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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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SOUND PATTERNS / The Warriors / 12.7.18

To help celebrate our CAN I KICK IT? screening at The Kennedy Center, Sat Dec 8th, we’ll be conducting our next SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition featuring works inspired by “The Warriors” movie.

Friday December 7, 2018, 7-11 PM, featuring works from @kboateng, @corintogallery, @justkeebs, @insta_b_rose, and @nicktha1da
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CAN I KICK IT? at Made in Hong Kong Film Festival / Recap

Our summer continues to shine and its been an absolute blessing for SHAOLIN JAZZ to have been granted these opportunities.

Our CAN I KICK IT? screening at the Freer/Sackler Gallery’s (The Smithsonian) Made in Hong Kong Film Festival was, from start to finish, nothing short of a good time.  2-Tone not only rocked the opening reception (which included live Martial Arts demonstrations, curated food and cocktails) but, immediately after the reception he proceeded downstairs to setup for and rock our screening, to a maximum capacity crowd, of the Shaw Bros’ 80’s classic Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu.

This event represented a couple of firsts for us, in that not only was this our first time conducting CAN I KICK IT? in a film festival, but that this was our first time (and hopefully not our last) rocking for a standing room only crowd.

Thanks to Tom and his team at the Freer/Sackler for once again bringing us back for another event, props to everyone who helped spread the word, special shouts to Ja’Mon for helping to hold down the merch table as well as shooting, and thanks to everyone who attended.  Your support is very much appreciated.

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Sweet Nancy NYC Listening Party / Recap

Whenever we do SHAOLIN JAZZ events in New York, its always love and our Sweet Nancy NYC Listening Party was no different.  And despite us not having done an event in New York in a min, and some rain, the community (as in people walking in not knowing what was even taking place, but intrigued by our SHAOLIN JAZZ sign) in addition to family and friends – showed up making our listening party the kind of experience that we envisioned.

Thank you to Basquiat’s Bottle for hosting and all of your generosity, thank you to all of the artists who exhibited works giving our event that extra layer, much appreciated to everyone who attended, and props to everyone who helped spread the word.

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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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SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell

In our next our Studio Visit we check out our SOUND PATTERNS featured artist Zsudayka Nzinga Terrell. Check out hers 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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SOUND PATTERNS / Studio Visit / John Ortiz

Check out our Studio Visit with SOUND PATTERNS featured artist: John Ortiz.  Check out his and the other artists work on exhibit this week at The Bowie State University Gallery of Art in their Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) thru March 17th.  Gallery hours: Mon and Tues: 10 – 6 pm, Wed: 9 – 7 pm, Thurs: 10 – 5 pm, Fri: 9 – 5 pm, Sat: 12 – 6 pm.

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SOUND PATTERNS / Bowie State University / Recap

The opening of our latest SOUND PATTERNS Art Exhibition, despite the rain, couldn’t have gone better and these exhibitions have a ton of moving parts.  Over ten artists, over thirty pieces of art (from 16″ to 3′, paintings, photography, graphic design), two TVs featuring video packages, one video projection, a makers station, numerous production visits, and two layout changes.

We’ve conducted quite a few SOUND PATTERNS exhibitions and with this one being our biggest, to date, it was extremely gratifying to see our vision com-to-life in addition to seeing people truly enjoy and experience that vision.  It was also gratifying to see that number of works on display and how different yet cohesive the works exist, as the theme of our exhibitions is to highlight art that’s consistent with the themes of Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Martial Arts – the DNA of SHAOLIN JAZZ.  Make no mistake, this is one of the best exhibitions featuring works consistent with those themes.

As apart of the opening reception we also conducted an interactive artist talk where we walked to each artist’s (those who were present) sections and had them discuss their inspirations, processes, as well as shared stories about their development as an artist and their works.

Thank you to Tewodross Melchishua, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of  Bowie State University’s Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (VCDMA), for reaching out to us, Latasha Banks, the director of the Bowie State University Art Gallery and her team, everyone who attended, Maishah for holding down the makers station, and salute to all of the talented artists.

In case you missed the opening we certainly encourage people to check out the exhibition as it will be on display through March 17th and the gallery hours are: Mon. 10-6 pm, Tues. 10-5 pm, Wed. 9-7 pm, Thurs. 10-5 pm, Fri. 9-5 pm, and Sat. 12-6 pm.

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Is Separate Ever Equal?

Glad I got a chance to check out the homie Munch Joseph’s (CEO of HedRush Agency) show “Is Separate Ever Equal?” at DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ space in their HQ.  In fact, it was too important of a show not to miss.  The concept was Joseph curating a show centered around the 1954 Supreme Court case of Brown v. Board of Education. Five separate cases representing five jurisdictions across our nation were consolidated under one, each calling for gross societal inequities to be resolved.

Munch selected a range of contemporary artists who addressed these and other questions related to this topic. Visual art, public programming, thematic live performances and a series of lectures and demonstrations.  To check out some of the works click Read the rest of this entry