Monday, February 1, 2016

Juarez Contemporary Gallery

El Pueblo vs El Chuco
print exchanges

We had a great opening on Friday evening, January 29th, at the Juarez Contemporary Gallery in Mexico, just across the river from El Paso.  Both the YayBig and Horned Toad print exchanges exhibited together again.

The exhibit runs from January 29th - March 22nd  .

Federico Villalba, photographer,
had a print in the YayBig Print Exchange

Martin Quintanilla (right with hat)
came from Tucson
to see his print exhibited

Yorch and Pilo,
Juarez artists from the 
Rezizte Colectivo and Colectivo Jellyfish, respectively.
Both artists have prints in the 
showing at the El Paso Museum of Art

Served by a young lady
wearing an Amor por Juarez shirt,
the organization that sponsors the gallery

Manuel Guerra and Krrrl 
speak about the two print exchanges

Krrrl representing the YayBig Print Exchange
duking it out with
Manuel Guerra, representing the Horned Toad Print Exchange

to Atenas Campbell (far left), 
Amor por Juarez Project Coordinator,
and Laura Turon (far right),
Executive Director of Amor por Juarez --
Juarez Contemporary gallery is a project of Amor por Juarez

Laura Turon did a great job 
designing the pamphlets

We were really impressed with, and awed by, the Juarez Contemporary Gallery.  Moreover, we would like to see work from the artists in Juarez, perhaps in a future print exhibit, on either side of the Rio Grande. Prints move easily enough to exhibit across the border, as well as in more distant places.

El Diario newspaper, of Juarez and El Paso, did an article on our exhibition in the Sunday, February 7th edition.  That was the same Sunday as Super Bowl 50:

A Walk through Juarez,
approaching the Juarez Contemporary Gallery

Walking over the Santa Fe Street Bridge from downtown El Paso into Juarez, then straight ahead on Juarez Ave, one encounters a huge mural of Juan Gabriel, singer and a favorite native son:

Mural painted by Damasco

Behind a sculpture by Jorge Marin
is the Juarez Cathedral

A statue of the comedian Tin Tan,
in front of a quiet tourist market.
Tin Tan is also a native son of Juarez.

Sculpture by 
competes with McDonalds signage

can be seen from across the border,
by a large part of El Paso

Prints on Both Sides of El Rio Grande!

More than a few of the artists in the YayBig and Horned Toad print exchanges, are also exhibiting at the El Paso Museum of Art, in the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta exhibition, from January 31st - May 22nd.

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