:


57:25 - Getting creative opportunities


57:53 - Building your own route around the US and getting paid to do it at


1:00 - Acid and shrooms


1:05:25 - Have you done any other road trip/photo trips?


Transition to music videos


1:06:25 - How do you define your style?


1:07:26 - Thoughts on rap music and music videos


1:09:16 - What music videos do you remember from when you were younger?


1:13:43 - The outside perception of Los Angeles and being who you want to be


1:17:05 -


1:18:07 - Do you think you’ll spend your life in LA?


1:18:34 - Sinzi’s idea to create a GPS Based app of hidden gems in Los Angeles and how it relates to the already existing Pokemon Go


1:28:38 - Do you guys have a R & D department and is there any technology you specifically want to get your hands on?


1:29:46 - Damon Martin mural artist: 


1:32:30 - Do you have a general mission that builds up to something in the future?


1:33:25 - Millennia's wanting to be invested in multiple creative outlets 


1:37:25 - Do opportunities come to you now or do you still seek them out?


1:38:53 - When did you feel the shift of your work and you taking off?


1:39:40 - Brandon Monk skate ramp:


1:44:25 - Jacob ghost riding


1:50:15 - Have you done any music videos where the artist does not want to be in front of the camera? 


1:51:44 - How do you transition from one opportunity to the next and do you have a strategy for it?


1:54:35 - Approaching the game with “If you are not in love with the shot don’t record it.”


1:57:08 - Are there any last memorable things you’d like to share with the listeners?

Tips for new photographers: Shoot with film to limit your photos or shoot with iPhones and don’t go by the rules. 


Book recommendations:


Where to find Sinziana:

Instagram: @casualtimetravel 


Standard Vision:

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