Fixation Opening Party by vincent gallegos
It would be an extreme understatement if I said that it was ‘a night to remember’. Friday night’s opening party for Fixation at Fight Club was one hell of a way to get FotoWeek DC started. This show tied together art, people, and the city like no other.
It’s impossible to explain how comfortable and chill the party was, all the while electric and full of energy. You couldn’t escape the eclecticism. The crowd ranged from wealthy, “in the know”, socialite art collectors to artists and die hard skaters. The music switched from electronica to rock and roll, then drifted back to club music to keep the party rolling. Our beverages began as champagne and later morphed into beer, while our food went from gourmet pizza to food off of a snack cart. If you commissioned a painting to represent the night, it would contain elegant brush strokes smeared with spray paint, colors from across the spectrum.
Let’s begin with the artwork. With so many possible distractions, it would have been easy for people to take a quick glance at the photography on display and then head straight for the keg, but people were mesmerized by the work on display and every photographer got an earful of compliments. While at most gallery openings that would soon wear off, it was as easy as stepping into the skate park to watch another type of art on display. Local skaters tore it up as the crowd watched on, and oh wait – what’s that? Oh right, the band just started playing “Jukebox Junkie”, let’s head back inside.
There was a line in the alley all night long to get in but it never felt claustrophobic. It’s estimated that over 700 people attended, and this can only be attributed to the conception and promotional work of The Pink Line Project and Ten Miles Square. It was an amazing idea for FotoWeek that couldn’t have turned out better.
FotoWeek isn’t over yet folks. It’s just the beginning. Check out more of Vincent’s photos here, and remember, the gallery is open every day this week from noon to 7 p.m. so come by to check out the work on display if you missed out on Friday night’s fun.
1250 9th Street NW
Washington DC 20001