Born in Long Beach, California, J. Salvador Lopez has lived in Texas since the age of eight, residing between Dallas and San Antonio. Lopez studied at San Antonio Arts Institute and Mountain View Community College. An active exhibitor, of his work he says he wishes to express his ideas and beliefs by creating a bridge between human trials and exploration of the spirit. He sees it as the glorification of what life can give to us and the tragedy of what it can take away.
“I’m a self-taught painter, but I’ve had formal training,” says Lopez. “My growth has been difficult since I have been constructing themes which are very personal and original.”
Over the past five years, I have been making ink drawings in small sketchbooks in a daily-like manner. In these drawings, I work quickly from one to the next, spontaneously filling sketchbooks with minute line depictions that are simple and naive by nature, but evoke issues from a subconscious level.
For the Serie Project, I chose drawings from some of these sketchbooks to work out my composition. I picked them randomly, and I made sure that they correspond to each other. This, I believe, reflects the way in which I work. I love to work in this fashion. It’s like a mirror reflecting images of memory, which surface as a poetic language of drawing. → Read more
Born in 1973 in Tamaulipas, Rigoberto A. Gonzalez has lived his life on both sides of the Rio Grande. After earning a BFA from UT-Pan American in 1999 and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2004, he returned to his hometown. Gonzalez remembered Tamaulipas as being peaceful, calm, even boring. Now he saw stories in the newspapers about beheadings and executions. The photos reminded him of those in Baroque paintings from the 17th century, such as the Beheading of St. John the Baptist and David with the Head of Goliath by Caravaggio, as well as similar works of art by Jusepe de Ribera.
Gonzalez is also inspired by the Mexican corrido, a popular narrative song or ballad, about the history, oppression, and daily lives of people, which emerged during the Mexican War of Independence and flourished during the Mexican Revolution. Corridos are now heard along the U.S.-Mexico border region, particularly in the variation known as the narcocorrido, which focuses on the lives of the people involved with the drug cartels. Read more in an article published in Latino Magazine in the Fall of 2012.
Watch the exclusive Serie Project film interview: → Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Serie Project Celebrates 20th Anniversary in East Austin:
Announcing Participants of 2013 Artist in Residence Program and New Membership Circle
AUSTIN, Texas – February 14, 2013 – Founded in 1993 by Austin artist Sam Coronado, the Serie Project is a nonprofit organization that offers free printmaking facilities, training and housing for 8 to 15 artists per year through a one-week Artist In Residence (AIR) program. During the residency, each artist produces an edition of 50 prints in a collaborative workshop setting with a Master Printer.
The artists participating in the 2013 Serie XX Artist in Residence Program include Farley Bookout, Margarita Cabrera, Paul del Bosque, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Sandra C. Fernandez, Nahum Flores, Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, Salvador Lopez, Oscar Magallanes, Michael Marshall, Stephanie Mercado, Brian Phillips, Patricia Tinajero, George Yepes, and Ernesto Yerena. The first artist begins printing the last week of January, and the residencies will continue through July.
Coronado established the Serie Project in East Austin with the hope to create a place where established and emerging artists of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds felt welcome. He envisioned a supportive environment where artists could learn the serigraphy technique through a one-on-one apprenticeship, and where affordable printmaking services and fine art prints could be made available to the community.
To ensure that the Serie Project can continue with its mission, the organization is launching a brand new membership program in February. Ever since the nonprofit was founded twenty years ago, it has relied on city grants for a majority of its funding. A membership program will allow members of the community to take an active role in becoming financial supporters of the Serie Project’s work.
Because of Coronado’s vision and dedication, the Serie Project has fostered over 250 artists to produce a collection of serigraphs, launching many of them – along with aspiring curators, art administrators, professors, and others – into successful creative careers.
Coronado has proven his commitment to the Austin community as a teacher, artist, activist, director, and a friend. But as funding for the arts has become less available over the years, it is now more crucial than ever for the organization to turn back to the grassroots community it has served for long-term financial sustainability.
For more information about the Serie XX artists or the new membership program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-385-3591. To request interviews or images, please contact email@example.com or 512-517-0394.
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About Serie Project
The Serie Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the fine art of serigraphy – a technique that produces original, hand-pulled prints – as well as promoting and exhibiting the work of Latino and other underrepresented artists, and making prints affordable to the community.
Every year, the City of Austin hosts an annual exhibit of artwork by a great diversity of artists from our local community. The Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office has announced the ninth annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall, officially opening on Friday, February 22 with an opening reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The public is invited to meet the artists and view the exhibition, which features more than 100 artworks on loan from local artists, art organizations, museums, and galleries. Light refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods Market, and selected short films from the Faces of Austin collection will screen in Council Chambers.
The 2013 exhibition includes special exhibits by Mondo Gallery and the Serie Project! The People’s Gallery exhibit will feature selections from Texas artists who participated in our 2012 Artist in Residence Program: Adriana Corral, Carlos Donjuan, Jessica Halonen, and Michael Menchaca.
For more information about the People’s Gallery, please visit the City of Austin website.
My work examines the creation of cultural identity through the use of tropes that construct a ‘Primitive-Other’. Primitivism has been utilized by many civilizations as a justification for a social “cleansing” of a state. Especially with respect to European cultural identity, these recurring images of the ‘Primitive’ have been essential in confronting cultural differences. Regarding ‘primitives’, these untamed id forces are often in complete unity with the supernatural. Images of animism, extraordinary universal forces, and zoomorphic atavism are central to primitivist expression. I appropriate these qualities as being idiosyncratic of Mexican immigrants in the U.S. My work challenges a misguided patriotism that subordinates those who have been displaced. My aim is to find how cultural and national identity can be constructed through the negation of another culture.
- The term serigraph is a combination of two ancient languages – the prefix “seri” (Latin for silk) and “graphein” (Greek for write or draw).
- The term “screen printing” is often interchangeable with the terms “serigraphy” and “silkscreening”? It all depends on the the context it is being used – artistic, industrial, or commercial. At the Serie Project, where we create fine art prints, we most commonly use the term “serigraphy.”
- Screen printing is a form of stenciling that first appeared in a recognizable form in China as early as the 8th century AD? Stenciling is a technique for reproducing designs by passing ink or paint over holes cut in cardboard or metal onto the surface to be decorated.
- A group of artists involved in the WPA Federal Art Project, who later formed the National Serigraphic Society, coined the word “serigraphy” in the 1930s to differentiate the artistic application of screen printing from the industrial use of the process? With the influential critic and print curator Carl Zigrosser, Anthony Velonis coined the word “serigraph” to convey the fine art rather than commercial aspect of the process.
Velonis also wrote a book entitled Silk Screen Technique (New York: Creative Crafts Press, 1939) that was used as a “how-to” manual for other poster divisions. He traveled extensively to advise FAP artists on the technique of silkscreening.
Poli Marichal is a Puerto Rican printmaker, painter and filmmaker, living and working in Los Angeles, California. Her works combine expressionism and symbolism, realism and fantasy to create images that convey strong statements about the human condition as well as environmental, social and political issues.
“My goal as an artist is to create suggestive and expressive works that go beyond mere surface and content and take me into the realm of the uncharted,” says Marichal. ” I feel I’m most successful when the work reveals new possibilities I had not anticipated.”
Her work has been exhibited in local Southern California venues, as well as nationally and internationally at The Museum of Modern Art, The Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame, The Cultural Institute of Baja California, Mexico, The Institute of Puerto Rican Culture in San Juan, Puerto Rico, The Glasgow Print Studio, Scotland, and the Mexican Heritage Plaza Museum.
“Tree-like and organic forms often populate my more personal works,” explains Marichal. “Trees have a deep significance for me. They symbolize our need to be rooted and safe as well as our desire to transcend our limitations and branch out into the cosmos.”