Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Prints by Southwest" coming to Albuquerque

Opening on April 20th, 2017:  5- 8 pm.  
 South Broadway Cultural Center
 1025 Broadway, near downtown
Music by "Son of Hwéeldi"

Regular hours:
April 20th - June 2nd
Tue - Sat, 10 am - 6 pm


Thanks to Pilo of Jellyfish Colectivo for designing the flyer

The "Prints by Southwest" exhibition is based on the Postre Prints show in El Paso,with a few alternations

Music by
during the opening on April 20th



Prints travel easily. Easily enough to bring in good work from El Paso and Tucson, to reveal what other contemporary artists in our region are thinking. By including printmakers from Albuquerque, the exhibition completes a dusty Bermuda Triangle, a zone of lost love, where a desert artist's best efforts often fall into oblivion -- revisiting the theme of last year's traveling exhibition: the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta. However, in this sequel, the art agitator/collector reaches deeper into the cactus lands, to bring in quality prints from California, Mexico, and the Heart of Texas, to spark dialog, and show how our art and prints compare favorably next to work from the greater region.

This collection of etchings, serigraphs and relief prints, was inspired by (but not confined to) Mexican-American art, and the figurative tradition of the Taller de Gráfica Popular of Mexico. The bulk of the prints were first shown in the Postre Prints exhibition, at the Purple Gallery in downtown El Paso earlier this year.

Hardly the last word on print, hopefully this exhibit will encourage others to create new print shows, which could easily travel throughout the region, in pop-ups, coffee shops, and museums. And provoke our artists to develop new themes and styles, to push Southwestern art into the 21st century. That is the power of the print medium.


In conjunction with our print opening, Remarque/New Grounds Print Workshop is hosting a relief print workshop with Pavel Acevedo, on the following weekend of April 22nd and 23rd (in the Nob Hill area).

Pavel Acevedo is in both the exhibition at the South Broadway Cultural Center, and part of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta.  He is originally from the city of Oaxaca, Mexico, where there is a strong, young print explosion right now.

More to come!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Oaxaqueño Print Showing at UTEP

Manuel Guerra showed Mexican prints to his printmaking students at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) on March 10th, 2017.  The relief prints, many oversized, were from Oaxaca.  The colorful serigraph prints were pulled by Taller 75 Grados of Mexico City.

Students at UTEP looking at two huge relief prints

We have been impressed by Oaxacan printmakers ever since Krrrl and Tanya Rich both went down to Oaxaca in 2014, when the Desert Triangle was conceived.

Manuel Guerra showing prints
to his students at UTEP

Kim Bauer, 
 head of the printmaking department at UTEP,
looks on

This huge tube came full of prints,
from Oaxaca, with love

Also Manuel Guerra showed the Grafica Tranfronteriza Carpeta, made in Oaxaca at Taller Grafica Libre.


81 year old 
Japanese instructor 
of all the young Oaxacan artists

Ivan Bautista and Edith Chavez,
in their studio/gallery -- Burro Press,
in Oaxaca

Alan Altamirano (Kabrito)
young artist who runs 
in Oaxaca

Also, Alberto Cruz (grey shirt, next to Edith)

Not shown -- small tapir print by Alberto Cruz


When we formed the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, we were impressed by what the young Oaxacan printmakers were doing, and influenced by the Oaxaca Collective carpeta.  While this was not shown to the UTEP students this time, we did buy both carpetas.

Francisco Delgado went to Oaxaca, to create his relief edition at Taller Grafica Libre, for the Desert Triangle, in the summer of 2015.

(this print went into the

Pavel Acevedo, of the Desert Triangle, is originally from Oaxaca, and will be doing a relief workshop in Albuquerque at Remarque Print Workshop on April 22-23, 2017.

relief workshop in Albuquerque,
at Remarque Print Workshop,

Mexico City

Manuel Guerra also showed serigraphs from Taller 75 Grados of Mexico City:

Collaboration including Smithe

One is by Raul Urias, and the other is by Alex Arizmendi.

Javier is a huge sculptor in Mexico City right now

who is a very famous printmaker,
from Patzcuaro




We would also like to thank Nidia Rosales Moreno , who runs Espacio Centro in Oaxaca.  Without her help we would not have many of these beautiful prints from Oaxaca.  She has written about many of these Oaxaca artists before.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Pavel Acevedo Workshop in Albuquerque

Pavel Acevedo will be giving a Relief Printmaking workshop in Albuquerque at Remarque/New Grounds Printshop.  Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 2017.

We are bringing the Postre Print exhibition to the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque at that time, opening on April 20th. One of Pavel's prints will be in that exhibition.

In the Nob Hill area

Pavel Acevedo interview in LA
 Modern Art Blitz with Mat Gleason

at Avenue 50 Studio in Los Angeles
in May 2016.
Here he poses with 
gallery director Kathy Gallegos

Prior to the ABQ workshop, Pavel is giving a workshop in San Francisco, on March 18th and 19th:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Prints in Chihuahua

Yorch (Jorge Perez) of Juarez had a print show in the city of Chihuahua, at Espacio 1104, on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  Yorch contributed a print to the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, and also one to the Postre Prints exhibition in El Paso (which opened 2 days before, on Feb 23rd):

Ay, Chihuahua!

Pachucos in the plaza
getting ready to dance,
in downtown Chihuahua

of Ciudad Juarez,
of which Yorch is just one of their members

Yorch's exhibition was at
a printmaking shop in Chihuahua --


Print gallery --
The big yellow print 
pulled by Taller 75 Grados in Mexico City,
has turned in to a sculpture
in Ciudad Juarez

Yorch's bus sculpture
in Ciudad Juarez

Print Gallery --
the print to the left
was pulled at Proper Print Shop
for the Postre Print exhibition in El Paso

during the FabLab El Paso soft opening two days earlier,
Feb 23rd in El Paso

Panaderia print, 
pulled at Taller 75 Grados in Mexico City.
The Panaderia doubles as an art space
in Ciudad Juarez

Yorch's prints for sale,
including his Desert Triangle print

Serigraph room

Print by Sebastian

"Washingon" print
by Fernando de Leon.

The current issue #96 of Fusion Magazine has an article (pages 26 - 27) about our Postre Prints exhibition in El Paso:

on the streets of Chihuahua

Fusion Magazine spotting 
did I mention that this issue has an article

Chihuahua hipster

Before there were hipsters,
there was Pancho Villa

Pulqueria in Chihuahua --
perhaps the ideal place for a print show,
such as the one I saw in a Pulqueria in Jalapa

Mural inside the pulqueria

showed murals and paintings,
while showcasing bands and selling booze

just moved to a new space,
across from the plaza with the Angel statue

mural off the plaza
in downtown Chihuahua City

The city of Chihuahua is about a 5 hour bus ride south of El Paso.  However, Chihuahua is still part of our desert region, both historically and by terrain and climate -- and thus culturally by many measures.  Fusion Magazine understands this by distributing their free magazine in El Paso/Juaerz, Chihuahua City, and Marfa, Texas.  

Rogelio Gutierrez, print professor at ASU, mentioned Espacio 1104 of Chihuahua in his presentation at the SGCI 2016 print conference in Portland.  Perhaps Espacio 1104 should have appeared on our radar earlier.


Yorch isn't the only artist from Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua:

Colectivo Calavera is a store and studio of a young group of artists in Juarez:

Colectivo Calavera studio in Juarez
is behind their store front,
Right next to 1/4 Cafe
Calle Ramón Corona 125
(half a block from Avenida 16 de Septiembre,
one street over from Lerdo)