Monday, December 18, 2017

Coming to Austin

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta will be showing at Mexic-Arte in Austin in January 2018.

Mexic-Arte Opening Friday, January 26,  6 - 9 PM. 

January 26 - May 27, 2018 (Closed February 12 - March 31)

--  We will also give an Artist Talk -- Saturday, January 27th, 1:30 PM --

Banner on Congress Avenue in Austin,
in front of the Mexic-Arte Museum
(Jan 23, 2018)

Facebook event of our talk,
Saturday, January 27th, 
1:30 PM

There is also a Facebook event for the brunch preceding the artist talk, on Saturday, January 27th, from 11:30 to 1:00 PM.

Listing on the Mexic-Arte website

Press Release

Desert Triangle Print Carpeta
January 26 – May 27, 2018 (Closed February 12 – March 31)
Annex Gallery

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibition will feature the work of 30 printmakers from Tucson, Arizona, El Paso, Texas area (including Ciudad Juárez, México, and Las Cruces, New Mexico), and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Organized by KRRRL (Karl Whitaker), the prints in this carpeta, or print portfolio, were produced in 14 different studios across the “desert triangle” region in 2015 with the objective to bring exposure to artists living and working in “the hottest, driest stretch of flyover country,” as Whitaker notes. 

The artworks in the collection are vibrant in color and display a rich array of artistic styles and printmaking techniques while dealing with themes pertinent to the Southwest region, including diverse cultural narratives, border identity, and popular culture. Additionally, three prints on display – KRRRL’s La chulada, Tanya Rich’s Receive the Desires of Your Heart, and Zeke Peña’s A Nomad in Love – will incorporate augmented reality through Augment El Paso’s self-titled application, which animates these works of art. By using a smartphone or tablet, an augmented image becomes a multi-sensory and interactive experience for the viewer. Through this unique feature, the app serves to bridge the gap between traditional print and interactive computer media.

A special thank you to Karl Whitaker for his generous donation of this portfolio to the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection.

Featured artists include:

(Tucson, AZ) - Pável Acevedo, Cristina Cárdenas, Mark Christian, Michael Contreras, Gonzalo Espinosa, Rudy Flores, Joe Marshall, Lauren Moran, Ruben Urrea Moreno, Martín Quintanilla, Tanya Rich, Rogo, and Mykl Wells. 

(Albuquerque, NM ) - Nanibah “Nani” Chacon, KRRRL, and Henry Morales.

(El Paso, TX Area) - Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, Chris Bardey, Francisco Delgado, Manuel Guerra, Jellyfish Colectivo, Los Dos, Raul Monarrez, Victor Muheddine, Albert “Tino” Ortega, Zeke Peña, Matthew Poe, Tim Razo, Federico Villalba, and Yorch.


Opening Reception
Date: Friday, January 26, 2018
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Admission: $10.00 or Free for Members
About: Join us for the opening reception of Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections from the Permanent Collection and Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibitions, with live music, and specialty drinks generously provided by Dulce Vida Tequila!

Members Brunch
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Admission: Free for Members 
About: Museum Members are invited to brunch and meet the creative minds behind the exhibitions and artworks on display. Stick around following the brunch for an artist talk with the organizer and artists from the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta. 

Artist Talk
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 1:30pm
Admission: $5.00 or Free for Members
About: Desert Triangle Print Carpeta organizer, Karl Whitaker, and artists will give an artist talk where visitors can learn more about the project, the artistic processes, and inspiration behind this unique printmaking project. 

@reboprints aka Jonathan Rebolloso,
is one of the guest printmakers
posting on the Print Austin Instagram

* Dual Openings *

Also, in San Francisco, 4 of the Desert Triangle artists -- Los Dos, Francisco Delgado, Nani Chacon, and Pavel Acevedo -- will be in an exhibition at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts -- "Crossing Paths" -- opening on the same night, January 26, 2018.  Also note that opening the same night there, is a show of the work of the late Michael Roman -- "Stenciled Visions," curated by Juan Fuentes-- who was a big inspiration for the Desert Triangle, from long ago.

Delivering the framed prints to Mexic-Arte
in mid-November

Inspecting the prints after delivery,
 at Mexic-Arte in Austin

Boxes of prints,
loaded up in a van in El Paso

The Day of the Dead altars  -- in the Love to Death: Community Altars exhibition --were still up when we delivered the prints to Mexic-Arte.

Felipe Linares,

was in the show,
as he had passed away in 2017

We had a great art adventure in Austin and San Antonio after dropping off the framed prints in Austin.

Federico meets Federico --
Don Federico of El Paso meets El Federico of Austin (but formerly of El Paso)

Art of El Federico,

At the "Centro de Artes" in downtown San Antonio,
was showing the "Icons and Symbols of the Borderland" exhibition
on the first floor,
with many artists from El Paso

The print show in downtown San Antonio, upstairs at the "Centro de Artes" museum,
featured a lot of serigraphs by Puerto Rican artists, and a few prints by San Antonio artists we know.  Lot of the prints were on loan from the Sam Slick collection at UNM.  They were especially interesting to see, considering that many of our Desert Triangle prints are serigraphs of about the same size.

Upstairs at the "Centro de Artes" museum in downtown San Antonio,
was a Puerto Rican print show --
which also included prints by San Antonio artists

"Made in USA"

"¡Fuera La Marina Yanki de Culebra!,
Get the Yankee Marines out of Culebra"


"Primer Concurso de Caberos de Puerto Rico,
First Congress of Machete Heads in Puerto Rico"

Juan de Dios Mora (of San Antonio)
"Unos Nomas (Just a Few)"

Gary Sweeney
"One Day in Austin"
woodcut print

We also checked out the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival 2017 in San Antonio:

Bad photo
of women blowing big bubbles during the arts fiesta

(he draws with us in El Paso sometimes)

Frank Valdez painting

Mural at "Mi Tierra" restaurant in downtown San Antonio,
featuring Carlos Santana,
and Cheech Marin as Cantiflas

We also enjoyed the East Austin Open Studio Tour 2017:

"After Hours" had a serigraph print show
at Canopy

"Dirty Laundry"

sold me one of her prints

We also checked out the Texas Biennial 2017 while in Austin;

Angel Cabrales' sculpture (of El Paso)
was in the Texas Biennial

Summary --through 2017

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta has been exhibited from Oaxaca to Chicago, so far!

Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibitions


Patzcuaro, Mexico
September, 2015

The first 18 prints were exhibited 
in the colonial town of Pátzcuaro

Mexico City
November 25, 2015

The  Desert Triangle was part of
Taller 75 Grados'
32 Anniversary celebration

Rincon de Sabina
November 1, 2015

Afternoon pop-up showing in beautiful downtown Oaxaca City

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Brownsville, Texas
November, 2015

Two of the Desert Triangle prints
were in the print exhibition
at the University of Texas in Brownsville

Guru Galeria
Mexico City
November, 2015

We exhibited in rock star Cha's gallery,
Guru Gallery


El Paso Museum of Art -- first day
January 31st, 2016

We shocked the museum,
as lots of people came out on the first day
(though the opening was in April)

Contreras Gallery
February 7, 2016

Great reception near downtown Tucson

Las Vegas, New Mexico
February -- March, 2016

Three of the Desert Triangle prints
were exhibited during the exhibition
associated with the "Print, Printed, Printing" conference

El Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita
Patzcuaro, Mexico
March 11 -- April 3, 2016

The remaining Desert Triangle prints were shown,
at a second exhibition in Patzcuaro

SGCI Print Conference
March 30 -- April 2, 2016

We had a pop-up exhibition at the SGCI print conference in Portland --
see pop-up show link,
and Open Portfolio link


El Paso Museum of Art -- reception
April 15, 2016

Great reception at the El Paso Museum of Art,
giving out free serigraphs during the print demo
by Maestro Arturo Negrete

Print Fair, Houston
April 24, 2016

We sold several Desert Triangle prints in Houston
at the wonderful "It Came from the Bayou" Print Fair,
organized by Carlos Hernandez

Matrix Fine Art Gallery
July -- August, 2016

Desert Triangle opening in Albuquerque

Zagal Factory Store
Mexico City
August ~ 2016

Our prints were up and for sale
at the Zagal Factory Store
in Mexico City

Hoofprint Workshop
August, 2016

Hoofprint in Chicago 
showed the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta
in their print shop

Southwest Print Fiesta
Silver City, New Mexico
September 2 -4, 2016

We sold prints at the 1st Southwest Print Fiesta
in Southwest New Mexico


Just the Tip
Pop-up show in Austin
November 19th, 2016

Several of the Desert Triangle prints were hung,
and a few were sold,
at the "Just the Tip" pop-up show and party,
during the East Austin Studio Tour


Galeria Integrante 
Puebla, Mexico
May 2017

Showing the Desert Triangle prints
in Puebla, Mexico

August 2017

Three of the prints were showing as "New Acquisitions"
at the University of Arizona Art Museum,
as we donated a whole Desert Triangle Print Carpeta to the museum


Spin Off Print Shows and Events

In addition to the Desert Triangle, we have put up other related print shows and events, as follows:


UTEP -- Taller 75 Grados demo
El Paso
April 15, 2016

Arturo Negrete of Taller 75 Grados from Mexico City,
gives a serigraph demo at the University of Texas at El Paso

San Jacinto Plaza Reopening
El Paso
April 16, 2016

The City of El Paso also arranged forArturo Negrete 
to live print and give away serigraphs
during the re-opening of San Jacinto plaza downtown

"Like in Japan -- prints by Taller 75 Grados"
Proper Printshop, El Paso
April 16, 2016

Taller 75 Grados
showing their prints at Proper Printshop in El Paso

"Old Pueblo vs Portlandia"
Cartel Coffee Lab, downtown Tucson
April -- October, 2016

We collected some prints from Portland printmakers
while at the SGCI print conference in Portland,
and exhibited them next to some Desert Triangle prints,
at the Cartel Coffee Lab in downtown Tucson

Proper Printshop, El Paso
May, 2016

During the making of the Desert Triangle,
we collected a lot of other prints,
and showed what we had so far at Proper Printshop,
for dessert, of course!

Ace Barbershop, Albuquerque
November, 2016

Framed serigraphs from Taller 75 Grados of Mexico City,
showing in a barbershop in downtown Albuquerque


El Paso
February - March 2017

Follow up print show, 
a year after our Desert Triangle show at the El Paso Museum of Art.
We commissioned and collected a lot of additional great prints,
that had to be shown!

Oaxaqueño Print Showing at UTEP
El Paso
March, 2017

The large prints from Oaxaca,
at a special showing for UTEP print students

South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque
April - May, 2017

The "Postre Prints" exhibition from El Paso headed north,
with a lot of additional framed prints from Albuquerque printmakers

"Off Broadway"
Karsten Creightney's studio, Albuquerque
April 21, 2017

The prints Not Safe for the South Broadway Cultural Center, 
were shown in a private printshop salon
in downtown Albuquerque

In the ArtSpace building in downtown El Paso
June 2017 - present

A selection of our print collection
showing at the Nomu Cafe,
in the ArtSpace building in downtown El Paso

Remarque Print Workshop and Gallery. Albuquerque
August 2017

We collected a lot of excellent contemporary prints from Mexico,
and had to show them!

September - December, 2017

A selection of prints from the earlier "Prints by Southwest" exhibition,
were shown in the Office of Cultural Affairs,
on the 6th floor of Albuquerque City Hall

El Paso Museum of Art
October 6-8, 2017

We showed the Contemporary Mexican prints again,
along with the large Oaxaca prints,
at the El Paso Museum of Art,
during the Chalk the Block cultural weekend event