Monday, June 29, 2009

And so it begins... (evil laughs)

The time has come for me to begin sharing my artwork in a much bigger way. This week I am officially releasing the Orange Gorilla from his cage and out into the world.

The first part of that release starts now with the roll out of my new Jimmy Danko Orange Gorilla website. Check it out.

The second part of the release is a part I hope you all to be part of. Almost exactly one year ago I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina. During that year's time I've helped design and build not just our home, but a gallery for my art on the top floor of a 24 story building. We call it our Piece Of the Sky - Gallery 24B. This Friday I invite you all to join us as we open the doors to it for the first time.

In preparation for this occasion I've created the very first Dank T-Shirt - Necesito Más Mono (I Need More Monkey). It's available on my website right now (U$S15 - Mens & Womens: click here to purchase) or you can get one directly from me here at the gallery (50 pesos - Mens & Womens).

If a magical monkey t-shirt wasn't enough awesomeness for you, Friday I will also be unveiling a few brand new paintings. It's going to be an insane night. Not just a night to share my art and the Orange Gorilla, but a night for Annie and I to share what we've created here in this big crazy South American city. So please join us to throw one back and toast to a new chapter. Invite your friends. Invite your friends' friends. Spread the word to anyone you think might want to come check it out. We want to see our place bouncing and alive with friends and strangers alike.

Special Thanks:
I want to say thank you to all of you who have supported, guided and encouraged me in the pursuit of my artistic endeavors. What ever doors I walk through, I walk through with your energy in my thoughts and in my bones.

Peace and much ape love,
Jimmy Danko


*Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested in checking out my artwork or coming to Opening Ni
ght. Muchas Gracias.

For more of how we ended up in Buenos Aires check out the first post of Harmony and Dissonance.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gallery 24B

Since the beginning of May I've been holding the day July 3rd in my head as the launch of Gallery 24B. What is Gallery 24B?

When we moved to Buenos Aires way back on July 5th of 2008, our intentions were to open a joint yoga and art studio. The months that followed had us looking at one business space after another while simultaneously learning in detail about the mystifying bureaucracies that go behind running a business here. It wasn't long into our search that we purchased a home. Well not really a home per say, but an empty space on top of a 24 story building, just two blocks from the Congress building in the heart of Buenos Aires.

Formally an office for one of the yellow and black taxi companies, the space had no hot water, no kitchen, no shower. It was a single empty room full of pillars, half-painted walls, a concrete floor, left over construction refuse, and a couple of old taxi signs. What it did have though is an amazing amount of potential and a view of the city that was unlike any we had ever seen. For me it was a blank canvas waiting to be painted and turned into something more, and it's elevation above the city offered solitude and escape from the frenzied buzz of the streets below.

In September (2008) we closed escrow and began the remodel. As the year progressed we searched and searched for a business space to lease but to no avail, and then it happened. The U.S. economy flipped upside down leaving the world both shaken and stirred. For awhile we weren't even sure how we stood in the volatile aftermath. As the dust settled we began step back from it all and eventually made the decision to refocus and rescale our attack. Instead of having a yoga and art studio somewhere in the city we decided to turn the place that we bought, apartment 24B, into both our home and a gallery space. Gallery 24B.

At the beginning of May, with all the major work of the remodel behind us we picked Friday, July 3rd as opening night, and since then have been working both day and night in preparation for it all. The living room area has been my makeshift studio where the midnight oil has been bringing a couple of new pieces to life. Ape t-shirts have been designed and are being printed. Paintings are being framed and hung. Gorilla stickers sit ready to disperse in the pockets of patrons in droves. Final touches like painting wood trim and installing terrace lighting are seeing their conclusion. The last bugs are working there way out of the new Jimmy Danko Gorilla Empire website and content is being flowed in (launches in a few days). And last but not least, wine and wine glasses are being ordered to toast to the night.

It's going to be a f@#king awesome night (sorry I got excited). Not just a night to share my art, but a night for Annie and I, partners in crime, to show what we've created here in this big crazy South American city. So keep Friday night July 3rd open. We love to see you here.

I will post all the event details (where, when, etc.) in the next couple of days here on the blog as well as on facebook and anywhere else I can find to spread the Orange Gorilla.

Currently Reading:
Interviews with American Artists by David Sylvester

Currently Listening To:
Song: Tip of the Tongue
Artist: The Donnis Trio (on myspace) (on iTunes)

For more of how we ended up in Buenos Aires check out the first post of Harmony and Dissonance.