Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bringing it all back to Albuquerque

We are bringing it all back to Albuquerque in July with an exhibition at the Matrix Gallery, in front of New Grounds Print Workshop--  3812 East Central (near Carlisle).

Opening Saturday, July 2nd, 4 - 6 PM:

 Promotional flyers (front)

The show hung by print interns Hillary Savage and Holland Hardie:

Thank you 
for hanging the show

It feels like we are going against the grain in Albuquerque, as all the Nob Hill businesses have "Stop Art" on their doors.

 Of course, "A.R.T." refers to the Albuquerque Rapid Transit bus project, which the business are against, as it will probably disrupt traffic more than help it.

We considered naming the project the "De Anza Print Triangle," since De Anza was a rode around all the Southwest in the late 1700s, hanging out near Tucson, then later becoming governor of New Mexico.  Seems like El Paso back then was probably part of New Mexico, as 100 years before it was the capital of New Mexico (after the Pueblo Indian Revolt).  There are places in all 3 cities named after De Anza, like this motel in Albuquerque, conveniently in the shape of a "triangle."  De Anza also founded the city of San Francisco in 1776.

The De Anza triangle
in Albuquerque

which now stands in front of the 
in Albuquerque

Meanwhile, in Santa Fe, Meow Wolf opened their huge art installation last March (New York Times article).

Big sculpture in front of Meow Wolf
in Santa Fe

Many different installation rooms
in Meow Wolf
like this one inside

Next stop -- Chicago!  The Desert Triangle will be at Hoofprint Workshop in August.  Opening August 5th.

Monday, June 6, 2016

THE Magazine of Santa Fe

We are advertising in the July issue of THE Magazine of Santa Fe, for our July exhibition in Albuquerque at New Grounds and Matrix Fine Art.  Reception Saturday, July 2nd, 4- 6 PM.

Our ad on page 38

Cover of the July 2016 issue of THE Magazine

Our ad, lower left,
is on page 38

THE Magazine
in full stack 
at Napoli Coffee in Albuquerque

announcing our exhibition and opening

Oaxaca Carpeta

I received the Oaxaca Collective (Carpeta Nancional de Estampa en Mexico) last week -- two custom portfolio boxes full of prints.  Organized by Gabinete Grafico (Taller de Xilografia), with Irving Herrera as the coordinator.  This carpeta was an inspiration to us in the Southwest, when we were planning the "Desert Triangle Print Carpeta."

Double carpeta boxes
for one presentation  --
Andrez Vazquez Gloria on the cover

While we were conceptualizing the "Desert Triangle Print Carpeta," we took a trip to Oaxaca in December 2014, and meet a lot of the fine young printmakers down there (many of whom were about 30 years old).  I had seen works from a few of those printmakers a month before in Albuquerque, at the "Getting Up Pa 'l Pueblo" exhibition at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Once we committed to creating our own carpeta, Tanya Rich discovered this Oaxaca carpeta on Facebook, and that raised the bar.  We had our own custom carpeta box made, and redoubled our effort for quality.

A bottle of mezcal and two shot glasses
were package with bubble wrap,
and included in the custom made portfolio box
for the prints

A selection of the prints follows.  Go to the Oaxaca Collective website to see all the prints, and find more background information.  The prints are 11 x 14.75 inches.

Daniel Salazar

Gilberto Loera

Daniel Acosta

Robert Rodriguez

Aaron Lopez

Thank you Pavel Acevedo and Francisco Delgado for bringing the Oaxaca Carpeta over to the US. I aspire to frame these prints and exhibit them some time in the future.