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Adam R. Garcia  Director / maker at Portland-based creative studio The Pressure, dungeon mastering, Spelling Bee hosting, electrically boogalooing, prognostication.

Once upon a time, I would hop the fence with my crew and we'd dance at the MN State Fairgrounds for money. In the same spot, years later, to be able to be a part of Soundset and bring 40,000 humans together to celebrate the culture is phenomenal. See you this weekend, Minneapolis. If you see me wigglin', please don't throw change at me. #tbt πŸ“Έ x Van Styles.

One of a bunch of great shots from this weekend's #EMBLEMATICS show. Thanks everyone that rolled through, and check the show for the next two weeks at @yanagidaprojects on Mississippi, if so inclined. 😘 πŸ“Έ : @thomasteal

Last night's #EMBLEMATICS group patch show was a dream. Thanks to all those that came through, hung out and took home some patches. We'll be posting a run-down of the show with more photos soon. βœ¨πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ‘βœ¨

"The reason why you want to be better is the reason why you aren't." - Alan Watts, y'all.

I've been doing art direction / evolving the Soundset Festival identity for nearly a decade now. This year, I worked with a team to create analog video and photos that are abstract, textural, and inspired by the "four elements." We shot me spraying paint, macro shots of records spinning, ink splattered on paper, etc. And to talk to the evolution of the culture, we layered those analog effects over other video and imagery, which created these disruptive effects. It's jarring. It's a little wild. And it's Soundset. The live visuals will be shown on stage on massive LED screens next week. Thank you to the Rhymesayers family. Huge thanks to @petersteineck for the amazing motion work, and @ianjwhitmore for the textural photo and video. See you there.

This saturday, the #EMBLEMATICS show is happening at @yanagidaprojects here in Portland, Oregon. I invited 17 humans to translate a personal story or struggle into an embroidered patch, which we created and will be shown at the show. Come see all 18 of the pieces, read their inspiration and take some patches home with you. Thanks to @ways.means.mfg for facilitating. 6-9pm. See you there. ❀️

This is what "confusing sexual words being spelled" looks like. Tonight is not sex-themed, but it is our monthly Amazing Stumptown Spelling Bee. And I suppose since we are human-beings that procreate via intercourse, most things become sex-themed by default, so maybe it is sex-themed, in a way. Whatever. 7pm sign-up. Dig A Pony. Bee begins at 8pm. With DJ Anton and hosted by yours truly. πŸ“· : @ianjwhitmore ✨

This is a self-portrait my mom gave me a few years back. Tbh I've never seen her in a dress, but I do know that look of confidence, determination and utter bad-assery in those steely eyes. Happy Mothers' Day, y'all.

Good morning.

Made some posters a few years back to share work in a way that felt a little different than standard print promo. Thanks to @sabrinasmelko for the shot! βœ¨πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘βœ¨

One of a grip of artist slides for this year's Soundset Festival. Collab with @petersteineck on motion and @ianjwhitmore on texture photos. Mmmmmmmmm.

Incredibly excited to announce #EMBLEMATICS, a show that's been in the works for months, showcasing 18 custom embroidered patches designed by 18 artists, each with a personal story that accompanies it. The show is on May 20th at Yanagida Projects! Stay tuned for more info coming this week. β€οΈπŸ‘βœŒπŸΌοΈ

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