Monday, July 15, 2019

Print Quake Predicted in Las Cruces -- November 1st, 2019

We had a meeting today (July 15), planning for the exhibition of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta at the Las Cruces Museum of Art -- November 1, 2019 - January 4, 2020.


The current print exhibit at the Las Cruces Museum of Art,
of African American artists from the Bay Area

We are going to include additional prints from a lot of Las Cruces printmakers, and thus toured some of the studios in Las Cruces.


Chris Bardey's studio

Chris Bardey unlocking his studio

Chris Bardey and his new refurbished printing press


Chris Preciado-Shelton (left) and his wife 
run the Reviver Custom Printing shop,
shown here next to Chris Bardey


The Cruces Creatives makerspace is new, and has murals on the walls oraganized by SABA, a Las Cruces printmaker.

Ambos Lados in Santa Fe

We had a great opening in Santa Fe for the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange -- at the Argos Studio/Gallery, on July 12, 2019.

at the Ambos Lados opening at the Argos Studio/Gallery

Many of the Desert Triangle printmakers submitted to the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange:

Exactly one year earlier -- July 12, 2018 -- Tanya Rich made her Ambos Lados print in Havana, Cuba, in the studio of Octavio Irving.  This was the first print delivered to the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.


The El Paso crew also visited all the art institutions in Albuquerque before the Santa Fe opening:

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Ben Muñoz

While Ben Muñoz is not in the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, he is making a huge print making effort in Dallas. We met him in Dallas during the SGCI print conference last March.  He put on a huge print show of Texas printmakers -- which they called "The Print Rodeo."  He came to Santa Fe to show his large prints in July, 2019.


Hecho a Mano gallery at the top of Canyon Road (830 Canyon Road) in Santa Fe, is showing large prints by Ben Muñoz during the month of July, 2019.  The opening and talk was during the evening of June 28th.

The first big print
in a series of six

Gallery owner Frank Rose
introducing Ben Muñoz

Ben Muñoz talking about his large prints


Frank Rose interviewed Ben Muñoz in a PODCAST, which can be heard online.

There are a lot of great young printmakers in Texas right now, many of which we met at the North Texas SGCI print conference last March. I can easily imagine carpeta/portfolio of large prints coming from the print masters of Texas in the near future (including some of the Desert Triangle artists). another part of Santa Fe...

On the 4th of July, we hung all 158 prints of the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange at the Argos Studio/Gallery.  The opening will be on July 12th, 5:30 - 7 PM, and remain up until August 2nd, 2019. 

Many of the Desert Triangle printmakers created and contributed to the Ambos Lados print exchange.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Summary -- Printmakers Updates

 The Desert Triangle artists have been very active since the first major exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art in 2016.  It took 3 blog entries to try to describe their progress, and of course we left a lot out.

Moreover the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta continues to show.  The next scheduled exhibition is at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in New Meixco, opening November 1st, and lasting until January 2020.

where the Desert Triangle will be in November 2019

We are almost 5 years away from the conception of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, at the 2014 Chalk the Block print exchanges exhibition.  A lot has happened since then, while the artists have all spread out, to work on bigger and better things.  That turns the Desert Triangle into a slice of history, of what people were thinking about around 2016.


Printmakers Update 2019 -- Part 3

This is the third look at what some of the Desert Triangle printmakers have done recently.


Tanya Rich went down to Habana, Cuba with Krrrl to create a print with Octavio Irving in 2018, for the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.


Manuel Guerra of Horned Toad Prints, teamed up with Taller Grafica Libre in Zaachila, Oaxaca, to produce the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.  Ultimately they received 158 print editions: 80 from the US, 72 from Mexico, two from Cuba, two from Australia, one from Canada and one from Ireland.

Catalog forthcoming

The Ambos Lados International Print Exchange's debut exhibition was during the big SGCI 2019 print conference of Dallas/North Texas.  Ambos Lados showed at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Krrrl flew down to Oaxaca in March 2019, to deliver the last of the print packages to the artists in Oaxaca.

I was preceded by some non-printmakers
in the Vente a Veinte cantina in Oaxaca City


I saw Zeke Peña's drawings plastered all over the city of Oaxaca in March, as they were presenting the book he illustrated -- Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide -- at the Biblioteca Henestrosa on April 6, 2019 (although Zeke was not there).

Zeke Peña is very active, so we can only touch on some of the other projects he has been working on.

Zeke is also showing in the "Qué Chola"exhibition
at National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque,
along with Nanibah Chacon


Martin Quintanilla has opened his print gallery in Patzcuaro, Michoacan -- Microgallery Manibula -- and apparently oscillates between Mexico and Tucson these days.


Ruben Urrea Moreno's Desert Triangle print was discovered hanging at the Tucson Museum of Art in 2018.  Ruben is painting all the time, and we get to see a few of the things he creates on his Instagram.


Michael Contreras is still running the Contreras Gallery in Tucson, in the 6th and 6th art district next to downtown.

Contreras Gallery in Tucson,
110 East 6th Street


Mykl Wells created a huge cardboard sculpture -- Astronave -- for the 2016 Cartasia Lucca Biennale in Italy.


Joe Marshall continues to crank out the relief prints, and actively shows at Tiny Town Gallery on 4th Avenue in Tucson.


Rudy Flores' print prominently represented the Desert Triangle at the University of Arizona Art Museum in 2017.


We are keeping current with Rogo through his Instagram.


Gonzalo Espinosa has moved to Puerto Vallarta, and is showing in many galleries there.

Paradise in Puerto Vallarta

Gonzalo  at a presentation in Puerto Vallarta

Gonzalo is showing his work 
in many galleries in Puerto Vallarta

  • Printmakers Update 2019 -- Part 3