Monday, January 19, 2009

Changin' Times

There were many reasons I moved to Argentina last July, one the biggest ones being to open up my own art studio/gallery. Like many people, we've walked an interesting road as a result of the crash of the economy in the States. For awhile, our plans here seemed to shift by the day keeping life ever-exciting. Even now they are anything but solid. We have learned to hold them loosely.

During this time, despite my studio/gallery being put on hold indefinitely, and feeling a bit like Tom Hanks in The Money Pit with our apartment remodel here, I have still managed to get my brushes wet while making sure to tag my Gorilla Sticker whenever and wherever I had the chance. It's been awhile now since I've shared any new work, but I felt compelled to put this one out there today. It's called Changin' Times Revisited. The black and white photograph I used as reference was taken of Bob Dylan in January of 1964 (45 years ago) to promote his album 'The Times They Are A-Changin'. At the time the U.S. was just two months removed from the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and on the verge of sending its first combat units to Vietnam.

Changin' Times Revisited
70cm x 90cm - Acrylic and oil on canvas



(I will soon have limited edition prints of Changin' Times available for $50.
If you're interested in a print or the original piece please send me an email at jimmy@jimmydanko.com)



(Original Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)




Today, on Martin Luther King Day, we stand on the doorstep of a new era. It is a new time, not just for the U.S., but for the world as a whole. Even though I reside on another continent, in another hemisphere, the sounds of what is transpiring now in America can be heard echoing in the streets here. They flow through the newspapers. In taxi cabs and on TV's. There are even some Argentines throwing parties to celebrate our transition of power. They are ready to hold our country and it's policies in another light. As an American I'd say many of us have been waiting eight years for this, but really, the energy that flows now runs much deeper than a mere 8 years. There are people, like the Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, who have been waiting generations, and that is something alone worth taking pause for.

Currently Reading:
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Currently Listening To:
Song: Sky is Falling
Artist: Blackalicious

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