A man of many talents, Robert Lundberg is a highly-regarded photographer and filmmaker known for his artful documentaries covering the worlds of music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his youth in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City to more fully invest himself in a career in art and film. An individual who thrives under the pressure of new challenges, Lundberg recently took on perhaps his most challenging project yet, the new documentary series titled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting in February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors in an effort to gain an inside perspective on their creative processes which can only be fully encapsulated by going behind the scenes. The series seeks to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that take place during interviews and other similar encounters with artists and performers. Oftentimes, most features are heavily edited, capturing particular moments that are usually heavily vetted by those in charge of the content’s creation or final product. But that’s not how Lundberg goes about his business. His primary goal is to bring you all of the raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise get a chance to experience and enjoy.
With the dog days of summer arriving this week, Lundberg has delivered yet again with another new episode of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews. For the twelfth episode, Lundberg hooked up with Jess Worby, a well respected visual artist, illustrator and cartoonist currently based in New York. Worby has worked his way up to being one of the premiere artists in his field, capable of drawing pictures and creating stories in many different styles, from slice-of-life, to satirical, to surreal. After earning his Master’s of Fine Arts in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Worby has really emerged as both an artist and an academic, with experience teaching as several universities and educational institutes. This fall, he will join the faculty at the prestigious University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as a visiting professor.
With credits that include The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, A.P. Keaton, Haymarket Media, Resource Magazine, and Koyama Press, Worby has created work for a multitude of publications. He has also developed impressive live exhibits, including The Brooklyn Historical Society, Sculpture Center, and The Brooklyn Museum. One of Worby’s most noteworthy accolades includes the founding of the Brooklyn Draw Jam, an experimental and collaborative drawing community.
Commenting on his chat with Worby, Lundberg offered, “Illustration and visual art came natural to New York native Jess Worby, whom picked up his fascination with the relationship between story and image early on. Constantly doodling, he went on to grow and develop this deep interest of creating visual imagery throughout school, earning a BA with honors in art & art history from Colgate University in 2007, and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts in 2011.
Thence after he grew an impressive freelance career working with clients such as The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, and The Blue Man Group, to name a few of a long rolling list. Additionally, Jess has had the honour to exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, Sculpture Center, Brooklyn Historical Society… and once again the list goes on.
It would have been easy for Jess to solely pursue professional artistic ambitions, however, his love of the craft has brought him back into the classroom as an educator, and has sparked a new chapter in his already accomplished career. I sat down virtually with Jess on a late April afternoon to discuss the beginnings of his passion for art and illustration, while also inquiring about the challenges he’s had to face in the classroom during our current times.”
Lundberg has a lot more interviews upcoming with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be participants in Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews in the coming weeks and months. Lundberg has already been bringing you his ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound which takes a look behind the scenes to get a look at performers before they take the stage. The series has featured Macklemore’s Gemini Tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Ron English, We Are Scientists, Rufus Wainwright and more. Lundberg’s photography has been highlighted in publications such as Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and more.