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

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