KQED’s own Kristin Farr leads several parallel lives. Not only is she the founder and co-producer of Art School but she is also a successful journalist and artist. She regularly interviews artists for the art magazine Juxtapoz and has shown her paintings, sculptures, digital art, murals, and animations all over the Bay Area. Recently she has even done some public art projects overseas.
Her current artistic obsession is colorful, painted geometric designs that she calls Magic Hecksagons. Inspired by traditional art forms and vibrant, neon colors of the ’80s that she grew up with, Kristin explores a legacy of folk art infused with her own contemporary viewpoint.
In this episode of Art School we hang out with Farr in her Richmond studio as she works on a new painting. Spinning a web of colors from her paint brush, she discusses how she explores ideas about comfort, nostalgia, color psychology and folk magic through her art.
After you’re hypnotized and energized by the bright colors, follow along with Kristin as she walks you through how to create your own Magic Hecksagon.
Look out for Kristin’s public art if you live here in the Bay Area or collaborate with her anytime via her iOS app #FarrOut.