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Barry Bishop The Creative – Exhibition Recap

These are the moments that I live for: culture, creativity, and community.  Not in any order.

And while I very much enjoy what I do creatively to make a living, its events like these that drive me because I’m doing so for the art of (fuck of) it.  I’m doing so because I sincerely like the artist.  And I’m doing so for myself.

This was Barry Bishop’s first show in 10 years and it has been an incredible experience in helping him to realize his ideas in sharing his work and to also have him share his unique history and insights, which have furthered the education of so many.

Congrats to Barry on a successful show.  It has been a pleasure.  Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you to everyone who supported in any form or fashion.

The show will be up until Mon. Dec. 16th and if you would like to schedule a viewing email dcstreetwearexhibition@gmail.com.

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Barry Bishop The Creative – Interview

Barry Bishop is a legendary artist from Washington, DC who’s early works in DC’s streetwear scene (’87) made him a major influence – having created a number of the foundational designs that set the tone and direction for DC’s famed Madness Connection, which inspired him to start his own groundbreaking line B-Man Apparel.

Bishop is also an esteemed portrait artist, via his signature style of black and white, and his new show, Barry Bishop The Creative – Original Paintings and Prints, will open on Saturday December 7th, at the Brookland Artspace Lofts.

I got a chance to talk to Barry to learn more about his past and how its influencing his present and future.

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Beyond The Streets / Recap 1

I remember when the Beyond the Streets exhibition first opened in L.A. (featuring mostly West Coast writers) a few years back and me definitely wanting to check it out, so when I found out that they were doing an east coast version in NYC – me attending was a no brainer.

To put it short, its everything that I thought it would be and if you’re a fan of graffiti, street-art, and contemporary art then do yourself a favor.  The show stays open until the end of this Sept.

Props to Roger and his team for a well produced show, including all of the programming and product that goes with it, and to check out part 1 of my recap click Read the rest of this entry

CAN I KICK IT? / feat Batman Ninja / Recap

We couldn’t imagine a better way to start the “official” beginning of summer than to conduct CAN I KICK IT? at The National Gallery of Art – East Building (their contemporary wing), which also, and more importantly, helped to them kick-off their new “Japanese Animals” art exhibition.  The collection is an historic exhibition of 17 centuries of animals in Japanese art that rarely leave Japan.

We certainly hope people enjoyed how we do storytelling via our curation of music to the newly minted anime Batman Ninja, we encourage you to check out this incredible exhibition, and we look forward to the day rocking the amazing space that is the NGA.

Thanks again to the NGA for bringing us and thank you to everyone who attended.

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SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / Recap

Despite all of the moving parts that came with conducting CAN I KICK IT? at The Kennedy Center, we also decided to conduct our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, the day before, which would feature art inspired by The Warriors movie.  The exhibition went well.

We featured six artists from previous SOUND PATTERNS shows and one new one, which included Nick Tha 1da, Makeba Rainey, John Ortiz, Brody Rose, Josue Martinez, and Kojo Boateng.  The show, which will be on display till December 20th at the Victor L Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE), is of a cohesive yet unique variety with some artists also drawing from personal experiences to help drive their pieces.  A viewing of the show is via appointment only: Mon-Fri 10 am – 3 pm and Thurs 10 am – 7 pm.  If interested email: info@shaolinjazz.com.

Our SOUND PATTERNS exhibition also provided an opportunity for us to connect with fans who both could and could not attend Saturday’screening while also serving as a platform to educate people who were unfamiliar with our event at The Kennedy Center, which led to last minute ticket sales – ultimately leading us to selling out the Terrace Theater.

Thanks to everyone who attended, Calabash Tea & Tonic for providing the munchies and some refreshment, El Silencio Mezcal for providing the cocktails, and Red Bull for providing the additional flavor.

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MoCADA

While in NYC we also checked out the first of a monthly event series produced and held at MoCADA.  If you’re unfamiliar with MoCADA, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), through visual and performing arts, incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.

The current exhibition features works from Langston Allston (illustrative works) and Demond Melancon (Native American inspired bead work).  To check out more pics click Read the rest of this entry

Love, Hope, and Street Art

Had a good time attending the artist talk for the Love, Hope, and Street Art art exhibition which is being held at the Hornfleur Gallery.  Curated by graffiti artist Luis Del Valle, Love, Hope and Street Art is a multisensory experience that educates visitors about the visual language of street artists. Viewers are engaged to better understand street language through explanations of the symbolism of street art.

In the exhibition, the evolution of graffiti from tagging, throw-ups, and burners to the corporate boardroom is displayed and interpreted. Beyond Luis Del Valle’s personal contributions to the installation, the artwork is provided by artists DECOY, Cory StowersAsad Walker , and HKS 181, each of whom have created 10-15 years of street art (typically deemed illegal by authorities) and are now exhibiting in galleries.

The show is on exhibition till November 17th and for more info click here.

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SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors Art Exhibition / 12.7.18

In celebration of our CAN I KICK IT? screening of “The Warriors” (on 12.8.18 at The Kennedy Center) we’re excited to announce that we’ll be conducting our SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, on 12.7.18, featuring a range of works inspired by the movie – capturing the essence of the classic film.

This special edition of SOUND PATTERNS will take place on Friday December 7th at the Victor L. Selman Gallery (3305 8th St NE – Brookland), from 7 – 11 PM, and will include music by SHAOLIN JAZZ co-founder DJ 2-Tone Jones.  For more info/RSVP click here.

Sweet Nancy from Shaolin NYC Listening Party

And in addition to our DC Listening Party, we’re happy to announce that, in celebration of our upcoming Sweet Nancy from Shaolin music project, we’ll be conducting an NYC Listening Party/SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition (plus Artist Talk) in Brooklyn on Thurs. May 10th at Basquiat’s Bottle, 6 PM – Close, No Cover.  For additional info/RSVP click here.

SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Barry Bishop

In our next our Studio Visit we check out our SOUND PATTERNS featured artist Barry Bishop. Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 30th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.  For info click here.

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