Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Danko Art Studio - The Alamo

The Bar Below the Studio

Studio LocationStudio Interior #1Studio Interior #2Out the Studio Window
Click on above images to enlarge.

For this past year my art studio has also been known as the living room in our apartment. There are obvious advantages and disadvantages of working at home. On the plus side no one would care if the only thing I wore to work was a feathered headdress and moon boots. On the down side, work and home life have an easy way of blending together making it difficult to focus and/or un-focus.

Last week though we decided to make a change. My canvases and paints now occupy a space I rent 19 blocks away on the 3rd floor of an old building in the neighborhood of Recoleta. The faded yellow room that I now dump my creative revelations and failures into sits atop two flights of worn creaky stairs, and was formerly part of a hostel that, until recently, filled both the second and third floors. As my easels moved into the 10" x 10" (3m x 3m) former dormitory, two simple wooden beds moved out.

In a bit of irony, not only only does my studio reside in a former hostel, but on the first floor lives an old bar owned by Americans called El Alamo. The whole thing has me feeling a bit like Davy Crockett when I head to work each morning.

I've only been here a week, but I have a feeling some good things are gonna come out of this room.

Currently Reading:
Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates
by Tom Robbins

Currently Listening To:
Song: Now We Can See (listen)
Artist: The Thermals (website)

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


a Broad said...

Good luck to you in your new work space !

BLOGitse said...

wow, what a house!
Enjoy your new chapter in life...
I'm curious to know what is that light on the floor? Extra light?
Greetings from Casablanca, Morocco!


Jimmy Danko said...

Thanks, both of you, for the well wishes. Much appreciated. The light on the floor is actually a space heater. It's winter time down here now, and that little guy is enough to keep the studio warm.

BLOGitse said...

How cold is there in this time of year?
We have that sort of lamps in Finland but for faking sun! They are really good. You just sit near the light minimum 20 min in the morning and you feel much better in the winter time. It's really dark then most of the day...


Jimmy Danko said...

I think the average high temp for winter here is around 14C (57F). Pretty mild. It gets cold enough to put a chill in the air some days though. Yeah, sun is definitely a good thing. I can see where those lamps would be nice to have.