Guided by artistic desire and limitless curiosity, Robert Lundberg has become a highly regarded photographer and filmmaker lauded for his innovative and versatile documentaries covering music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his formative years in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City where he more actively pursued a full-time career in art and film. Uniquely focused on seeking out the next big artistic challenge, Lundberg chose to pursue one of his most ambitious projects at the beginning of 2020 when he launched his new documentary series entitled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting last February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors with Lundberg’s primary goal to gain a particular insight into their creative processes which can only be thoroughly deciphered by truly going behind the scenes. With Uncontaminated Sound, Lundberg’s purpose is to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that take place during interviews and other similar social and private interactions with artists and performers. Mainstream features are often heavily and unevenly edited, offering viewers only individual, preferred moments that are often heavily vetted by producers and editors. This stands in stark contrast to how Lundberg likes to operate as an interviewer or as an artist. He’s intent on delivering to you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
For Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews, Lundberg has interviewed practically every type of artist, from musicians, to writers, to poets, to visual artists, to comedians, and more. But for this series, he has yet to speak to one of the grandest types of artists of all; a sculptor. This week that’s all going to change with episode 36, with Lundberg being joined by renowned sculptor Daniel Giordano. A native of Newburgh, New York where he continues to call home, Giordano’s sculptures are heavily inspired by the nearby Hudson Highlands, a stunning mountainous region of up-state New York, right next to the Hudson River. Along the shores of the river, he collects natural materials which he brings into his workplace and then combines them with factory relics, ceramic, and cast metal to create these immaculate works of art.
Giordano categorizes his sculptures into veins of work, with each containing a specific material composition and consistent form. As an artist, he’s heavily inspired by his Italian ancestry, family, and locale. His sculptures range from intimate, traditionally glazed ceramics, to massive constructions.
Commenting on his conversation with Giordano, Lundberg said, “I was first introduced to Daniel Giordano and his energized work through a previous guest and fellow artisan, Chris E. Manning. Post U.S. convo, Chris and I grabbed coffee, then beers, but before the hazy afternoon turned evening, Chris made it a point to ‘talk to this guy.’
So I did. And immediately our energy merged into something more than just a brief encounter, what was supposed to be just conversation turned into a lasting experience.
Daniel who is slated to have a major showcase of his work at MASS MoCA (The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in 2023 took me on a brief (virtual) tour of his large studio space.
At some point, a deep-fried motorcycle was shown… when asked on how on earth he actually deep-fried a motorcycle! Daniel replied with a teasing smile… ‘it’s a trade secret.’
Soon, I’m sure, you’ll know his f’n name.
Please enjoy this wonderful conversation turned experience.”
Lundberg has more interviews to come with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be a part of 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.