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


PRINTS









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"
Mezzotint


"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