Thursday, May 9, 2019

Summary -- Printmakers Updates

 The Desert Triangle artists have been very active since the first major exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art in 2016.  It took 3 blog entries to try to describe their progress, and of course we left a lot out.

Moreover the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta continues to show.  The next scheduled exhibition is at the Las Cruces Museum of Art in New Meixco, opening November 1st, and lasting until January 2020.

where the Desert Triangle will be in November 2019

We are almost 5 years away from the conception of the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta, at the 2014 Chalk the Block print exchanges exhibition.  A lot has happened since then, while the artists have all spread out, to work on bigger and better things.  That turns the Desert Triangle into a slice of history, of what people were thinking about around 2016.


Printmakers Update 2019 -- Part 3

This is the third look at what some of the Desert Triangle printmakers have done recently.


Tanya Rich went down to Habana, Cuba with Krrrl to create a print with Octavio Irving in 2018, for the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.


Manuel Guerra of Horned Toad Prints, teamed up with Taller Grafica Libre in Zaachila, Oaxaca, to produce the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange.  Ultimately they received 158 print editions: 80 from the US, 72 from Mexico, two from Cuba, two from Australia, one from Canada and one from Ireland.

Catalog forthcoming

The Ambos Lados International Print Exchange's debut exhibition was during the big SGCI 2019 print conference of Dallas/North Texas.  Ambos Lados showed at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Krrrl flew down to Oaxaca in March 2019, to deliver the last of the print packages to the artists in Oaxaca.

I was preceded by some non-printmakers
in the Vente a Veinte cantina in Oaxaca City


I saw Zeke Peña's drawings plastered all over the city of Oaxaca in March, as they were presenting the book he illustrated -- Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide -- at the Biblioteca Henestrosa on April 6, 2019 (although Zeke was not there).

Zeke Peña is very active, so we can only touch on some of the other projects he has been working on.

Zeke is also showing in the "Qué Chola"exhibition
at National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque,
along with Nanibah Chacon


Martin Quintanilla has opened his print gallery in Patzcuaro, Michoacan -- Microgallery Manibula -- and apparently oscillates between Mexico and Tucson these days.


Ruben Urrea Moreno's Desert Triangle print was discovered hanging at the Tucson Museum of Art in 2018.  Ruben is painting all the time, and we get to see a few of the things he creates on his Instagram.


Michael Contreras is still running the Contreras Gallery in Tucson, in the 6th and 6th art district next to downtown.

Contreras Gallery in Tucson,
110 East 6th Street


Mykl Wells created a huge cardboard sculpture -- Astronave -- for the 2016 Cartasia Lucca Biennale in Italy.


Joe Marshall continues to crank out the relief prints, and actively shows at Tiny Town Gallery on 4th Avenue in Tucson.


Rudy Flores' print prominently represented the Desert Triangle at the University of Arizona Art Museum in 2017.


We are keeping current with Rogo through his Instagram.


Gonzalo Espinosa has moved to Puerto Vallarta, and is showing in many galleries there.

Paradise in Puerto Vallarta

Gonzalo  at a presentation in Puerto Vallarta

Gonzalo is showing his work 
in many galleries in Puerto Vallarta

  • Printmakers Update 2019 -- Part 3

Printmakers Update 2019 -- Part 2

This is the second look at what some of the Desert Triangle printmakers have done recently.


Pavel Acevedo is hard to keep up with.

"...(Pavel) mural collaboration with artist Kate Deciccio
 for the event “We Rise” in the “Arts District” located in LA, 
this exhibit opens on Friday 17 (May 2019)"

Mural in progress in downtown Riverside
Pavel and Fritz Aragón collaboration


Nani Chacon's paintings are prominently featured in the "Qué Chola" exhibition at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, running from March 8 to August 4, 2019.  Her Instagram shows that she is quiet busy.

"La Onda"


Henry Morales always participates in the Day of the Dead festivities in Albuquerque, including the Marigold Parade in the South Valley.


Krrrl, your blogger, has been experimenting widely.  I received his sculpture collaboration with Daniel Hornung from Metalphysic foundry in Tucson.  I emailed one of his small newsprint figure drawings to China, and received a painting.  I also have been experimenting with online AI programs, that alter my drawings. All these projects started from one of the drawings in his self-published book -- "Finish My Figure Drawings."


Tino Ortega won the First Place at Chalk the Block in 2016.


Tim Razo is always creating new amazing images and serigraphs, some of which show up on his Instagram.

  • Printmakers Update 2019 -- Part 2