Monday, January 25, 2016

Augment El Paso

A couple of the Desert Triangle prints are enhanced with "augmented reality," done by Augment El Paso.

Through the Lens of the iPhone

After downloading the Augment El Paso app (also see end of this blog post), one positions his/her smart phone or tablet in front of the print image, as if he/she were taking a photograph, and strange things start happening.  The print becomes animated!

At the Augment El Paso show, March 2014, in Dreadful Things, El Paso, Texas:

Augment EP El Paso creators,
Robert Castaneda and David Figueroa,
viewing an augmented image 
on an iPad tablet

at the Dreadful Things show

At the 11th Monkey pop-up show, April 2014, in Phoenix:

Tanya Rich watches moving octopus tentacles,
in the animated "augmented" version 
of the portrait with octopus tentacles poster
on an Android tablet

Zeke Pena Print Augmented

After downloading the Augment El Paso app (see further below), position your smart phone or tablet in front of Zeke Pena's print, and the image starts changing -- note, this also works from Zeke's image on a laptop screen:

First augment:
the rabbit and hummingbird move

Tap the screen,
and the image goes crazy!

Tap the screen a second time,
and the image changes again

(the playlist continues with 
Krrrl and Tanya's prints augmented)

The playlist continues,

The playlist continues

The Augment El Paso 2.1 app is currently out 
on all three app stores.

Google Play:
Amazon App Store:

Note:  With a QR code scanner app, one can scan the QR codes below, and install the app on their smart devices (I am using QR Code Reader app by Scan on my Nexus tablet).

to links to all apps
for both Apple and Android devices
(same as "Augmented Reality" tab above)


Google Play
Google Play:

Amazon App Store:

 High resolution png files -- All (indirect link) -- iPhoneGooglePlayAmazon  
Vector QR codes (without the logo in center)-- All (indirect link) -- iPhone, GooglePlay, Amazon

QR codes generated online at QR Code Monkey.

is helping us maintain the iTablets
at the El Paso Museum of Art

Friday, January 15, 2016

Coming to the El Paso Museum of Art

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta will be showing at the El Paso Museum of Art --from January 31st - May 22nd, 2016.  Admission is FREE.

Reception during the evening of April 14th, 2016.

Banner announcement
at the El Paso Museum of Art downtown

El Paso Museum of Art hours and location:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday -- 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday -- 9AM - 9PM
Sunday -- 12 Noon - 5PM
closed Mondays and major holidays

downtown El Paso, TX. 79901
in downtown just off Interstate 10

The Press Release from the El Paso Museum of Art:

A few years ago artist and self-styled “art agitator” KRRRL (Karl Whitaker) of Albuquerque originated the seminal and significant creative initiative of fostering printmaking projects between contemporary artists of the American Southwest. Inspired by El Paso artist Manuel (“Manny”) Guerra’s 2014 Horned Toad Print Exchange, KRRRL played a major role organizing the YayBig Print Exchange in Tucson in association with the city’s YayBig (You and Your Big Ideas) Gallery owner, Joe Marshall, and selections from these complementary exchanges were featured in a Pop-Up Gallery in El Paso in October 2014 as part of the City’s annual CTB (Chalk the Block) Arts Festival.
In the first half of 2016 the EPMA is proud to be presenting the exhibition of KRRRL’s latest collaborative venture in this vein: Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, which includes works by both KRRRL and Manny Guerra as well as the El Paso artists Federico Villalba, Jesús “Cimi” Alvarado, Zeke Peña, and Tim Razo. KRRRL invited thirty different artists living and working within the rough geographic triangle of Tucson / Albuquerque / El Paso-Las Cruces-Ciudad Juárez to create an edition of fifty prints in a format of 22 x 30 or 30 x 22 inches. In this new print portfolio one third of the prints were created across the border in Mexico, where the artists were able to work with master Mexican printmaker Arturo Negrete at the Taller 75 Grados. The artists explore a variety of moods, themes, and techniques, which range from silkscreen to relief printing, and together these handsome prints are marked by boldness of graphic design, rich coloration, and vibrant imagery that variously reimagines symbols from the border and desert, from Hispanic and popular culture, and elsewhere.

We were interviewed by Marina Monsisvais for the "State of the Arts" radio program at KTEP on January 19th, about our upcoming exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art.  Dr Patrick Shaw Cable, Senior Curator at the El Paso Museum of Art, Manuel Guerra, Lecturer in the printmaking department at UTEP, and Krrrl, aka Karl Whitaker, were interviewed.

(originally aired online on 1/23/16)

(L to R) Dr Patrick Shaw Cable, Senior Curator at the El Paso Museum of Art,
Marina Monsisvais, KTEP radio host

Meanwhile, across the Rio Grande, another print show opens on the 29th of January, two days earlier.  The YayBig and Horned Toad Print Exchanges are being shown at the Juarez Contemporary. Opening at 6 PM.

opening January 29th

Many of the same artists in the print exchange show in Juarez, are also showing with the Desert Triangle show in El Paso.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Southwest Printmaking Studios

The Desert Triangle prints were produced in 14 studios.  11 of those studios are in the Southwest.

Tucson cluster:

Riverside, California

Pavel Acevedo (right)
runs the press at the art store

  • Pavel Acevedo made his relief print on a press at Urge Palette Art Store, in the Riverside, California desert.   Jim and Deborah Cool-Flowers drove the press all the way from El Paso, to give to Pavel.


Jeik Catlin Ficker (in background)

4 prints were made at the Tucson Community Printshop:


Dwight Metzger (pictured, tallest of group of 3 at right)
runs the Gloo Factory silk screen shop

2 silk screen prints were pulled at the Gloo Factory in Tucson:


used a large wooden spoon
to hand print his edition

  • Martin Quintanilla hand printed his edition of relief prints carved on Mexican shoe rubber, at his home studio in Tucson..


Michael Contreras' home studio
  • Michael Contreras produced his relief prints on the press in his home studio in Tucson.


Gonzalo Espinosa and Tanya Rich
look onto the silk screen exposure unit

2 prints were started, but not finished, at Taller Sin Miedo, those by Gonzalo Espinosa and Tanya Rich.  Taller Sin Miedo is a private studio in the house of Gonzalo Espinosa; however, it started in the Sculpture Resource Center.

Albuquerque cluster:


Regina Held (back to us) 


Henry Morales in his home studio

  • Henry Morales printed his woodcut color relief edition at his home studio in Albuquerque.  

Henry actually had a press made 
large enough to press his print edition

The press bed rolls on skateboard wheels

El Paso cluster:

El Paso

Alan Hodson (pictured at left) and Jonathan “JJ” Childress

6 serigraphs were pulled at Proper Printshop in El Paso:

El Paso

Manuel Guerra (pictured left) runs Horned Toad Prints
in his private print studio in El Paso

  • Mark Christian's (Tucson) woodcut print was produced at Horned Toad Prints studio in El Paso.

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Chris Bardey taught printmaking at NMSU
during the Fall 2015 semester
  • Chris Bardey started his print as a woodcut, which he ran through the presses at the New Mexico State University print shop.  He ultimately had this print silk screened at Proper Printshop in El Paso.