ABOUT THE SHOW: Dr. Lisa has been practicing unlicensed therapy since 2001. She’s worked with over 1,000 clients including artists, comedians, musicians, politicians, writers, actual shrinks, celebrities and complete strangers.In 2001, she added Self-Proclaimed Psychotherapist to her busy schedule as an art director and conceptual artist. As an art project, she conceived and produced a live show where she invited audience volunteers to have a quickie therapy session on a couch on stage with her, making fun of the fact that she had no experience, and showing off her forged diploma.Within a year she had a regular show, Psychotherapy LIVE! and a ton of press to go with it from places like, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Village Voice and pretty much any NYC paper with a theater section. She started her radio show, Dr. Lisa Gives A Shit in 2015, and before the pandemic, continued to perform therapy live in front of audiences.With her lightning quick read of people and her forthright insights, she can get to the essence of what people are trying to communicate quickly, and her sense of humor keeps everyone out of trouble.Due to her genuine curiosity, thoughtful questioning and quick wit, Dr. Lisa’s guests/patients reveal themselves whether they are planning to or not. It takes either a willingness to divulge or a bit of courage to be on Dr. Lisa’s couch. In Dr. Lisa’s world, everyone can sit for a therapy session and anything can seem like a therapy session. https://listentodrlisa.com/
DLG230 Alexandra Rubinstein's luscious paintings raise consciousness of the female role in art.
59:29Traditionally we see the female body as the focus of sexuality, which also make an important innovative with an important an original message. Alexandra is tired of art and sex being so focused on women's bodies. Putting the sole focus on women's bodies can present them in a passive way. Alexandra's work alerts us to a new way of depicting women in art. In her work, women enjoy sex actively. It makes me wonder why we don't see more of it. Rubenstein creates work from the point of view of women's pleasure. She paints famous sexy men, performing cunninglingus on women, from the pov of the woman who is being pleasured. In another series, "Thirsty," men's genitals are replaced with wall-mount bottle openers. And she make lots of beautiful paintings of penises. There is humor in her work which makes it smart, fun to look at and discuss It was great to hear her experiences and thought process on how she began to do this work. One important life event for her was that her family moved to the U.S. from Russia when she was 9. The whole family had to start their life over from scratch. Being from Russia, having to learn English, not fitting in as a 9 year old is a lot for any child to manage. Alexandra is very smart, thoughtful, open and articulate in bringings us into understanding her experiences that inspired her work. A great example of a strong woman This episode was very impactful for me. @therubinstein https://www.alexandrarubinstein.com/
DLG241 Mike Joseph takes us on a tour of his experience growing up a queer, black man.
59:41This session with Mike Joseph, host of Radio Free Brooklyn's, The GCC was pre-recorded because of the pandemic. It took place on Wednesday, June 3, at the height of the George Floyd protests. Mike is a queer black man so we had (for me) an eye-opening discussion about how even Mike, the sweetest, unscary guy ever!, is careful of the police. I am grateful to Mike for this part of the discussion. Most of our session was about Mike’s upbringing, being queer from childhood and born to a mother who enlisted into the Air Force when Mike was very young. Mike was left with his grandparents—he never met his dad. When Mike’s mother left the service, she moved to Michigan with Mike’s new stepdad—a macho air force guy, and they sent for Mike. Mike Lived in Michigan with them and half-siblings from age 8-11, when his aunt came to visit and immediately got him out of his unhealthy environment. Cut to Mike’s adulthood where his struggles with the inevitable confusion he had with masculinity and identity led him to suicidal ideation, which got him into therapy, which he is still working through. This was definitely a job for a licensed professional! More about Mike HERE:
DLG250 Comedian Lana Siebel's life story is hard to imagine, but Dr. Lisa gives it a shot.
59:29Lana Siebel is a rare find in the comedy world: talented, hilarious, smart and KIND. Lana came to the U.S. with her parents and older brother from the Ukraine at 7 years old. She shares the story of her coming to America with her family and the effect it has had on her. Her journey includes ranking #7 in the U.S. for ballroom dancing, eating disorders, therapy and a particularly healthy, healing relationship with her husband and son. We got deep. Lana is a delight in so many ways but not a top candidate for a lazy beach vacation, though she is super fun to watch and/or spend time with. For more about Lana: https://www.instagram.com/lanasiebel/
DLG249 Shawn Wickens surprises Dr. Lisa with a brilliant idea for an art world reality show:
59:28Shawn surprises Lisa with a brilliant idea for an art world reality show: it seems fabulous because it would challenge the art world collector/gallery/curator/artist hierarchy. Also, Shawn and Dr. Lisa explore Shawn's relationship with his mother for signs of intimacy resistance, since Shawn is single. Why?? More about Shawn HERE: And here: Shawn Wickens (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Mr. Robot, Blue Bloods) is an award-winning comedian and co-founder of NYC's ironically-titled Bad Theater Fest and Bad Film Fest. He also has a weekly live show, The Stoner Morning Show at The Tiny Cupboard (Monday Nights) and Facebook livestream (Saturday Mornings). Time Out New York says, "Expect a set that hilarious, delirious and refreshingly raw." His shows have been Critics' Picks by Pittsburgh City Paper, Rochester City News, and The Athens News. When not performing in and around New York City he has performed in New Orleans, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Hartford and more. His first comedy album is available on Spotify and iTunes. If you look him up on Amazon, you might even find a few books he's written.
DLG248 David Henry Nobody Jr. finds a productive new home in the metaverse.
59:29I’ve know David Henry Nobody, Jr. for years as a friend and fan. We reconnected her to discuss how prescient his work was and his latest NFT successes. David is someone who literally is obsessed with making art and has sacrificed more than most to do it. He has several bodies of earlier work (check out this HILARIOUS piece about him on CNN from 1997 that inspired Alex VonFurstenberg) that are different from his work today, most notably as Alex Vonfurstenberg where he surreptitiously made his way into major social functions and was photographed with celebrities. He has a great story about being photographed with (then) president Bill Clinton. If you really want the dirt on David’s upbringing and his relationship with his father you’ll want to check out our Dr. Lisa session we had from 2016 HERE. Follow David Henry Nobody Jr. on Instagram HERE. See more about David's and his work and varied projects on his website. Current exhibition: NEGATIVE INFLUENCER 😈Resemblagè....New York Artist..Upcoming show: NFTism with @institutco Sept 10th curated by @kennyschachterfoundation.app/@davidhenrynobodyjr/crying-onion-man-82064
DLG1628_Dr. Lisa asks David Henry Nobody Jr. disappeared for a while.
59:31I didn't realize how much David Henry Nobody Jr.'s work had advanced until I found out we were exhibiting again. A fascinating guest, David was from a more than likely conventional family and has really gone his own way. This discussion starts from his earlier work where he crashed parties and was photographed with many celebrities such as #HillaryClinton, #DonaldTrump and whole host of Supermodels—to his work today which has attracted over 34,000 Instagram followers. https://www.instagram.com/davidhenrynobodyjr/ http://www.davidhenrybrownjr.com/
DLG1737_Mossy Ross wrote an incredible album to process a tragedy.
59:29Mossy Ross, singer and songwriter of Nuclear Family Fantasy, tells Dr. Lisa the circumstances behind her debut album — a boyfriend that went missing in 2016 and still not found. Mossy's work is a testament to the healing power of art. My first impression of Mossy is a bit of a wild child musician, but by the end of our session, I see a smart, strategic, focused creative person. Her talent is formidable and she share some of her songs on the air. https://nuclearfamilyfantasy.b andcamp.com/track/everybody-lo ves-you-when-theyre-drunk https://nuclearfamilyfantasy.b andcamp.com/track/left-me-lone ly-again https://nuclearfamilyfantasy.b andcamp.com/track/so-many-mayb es-ago
DLG1148 Kat Ryals and Lauren Hirshfield of Paradice Palase kick ass.
59:30Paradise Palase founders are Kat Ryals, 30 years old, 5’2” and already married for 10 years, Lauren is 27, 6’ tall and no history of long-term relationships. They discuss the vision for their innovative project Paradice Palace which is a for-profit art space with a non-profit mentality. They have some great ideas! Like this OPEN CALL: https://www.paradicepalase.com/galleryproposals Lauren and Kat are both ambitious and with great art world experience and education. We explore with pointed Dr. Lisa style questions what makes them tick as a creative team both professionally and personally. They started Paradice Palase less than 2 years ago, but you can tell they are just getting started! Find out about this magical place they founded HERE: https://www.paradicepalase.com
Dr. Lisa separately psychoanalyzes artists Eric Doeringer and Carla Gannis
1:00:29We find out that artist and Assistant Chair at Pratt Digital Arts & Social Media, Carla Gannis' mom was a Cher impersonator. And artist Eric Doeringer, (represented by Katherine Mulherin Gallery), talks us through what it was like recreating On Kawara's life and work during the 3 month exhibition of On Kawara's work at the Guggenheim Museum
DLG1726 Laura B. Regan of The Footlight Bar surprises me by talking abour suicide.
59:31I was really excited about having Laura, the owner of THE FOOTLIGHT BAR - (The Bushwick Daily's readers' choice award for best live music venue). ANYWAYS- Laura and I wind up having a long, revealing and inspiring session about suicide. We also talk about how she met her husband, performer Tim Shea six years ago. They're getting married soon-in 2 months-September 10! The trajectory of how Laura and Tim met and developed their relationship is unusually healthy, but still offbeat. I'm hoping to get them back on the show together! Laura is a musician and Berklee School of Music full-scholarship student and we get to hear some of her music at the end: Bridgetandthesquares.bandcamp.com www.thefootlightbar.nyc @thefootlightbar #music #psychotherapy #suicide #wedding #inspiration