Monday, August 6, 2018

Print Exchange Mania

Alongside the Desert Triangle, we have 2 PRINT EXCHANGES going right now -- the Horned Toad Print Exchange II, and the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.


We are showing the Horned Toad Print Exchange II in San Luis, Arizona (near Yuma) -- 1340 N 8th Ave  -- walking distance from the Mexican border.  The exhibit runs from August 15th -- September 14, 2018.

Horned Toad Print Exchange II
San Luis, Arizona
August 15 - September 14, 2018

The venue is part of Arizona Western College:

Below are pictures of the exhibition:

We would love to show the Horned Toad Print Exchange II next at the Southwest Print Fiesta in Silver City, New Mexico, in October.



We are asking for an edition of 12 prints, on 8 x 8 inch paper, Day of the Deadline is Nov 2nd, 2018.  Sign up by September 1st, $35 fee, open theme.  More details on the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange website.

The Ambos Lados International Print Exchange is being run from both sides of the border -- by Manuel Guerra, of Horned Toad Prints in El Paso, Texas; and by Adrian Aguirre and Beti Rivas of Taller Grafica Libre of Zaachila, Oaxaca.


Freshly printed Horned Toad t-shirts


The Ambos Lados print exchange was conceived upon the success of the Horned Toad II print exchange, mentioned at the beginning of this blog post (which included printmakers from Oaxaca).

The "Ambos Lados International Print Exchange" was announced at the Taller La Catrina in Monterrey, Mexico, during the opening of the Horned Toad Print Exchange II.


Our first edition by Tanya Rich has been delivered, after being printed in Havana, Cuba, in the studio of Octavio Irving.


Other printmakers have been busy, hopefully preparing for the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.











Other printmakers, from other parts of the country and the world, have already jumped in.  And we will post more pictures on the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange blog as they come in.

Meanwhile, in a parallel art universe, Desert Triangle artist Federico Villalba is putting on his 5th annual photography show-- Foto Frontera --. in El Paso, at La Fe Cultural and Technology Center, 721 S Ochoa.  Opening Sept 6; runs until Oct 26, 2018.


Sunday, July 22, 2018

Miami Summary

The Desert Triangle met the Bermuda Triangle  --  at the Arts Warehouse in Delray, Florida.   Afterwards we explored the prints and art in the area, from Miami all the way down to Havana, Cuba.

Arts Warehouse opening in Delray

A big "Thank You" to the Arts Warehouse, in Delray, Florida (just north of Miami), for having the Desert Triangle.  The gallery space is beautiful, and we had a wonderful opening on July 6, 2018, during the First Friday Artwalk.  And "thank you" to Tanya Rich also, who brought the Desert Triangle to Delray.

Joseph Velasquez, co-founder of Drive By Press, did live printing at our opening, on t-shirts and paper -- using a skateboard!  This was the first public skateboard printing event.

Later we visited Joseph Velasquez's studio at FAU (Florida Atlantic University) in nearby Boca Raton.  The link goes to the Ambos Lados blog.

Joseph Velasquez
at FAU

Warehouse Market

On August 3rd and 4th, Joseph Velaquez came back to see prints at the Warehouse Market art fair, in the Delray Arts Warehouse.  The Desert Triangle exhibit was still up in the front gallery.

Joseph Velasquez of Drive By Press,
selling prints at the Warehouse Market in Delray

Tanya Rich and Krrrl took a fabric printing workshop with Sammi McLean, at IS Projects at Fat Village, in Fort Lauderdale.

Wynwood Walls

Wynwood Walls was buzzing on Saturday evening, July 7th, as the crowds enjoyed all the graffiti murals.  All art museums should be this busy.


So close to Cuba, we flew down to Havana, July 9 - 13, to check out the printmaking and art down there.

We bought prints at the famous Taller Experimental de Grafica, in Habana Viejo.

master printmaker in Habana

We participated in a printmaking workshop with master printmaker Octavio Irving (link goes to the Ambos Lados blog), former director of the Taller Experimental de Grafica .  We signed up for his workshop through AirBnB.

Octavio Irving also printed Tanya Rich's edition for the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.  

We went to the Fábrica de Arte Cubano on July 13.  With galleries, discos, theaters, restaurants inside -- it was quiet impressive.

Delray, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Havana  -- what a whole new wonderful art experience!

Our Ride in Habana
Blaring Reggaeton!

We went to Cuba under the "public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions" category of authorized travel.  Perhaps this link explains travel to Cuba better.

What is amazing is that we could not have traveled to Cuba when we conceived of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta during Chalk the Block in 2014 -- according to this timeline, the US and Cuba restored diplomatic ties two months later, in December 2014, and things unfolded quickly since then.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Delray Arts Warehouse Opening above Miami

We had a great opening at the Delray Arts Warehouse, just north of Miami, on First Friday Artwalk, July 6th.  The show runs until August 11th 2018.



was also exhibiting with us

Wall of Hana Davis' work


Joseph Velasquez, co-founder of Drive By Press, printed paper and t-shirts during our opening night, using a skateboard!  This was the first public skateboard printing event.

Joseph Velasquez on the skateboard

on the skateboard

Joseph Velasquez and crew --
Nicole Barreiro and Patricia Hood (right)

Selections of Joseph's woodblocks

Nicole Barreiro printing
(note the chain link turning wheel)

They also used a regular press

Live printing was popular throughout the opening

Art Appreciation
after receiving one of Joseph's prints

A big thanks to Joseph Velasquez and his crew for turning it up on our opening night!  Later Joseph took us on a tour of his studio at FAU (Florida Atlantic University), where he is a printmaking professor.

Later, on July 21st, Joseph Velasquez returned to the Arts Warehouse in Delray to give a printmaking workshop!

Also there is another printmaking workshop with Nick Mahshie during our exhibition at the Arts Warehouse  -- Screenprinting Design on Paper, on July 28th.

Thank You!