Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Sketchbook Entry

Sketch of the Day 10-20-2009: Casa Rosada

A balmy Tuesday.

The sun is warm.
Reading Edward Abbey,
Monkey Wrench Gang.
Wanting to burn down billboards
and desert mountain roadtrip.
I want to paint rebellion on suits
and dance to banjo blues.
Heading out into the city soon.
The concrete abyss.
Museum bound via subway.
Past a big pink house (Casa Rosada),
to put new noises in my head.
- Jimmy Danko 10-20-2009

We took a trip to the Fortabat museum in Buenos Aires the other day. The collection, which among others, includes the likes of Rodin, Dali, Klimt, Chagall and Warhol. My favorite piece of the day though was by an Argentine artist named Carlos Alonso. It was a portrait of Van Gogh on a bright red background called La Oreja (The Ear).

my latest sketchbook and favorite pen

I've been thinking lately about how I'd like to post my blog entries more frequently, at least on a weekly basis, so today (above) begins a new idea. In addition to my normal entries (that help save the world from imploding), I've decided to start posting some of the journal entries/sketches that find their way to the pages of my homemade coil bound books. Kinda like a weekly stream of consciousness.

Almost always I have a sketchbook with me. With exception of the metal coil, they're completely reconstituted from materials destined for recycling bins at the last advertising agency I worked at. Over the 3 years span I spent there I saved enough scraps to make almost 2 dozens sketchbooks, most of which sit waiting to be filled. When filling them the one rule I have is this: try to remember there aren't any rules. The cover of the current one is made up of pieces of newspapers from some of the cities I was in during a trip back to the States in July. Combined with a couple of text files on my computer, the pages inside exist as parking spaces for the traffic jams of thoughts that pass through my mind, well...the ones that both resonate and refrain from incriminating me anyway. The process of putting them down somewhere allows me to let go of them upstairs, making room for new crazy shit to fill up the space. I can come back and reference them anytime, but I don't have to mentally carry them with me. A way of putting order to the chaos. Method to the waves of madness.

So this is the first of hopefully many glorious and magical world-saving sketchbook entries to come. Thanks for reading. Hope you liked it.


Currently Reading:
Monkey Wrench Gang
by Edward Abbey

Currently Listening To:
Song: Evelyn
Artist: Gregory Alan Isakov (myspace) (iTunes)

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


BLOGitse said...

'Thanks for reading. Hope you liked it."
You're welcome.
I did like it!
I have done similar sketchbook covers, to look more personal, 'me-looking'.

Have a good time in Malba! you tweeted about it...

Jimmy Danko said...

Glad you liked it. I just posted another one today. The Malba mission got aborted but I'll get there soon.