Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Prints before times of the Coronavirus

As the whole world came to an abrupt standstill in the last couple of weeks, due to the Coronavirus pandemic worldwide, we are reflecting on the Desert Triangle and a few other related Southwest print activities.


The University of Arizona Art Museum posted a third of the Desert Triangle prints on their Instagram the last day of March, 2020, as they have our portfolio in their collection.

Last month we spotted Mykl Well's Desert Triangle print as a postcard, amongst postcards of other masters, both old and new, at the El Paso Museum of Art.

as a postcard (lower right)
at the El Paso Museum of Art

The Desert Triangle prints of Manuel Guerra and Francisco Delgado were still showing at the El Paso Museum of Art when everything closed because of Coronavirus.  Their prints were part of the exhibition "El Paso Museum of Art: 60 Years of Collecting."

In Las Cruces, New Mexico, we took the Desert Triangle exhibition down early this year, on January 4th, 2020.

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The Ambos Lados International Print Exchange was the biggest follow-up to the Desert Triangle momentum.  This was a print exchange organized in 2018/19 from both sides of the border -- by Manuel Guerra of the Desert Triangle in El Paso, and by Taller Grafica Libre in Oaxaca, run by Beatriz Rivas and Adrian Aguirre.  Francisco Delgado's Desert Triangle print was produced at Taller Grafica Libre in 2015 (after Pavel Acevedo made the connection for us).

Nidia Rosales (upper left) helped produce Ambos Lados from Oaxaca --
Beatriz Rivas (upper right) and Adrian Aguirre (lower left) 
are Taller Grafica Libre in Zaachila, Oaxaca,
and Manuel Guerra (lower right) 
runs Horned Toad Prints in El Paso

Ultimately 158 printmakers participated, pretty evenly divided between the United States and Mexico, with 6 printmakers from other parts of the world (2 from Cuba, 2 from Australia, one from Canada, and one from Ireland).  We have had four exhibitions in the United States so far, the last being in Taos, New Mexico.

In the summer of 2019 we traveled across Mexico to meet most of the Mexican printmakers in Ambos Lados, including the group below from Puebla.

We ended our trip by formally presenting Ambos Lados at the IAGO (Instituto de Arte Grafica de Oaxaca) in September 2019, less than a month before the founder and great Mexican artist, Francisco Toledo, died.


Some of the members of the Santa Fe Etching Club participated in Ambos Lados, and we got a great deal of support from Eric Thomson, who runs the Santa Fe Etching Club in his space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Argos Studio/Gallery.  Not only did he frame all 158 prints for us, but he also facilitated the exhibition in Taos.

Moreover, he exhibited the work of the Santa Fe Etching Club in Remarque Print Workshop in Albuquerque, in February 2020, while Ambos Lados was still showing in Taos.


New Grounds Print Workshop was rebranded as Remarque Print Workshop when it was sold in 2017.  Before then, Regina Held, the former owner,  produced Ruben Moreno's print for the Desert Triangle in 2015.

And now the four new owners are continuing the non-toxic tradition, adding a residency program to their studio, bringing printmakers from around the continent to produce in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  2020 was the second year of this residency.  The residents are pictured below:

from Boston

Lisa Marr
from Albuquerque

from Milwaukee

from Washington State

Steven Heil
from Wyoming

from Colorado

A second wave of residents was supposed to come, but all but Olivia Timmons cancelled due to the Coronavirus complications.

First wave:
Dennis Worrell, Christine Harrison, Jennifer Brown, Natalie Schorr and Kelly Monico.

Second wave:
Brandy Gonzalez from Texas, Luanne Redeye from Albuquerque, Myles Calvert from Canada/New York State, Laura Foster from Oregon, Vaune Trachtman from Vermont

Printmakers are making a strange weave in the Southwest.  Besides exhibiting with the Desert Triangle in both our region, and coast-to-coast, our printmakers have been interacting with young Mexican printmakers across the border in the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.  And when we come in contact with printmakers from outside our region, such as the residents at Remarque Print Workshop, we give them catalogs of our projects to take back with them.  

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