Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Music, Spoken Word, Theatre; Visual Arts: Graphic Arts, Mixed Media, New Media/Technology, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Works on paper
I create all of my work from an overwhelming desire to communicate that which transcends explanation. I wish to bring the raw forces of creation & beauty to the surface as a means to translate experiences & visions into sharable mediums. It is my belief that art has the ability to transform by resonating the fundamental energies deep within our beings. I believe art has the ability to unlock the potentials of our highest selves.
Performing Arts: Music
Dorsh Deans, better known simply as Dorsh, has spent his entire life traveling the globe and developing a keen understanding of culture and music. Born in America to parents of Jamaican and English descent, Dorsh was exposed at an early age to several sounds not found on Top 40 radio. As he began traveling abroad as a competitive soccer player, the influences of his parents were expanded, and Dorsh quickly became interested in blending sounds from around the world with the reggae, soul, and disco heard at home. While following his dream to become a professional soccer player, Dorsh attended trials with Birmingham City in the English Premiership and with the Jamaican National team in 2008.
Unfortunately, during a match at Butler University, he suffered a blow to the head that shattered his face in multiple locations, ruining his soccer dreams forever. However, that tragedy became a blessing in disguise, allowing Dorsh to focus all of his attention and efforts on completing a degree in audio engineering and becoming an extremely proficient sound designer. In the past year, Dorsh has been featured on several top music blogs and radio shows domestically and Internationally. On February 24, 2012 his debut single “Je t’aime”, from the Neopolitan LP, premiered at #10 on Hypem’s popular music charts. Amidst performing with a wide range of artists from Lee “Scracth” Perry to Talib Kweli, Dorsh has done remix work for FADERLABEL in NYC, engineered for Ska Rebirth in Kingston, and mastered for Asahi Brewery in Tokyo. Successfully earning his stripes in the i
Visual Arts: Ceramics, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Mixed Media, Works on paper
Gary Gee, finds the urban setting to be extremely fertile ground for all types of artistic expression. Some of this inspiration has evolved from illegal graffiti and hip hop culture, or was acquired directly from art studies to design creation for wearable apparel and gallery exhibition. Gee’s puts a lot of himself in his creations, much of the work is poetic and reflective of his experience in urban environments, the tight-knight communities, the dreams, desires, goals and the troubling and malevolent ways that black men are viewed by society. This work is often psychological in nature with narratives expressed across multiple layers taking the tangible form of drawing, painting, collage and assemblage sculpture exploring the weight, depth and breath of the inner-city agglomeration through storytelling.
The work is an extension of this versatile artist, it’s an honest visual narrative which includes a mix of natural talent, formal education, raw emotion with a sharp urban edge, and a strong street art aesthetic. The visual commentary in his artwork includes a compelling range of work expressing a wide range from as far back as his playful Jr. High School sense of humor days, or an eclectic satirical spin on daily life-daily living, to a more quantitative and powerful social and political perspective.
His current body of work has been based on exploration in ceramics which include pieces composed of hand cast miniature brick walls set off with a graffiti style amid visual symbols which he extracts and extends from the familiar. These often contain hidden messages, important cultural or social representations meant to engage the curious onlooker. The skulls are also hand cast, many of them contain imagery as well. The crowns are regal imbued with gleaming luster finishes, multiple layers of glazes and incorporating his favored mixed media aspect by utilizing acrylics and spray paints. The skulls that he creates are both a challenge and a lot of fun at the same time for him personally, due to the scientific aspects of ceramic media in general.
The effort that this gifted artist has put out into the universe has manifested into many honors and awards including selection as an Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award, an Indiana Arts Commission, On-Ramp: Creative Career Accelerator Participant and a recent Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Accomplishments such as these have helped to bring his creations further into the arts mainstream as well as through participation in a number of juried exhibitions across the country. His work is now held in private and corporate collections.
Gee, has also now come to the realization that he should be more vocal as an artist, and in addition to creating distinctive artworks he recently began facilitating a weekly “Monday 2 Monday,” Motivational Monday campaign on social media in 2018.
Indian City Weather
Performing Arts: Music
The band was born when drummer Tyler Bayne and spoken word artist Niq Askren merged their two-piece hip hop assemblage with a guitar duo comprised of Joe Cohen and Jonah Crouch. “I brought our little hip-hop project into their dueling acoustic guitar stuff and it started taking shape from there,” Bayne says as he details the band’s earliest manifestation. “We’d play really low volume acoustic stuff, and Niq would rap and do spoken word pieces over it. Eventually, we decided to start a full band and we brought in a friend of mine from high school, Danny Finch.” Finch, ICW’s eldest member at 24 years, brings the group’s only real source of previous band experience with past bouts in pop-punk bands Fat and The Midget Ticklers. Around that same time, Joshua Neese joined the band to handle singing responsibilities supplemental to Askren’s calm raps. Although guitarist Joe Cohen recorded the EP with Indian City Weather, he eventually quit to pursue other interests and was replaced by the band’s longtime friend Dillon Mitchell.
When Indian City Weather was ready to hit the studio earlier this spring, they reached out to Tyler Watkins, bassist for Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, who operates Queensize Studios in downtown Indianapolis. ICW’s time there (four days of tracking and two days of mixing, spread out over the course of two months) was a memorable experience for the six studio novices; the closing song on the EP, “State Avenue”, is even named for the street where the studio is located.
Bayne considers the band privileged to have worked with such a distinguished musician as Watkins. “He produced, mixed, and mastered our EP, so his hands are all over it,” Bayne explains. “He’s continued to be kind of our designated Yoda, giving us advice regarding almost everything we’re doing right now.” Watkins cites the skill level of the young music makers as a major deciding factor in working with them. “A group of talented musicians and an introverted poet approached me with open minds,” he says. “Also, I’m a sucker for polite weirdos.”
Graphic Arts; Multi Arts; Performing Arts: Music; Visual Arts: Crafts, Film, Graphic Arts, Illustration, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Works on paper
Dreamer, analog junkie, artist, collector.
I’I’m an Indianapolis based artist, illustrator and self-publisher with a focus on astronomical art and space travel.
I’m all about empowering others through art, music, DIY/Zine culture, and comics! I hope to encourage others to be curious, explore the world around them, and embrace science.
I have taught bass guitar and zine making for Indianapolis Girls Rock camp, instructed art courses for Forever Fit Summer Camp, and led workshops on zine making and rubber stamp creation for Indianapolis’ Gluestick Festival. Even though I never received a degree in art, I love to paint watercolors and write/draw comics on the daily. I always have a sketchbook and you’ll probably see me drawing in it while at the pub.
When I’m not making art and zines, I enjoy reading, urban sketching, going on adventures with Vyvyan (the wonder pup) and playing bass/singing in a few punk bands.
Organizing INDPLS Zine Fest
Performing Arts; Visual Arts: Painting
A single moment. An essential unit of measurement by which all life is divisible. Collected and condensed cross-sections of captured time, archived yet dynamic. They become the residue of life.
Few moments become quantifiable elements. These definitive moments, saturated with emotion and intensity, sear our memory and influence the rest of our lives. The forced reality numbs our senses and distorts perceptions. Somehow at these moments, all stands still, the substance of time and space become an altogether different composition. The conscience slips, raw sensations grow stronger, and impressions become far more potent. The magnitude of this moment is intoxicating.
My paintings reflect upon these moments. Fuzzy recollections, regurgitated years later, attempt to measure what transpired in this single fragment of time. Struggles in the process evoke the struggles of life’s experience. Dialogue is formed, questioned, corrupted and transformed throughout the process. The visible noise of life collects as indefinable information in the layers of paint.
Performing Arts: Music
Because of love of all kinds of music, I have always enjoyed being the Swiss army knife of whatever creative project I am involved in.
-I compose customized music for independent films or commercial projects.
-I regularly perform with a wide variety of bands (event bands, original pop/rock projects, jazz combos, etc).
-I am a Music Director for various events and fundraisers around the Indianapolis area.
-I am a songwriter utilizing numerous influences and technology.
-I have arranged and recorded hundreds of songs, in both the independent and commercial world.
-I work on “both sides of the board” at numerous recording studios around the Midwest.
-I am fluent with Finale, Reason, Abelton Live, Final Draft, a student of Pro Tools
-I am also a screenwriter
Performing Arts: Music
A Bagga Trouble
Live Music Traversing all realms of Time & Genre
Songs you haven’t heard in awhile and songs you heard for the first time today.
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