Monday, December 28, 2020

Doodle Dood Chat

Stumbling upon a mural-in-progress at one of the most unlikely places in Kansas City, we paused for a moment to talk with the artist about the project. 

The painting was going up on the side of some relatively new residential townhouses and featured an interpretation of the Kansas City Chiefs.  The artist was engaged in getting the mural outlined, while his girlfriend supported his efforts lounging in the afternoon sun.  

It was really exciting to see this type of work going up in the 'burbs, rather than the usual dilapidated downtown structure.  Reaching out to the artist later, we asked if he would be interested in doing a brief email interview about the project and himself. 

Evan Brown, tell us about yourself and background ...

I am a Kansas City based painter and illustrator with an absolute and utter obsession with what I do.  

After graduating from the University of Kansas with a degree in Illustration, I formed Doodle Dood LLC, a business that centers around my desire to use creativity to promote positivity, growth and change in the minds of kids and adults alike.

I always draws and paints his work traditionally out of my love for the fine arts and desire to bring the art and illustration worlds together. 

With a deep passion for incorporating nature’s optical intricacies and vibrant color pallet into my imagery, I aim to take my viewers on a whimsical journey through the unknown, working to visually stimulate non-visual sensations such as thought, sound, and consciousness.

Most importantly, I enjoys all things out of the ordinary and want nothing more than to create stuff that makes people smile!

How did you fall into this project?

I actually fell into this project because the client reached out after seeing another one of my murals over at the Iron District in North Kansas City.


Tell us a bit about the current project.  What is it?  What are you wanting to convey?

For this project we were looking to both celebrate the Chiefs' recent super bowl victory, and find a way to drive some attention to Harbortown Villas, the town home complex that the mural is located at. 
All of my murals are hand painted and freehanded from start to finish, so there was actually very minimal planning that went into it. I put together a few black and white sketches, had the client reference the work on my website to get a feel for what the colors will look like in my style, and then I just went at it. 
With my style, I do not plan the colors out in advance (unless requested) because I find that part of the fun and the reason that my color pallets end up so unique, is that I get to do all of the color balancing as I am working. This makes each piece feel a lot more organic and function like an active painting rather than a cold, pre-planned concept. That works totally fine for other people, but for me it kinda kills the fun. 


Is there a life dream or long-term project you are looking forward to?

I honestly don't like to look too far ahead because it kinda spoils the fun. I find that the whole point of building something is to enjoy the process of building it, not to build it blindly until one day I reach that "thing" I had been chasing. I have found that, with that mindset, when the "thing" originally being chased is achieved it is simply replaced with a new "thing" anyhow. That said, my two big goals that I have written down and always go back to and reference when I need to re-group are to have my own solo show at a larger national or global art gallery like the M.O.M.A. in Chicago, and to win a Caldecott Medal for one of my children's books.

About Doodle Dood LLC

Doodle Dood LLC met its inception in the summer of 2016, as Evan Brown was sitting alone in his dorm room at George Washington University while fulfilling a summer internship in Washington D.C. 

At the time Brown was unhappy with the direction that his work was going, and in an effort to totally rebrand his style he decided to open up an Instagram account and begin a daily drawing project. 

After hundreds of daily drawings, and an overwhelmingly positive reception for his new body of work, Brown concluded that it was time to bring his product to market. 

Beginning with the release of a coloring book line, Brown’s curiosity quickly led him to begin pushing the boundaries of traditional art and design in just about every way possible. 

Since 2016, Brown has built a prolific body of drawings and paintings that now serve as the framework for the line of products that he distributes through Doodle Dood LLC. 

Whether it be repurposed 3 dimensional objects, canvas paintings, public murals, apparel, merchandise, accessories, and most recently, the development of his own kids book… there is certainly no shortage of what you will find coming out of the studio of the Doodle Dood.




Keep up with Evan and check out more his fantastic work @ DoodleDood.com !


Friday, November 06, 2020

the late two heavy


One of our closest friends and allies passed this week. Known to most as DJ Two Heavy, he was one of the kindest and most generous people we were fortunate enough to call a friend. He supported the works of this site from the beginning, contributing and collaborating occasionally, and someone we always looked forward to seeing. His warm and inviting personality made for good company on a night out, and his music always kept us groovin' into the early hours.


DJ Two Heavy contributed to the electronic dance music and club scene in Kansas City with his own brand of House that he referred to Hip House. Spinning up a fusion of Hip Hop, Electro, and House music, he held regular resident gigs at some of the best clubs on the circuit throughout much of the coverage by this site, and beyond.  He always enjoyed seeing people dancing to his music and enjoying themselves and was quick to make friends with anyone he met. 

Rest in Peace Friend.  Thanks for some good music and good times.

You will be missed by all who knew you.

We will always have these memories.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

s2e0p



... a monthly column of five topics from the worlds of  music, dance, life, art, & culture ... 

music


According to electronic beats, "in the last few years, DJs and producers have been sublimating their societal anxieties into blood-curdling vocals, grating distortion, and pummeling blast beats."

dance


Westworld introduces a collection of short films by Wonderbound, set to take the place of its annual fundraising gala, to include a projection mapping performance piece set to the Gasoline Lollipops song "Fast Train."

life


EarthSky shows us that "for the first time, astronomers have detected a planet orbiting a white dwarf star. If further confirmed, the discovery shows that some planets could survive the destruction of their sun-like stars, and some might even remain potentially habitable"

art


Gizmodo reviews the latest solo exhibition of Scott Listfield and "that damned astronaut in the middle," presented by Spoke Art, opening in New York City on September 19.

culture


PHYS.org reviews an Indian University study of a head to head examination of the Reproducibility and Open Science movements, which surprised researchers and suggests that one of the movements promotes greater equity, diversity, and inclusivity.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

a2u0g


... a monthly column of five topics from the worlds of  music, dance, life, art, & culture ... 

music


OneEDM presents a discussion with Birmingham-born Daisy Guttridge about her music career during youth, previous tours, new music available, and upcoming plans.

dance


Crosscut takes a look at some choreographers are getting creative with their virtual performances in Seattle, during the ongoing physically distancing requirement.

life


Inverse predicts that information is the fifth element, according to a a new theoretical study, and it holds the potential of inducing a worldwide crisis if ignored.

art


The Guardian explores a different take on adapting, related to recent exhibition detailing the story of electronic music and its wild cast of characters including Kraftwerk, Jeff Mills, Frankie Knuckles, Aphex Twin and Jean-Michel Jarre, who has loaned objects from his studio.

culture


BBC Culture explores how recent global events appear to have caused us to increase our recognition of people with something real to offer, or was it only a blip on the radar?


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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

j2u0l


... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

El Búho and Chancha Vía Circuito continue their exploration of the fusion of electronic music and traditional Argentina sounds of cumbia villera in their recent four-song EP "Pleamar."  The downtempo experience mixes wooden claves, stell pans, panpipes,Andean harps, sounds of jungle foliage and native birdsong to warm the soul.

dance

Talia Favia seizes the opportunity to increase production and deepen her choreographic creativity not by finding the right person, but trusting instincts and creating space within her soul.  The process enables her to continue to be a part of a variety of dance productions  around the world.

life

A new study titled "Association of Neighborhood Disadvantage in Childhood With DNA Methylation in Young Adulthood" appears to confirm that children raised in communities with more serious economic deprivation, physical dilapidation, social disconnection and dangerous situations, display defined differences from peers in the way genes are regulated 

art

Thought toward and from Johannesburg-based South African-Malawian textile artist Billie Zangewa on strength, femininity, and the healing nature of domesticity.  Constantly challenging her own expressions through art, re-examining her past, present, and future to create unique works that beg contemplation.

culture

Michelle Buzon, Purdue Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University and Bio-Archaeologist excavates the tomb of Tombos in the Nubian region of modern-day Sudan in an effort to better understand interactions between Egyptians and Nubians.

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Monday, June 01, 2020

j2u0n

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

A through thoughts on the influence of electronic music and the relative impact in shaping game development and player experience.  Skrillex Quest stands out as an overt example in the article, with other discussions towards Grand Theft Auto V and a few others.

dance

Dancing alone comes naturally for many people, but more suffer from a self-conscious state that prevent their fully letting go.  A few thoughts from "How to Dance Alone" might just help one get back to that self-contained and carefree mindset of physical expression.

life

A new study examines the magnitude of human impact on the natural world, and explains how "close to 50 billion years of cumulative evolutionary history worldwide is at risk."  As with most anything environmental, the solutions are rather simple, through global collaborative efforts.

art

Ulysses De Santi and Graham Steele blend their opposing styles against the backdrop of a 1939 West Hollywood hillside home with clean lines and hints of Cape Cod.  Filled with "pieces from one of the most fertile periods of Brazilian art and design," the collection takes center stage.
culture

In a discussion related to a photography project by the International Labour Organization, a master practitioner of the Hawaiian hula dance told UN News that he is “nothing without my culture.”  Hula is much more than dance.  It is the past, present, and future of the people of the islands.

site

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Friday, May 15, 2020

levee town hideout


After a long road trip, I stopped in on The Hideout for some refreshment, and had the opportunity to enjoy local band Levee Town.  It has been quite a few years since I first heard these guys play, and I am sorry to have lost so much time.


Time was short, and travels of the day had left me weary, so this brief clip is all there is.  It is a shame, since it was a free show, which normally does not happen.

They do have a couple of dates set in the near future.  Check their web site for more info.

Friday, May 01, 2020

gathering at pillsbury


A search for a unique Kansas landmark found a small gathering at the site.  



All were practicing the best social distancing they could achieve in said situation.  




Small groups of less than 10 were loitering about, none of which intermingling really.



 It all seemed reasonable enough, on a warm and overcast day, after weeks of confinement.




m2a0y

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

The Library of Congress recently launched Citizen DJ, a project by Brian Foo developed during his time as an Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. Inviting the public to create music using the Library’s public audio and moving image collections, the Library hopes listeners can discover items in the Library's vast collections that they likely would never have known existed.  It is an immersive experience quickly increasing in popularity around the world recently, but has been used in a lot of gaming systems over the last couple of years.

dance

Limitations on life open new possibilities for the exploration of accessible classes, projects, and performances across the globe. Ten professional dancers share their insight on what is working, what is not, and the potential for new audiences, while Dancing Alone Together.

life

One of the persistent questions in cosmology is the speed of expansion of the universe, and the rate at which it is increasing.  A paper last published in Physical Review D, two collaborators reasoned expansion would speed up as more dark matter decayed over time.  Currently, with no way to prove the theory, it remains a wait and see situation.

art

Offering a different sort concept tattoo, Sasha Unisex of St Petersburg designs brightly colored prismatic watercolor skin art.  Detailing her process through social media channels, Sasha offers the option of trying out her designs through print or temporary tattoos, before committing permanent ink.

culture

A glance back at the apprehension and mistrust associated with the pandemic of 100 years ago. "The influenza pandemic did long-lasting damage to relationships in some American communities." and history seems to be repeating itself in approach and attitudes.

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

a2p0r

... a monthly column presenting five random topics of interest associated with the underlying themes of the site ... music . dance . life . art . culture ... 

music

The Groove Cartel examines the recent trend towards 8D audio aka Spatial Sound, which enables a listener to  appreciate a variety of sounds coming from different directions.  It is an immersive experience quickly increasing in popularity around the world recently, but has been used in a lot of gaming systems over the last couple of years.

dance

Cultural dances of indigenous people across North America are usually more of a community experience best served "live."  All that is quickly changing as the pow- wow reaches out across the digital divide to offer  the world community emotional support.

life

As of April 1, 2020, nearly 4,000 people infected with Covid-19 aka coronavirus have died in the United States, according to a New York Times story and database. The number of cases continues to explode exponentially in the nation, and now surpasses numbers in country of origin for the pandemic that started in December.

art

The first original release from music legend Bob Dylan meditates on "art touching and shaping American lives" through a lens focused on the death of President John F Kennedy.  Starting with the moment that changed America forever, the song winds through the pop culture associations, touching on just about every song, movie and artist that preceded the death of the popular President.

culture

A new study from the University of Texas at San Antonio takes a look at the association of individual values towards what is considered "socially appropriate sickness" within socioeconomic cultures and norms, suggesting that a person may take greater or lesser action in coping with their illness, aiding in the suppression or spreading of diseases. 

site

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