Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Horned Toad Prints Rises Again

Organized by Manuel Guerra, the second El Paso print exchange --  Horned Toad Print Exchange II 2017-- is now finished, and being framed at Sarnoffs for upcoming exhibitions (old call for printmakers).

The first Horned Toad Print Exchange lead to the big Desert Triangle Print Carpeta project.  It inspired the YayBig Print Exchange from Tucson (organized by Joe Marshall).  Then both print exchanges were framed and exhibited together at Chalk the Block 2014 in El Paso.   

Answering the momentum from both prints exchanges, the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta was conceived at Chalk the Block, in October 2014.

Every printmaker sent in an edition of ten prints, 8 x 10 inches, to Horned Toad Prints in El Paso.  Later they received a package of 8 different prints, from the other printmakers.  Participants did not receive all the prints, as 53 printmakers total participated.

6 printmakers from Oaxaca participated

The excitement of receiving one's packet of prints
from the Horned Toad Print Exchange


53 printmakers, from 3 continents, participated:

Printmakers from 5 countries participated

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

From Behind the Wall -- Mexican Prints in Albuquerque

From Behind the Wall -- 
Prints by Contemporary Mexican Maestros

We had a great opening last Friday, for the Mexican print exhibition at Remarque in Albuquerque (August 4th, 2017).

The exhibition runs through August 26th, open Friday and Saturdays, from 10 - 6 PM, and by appointment.

One of the huge windfalls of the Desert Triangle project was that we started working with, and relating to, the huge printmaking talent below the border. Almost half of our prints for the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta were produced in Mexico.  Moreover, we have shown the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta in Mexico City, Oaxaca and Puebla.  And if we are lucky, that relationship between our artists, and the Mexican artists, will continue.

We are really proud to show some of the Mexican prints we collected since putting together the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta

I believe that artists in the US border states need to look south for inspiration, perhaps before looking west to LA and San Francisco, or east to New York.

During the middle of the opening, we also unpacked 3 Mexican carpetas (portfolios) for show:

Inspecting the Oaxaca Carpeta Nacional

Gallery hosts
Ren Adams and Matthew Barrett

Jessica Krichels, one of the owners of Remarque Print Workshop, brought back 2 prints by Mexican women printmakers, from the studio of El Pinche Grabador in Guanajuato, especially for this exhibition:

"Guardinia Nocturna"

"Protector de la Cosecha"
Relief print

We agree with Glasstire, that if you are an art lover -- You Should Go to Mexico.  It's very accessible to the US border states.

In the adjacent gallery at Remarque, was a painting show by Michelle Sharp:

Paintings by Michelle Sharp

Michelle Sharp
(in black dress towards right)

Also our friend John Paul Gutierrez had an opening down the street, at Stranger Factory that night:

And the New Mexico Art League is also showing prints in Albuquerque -- Limited Edition (July 18 - August 19, 2017).  Review of the exhibition in the Albuquerque Journal by Wesley Pollka (August 6, 2017).

This dry point by Dennis Liberty was featured in the exhibition:

"Spiritus, Mundi, La Bajada"
Dry point

Monday, July 17, 2017

Contemporary Mexican Maestros Print Exhibition in Albuquerque

From Behind the Wall  --
Prints from Contemporary Mexican Maestros

We will be showing the Mexican prints we have collected in the last 3 years at Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop in Albuquerque  -- 3812 East Central (near Carlisle).

  • Opening on First Friday, August 4th, 2017, from 5 - 8 pm.

This exhibition runs until the 26th of August. Gallery hours -- Friday and Saturday, 10 am  - 6 pm, and by appointment.

Our Mexican prints 
showing with Michelle Sharp

Since the beginning, we have been facing south, feeling the pull and influence of Mexican prints.  Almost half the prints from the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta were made in Mexico -- at Taller 75 Grados, Taller Grafica Libre, and La Ceiba Grafica.

All along we have been collecting from young Mexican printmakers -- there is an explosion of activity from Mexican printmakers under 40 years old.

So it gives us great pleasure to show contemporary prints from mostly young Mexican masters.  Though we did show a few Mexican prints with Southwestern works last April in Albuquerque, this exhibition is dedicated entirely to

Moreover, we have shown our prints in Puebla, Oaxaca, and Mexico City, to an enthusiastic response.

It would be great to see more contemporary Mexican prints in the United States in the future, and perhaps we will enjoy the privilege of showing some of our prints down there as well.

Francisco Delgado of El Paso, just finished making some editions at Taller Grafica Libre in Oaxaca.

Francisco and the print grind in Oaxaca

Printmaking pleasure in Oaxaca


John Paul Gutierrez
in Albuquerque

Also opening the same night, just down the street at Stranger Factory, is a show featuring our friend John Paul Gutierrez (whose print and sculpture was in our Albuquerque show last April).  His recent work  -- The Succulent Gardener -- opens from 6- 9 pm, Friday, August 4, and runs through August 27th.   

The Stranger Factory is in Nob Hill, 3411 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Paradox Art Bus
in El Paso

Laura Turon will be introducing her traveling art bus -- Paradox -- at the El Paso Museum of Art during the Last Thursdays artwalk, July 27th.  Her artwork is also being printed live at the Art en Vivo event by Proper Printshop that night.

I think mobile art galleries are perfect for showing prints!  Here are some other mobile art galleries.

Also showing prints on Last Thursday in El Paso:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

"Art en Vivo" Carpeta

Proper Printshop of El Paso, donated all 52 prints they pulled last year in El Paso, during the "Art en Vivo" live printing events, to the El Paso Museum of Art.  They had a live printing event at the El Paso Museum of Art during the Last Thursday Artwalk, June 29, 2017, 6 - 8 pm.  A selection of the framed "Art en Vivo" prints were also on display.

Marina Monsisvais interviews JJ Childress of Proper Printshop, about this project, on KTEP:

Great event at the El Paso Museum of Art, with live printing by Proper Printshop, during Last Thursday, June 29, 2017.

People line up for the live printing, 
to receive a print by Atenas JFC

Live printing

Proper Printshop was live printing an image by Atenas JFC, of the Jellyfish Colectivo.

Atenas JFC
with her print

standing next to his print

A selection of prints 
from 52 in the Proper "Art en Vivo" Carpeta
were exhibited in a small room 
on the first floor of the El Paso Museum of Art

Also, congratulations to the new director of the El Paso Museum of Art -- Victoria Ramirez -- who was also at the event.


Los Dos exhibition at the Rubin Center

Los Dos from the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, will be showing at the Rubin Center Art Gallery on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso -- "Pásele, Pásele" -- opening Thursday, June 29, 2017,  5- 7:30 pm.

"Pásele, Pásele presents the work of husband and wife duo Christian and Ramon Cardenas who together form the artist collaborative Lxs Dos."

Lxs Dos
Ramon (left) and Christian (right) Cardenas,
standing below their huge mural
at the Rubin Center at UTEP

View from the top

Jellyfish and Yorch Exhibition in Ciudad Juarez

Both Ciudad Juarez artists in the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta -- Jellyfish and Yorch --participated in a greater collaborative art piece with Swiss artist Marc Kuhn.  This piece was shown at the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juarez at an opening on Friday, June 30, 2017, along with collaborative art pieces done in Tepito and La Esmeralda, among other places in Mexico.  This project -- "Col Art" -- has been going on all over the world since 1968.

Swiss artist Marc Kuhn started Col-Art in 1968

stands in front of the collaborative piece
he worked on

stands in front of the collaborative piece he worked on

Francisco Delgado at Art Avenue
for the Flatbed Book Signing

The previous Thursday (June 22), Art Avenue had a book signing event for Flatbed Press, the big print shop and print publishers of Austin, Texas.  They were highlighting artists with El Paso connections that had printed at Flatbed -- Luis Jimenez, Alice Leora Briggs, Ricky Armendariz, Celia Muñoz , and Suzi Davidoff.

Francisco Delgado,of the Desert Triangle Carpeta, recently made lithograph prints at Flatbed Press in Austin, but after the book was published.  May we continue to send El Paso artists to do fine art prints at Flatbed Press, because El Paso has talent!

Francisco Delgado (left)
and Richard Armendariz (right)
who does have prints in the Flatbed book

Nomu Cafe
print show

We hung some of the prints from the El Paso and Albuquerque print exhibitions, at the Nomu Cafe, adjacent to FabLab El Paso, in the Artspace building.

Prints from Jaycee Beyale ("Psychedelia"), Smithe and Seher collaboration
Elmer Sosa, and Wil Taylor ("Ride)

Prints from Yorch ("Over Bridges"), Matthew Poe
and Omar Gonzalez ("There You Are")


Juan de Dios Mora

We showed a print by Juan de Dios Mora, of San Antonio, in our recent exhibitions in El Paso and Albuquerque.  He has a solo show at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio -- Culture Clash -- running from June 8 - August 13, 20, 2017.

Glasstire gave a good review of the exhibition.

Juan de Dios Mora at the McNay

La Printeria

While in San Antonio, I visited Harvey Mireles of La Printeria, a serigraph and printmaking studio.  He has been working with Arturo Negrete of Taller 75 Grados in Mexico City.

Harvey Mireles of  La Printeria
in San Antonio

La Printeria 75 Grados also has a gallery at the Freight Gallery and Studios, in the Lone Star Arts District (we did a pop-up print show there in 2015), which comes to life during the Second Saturday Artwalks in San Antonio. I checked it out on July 8, 2017:

Wall of prints at La Printeria 75,
gallery in San Antonio,
artwalk July 8, 2017

Lots of visitors came to La Printeria 75
during the artwalk

Horned Toad Print Exchange II

Meanwhile all 53 prints have arrived for the second Horned Toad Print Exchange, organized by Manuel Guerra of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta.  He is in the process of making a catalog of the prints, and setting up future print shows.  The print fever marches on!