Friday, July 31, 2015

Mark Christian

"False Idols Win Titles"

Mark Christian cut his woodblock relief board in Tucson, and then we sent it to El Paso to have it printed, by Manuel Guerra and Raul Monarrez,  at Horned Toad Prints:

Mark Christian signing his prints,
in the hallway of the
 Pleasure World Artist Studios and Galleries building,
in Tucson 

Raul Monarrez helped press Mark's print.
the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta

Manuel Guerra adjusting his press.
Horned Toad Prints is his personal studio.
Desert Triangle Print Carpeta

Job well done!

Printed at Horned Toad Prints

 Update:  Manny would have preferred to print Mark's edition with a large roller.  But he did not have one then.

Later he got one from Takach Press (in Albuquerque) -- 28 inch long, 10.5 inch diameter, 60 durometer:

Grinding the larger roller,
to take out any imperfections

Joe cleaning the ground roller,
with a quick drying solvent,
that "flashes" quickly

Lauren Moran

"Final Thoughts Before the Reconstruction"

Lauren Moran, while she was in Tucson, created her multi-colored relief print at the Tucson Community Print Shop:

Lauren Moran shows off her big print,
in front of a show that she curated,
in the new Tiny Town Gallery in Tucson

She is leaving us soon, for graduate school at Portland State University.  We hope to see her again when we show the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta at the Southern Graphics Council conference in Portland next March, 2016.

Masterpiece pulled at the 
Tucson Community Print Shop

Printed at the
Tucson Community Print Shop

Update:  Lauren Moran is one of the Inkubator presenters at the SGCI Portland (Southern Graphics Conference) 2016.

Mykl Wells

"Santa Muxe"

A "muxe" is a Oaxacan reference to the third sex.  Mykl takes that concept one step further, and makes the muxe into a saint.

Mykl Wells of Tucson spray painted over many silk screens frames, to create this 3 color serigraph print at the Tucson Community Print Shop:

Mykl used spray paint
to create the transparencies
which he burned onto silk screens
(one for each of 3 colors)

Jeik (director of the Tucson Community Print Shop)
setting up the screen for printing

Joe and Jeik assisted Mykl in the
Tucson Community Print Shop

Printed at the
Tucson Community Print Shop

Mykl Wells 
does the Cardboard Ball every year,

Martin Quintanilla

"El Ultimo Taco"

Martin Quintanilla printed his relief prints with a spoon at home in Tucson:

Martin in his studio
on the back porch of his house

Relief image carved in Mexican shoe rubber -- Neolite,
and printed with a spoon

Martin Quintanilla and Marcy Miranda Janes run the Microgallery Mandibula gallery in Tucson:

Martin next to the painting version of his print,
in his gallery

Martin standing in front of 
some of his other large prints

Martin standing in front of his large print,
at the huge Tohono Chul opening, 
"Dia de los Muertos" exhibition,
Friday, August 28th, 2015

Martin Quintanilla's prints
featured at the Tohono Chul exhibition,
"Dia de los Muertos" exhibition,
August 28 – November 8, 2015

Martin Quintanilla leading the huge skull he created,
in the All Souls Procession of 2012 in Tucson.
This segment recreated one of Michael Contreras' prints,
which was used for the poster of the 2011 All Souls Procession.

Martin Quintanilla
in Tucson

Gonzalo Espinosa at 75 Grados

"Duena de las Chichis"

After seeing what we printed at Taller 75 Grados, Gonzalo Espinosa of Tucson flew down to Mexico City in July, to make his print there:

Arturo Negrete, director of Taller 75 Grados,
and Gonzalo show off the final masterpiece

Gonzalo packed his edition of 50 prints
into his portfolio,
and flew back to Tucson

Printed at

Gonzalo created many beautiful tile murals
in South Tucson

 Update (Sept 2016)  Gonzalo created some "relief prints" with his edition :

Gonzalo's print makes it to the Sheol Gallery in Puerto Vallarta, in January, 2017.

Update (Oct 2017):  "Taller sin Miedo" burns, moving to Mexico

This 21st century print momentum started from "Taller sin Miedo," formed by Gonzalo Espinosa, with Joshua Woodhall and Karl Whitaker at the Sculpture Resource Center back in 2012.  Then Gonzalo moved the studio to his house in South Tucson.  Unfortunately it caught fire in Oct, 2017.  However, Gonzalo plans to continue, fearlessly, bringing the print taller to Puerto Vallarta.

3D print of Gonzalo
lies in the debris after the fire
at "Taller sin Miedo"

"Taller sin Miedo" -- where the printmakers are as fearless and sculptors