All posts filed under: Spotlight

May Spotlight: Zac Posen

May 14 / 18 Hello and good afternoon…Monday is here and that means it’s a new week. This week will be plenty busy, plenty busy. First up, designer Zac Posen is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. This name should be familiar. Posen has been around for a decade and continues to work his craft through sheer determination. I remember when he first stepped into the fashion spotlight. From Noami Campbell, Claire Danes, Natalie Portman, and many more, who wore his creations, Posen has created quite a portfolio. You could say that designing clothes was in his DNA. He interned with Nicole Miller while he was a sophomore, at 16 he enrolled in a pre-college program at Parsons The New School of Design. After graduating from Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, Posen was mentored by curator Richard Martin at The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for three years. By 18, he was accepted into  London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design at the University of the Arts London for their womenswear degree program. By 2000, Zac’s work caught the …

Top Three Shadow Spotlights for 2017

December 11 / 17 This week I’m pulling out some favorite posts for 2017. Let’s start with Shadow Spotlight. I’ve looked at the spotlights for the past eleven months and here are the top three spotlights that are my favorites.   COCO CHANEL     CHANCE THE RAPPER     PAT MCGRATH   There is more Best of 2017 all this week. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, be blessed!     Image source: Clipart Library

Shadow Spotlight: Cardi B.

November 13 / 17 A new wave of hip-hop artists has come and put their collective stamp in the music industry. Some have managed to swim, while others have drowned. Belcalis Almanzar or Cardi B. is one of those who is swimming right along the sharp waves with aplomb. According to Billboard, she is now the first female rapper to chart her very first three entries in the top 10 positions of the list, simultaneously, on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart. You may remember her from the sixth season of  VH1 reality tv series, Love & Hip-Hop: New York. Raised in the Highbridge neighborhood in the South Bronx section of New York City, Cardi B. became an exotic dancer at the age of 19. By 2013, her videos became viral on social media through Vine and Instaram. Cut to 2015, when Cardi B. made her musical debut on Shaggy‘s remix to his single ‘Boom Boom‘, with Popcaan. That same year, she made her music video debut, ‘Cheap Ass Weave’, her rendition of Lady Leshurr’s ‘Queen’s Speech 4’. …

Shadow Spotlight: Lee Pace

October 9 / 17 Hey everyone. Hope every one of you guys enjoyed your weekend, even though it was short for some of us. Lee Pace is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. Now, if you don’t recognize the name or face, you should remember him as Ned the Piemaker in ABC’s Pushing Daisies. Born in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Pace has graced the big and small screen for the past fifteen years. His breakout role was in the 2003 film Soldier’s Girl as Calpernia Addams, a transgender showgirl. He won a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor and was nominated for several other awards, including a Golden Globe Award. In 2004, Pace was in the short-lived television series, Wonderfalls, as Aaron Tyler. The show was co-created by Bryan Fuller. Fuller cast Pace in the lead role in the fantasy television series Pushing Daisies as Ned, which debuts in October 2007 till June 2009. Pace was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, …

Shadow Spotlight / January 2017: Michel Montecrossa

Jan. 9 / 17 Morning! Michel Montecrossa is this month’s Shadow Spotlight. This is a multifaceted artist. Entrepreneur, author, musician, painter, filmmaker, futurist, consciousness researcher, and founder of Mirapuri, the City of Peace and Futureman in Europe. All rolled in one. His career in all fields have span six decades and at the age of 71, he is continuing his creative journey. Born in 1945 in Vienna, Montecrossa grew up in a creative environment. His father was a violin player from Memphis, Tennessee and his mother was a choir singer in Vienna. It’s no surprise that during his childhood, Montecrossa was already into art and later music. He studied at the Muchen Studio Art School of Klaus Waki Zollner. By the late sixties and ongoing, Montecrossa’s career expanded into art, music, filmmaking, even becoming an author. In 1969, Monstecrossa developed and established Mirapuri, the City of Peace and Futuremen in Europe with French artist and consciousness researcher Mira Alfassa. Paintings & Drawings Vol. 1 and 2 are published works of Montecrossa’s drawing and paintings from 1969-2012 …

Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015: Kara Walker

12.14.15 Good Morning! Since it’s the last month of the year, I’ve decided to shake a few things up in the Spotlight Artist post. I’ve combed through this year’s Spotlight posts and one name has been on my mind lately and she has been featured in this blog twice, most recently May of this year. Yes I know, but I think she’s just cool awesome. Kara Walker is the Shadowbox’s Spotlight for 2015. I chose her because I find her work fascinating and interesting. She’s known for creating paper-cut silhouettes, which represented the South. Her works explored racism, sexuality, gender, along with identity and violence. She’s no stranger to controversy, but that means people are interested, right? As always I let the artists’ works speak for themselves……   Here is a look at her recent work A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino …

Spotlight Artist: Native American Indian Heritage Month

November 9, 2015 Morning creative peeps! Everyone enjoyed their weekend? Fabulous! It’s going to get pretty busy this week. November is Native American Indian Heritage Month and last year Shadowbox showcased work from Native American artists. This year Shadowbox is featuring four artists.   THERESA PADEN     ARTHUR AMIOTTE     HELEN HARDIN     EMMI WHITEHORSE   Come back Wednesday for more when Shadowbox features Native American writers. Enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed!       featured image unknown. Other images courtesy of Theresa Paden, Arthur Amiotte, Helen Hardin, and Emmi Whitehorse. chiaroscurosantafe.com, http://www.dailypainters.com, http://www.joslyn.org, indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com

Spotlight Artists for October 2015 are……..

October 13, 2015 Hello all! It seems likes it’s been a while. Instead of focusing on one artist, I’ve decided to get four, yep, four artists who specialize in the horror, the grotesque, the disturbing, and the downright creepy…..   Chris Kuchta http://www.horrorartist.com Featured image also by Chris Kuchta       Michael Whelan http://www.michaelwhelan.com       Wayne Barlowe waynebarlowe.wordpress.com       Joshua Hoffine   http://www.joshuahoffine.com   I hope these works of art don’t keep you up tonight…..enjoy your Tuesday! Be blessed always!       featured and other images courtesy of http://www.horrorartist.com, unobtainium13.com, driveinhorrorshow.com, http://www.dana-mad.ru, dailydragon.dragoncon.org, infinispace.net, http://www.pastemagazine.com, http://www.abc.net.au, and http://www.chicagonow.com