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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

YOUR iT : Stage Presence Summer Intensive


We are very excited to announce the "YOUR IT: STAGE PRESENCE" summer intensive workshop with Imani Rose. Imani is an alum of Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts  where she majored In theatre with a focus on Musical Theatre winning the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts' Young Arts Award and is featured in the Academy Award Nominated Documentary on the experience "Rehearsing A Dream" .Continuing her education at  New York City's Marymount Manhattan College , Imani would go on to work with top industry professionals at Bad Boy /Atlantic ,Sony /Music World & Roc-Nation where she would gain hands on experience in the professional music business and the unique culture of Hip Hop! This is an excellent opportunity for our students to train with an industry professional who's unique approach allows kids to try games and exercises that will not only strengthen their performances but their confidence and critical thinking and reading comprehension skills as well. Our students have done so well at competitions , and we know that it is important to give them the best opportunity to consistently progress. There are some tools we need to sharpen ! Choreography is only one facet of dance ,in any genre , the distinction of greatness is found in stage presence and that charisma will assist our kids in every single thing they do for the rest of their lives ! 

"As an artist expression has always been my way : to communicate , to affect , to share! There were teachers that were instrumental in not only allowing me that creative space to express myself but they showed me how powerful it could be when I allowed others the opportunity to be moved by that expression. Performing , I discovered , was my super power, and I had to learn how to use it ! I saw other kids had their own unique super powers and they came from deep inside of us , we all had something that thing that made us special and that thing, our own "it' could make someone laugh , cry, think, feel something anything all depending on how you used your IT! Actually putting energy into each moment and leaving your heart in the stage . LIFE AND ART are the same in that way .That's what life's about doing it full out every time , and making moments memorable !" -Imani Rose 


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Artist Spotlight : Double_Lar


Double_Lar 
This work stands tall on the shoulders of the late Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat as the marriage of pop art and street art it's post modern abstract expressionism at its finest. Ryan has a way of capturing American and international iconography and encapsulates an entire era . Much like what warhol did with the  Classic American iconography: Campbell's soup ,coca cola , the blue bell ice cream cow , and the pop stars 
You know exactly where you are in space and time and you know this image and the brand it represents is not only timeless but valuable. The power of iconography we praise it it comforts us in some cases it defines us as a culture as a community as an age group. Iconography is timeless representation of whom we were whom we are and how we will long be remembered. And Ryan's work has a comforting way of solidifying that. 

The new school of thought the celebration of imperfections that's what is so exciting about the work. The danger of it. The drips the splashes of hues the layering there's always something new to discover in each of his pieces upon a second or third or fourth look. The intricacies of it , can't go unnoticed.

I'm a fan. I'm a student. What Ry is doing is absolutely brilliant work and it's boom is imminent! Absolutely love and salute this artist hailing from my hometown in our confederate state of Texas daring to do art and be himself  unapologetically 

Follow  @double_lar on Instagram for more ! 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

Eating my feelings


I love my family. Them damn suttons know how to grieve. LETS BUY A CRAPLOAD OF FOOD AND DRINKS AND COOK AND EAT AND DRINK AND CRY AND LAUGH FOR 4 DAYS STRAIGHT. 




My golden lady



It was really important for me to capture the classic Hollywood essence of granny she was our very own golden icon and epitomized the word lady. Added the modern hint of graffitied /roses  the entire family got into the signature color. It was really a beautiful thing and the most cherished event I have ever had the honor of creating. 

Photos by Eric Blackshire