Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Zeke Pena and Cimi Alvarado

Zeke Peña and Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado, both from El Paso, were two of the first prints made for the carpeta, being pulled at Taller 75 Grados in Mexico City.

Zeke Peña signing his edition

Zeke (middle) with "Cimi,"
(flanked by Kim and Luis Valderas)
at the Steamroller print event
during Chalk the Block 2014
downtown El Paso

Zeke painting at Neon Desert 2015

Zeke in Brownsville
at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley,
where he gave a lecture and print demonstration

Through the Lens of the iPhone

Zeke's print is enhanced with "Augmented Reality."  If one downloads the Augment El Paso app, and then passes his iPhone, Android phone, iPad, Android tablet, etc... in front of the print -- as if he were taking a photo -- visual elements become animated.

The augment will load once the print is detached by the iPhone -- however, one may have to point the iPhone away from the print for a moment, and then back in front of the print, for the augment animation to start.

Download the Augment El Paso app:

First the rabbit and hummingbird
get animated

Tap the screen,
and the animation gets crazy!

Tap the screen a second time,
for a new different experience!

View a YouTube video of Zeke's print
in Augmented Reality

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

UPDATE (Nov 5, 2017):

Zeke Peña gave a presentation at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, which is in the process of acquiring his piece below.  He said that he was working on this painting when he did his print for the Desert Triangle, drawing on the same personal subject matter:

Zeke Peña 
stands in front of his piece

Also, Zeke's work will be part of the "Migrations" exhibition at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, in March 2018.

Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado

"Esto es un Rio"

in front of his mural 
in the Segundo Barrio
of El Paso

Cimi also put on the seminal Chucano exhibition in 2011.  Many of the El Paso Desert Triangle artists exhibited in that show.

Both Zeke and Cimi participated in the 
Texas Size Breach steam roller print project
(as well as carpeta artists Francisco Delgado and Ruben Urrea Moreno)

Update: October 2016

Cimi presents his print to Congressman  Beto O'Rourke

This print is rumored to be now hanging
in Beto O'Rourke's office,
in the US Capitol building

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