Monday, October 27, 2014

YayBig Exchange at the YayBig Gallery in Tucson

YayBig at YayBig -- November 2014

During the month of November, 2014, the YayBig Print Exchange will be shown in downtown Tucson at the YayBig Gallery -- 74 E Toole Ave -- in the Pleasure World Artists Studios and Galleries building.

November 1st -- Opening reception, First Saturday,  6 - 9 PM.

November 8th and 9th -- TPAC Open Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM,  both days.

(note:  The All Souls Procession starts nearby,in the evening, Sunday, November 9th)

Pleasure World building

Show hung Oct 27th


Friday, October 24, 2014

Horned Toad at Honeyguide Gallery in El Paso

After our two exhibitions together, our sister print exchange, Horned Toad Prints, exhibited at Honeyguide Gallery in El Paso (inside the Joe Vinny and Bronsons Bohemian Cafe), starting October 20th.  Reception Friday, November 9th:

The Honeyguide gallery 
is inside Joe Vinny and Bronson's Bohemian Cafe

Joe Vinny and Bronsons at night

Meanwhile, back in Tucson, we divided up the YayBig Print Exchange, and are delivering 13 different prints to each participating artist, in archival boxes, with glassine sheets between the prints:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Chalk the Block Opening -- El Paso

was one of many artists
who visited our pop-up gallery

had prints in our pop-up gallery

"Cimi" Alvarado, Krrrl, Tanya Rick, and Luis Valderas

The prints we showed at Chalk the Block last year
eventually snowballed into a self-published catalog

Next Up:  The print exchanges split up --

Sidebusting On Other Pop-up Galleries

We tried to cause art trouble with the rest of the pop-up galleries at Chalk the Block:

We commissioned the pop-up gallery next door,
desingER -- a UTEP group --
 lead by David Padilla,
with Gustavo Gottfried, Belinda Mosher,and Yvonne Martinez --
to make a poster for our pop-up print show.

*designER poster*

No Roosters were Harmed 
in the Production of this Poster
We are commissioning 
to make a large silk screen of that design.

was at the UTEP -- BLAST OFF pop-up gallery,
and invited Marcus Robiason to do a chalk art piece there.
DO Art was also in that 2nd floor space.

CUADRO pop-up 
gave out free lemonade on the street,
made from Pancho Villa's trigger finger,
like in front of our pop-up gallery here,
as part of their art project.
UTEP's Ruben Center and LA's Machine Project
were sharing the Cuadro space

At the CUADRO pop-up
Tanya had her nails done
in an art confessional booth

Maintain was at "Borderlines 2nd Floor Contemporary Gallery" pop-up  --

We are interested in producing silkscreen prints
Maintain has been a fixture at Chalk the Block pop-up galleries,
and inspired us to both buy prints,
and bring others to El Paso.

The Billion Jelly Bloom from San Francisco,
walked past our pop-up gallery

Performance at The Shell
a pop-up gallery two doors down

Marcus Robiason
in front of his framed small print,
holding a fresh new larger print

Chalk the Block Attractions

Lots of stuff went on at Chalk the Block:

all chalked up

Sidewalk chalk art,
the main event

by Filthy Luker (United Kingdom)

from Yarrow Mazzetti (New York)

We had a nice talk with Ioana Urma,
who installed the colorful maze 

Then there were local participants:

Jungle Jak's Kid Zone

Stage at Chalk the Block

with their foot piano
on street vendor row

doing live screen printing
on the vendor's row

also had a booth on the vendor's row

Lots of Internet activity about this year's Chalk the Block 2014:


Steamroller Prints

Update:  The steam rollers prints are now exhibited at the ex-Museo Alameda in downtown San Antonio, March 12 - June 14, 2015!

Top Row
Kim Bishop (San Antonio), Luis Valderas (SA), Francisco Delgado (El Paso)
Bottom row
Zeque Penya (EP), Megan Harrison (SA), Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado (EP)Anna Seiferle-Valencia and Ruben Urrea Moreno (Tucson), Marcus Robiason (Tuc)


Texas Sized Breach

The San Antonio based collective, Art3, collaborated with with El Paso artists to make large-scale steamroller prints during the Chalk the Block festival in downtown El Paso (Oct 10 - 11, 2014) .   Artists Luis Valderas, Kim Bishop, and Megan Harrison came from San Antonio to print from their 2 x 4 foot woodcut blocks, bringing an additional block by Paul Karam.  The hosting El Paso artists  Jesus "Cimi" Alvarado, Francisco Delgado, and Zeque Penya printed as well, pleasing the crowds during the 2 day event.  Ultimately the Texas printmakers were joined by Ruben Urrea Moreno and Marcus Robiason from Tucson, extending the art reach 300 miles west down I-10.

Luis Valderas and Kim Bishop conceived of the Texas Sized Breach, and directed the steamroller print process:  "Texas Size Breach is a multi-image relief print on paper and textile (bed sheets). It is based on the Surrealist Exquisite Corpse Method of artists creating art in collaboration with each other. Using industrial tools and equipment Art3 will produce a series of relief prints on paper and on bedsheets for a public spectacle of printmaking guaranteed to captivate and inspire with participation of artists and the community. The resulting prints on textile will be on display and then sown together for a larger public landscape sculpture installation TBA."

The large prints on paper will be exhibited at the 3rd Space Art Gallery in San Antonio, and at YayBig Gallery in Tucson.

Many of these artists were in the YayBig Print Exchange -- Francisco Delgado, Zeque Penya, Ruben Urrea Moreno, and Marcus Robiason.

Marcus Robiason (Tucson)

Francisco Delgado (El Paso)
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Zeque Penya (El Paso)
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Luis Valderas (San Antonio)
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Paul Karam (San Antonio)
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Megan Harrison (San Antonio)
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

on bedsheets

on bedsheets

Tucson woodblocks in our pop-up gallery

Ruben Urrea Moreno leaving 
our pop-up gallery
to make steamroller prints

Marcus Robiason 
leaving our pop-up gallery
to make steamroller prints

Friday night, October 10th, printing on bedsheets:

Kim Bishop directing the inking process

Can steamroll 3 at a time

On Friday night, Oct 10th,  they printed on bedsheets

Ruben Urrea Moreno and Anna Seiferle-Valencia 

Saturday daytime, Oct 11th, printing on cotton Lennox paper:

Marcus inking 

Anna and Ruben inking
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Megan and Kim at the inking station
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Ruben and "Cimi"
placing the woodblock

Setting prints
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Luis operating the steamroller

Marcus pulling print
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Kim, "Cimi" Zeque, and Luis
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

"Cimi." Zeque, Francisco
(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

(Rolando Bocanegra Jr photo credit)

Kim Bishop's woodblock

Zeque Penya and Francisco Delgado's woodblocks

Ruben's block inked

Marcus' block inked

Prints packed in plastic
to drive back to Tucson