STACY PANTS is a beacon of love, light, and color. She seems to flow with the energy of the universe, leaving nothing but beautiful art and smiles in her wake. Her work is fantastically visual, but also deeply spiritual.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Stacy Pants was always destined to be an artist. As she puts it, “Art has always been the path.” She has been drawing her whole life and has always been involved with the artistic community. Her first major calling came when she was taking a college life drawing class. She ditched class to do a live painting session. Someone inquired about the price of her painting. She didn’t think they would really purchase it, so she jokingly told them $300. They bought the painting and she decided then that doing her art live and being face-to-face with her audience was the way for her.
“Live art will do something for you that you could never expect. You will never know how you make people feel.”-SP
Pants’ trademark style is a mix of anime, comics, and graffiti that she has developed over the past five years. She lays down layers of vivid colors and psychedelic textures for her backgrounds. Her subject matter is often feminine and sensual. “I like drawing females because the form is so fluid. And both male and female can relate to them.” Every subject she draws has a distinct personality. Her pieces tell clear stories that are personal and relatable, sometimes including poetry that taps further into the psyche. She knows how to tap into the vulnerability of her own feelings as well as her viewers’.
Stacy Pants connects deeply with others. Talking and painting with people is how she spends most of her days. She travels to tons of festivals and art shows to share her visions.
“I see so many faces in different people. I’ve met the same person in 300 different people. Humanness is the connection.”- SP
For the past year and a half, she has been trekking the country in her van, making her way to Colorado to set some roots down for a bit. Her art is abundant and she has shows and festivals lined up throughout the year. It’s not hard to find a piece of her work or see her paint live. Just beware, once you have a Stacy Pants piece, you will be addicted.
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Prayer of the Empath
You Make Me Sea Sick
Empath Prayer pt. 1
ALEX SENNA is street artist with a style much unlike conventional graffiti. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Senna has always enjoyed painting in the countryside, but you can find his work all over the world. His large-scale black and white murals capture specific moments in time. Their striking minimalism and contrast against the cityscape makes them impossible to ignore.
Senna has been drawing in black and white his whole life. In fact, he is color blind and relates to form rather than color. He has never been professionally trained, but has spent 10 years developing his signature style. When he began to practice street art, he attempted to emulate the traditional style of graffiti. “I thought that to paint in the street, you have to look like graffiti, you have to be colorful. But it wasn’t that good.” After the realization that street art is not limited, he started painting drawings from his sketchbook.
“The drawing is real. It’s honest.”-AS
Senna’s characters are representations of the same person at different moments in time. Essentially every person that he draws is the same person at various points in life. They are inspired by his personal experiences, but he also draws from others’ experiences of the world. The subjects are often melancholic or subdued in their expressions. This is not due to sadness, but to emphasize the beauty of the mundane. Oftentimes you will see birds perched around or on the figures, whispering expressions of love, indicated by the hearts in thought bubbles. Last year, he began to add shadows that stretch from the subjects, implying a very specific time of day and adding another dimension to the desolate tone of his work.
“I like to do something that has a message.” –AS
Senna’s pieces are a reflection of all of us. The scenes illustrate plots that we can all understand or have experienced ourselves. It’s like looking into a mirror and seeing yourself along with the whole world staring back. His work unites people without speaking a word.
Photographer Credits TOP TO BOTTOM:
Alessia di Risio
Marcelo Junior da Silva
Alessia di Risio
G-SMOOTH is a decorated veteran of the Midwest hip-hop scene. With over 20 years of writing and 18 years of performing, he’s made his mark on audiences from Kansas City to Las Vegas. His lyricism and style are captivating and his determination is unwavering.
G-SMOOTH started writing at the age of 14. His first song, entitled “Break ‘em Off Something” was one of 8 songs on his first mixtape recorded in his basement. Since then, it’s been an inspiring journey to spread his talent, positivity, and experiences. At 16, he performed his first song at a Tech N9ne show. “I wasn’t even old enough to get in the club. They happened to let us in just to do the song then we had to leave.” In fact, Tech N9ne and other artists on the Strange Music label like Brotha Lynch Hung have supported and toured with G-SMOOTH throughout his career, keeping the spirit of Kansas City hip-hop alive.
“I wasn’t even old enough to get in the club. They happened to let us in just to do the song then we had to leave.” –G
In 2004, he released his first album, Lyrical Mindstate. He went on to release Uplift Vol. 1&2 in 2009 and 2013, respectively. The response and praise of these albums led to a slew of tours and collaborations with artists including E-40 and Stevie Stone. G-SMOOTH has been non-stop killing the stage and the studio. In 2012 he received the Kansas City Entertainment Award for BEST HIP-HOP ARTIST. Four years later, he won 2016 Kansas City Music Awards BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE.
His most recent album, Evolution Process, now available on iTunes, Spotify, and Tidal (links below). The album was recorded at Chapman Studios over the course of a year. At the time, G-SMOOTH didn’t have a project, but a studio member wanted to record him and gave him the opportunity to record for free at one of the best studios in KC. So he responded with an exceptionally potent track list.
The impact G-SMOOTH has on his community is revolutionary. Through his words and his actions, he unites people of all races, genders, ages, and backgrounds. “UPLIFT IS THE MOVEMENT” is his motto. In 2010, he created his KC-based apparel company, Uplift Clothing, allowing friends, family, and fans to join the movement just by looking fresh. He aims to uplift the individuals and the communities around him, and he succeeds. G-SMOOTH’s passion and positivity flow freely through his music and through his personality. He is truly one of the most genuine artists in the game right now.
“I just stuck around and did what I was supposed to do, which was just be me.” –G
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THOMAS GIESEKE is an illustrator and painter hailing from Kansas City. His body of work is boisterous and magical and rowdy, and sometimes a bit naughty. He pulls you into his world where anything can appear and most of the time, it’s not what you’re expecting. Viewing his paintings is like diving into another dimension, a much more fun dimension.
Gieseke grew up in the 60s, before most of the suburbs were developed in KC. So he would spend his time roaming nature and documenting the various species of insects and plants in his sketchbooks. His fascination with organic shapes and textures is a huge influence on his painting style. Other influences that shaped his work were comic books and magazines like National Lampoon. He also remembers Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, who was a hot rod designer. He would hire illustrators to draw promotional t-shirts featuring characters he called “Weirdos”. A couple of those illustrators were Robert Williams and Ed Newton, famous for their strange and intensely energetic drawings. Their styles were hugely influential on Geiseke.
Observation seems to be Gieseke’s super power. His understanding of the intricacies of various creatures and plants allows him to create hyper-surreal characters and landscapes. He gets his ideas from what he calls ‘Twilight Dreaming’. At night, he hovers in the moment right in between asleep and awake and has trained himself to observe the imagery that comes to him. If he finds something, he quickly sketches it down and comes to it the next day to see if he has anything. Gieseke has always been intrigued by how things work and he loves to build. He has the same approach when creating his art. Each and every space on the canvas has its own side story. He builds and adds until not a square inch is left without detail.
“I like the detail because it pulls people in and I love watching people’s reaction as they discover things.” -TG
The commentary behind his subject matter is endlessly entertaining. His keen sense of humor and ability to translate his dreamscapes to a visual reality is a rare combination. He can tap into his viewers’ imaginations and allow them to dream with him. Thomas Gieseke is a wacky, but very endearing man who reminds us through his art not to take life so seriously.
“People have asked me, ‘How do you want to be remembered?’. Frankly, I don’t give a shit. It was the process for me. I’d be flattered, I suppose, but I’ll be dead so I won’t really know.” –TG
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The Extrovert Leaves the Introvert Acrylic on canvas. 30”x 30”
I Was Here Acrylic on canvas. 32”x 12”
Lost in Time Acrylic in canvas. 24”x 30”
Mar de Marte Acrylic on canvas. 30”x 30”
Mon Oncle Monocle Acrylic on canvas 30”x 30”
Pie and Eye in the Sky Acrylic on canvas. 14”x 14”
Xenoxeric Acrylic on canvas 30”x 30”
David Weindorf is an abstract painter residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His compositions are immediately identifiable by their color traits. The palettes are often very vibrant, but harmonious, making for an energetic and surreal experience. With no professional training, Weindorf has been painting and drawing for over 30 years. He developed his style by experimentation with color, layering, and unique materials.
His compositions come as he paints. First, he lays foundation of colors, lets it dry, and then returns back with layering and intricate parts. If it doesn’t flow, he takes a break for a while. “I won’t do art just to do art. I don’t want to do quantity, I want to do quality.” He is very impulsive and spur of the moment in his process, often painting without an end result in mind. He lets the painting take on a feeling and form of its own. “A.D.D. is what it is,” he says. Obviously, his sense of humor matches his talent as an artist.
Often he will use vintage watercolors dating back from the 1930s to the 1970s that he sources from various second-hand sales. He adds paint thinner to revive the paints. The resulting colors have more character than modern-day hues, he says. Sometimes he will mix vintage and new colors, depending on the desired effect. Most of his pieces also incorporate black and white textured layers, which he creates with acrylics.
This inspiration behind Weindorf’s subject matter derives from his own heritage. His ancestors were Scandinavian Vikings. He draws from their linguistics and other primitive symbol-based languages such as Egyptian hieroglyphics. The crude styles of these ancient languages are translated in Weindorf’s pieces through his unconstrained brushstrokes. The freedom of his movements against sophisticated color palettes and powerful compositions result in modern, compelling stories.
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Elephant Man 2017. Acrylic enamel and watercolor on canvas. 40”x 30”
Manta Ray 2017. Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas. 80”x 42”
Polynesian Pig Man 2016. Acrylic enamel and watercolor on canvas. 20” x 16”
Timeline to Wealth 2017. Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas. 30”x 20”
Constellations 2017. Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas. 40”x 30”
Three Take a Stand 2017. Acrylic enamel and watercolor on canvas. 24”x 24”
Spirals and Circles 2017. Acrylic enamel and watercolor on cardboard. 24”x 30”
Blue Voyage 2017. Acrylic enamel, stain and watercolor on canvas. 36”x 96”
Wilson 2017. Acrylic enamel and watercolor on clay board. 20”x 16”