Location: Link & Pin Art Space, 2235 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702
Gallery Hours: Friday - Sunday 11AM-4PM, or by appointment. To set up appointment call (512) 900-8952. For more information or for a guided tour of the exhibit, email Paloma Mayorga at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2018 PrintAustin Invitational presents emerging perspectives in printmaking. Guest curated by Paloma Mayorga, flux explores the fluidity between traditional and nontraditional mediums. By fusing various disciplines with serigraphy techniques, featured artists Essentials, Mirjam Dijkema, Nansi Guevara, and Michael Menchaca offer local and international approaches to this medium.
The versatility of serigraphy lends itself to negotiate formal aspects of creating prints. A technique that was conventionally limited to a two dimensional surface, now permeates dimension and inhabits the viewer’s physical space. From collage to installation and textiles, the works in this exhibition make room for underrepresented narratives to flourish in a tradition-dominated field.
PrintAustin is a nonprofit organization working with organizations and individuals throughout the visual arts community to showcase fine art prints during an annual month-long event from January 15 through February 15, 2017. To learn more, visit www.printaustin.org. The PrintAustin Invitational is PrintAustin's official exhibition of selected contemporary works in print.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Essentials Creativewww.essentialscreative.comAustin, Texas
Essentials is a multi-media collective producing holistic applied arts experiences. These multi-faceted events incorporate disciplines such as photography, fashion, graphic design, video, projection, animation, music, and installation. Although a single image may include many Essentials members, there is always a unified vision of experimentation, fluidity, and diversity.
Essentials creates a platform for underrepresented artists to express themselves and find support within their field. In the search for emerging talent, innovative voices, and unseen narratives, collaboration with other creatives is celebrated. Essentials is composed of and embraces artists of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community.
Mirjam Dijkemawww.mirjamdijkema.nlGroningen, Netherlands
Mirjam Dijkema is a Dutch artist, designer, and screen printer. Her process involves creating physical and digital collages, which are then turned into high quality fine art screen prints and gig posters. Dijkema has been commissioned to create gig posters for world-renown musicians and bands, and her work has been featured in galleries across Europe, in international music festivals, as well as annually in Flatstock, both locally and abroad. Most recently, she collaborated with Mexican artist on “Collisions”, a exhibition of large scale collages at the Museo del Tequila y el Mezcal and Panteon MX in Mexico City. This upcoming year, Mirjam Dijkema will be exhibiting collage works at Academie Minerva in Groningen, Netherlands, and Abadir Academy in Catania, Italy.
Nansi Guevarawww.nansiguevara.comLaredo, Texas
Nansi Guevara is a border artist, designer, and activist from Laredo, Texas. Her work is heavily influenced by ideas of community and solidarity, while learning the aesthetics and techniques of textile artists from the US/Mexico border. Guevara’s work is driven by her passion to tell our stories as border people and represent our history and culture. In addition to earning her B.A. in Design from the University of Texas at Austin, Guevara is a Fulbright Scholar, and studied Arts in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the past few years, she has continued her work with through participating in COMPARTE Festival in Chiapas, Mexico, Círculo de Mujeres in Brownsville, Texas, Make your own Xingonx Outfit, and Mujeres Lideres de Brownsville panel.
Michael Menchacawww.michaelmenchaca.comSan Antonio, Texas
Michael Menchaca is a Mexican-American artist based in San Antonio, Texas. His work incorporates cartoon, video game, and mesoamerican imagery and motifs to address identity, culture, U.S./Mexico border issues, and narratives of the immigrant experience. Menchaca holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has participated in a number of residencies across the U.S. Based in San Antonio, Texas, he creates thoughtful and politically charged work in serigraphy, collage, animation and installation art. Most recently, Menchaca was selected to participate in Luminaria 2017 in San Antonio, and has various solo exhibitions coming up this year.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Paloma Mayorgawww.palomamayorga.comAustin, Texas
Paloma Mayorga is a Mexican-American interdisciplinary artist and independent curator. She graduated from Southwestern University in 2010 with a B.A. in Studio Art, and has since dedicated her time to developing her own artistic practice and curatorial work, as well as working with arts nonprofits in Austin. Mayorga has exhibited her own work in museums, universities, and cultural centers across the U.S. Previously, she worked with Serie Project and PrintAustin to present various printmaking exhibitions as well. Mayorga co-curated MISCELLANEA for PrintAustin 2017, a print exhibit featuring artists of color working across the U.S. Most recently, she was awarded Best Visual Artist by the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin Reader’s Poll 2017.