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troy colby

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle is returning and this time we are strolling a bit West to Lawrence, KS to join up with photographer Troy Colby (@troycolby)!

Troy is a KCAC member and we fell in love with his introspective photography that looks at the world through his son’s eyes. We thought that the raw documentary style of his photos needed to be shared with our Instagram community, so we asked and he said yes!

We are very excited to see what Troy has in store for us this week, so here are a few words from him about his work and artistic inspiration…

This will pass. I promise you, is an on going lyrical document project that centers on my youngest son. Easton, my 10-year-old son, is a high-strung child that deals with anxiety and migraines. These issues can make for some very rough days for the both of us. My project This will pass. I promise you. is a collaboration, although he is not always a willing subject. I am documenting his life in a raw emotional way. In doing so it allows for me to find understanding from these emotions.

Easton’s emotions can change rapidly, so I have my digital camera ready to capture these moments at the exact time they happen. The images are processed as black and white. I find that removing the distraction of color, brings the intensity of his emotion into focus. I am furthering the narrative by using various mixtures of light and different compositional aspects. In doing so, I can emphasize his stress when needed or his calmness as well.

The work has become a way for me to deal with fatherhood and the stresses that come along with it. The process of making the work has also brought me an insight and understanding of these moments in our lives. I have learned to be in the moment while being watchful and remaining compassionate. This allows me to be in a state where I can be a better father.”

We are very excited to see what Troy has in store for us, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Troy on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, December 7th – Tuesday, December 12th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

jonathan higbee

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is BACK! We took a mini holiday break and can’t wait to get things started back up with recent exhibiting artist Jonathan Higbee (@aliveisthecity)

Jonathan came across our radar when his photography was accepted and exhibited in the most recent KCAC River Market Regional Exhibition. His photo in the show this summer is titled Giza, Egypt 1. The photograph is part of a series of works titled “Forbidden City”, where Jonathan looks at countries around the world that consider being gay a crime and asks the viewer to examine what exactly this crime is or isn’t and how this effects us all on an international and personal level.

We are thrilled to have Jonathan join us this week, so here are a few words from him about his work and artistic inspiration…

“When making photographs, I’m compelled to create work that sparks wonder and leaves the viewer with a new perspective of reality. The narratives in my images — whether it’s street, minimal or fine art photography we’re talking about — are driven by far-fetched, surreal visuals that distort the relationship between figure and ground, while exploring artifice and our modern dependency on manufactured happiness.”

We are excited to see what Jonathan has in store for us, so here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Jonathan on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, November 30th – Tuesday, December 5th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

sophia reed

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is jumping back into all things art this week with local painter Sophia Reed (@sophiapaints)!

Sophia is a long time KCAC friend and we are on the edge of our seats to see what amazing things she has in store for all of us on her Instagram journey this week! Sophia was an award winner in the 2014 Undergraduate College Student Exhibition and has since then been making amazing artwork and traveling across the country showing the world what she’s got. Her paintings are abstracted visions of the world around her and give us glimpses into her approach to drowned out the cacophony of noise that surrounds us.

Sophia will be exhibiting her latest works Through Waves & The Silent World Below here at KCAC November 10 – 29, 2017! Swing by KCAC for a variety of awesome upcoming events with Sophia this month including:

 

We are anxious to what Sophia has to share with us, so here are a few words from her about her work and artistic inspiration…

“Gravity, a force constant unless pulled from this world. Flesh, part of my physical self. Art, an uneasy part of me that I run to and from. I am beginning to see how little choice I have in it. I do not know how much I understand about my works but it continues to form from these gravity strained hands.

Language was a system created in order for us to communicate with one another. Art is a language too. Not in black or white, formed sentences, or text, but shapes and colors. Little do I know about my existence, yet I find myself making. We all do it. I am not special. It is special to share it with each other.

Here, I attempt to form words for a language who’s meaning cannot be translated. I do not always know what it is I am doing. I simply find myself in this act of breathing, like you. I am often scared, and other times full of joy. Each day passes, I feel a wildly large spectrum of emotions. We are all living, time continues to pass.

My current works are mostly ocean scenes. I saw something beautiful about the quality of water, something calm yet rigid. A body vast, making up most of our world, yet it is something we know very little about. I often feel this about myself, that there are parts I have not seen. Parts of us that have not been explored. Trying to understand this new world is exciting. I have plunged myself into its depths.

Life at the bottom of the ocean continues to expand our understanding of the world. Ecosystems living without the sun. Colors never before seen. Sometimes this space we live in gets entirely too loud. I wonder about who we might be in a new world, free of the systems we have set up.

I continue through my days, daydreaming of a place like the ocean. Waves of reality break through and I ask myself, can these worlds coexist.”

We just can’t wait to see what Sophia has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Sophia on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, November 2nd – Tuesday, November 7th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

bekah bliss

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle project is returning this week with local ceramic artist Bekah Bliss (@bekahblisspottery)!

Bekah is the current ceramic artist-in-residence at 323Clay Studio just a hop, skip and a jump from here in Independence, Missouri. Bekah was born and raised in Kansas City and fell in love with clay during college. Her functional ceramics mixed with natural elements inspired by the desert plant life have us wanting to grab a big cozy blanket, a good book and a mug of hot tea to snuggle into the coming winter!

We are looking forward to what Bekah has to share with us, so here are a few words from her about her work and artistic inspiration…

“As a ceramic artist, I am highly in tune with the tactile. I consider how objects feel: smooth, rough, heavy, or light. Most of my inspiration is drawn from objects in nature. When I go on an adventure, I look for collectible items; sticks, rocks, and plants are my favorite. Whether exploring the Acoma desert or the forest in my own backyard, these objects and their environments continue to leave a huge impression on me and inspire my work.”

We are excited to SEE what Bekah has in store for us, so here are a few images of her artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

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Be sure to follow Bekah on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, October 26th – Tuesday, October 31st!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle