Saturday, December 4, 2021

Closing at Casa Ortiz -- El Paso/Socorro, Texas

The closing for Ambos Lados was on Black Friday, November 26, 2021 -- at Casa Ortiz in Socorro, Texas, just outside of El Paso.

Casa Ortiz is beautiful!
In Socorro, Texas

The closing


Due to space limitations, not all the prints could be exhibited:

Manuel Guerra, who organized Ambos Lados from El Paso,
gave out free prints at the closing,
of images carved by Tres Gatos of Guadalajara

Rising printmaker Mario Alonso Perez has a studio at Casa Ortiz, and needs to be shown in future exhibitions:

Likewise printmaker John Ibarra has a studio at Casa Ortiz, and needs to be shown in future exhibitions:

John Ibarra

We took down the Ambos Lados exhibition on November 30th:

We packed up Ambos Lados
in 10 boxes

Next Stop, January 2022:  At the Inpost in Albuquerque, in The Outpost

Friday, November 5, 2021

Ambos Lados showing in El Paso -- at Casa Ortiz

The Ambos Lados International Print Exchange is showing -- from November 5 - November 30, 2021 -- at Casa Ortiz, just south of El Paso, near the Rio Grande river and the border with Mexico.  The opening is on Friday, November 5th, from 5 - 10 PM.

Casa Ortiz is located in Socorro, Texas -- at 10167 Socorro Rd, Socorro, TX 79927.  One can get there by taking I-10 or Loop 375.

Diego "Robot" runs the Casa Ortiz gallery and was interviewed by KTSM 9 TV:

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Tzompantli paste-up in Guadalajara

Los Tres Gatos solicited images of skulls which they will paste-up on the streets of Guadalajara to make a Tzompantli -- Aztec skull rack -- during the Day of the Dead in 2021.

This post will be filled out soon as the prints come in from Guadalajara

Tortilla Press printmaking

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We followed the example of Los Tres Gatos Press and used a Tortilla Press to make 8 x 8 inch prints on the streets of New Mexico -- in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Silver City.

Los Tres Gatos of Guadalajara innovated the Tortilla Press for making prints.  Joseph Velasquez of Drive By Press sold us one of these Tortilla Presses made with their design.  

Joseph Velasquez made a YouTube video about how to use the Tortilla Press:


August 27, 2021

Five artists from Hecho A Mano gallery carved linoleum plates for us to print on the tortilla press.  Also Alejandra Mares and Xavier Moreno of Los Tres Gatos Press, sent two plates from Guadalajara for us to print as well.

Silver City
for the Southwest Print Fiesta
October 9, 2021

Printmaking during the fuzzy Covid era

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Printmaking in Times of Covid

The whole world has been on pause during the Covid 19 epidemic.  We have been on lockdown for a whole year now in New Mexico here in the United States.  No one has been able to exhibit Ambos Lados during this time, but now things are starting to thaw out in March, 2021.  Below is what happened during lockdown, and some things to look forward to.


(1946 - 2021)

Juan Sandoval was a major print collector from El Paso who also spent a lot of time in Oaxaca, and collected prints by those artists.  We followed Juan Sandoval's lead when producing both the Ambos Lados and the Desert Triangle Print Carpeta projects.  We were proud to dedicate the Ambos Lados catalog to Juan Sandoval. He passed away on January 3, 2021.

Juan Sandoval was one of the major US collectors of Latin prints, and donated his print collection to the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas.  Currently Mexic-Arte is exhibiting the Juan Sandoval collection -- Mexico, the Border, and Beyond: Selections from the Juan Sandoval Jr Collection -- from December 19, 2020 - August 22, 2021.

Juan Sandoval Jr art collection
showing at Mexic-Arte


Taller Grafica Libre of Zaachila, Oaxaca co-sponsored the MiniPrint exhibition between Ecuador, Colombia and Mexico.  Manuel Guerra was invited to be one of the judges.

at Self Help Graphics

Pavel Acevedo is the artist-in-residence at Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles, in the Beyond the Press program.

Pavel is participating in the Virtual Printmaking Summit at Self Help Graphics, on March 10 - 12, 2021.


Marcus Robiason got really busy making prints in Tucson during the pandemic:

Monday, October 19, 2020

Pavel Acevedo live streaming on Instagram, sponsored by Speedball

Pavel Acevedo gave a live stream talk on Instagram on October 20, 2020, at 6:30 PM (PST), sponsored by Speedball.   He invited me to speak as a guest, as well as Xavier Moreno and Alejandra Mares of Tres Gatos Press in Guadalajara, and Chris Estrada of Los Angeles.  

Pavel is also selling his prints as part of a fundraiser in Riverside starting at $20.

People watched from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States.

Pavel has opened up Mexico to us, making the Ambos Lados International Print Exchange possible (he also contributed a print to Ambos Lado), as well as bolstering and participating in the previous Desert Triangle Print Carpeta.

The YouTube slideshow below recaps the highlights and flavor of our print adventures, in just over a minute (these photos are posted individually, with captions and links, at the bottom of this blog post):


On Instagram introducing the talk

Pavel's print talk at 6:30 PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Live Streaming on Instagram,
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Featuring Tres Gatos Press

Featuring Krrrl

Featuring Chris Estrada


Below is an outline of what I am going to say during the talk.

by Krrrl (Karl Whitaker)

I am dedicated to creating print trouble outside the studio AND the taller, on both sides of the frontera.

  • I am not a printmaker -- but I am a TROUBLEMAKER
  • I believe that the print isn't done when it comes off the press.  Its life doesn't start until AFTER the print leaves the studio.  That's where the trouble begins.
  • Paintings are not "art" if you store them under your bed. The viewers do 50% of the work in creating the piece.  Likewise PRINTS have to be seen, but as multiples they have an extra advantage over paintings.  And that is where the fun begins -- in multiple print exhibitions.  It's even more fun when those exhibitions spill across borders!
  • EXHIBITIONS: We have been exhibiting collections of prints since 2013, culminating in the DESERT TRIANGLE PRINT CARPETA (2016) and the AMBOS LADOS INTERNATIONAL PRINT EXCHANGE (2019).  We have exhibited those prints all over the US and Mexico -- Portland, Riverside, Tucson, El Paso, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Austin, Dallas, Chicago, Palm Beach, Fla; Mexico City, Puebla, Oaxaca, Monterrey, Ciudad Juarez.  Pavel Acevedo has been part of both of those print collections. Most importantly, it was Pavel who opened the doors to Mexico for us.
  • Moreover we have self-published CATALOGS (our latest in both English and Spanish), and still maintain BLOGS for those exhibitions -- using all the tools of the 21st century to enlarge the reach of the exhibitions. Likewise we keep up with the international printmakers on Instagram.
  • BEYOND THE EXHIBITION: In 2018 in Florida, Joseph Velasquez of "Drive By Press" came to our Desert Triangle opening near Palm Beach, and made prints with skateboards (after taking off the wheels).  A few days later, Tanya Rich and I were in Havana making prints with Octavio Irving, who also participated in Ambos Lados.  So exhibiting prints lead to other unexpected art interactions (which admittedly, they did not pay for themselves), which is where the fun kicks in.
  • In 2019 Manuel Guerra, Marco Sanchez and I took a trip across Mexico to meet a lot of the young Mexican printmakers.  We printed with TORTILLA PRESSES on the streets of Guadalajara with Los Tres Gatos.  We also made prints in Uruapan, Oaxaca, and at Taller 75 Grados in Mexico city. We gave a print presentation at the prestigious IAGO in Oaxaca, while the founder Francisco Toledo was still alive.
  • THE FUTURE:  As we met many great printmakers in Oaxaca and Mexico, I see a future playing "PRINT VOLLEYBALL" between the two countries.  We can cheaply send prints back and forth over "the wall," and have pop-up print exhibitions in both countries.  I might get 5 printmakers together in New Mexico, and invite 5 printmakers from Oaxaca and 5 more from Guadalajara.  People from Albuquerque would come out to see work by the local printmaker heroes, and walk away further buoyed by the 10 great unknown works by young Mexican printmakers.  Likewise the printmakers in Mexico could have a tequila print salon for a night in Guadalajara, showing their work, as well as the 10 prints from Albuquerque and Oaxaca.  Of course, we could document all those pop-up and salon exhibitions on both sides of the border in a blog, and even self-publish a catalog.
  • It would be too expensive to pull off this kind of international art pollinating with sculpture or painting.  However small prints can be mailed across the border CHEAPLY.  And if you lose a print, there are always other copies of that artwork.  However if you lose a painting, you lose a friend.
  • BEYOND THE PRINT: The printmaking impulse can go into overdrive.  Recently Pavel, Tres Gatos and I have been sidebusting on Banksy, pasting large copies of prints in public and forbidden places.  The strong black-and-white image of a print lends itself to enlarging and wheatpasting.  The print exhibition does not have to stop at the gallery.
  • A more substantial example was the Zapata portfolio made by the MAPECO printmakers in Uruapan, Mexico.  They were invited to hang their large prints -- commemorating the 100 years after the death of Emiliano Zapata-- in the community center in Cheran.  CHERAN is a small pueblo in Michoacán that kicked out the government, the police, the illegal loggers, and the drug cartels -- setting up their own autonomous government.  These prints must have had a big impact, bolstering the integrity of those villagers in Cheran. While we had nothing to do with that, the MAPECO printmakers that created the prints did participate in Ambos Lados.  
  • Another example of print overdrive happened in downtown Austin.  When we had a show at Mexic-Arte in 2018, the director asked Los Dos and Jellyfish -- the two collectives exhibiting in the Desert Triangle -- to glue their paste-up print images on the outside wall and create a mural.  The day after the Desert Triangle opening, the whole community was painting the walls and creating a spontaneous print paste-up mural.  Later Augment El Paso enhanced this mural in time for SXSW, so that hipster visitors could view the Mexic-Arte mural animated by augmented reality on their iPhones.  We continued the momentum by making a serigraph edition of that augmented image at Taller 75 Grados in Mexico City.   This is an example of when the printmaking phenomena got way out of hand.
  • BLEEDING EDGE: We had previously employed AUGMENTED REALITY to enhance 3 Desert Triangle prints.  Moreover we also experimented in AI (artificial intelligence) when I recently stole Pavel's print style, and applied it to my drawing in Deep Dream Generator.  I used AI to create the relief print now hanging in Silver City in New Mexico, for the Southwest Print Fiesta Print Exchange By the way, Los Tres Gatos also contributed prints to that exchange exhibition. By bringing all the latest 21st century technology to printmaking, we are staying on the cutting edge.

With Captions

The 23 images below are all in the YouTube slideshow.  They recap some highlights of exhibiting and making prints, in the US and Mexico, on both sides of the Mexican border.

More detailed information is on the following blogs:


 Below is Pavel's excellent new Covid print:

Below is an excellent video of Pavel making his latest Covid print.

Somewhere, on the streets of LA:

Somewhere on the streets of Guadalajara -- Tres Gatos Press were Pavel's first guest on the Speedball live stream.  They sell their prints on Big Cartel:

Call to Printmakers