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.
This is it, folks. FotoWeek DC is kicking off in style! With so many events to choose from over the course of the week, I highly recommend you start things off by paying a visit to the underbelly of DC, aka “Fight Club”. Brought to you by Ten Miles Square and The Pink Line Project, Fixation is sure to be a photography show (and night) to remember.
If you’ve never heard of Fight Club before, you’re definitely not alone. If you have heard of Fight Club, you’re incredibly hip to the underground scene and are probably annoyed that a bunch of fancy artists are invading your space. This exclusive skate park is home to DC’s local skater scene and is sure to be a place you’ll tell your grandkids about.
But enough about the venue, this show is about photography! Nine amazing local DC photographers will be featuring their work (all of it for sale) Friday night, some familiar names you are sure to recognize.
“These nine photographers each create a narrative with a short series of images, building the viewer a bridge between the image of our Nation’s Capital and the people actually living inside it. Their photographs inspect our city’s subculture and the people who thrive in it, whether it is the pure ecstasy of a public baptism or the discovery of an elusive quiet moment as 18th Street rages nearby. Some create their own scenes, driven by the absurdity or crucial absences in our cityscapes. Others sneak in the backdoor of highly defined alternative lifestyles, finding characters dolled up for primetime, squeezed in the underbelly of the D.C. club scene. What they all have in common is a fixation on the individual in the hands of a much bigger picture.”