Why The 80s Kids Got A Gallery Space
Well it’s official kiddos, we’ve got ourselves a gallery space! Nestled in the heart of downtown, we’re located at Emergency Arts on the 1st floor right across from our friends at DTLV. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the space, but first, I wanted to take a minute to fill you in on why we decided to get our own gallery space instead of utilizing some of the amazing spots in and around downtown Las Vegas.
We announced on Monday that we were looking and now, three days later, we have the keys in our hand and are starting to move in this weekend. A lot of you are probably thinking, “well that was quick” or “think you may have rushed that, dudes?” The short answer to that is, “no.” You see, it’s always been in the cards that Jacob and I were going to go in on a space, since Day 1 of 80s Kid-ness, we have talked about opening a brick and mortar in some form or fashion. After our interview with Lucy Vegas (which you can read by clicking here) we went skateboarding around Fremont Street, way east of where everyone hangs out. We started seeing development, the future of what DT will look like and started talking about how badly we wish to own some of those buildings. The conversation then went to “why not?” instead of “wouldn’t it be cool if?” and we started trekking around looking for our dream spots. Once reality set in and we remembered that we’re a couple of 20-somethings without a huge bank account, we started really thinking about where our dream spot would be and simultaneously we said “The Beat.” You see, The Beat has always been very special to us, it was the heart of downtown when we first started hanging out there three years ago and honestly, our favorite galleries are housed there. We’ve seen our friends exhibit there, we’ve seen murals go up and murals come down and most importantly, it’s the only place that truly understands artists. So, we hopped back on our skateboards, skate or died our way to The Beat and got all necessary contact info. Fast foward to today and the lease is signed and so begins what is known to us as Phase 2 of The 80s Kids, we’re officially art curators.
Ok, so now the second part of the equation, “why didn’t you just utilize someone else’s space in town to showcase your work?” That’s a good question rhetorical reader, it’s an easy answer really but not easy to address so I’ll tread lightly. Gallery owners are in this business for one reason, to make money, most curators will only showcase work that they either 1. know will sell or 2. are known to sell. SO, 80s inspired pop art isn’t really on the top of gallery’s list to showcase because $20 prints won’t make them much commission so they stick to fine art which yields high price points and potentially lots of money flow. It’s basic business logic and I’m not faulting them for thinking this way, but after being denied multiple times or just plainly not hearing back from almost every gallery in town, it’s time that we do it ourselves. The really exciting part is that The 80s Kids gallery space won’t just be a spot for us to show our own work, we want to make sure that people in our position don’t get snubbed like we did for the past year and a half. Oftentimes, artists have a few pieces, not enough for a full show but want to showcase their work. In fact, we have tons of talented friends who make one offs that are AMAZING. Well, now it’s time to give those artists a place to shine, a place to show their pieces. It’s about community and it’s about time to show that off for the little guys because art isn’t about commissions.
I’m sitting here typing with shaking fingers looking at blank walls excitedly picturing what this space is going to look like with a fresh coat of paint and some depressed monsters murals. I hope you’re as excited as I am for this space because it is literally a dream come true for me and just one of the exciting things about to happen this year. Stay tuned. :)