Text: Karl Whitaker
Postmodern, post “Desert Triangle,” postre. It’s time for dessert, one year after the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibition at the El Paso Museum of Art. We are proud to showcase some of the best prints produced recently from our region, at the Purple Gallery downtown, opening on Third Thursday, February 23rd.
In the last year, the passion for printmaking has only grown in El Paso. Proper Printshop produced 52 serigraphs during their “Art en Vivo” events in 2016. Zeke Peña created 2 lithographs at Hoofprint Workshop in Chicago. Marco Sánchez went to Taller Gráfica Libre in Oaxaca to create an edition. Francisco Delgado traveled to Veracruz to create a couple of lithography prints at La Ceiba Gráfica (and travels to Flatbed Press in Austin to create another edition at the beginning of 2017). Cristin Apodaca created reciprocal prints with Pavel Acevedo. Something artistically significant is happening in El Paso.
Also featured are prints from Tucson artists such as Marcus Robiason, who came to Chalk the Block in 2014 to create a large steamroller print. Gonzalo Espinosa commissioned Proper Printshop to create his “A Veces Me Siento como un Perro” serigraph. Martin Quintanilla celebrates “El Hippie” with a relief print cut in Mexican shoe rubber. Joe Marshall created a beautiful reduction woodblock print of an old truck.
Albuquerque represents the 3rd point of the Desert Triangle with prints by Henry Morales, Karsten Creightney, Krrrl and one from a well-known Santa Fe artist, Eli Levin.
We are also featuring a few printmakers from outside our time zone such as San Antonio master Juan de Dios Mora; Omar Gonzalez from Kingsville, Texas; Malaquias Montoya of Davis, California; Michael Roman of San Francisco, who has printed artistic t-shirts for Carlos Santana; and Humberto Valdez, a phenom printing in Mexico City.
The aim is to keep fueling the momentum for printmaking in our dry Mountain Time region—El Paso, Albuquerque and Tucson—the Desert Triangle.
Most of these prints will then travel to Albuquerque, and be shown again at the South Broadway Cultural Center (April 20 – June 2) because prints travel easily, and good prints need to be shown in far away places.
Print Is Not Dead!
Purple Gallery, 227 N. Mesa St. El Paso, Texas
February 23 from 6:30 – 9pm
Show runs from Feb 23 – March 24, 2017