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Artist Statement

Official Artist Statement
Travis Johnson (2015)

I began experimenting with audio and digital image manipulation as a way to document my experiences in life. Inspired by recursive patterns in nature, I soon realized that these systems parallel human consciousness. Since then, my work has been focused on my personal interpretation of these systems. As I refined my skills, I started taking my past work and incorporating it into new pieces, using current technology as it was made available to me. As I developed my body of work, I started creating environments for people to go where they could view, as well as be an active part of the work.

I believe that every person has a natural creative drive and one of my primary goals is to encourage other people to develop their unique artistic identity. I do this by setting up spaces where I give people a chance to interact with my art pieces along with giving them access to technology they may not have used before. My role in these experiences is by utilizing an assortment of mediums including live AV and DJ sets, canvas and vinyl, sculpture and installation. The interaction between my work and the viewer creates a divine confluence of energy which is the driving force behind my creative process.

New Mix [Futurebass]

DJ Aesthetics – Recluse [futurebass]

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https://soundcloud.com/illustrain/recluse

Visionary Art & Bass Showcase

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ConceptFlow and Visionary CrossFit Gym and Gallery will be hosting a truly unique collection of visionary, psychedelic, street, and sports poster art by over 16 local and famous artists including works by visionary artists Alex Grey, Android Jones, Mark Henson and Amanda Sage; street artists Shepard Fairey (“Obey”) and Justin McAllister (“Sharpie Artist”); plus a collection of MMA Fighter art by award-winning artists like Richard T Slone. Local artists include Carrie Wachter, Sarah White, Heather Montgomery, Michelle McDowell Smith, Miquel Kendrick and more.

Music to make you dance, gift shop selling original art and limited edition prints and cards, and live art performance by local artists. We will be hanging out at the gym all day, so stop by to see this amazing collection of art!

Music from:

Aesthetics
Dillon Rose
Jay Lang (x2)
Cluster
Adikt
Illterror
Tony D
Green Avenjah
Holden Howard
Black Jeezus

Music will showcase a variety of local talent played diverse genres of electronic music. Heavy on the drum & bass & jungle.

Live Painting:

Carrie Wachter
Sarah White
G Govinda De
Darlene Muto
Sarah Kristen Watts
Amber Rose
Jessie Hughes
Travis Johnson
Joy Carmen
Colby Stencel
Nicole Rerra
Carlos Masquida
(and many more!)

Live ceramic sculpting: Ilyusha Mann

– This is a FREE show! –

For more information on the gallery, find Visionary CrossFit on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Visionary-CrossFit/

Photos from event:

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DJ Aesthetics Rooftop Set
(Free: Feb. 25 @ 9pm).

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Every Year, Lake Worth Downtown lays host to one of the areas most original events… The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.
Join the local Underground family as we party all day and give support to the local art and music scene. This is a great chance for all the local talent to receive National & International Recognition, with THOUSANDS of people wandering the streets with full media coverage and things to do all day over town.

The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival: http://www.facebook.com/Streetpaintingfestival – And Every year, we crash the event from the Rooftop of Kavasutra with EDM 12 hours each day, for a party of massive proportion.

ROOFTOP PARTY – Feb. 25th – DJ Aesthetics @ 9pm
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/263035437100303/

★ This entire event will be Broadcasted LIVE on www.atroxnoctis.com

KAVASUTRA.. check it…
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★ NO ENTRY FEEs ★ NO COVER CHARGE ★ ALL AGES ★

AND A FREE SILENT DISCO!

★ This year in addition to the Rooftop Performance, we have an Outside Party Bus in the Back. This allows us to play heavy bass driven music without scaring people and melting faces…

★ SILENT DISCO BATTLE CONFIRMED! OPEN DECKS AVAILABLE FOR ANY DJ who wnats to throw down. Details below. Brought to you by Gravity Ent.

★ We also have a special SECRET GUEST HEADLINER that cannot be mentioned due to contract clauses, but you will know when you see him, or her…. hmmm

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★Shell Specials ALL DAY★
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★Live face and Body Painting★
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Clear Ride

Life is about achieving the most direct route to the cleanest source.
Needlepoint at the top, keeping balance through to the bottom.

The only way to survive is to document your work properly,
otherwise you’ll fall into the capitalistic monopoly.
I never thought I was a writer, till I got the flow,
keep the wave moving, let everything go.
Mom knows, dad knows, so do you…
let us all work together, we will pull through.
Everyone does it, create energy and flow,
the network’s in motion, get involved with a show.
Think crystals are weird? They help you focus.
Aquafina twists the system with reverse osmosis.
You may think you don’t have the energy, but you actually do.
Krishna, Mario, Yoschie, whoever helped you.
Keep your friends close, because they’re going to fade,
into the divine recursive daze.
The cleaner you are, the higher you rise,
sync with the cycle, you’ll be in for a surprise.
The DJ’s the ninja, the MC the pirate,
we must come together, let our rhythm inspire.
I just got temptation put in front of my face,
but I’ll continue to be in this wonderful place.
Drum & bass was the beginning, now dubstep and dolphins,
The Grateful Dead is about to be in their coffin.
Lyrics and language have evolved over time,
that’s exactly how I’m able to spit out this rhyme.
There is no word that can describe our panguish,
every one of us goes through pain and anguish.

We must work together.
Through technology, art, family, and friends.

If you have any new idea, write it down…
innovation is needed to manifest the new sound.
Some might mistake you for not being humble,
continue evolving – and don’t get in trouble.
The only way to change is by being pure.
Information is accessible, right at your door.
2012 just means we’ll align with our sun,
hopefully we can all achieve equilibrium.
Technology makes it easy to lie, cheat, and steal.
I’m sorry for my faults, but lets keep it real.
If you get hit by a car and it’s the start of your trip,
we have a global connection, try not to slip.
It’s not about the party, it’s about the vibe,
take hold of the energy – and let the beat ride.

2008 <-"TEJ"-> (Rothbury, MI)

Basscamp: Boca Raton

Since Basscamp in Gainesville has been such a huge success and we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary coming up, I am finally ready to announce the new Basscamp: Boca Raton!!

Final details are still being worked out, but it will be held on a weekly or bi-weekly basis at a really great venue called Hooligans (36 SE 3rd St. Boca Raton, FL 33432). Hooligans has a proper sound setup and intelligent light system that will be able to handle everything we have to throw at it. We are still going to try and keep it primarily on vinyl, but allow digital depending on the artist.

I plan on having a soft opening sometime in the next month and then the next show after that we will be bringing in a few headliners to really rock the place and show what we can do. Since the night is still in its infancy, we are looking for people to help and share their passions in a collaborative creative space. Let me know what you thing would be cool to help push the limit on traditional shows. We’re been playing with the ideas of multiple projector systems with interactive sensors as well as our good old live painting and LED hula-hoops. Lets keep pushing the energy – you guys are the ones that do it!

So if you’ve wanted to do some live painting, learn how to graffiti, play with some new technology, or just create something crazy that we can share in a loving and constructive performance environment then lets get this going! I’m extremely excited to see what we can come up with.

Much love!

Andres Amador: Beach Paintings

After getting back from touring the north east side of the country, I’ve met many influential people. While I was at Rothbury, I stumbled upon a couple sitting in on the ground with a large array of postcards containing the most beautiful pictures of giant landscape paintings. These pieces seem to be done by either spreading contrasting sand colors and shaping by hand, or using large beach rakes to give the sand a rough texture.

Although I didn’t get to speak to the artist, Andres Amador, as much as some of the other artists I met at Rothbury, I would like to share with you some of my favorite images that I have found of his work. Check out the website at the bottom for more information about Andres and his work.

View the website of Andres Amador

Eyes are the windows to the soul

They say that the eyes are the window to ones soul. Can you tell anything about a person from looking only into their eyes? If you look deep enough into a person’s eyes, sometimes you can see the whole universe in an infinite strange loop of your perception.

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Lots of research is being done in the field of human vision and figuring out how each person differs in their own perception of the world. Below are some beautiful eye images as well as some of the first images of retina cells in a living person.

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“These color-coded images of living human retinas show the wide diversity in the number of cones sensitive to different colors. The image on the left shows the retina of a person who has few red-sensing cones, and the one on the right is of someone with far more red cones. The pictures are blurry because that’s the best the new imaging process could manage.” – Univ. of Rochester

As they took pictures of the thousands of cells responsible for detecting color in the deepest layer of the eye, scientists found that our eyes are wired differently. Yet we all — with the exception of the colorblind — identify colors similarly.

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Eye images by: Rankin

I also wanted to share with you a very popular photograph from my favorite National Geographic cover of all time. Some people have a presence that is you cannot explain. You can only feel it.

National Geographic Eyes Photo

Photo by: Steve McCurry

Welcome to the Flow

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Conceptknot is now ConceptFlow! I finally have a streamlined new site that allows me to easily publish new stuff and keep you guys up to date with current events and completed (and work in progress) client projects. I also plan on showcasing my academic studio art portfolio and some sculpture and gallery pieces I’ve been working on lately. Enjoy!