Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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.
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.
Posted by Jimmy Danko at 12:58 AM