This Montrose Art Gallery Exhibit Could Inspire Your Next Big Idea

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A large wooden crate marks the entrance to the opening reception for ‘Sit Down to Get an Idea’ at the Barbara Davis Gallery in Montrose. Graffiti covers the eight-foot-tall box, with the word “idea” sprayed in black paint.

When asked what’s inside the container, artist Andrea Bianconi replied, “It’s a crate of ideas.” Which was partly true.

Upstairs, curious onlookers peer over a balcony ledge at the mysterious box. It doesn’t work, although there is a palpable element of suspense.

Inside the gallery, visitors test out Bianconi’s chairs. They are made of light pink leather and also have the inscription “Sit down to have an idea”. Each costs $6,000. Curator Eduardo Portillo shares that around six are still available – a few have already been sold. A gray version looks more like a swivel office chair and is available for $5,000.

In 2016, the Italy-based artist hit a creative roadblock. He glanced at a green velvet chair in his studio that once belonged to his grandmother and impulsively wrote “Sit down to get an idea” on it. The text immediately becomes a manifesto. “And that chair became my friend,” Bianconi said.

“Sit Down to Have a Big Idea”

When: Until September 1

Where: Barbara Davis Gallery, 4411 Montrose

Details: free; barbaradavisgallery.com


He transported the green chair all over Italy. He made appearances in four cities in public and private spaces. By the time Luxy, a manufacturer of designer chairs, contacted Bianconi in 2022, his creation had become a series. The Biga pink chairs are inspired by the great Roman chariots; their gray counterpart is intended for the workplace and daily decision. Both now have wheels in memory of his little Italian road trip.

“A wheeled chair can be moved from place to place,” he said in a statement. “It’s a chair that contains the idea of ​​travel and displacement.”

Halfway through the party, a loud boom echoes through the room. Gallery owner Barbara Davis and Portillo make their way as two black-clad figures drag the wooden container into the main space. The sound intensifies as the crowd gathers.

After a few moments of silence, a hand emerges from the top of the box. A paper airplane is in position between index finger and thumb as Biaconi’s voice rings out, “Love, love, love, love.”

The love letter takes off and several people laugh. The next is covered in “kisses” and collides with an audience member as Biaconi shouts “kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss kiss” in his singsong beat.

The moment he screams, “Sex!” the crowd bursts out laughing. This note crashes into Precious Uwaezuoke, who collects nearly half a dozen paper airplanes at the end of the performance.

“It’s like life, you always receive messages from who knows where,” explains Biaconi after emerging from his wooden cocoon. “I had fun. I couldn’t see anyone, but I heard everyone.”

The event was so well received that Davis and Portillo scheduled an encore for the following weekend. In addition to the chairs, Biaconi also presents other works. “Wall Drawing” (2022) in acrylic and ink brings an urban garden to the space desired by the buyer.

Although for those looking for divine inspiration or their next big idea, the artist suggests sitting down.

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