Its been one month since the opening night of The Date Farmers at Ace Gallery. I really don’t like using the word epic because of its loose usage in current slang. However, the one word that describes The Date Farmers journey from the Coachella Valley streets to Ace Gallery Los Angeles is EPIC. From their humble beginnings of selling artwork out of the trunk of their car …to having an art show at the world’s biggest contemporary art gallery, the story of the Date Farmers has been as compelling as their artwork. I remember the first time I walked into their little studio in old town Indio. I instantly feel in love with their art. The art spoke to me and I could understand & relate to the art. I remember staring at the art for hours and looking at the familiar images and feeling like it was the first time I had seen these images. Images of the desert, palm trees, indigenous art, Catholicism, Mexican revolutionary posters, cholos, tattoos, lowriders, prison art, and american pop culture. Growing up in Southern California with parents who are Mexican-immagrants, I felt as if the art represented my voice. I have always liked art but after being introduced to the Date Farmers art I suddenly became excited about art all over again. My friendship with the guys grew after my first studio visit. They we very supportive of my DJ career & music production and they always encouraged me to pursue my musical passion. They made me take pride of where I was from and inspired me to follow my dreams. Over the years they invited me to help them set up show in New York City at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Denver at The 2008 Democratic Convention, & San Francisco at Upperplayground (just to name a few). I even invited the guys to take a trip to Jalisco Mexico to visit my family’s rancho. When the guys invited me to help with production on the Ace Gallery show, I knew it was gonna be a great show. Ace Gallery has a history of installing museum quality exhibitions and showing work from artists such as Richard Serra, Donald Judd, Robert Irwin, James Rosenquist, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, and Carl Andre. I was thrilled the Date Farmers were going to have an art show at one on the biggest contemporary art galleries in the world. After months of production and countless late nights, the show is now up for public viewing. I’m very proud to have be apart of the production and look forward to what the future holds for the Date Farmer family. Below are photos from opening night. If you missed opening night, don’t worry there will be a closing party (i’ll keep you posted). Thank you all that came to the opening and a special shout out to all our Coachella Valley friends who came out. It was definitely a night to remember.