Deborah Kruger Wins an Arte Laguna Prize

And I'm a winner!

Like most artists, I spend weeks every year writing grant proposals for artists, applying for artist prizes and exhibitions, and scouting for residencies. I hate thinking about how much time this adds up to but it’s A LOT! Plus, many of these opportunities charge fees for entry. And the competition is tough. 

So imagine my surprise when I scrolled down the list of winners of the Arte Laguna Prize of Venice and saw my name as a winner in the Sculpture and Installation category!! 

The list of jurors is impressive

There were 25 winners in each category (Painting and Photography as well as Sculpture/Installation) and it is truly an international art prize. Some of the countries represented for the Sculpture prize were Taiwan, Brazil, Ukraine, Denmark, Serbia and Japan. There were only 3 winners from the US, so I was doubly amazed. 

This international art prize started in 2009 with the goal of bringing more contemporary artists to the attention of curators, museums, galleries and residencies in Italy and Europe. 

The Arte Laguna Prize is a juried competition and  this year was an impressive mix of international art professionals including the Chief Curator of the Haifa Museum of Art in Israel,  the Artistic Director of the Ural Industrial Biennial, the Curator of the Visual Arts Gallery in New Delhi, the Artistic Director of the Format International Photography Festival in the UK and from Italy, a prominent Architect and a distinguished Art Critic and Curator.

Upcoming exhibition in Venice, Italy

In addition to a cash prize, the selected winners’ artwork will be exhibited at the Arsenale Nord de Venice, a gallery in the heart of Venice, from March 11, 2023 – April 16, 2023. I must say, that is quite a way to kick off my 70th birthday on April 16, 2023! Time to brush up on some Italian.

AVIANTO: Inaugura nueva exposición individual de Kruger en la Estación de Trenes de Chapala

El sueño se hace realidad..

Cuando me mudé por primera vez al lago Chapala desde Massachusetts y descubrí el Museo de la estación de tren. Solía sentarme en el área de la entrada principal, generalmente cuando había un concierto, y soñaba despierto con tener una exhibición allí. Ahora, once años después, mi sueño se está convirtiendo en realidad.

El 14 de mayo se abrirá al público mi exposición individual “AVIANTO”, y si vives cerca del lago de Chapala, espero que asistas a la gala de apertura al mediodía (detalles abajo). Todas las obras de arte en “AVIANTO” celebran la belleza de las aves y los efectos del cambio climático en la migración y las poblaciones mundiales de aves.

Mi promotora en esta muestra es la curadora y directora del Museo y Centro Cultural González Gallo ubicado en la Antigua  Estación de Trenes, Gabriela Serrano Suzán, quien titubeante vino a visitar el estudio el otoño pasado y se enamoró de mi trabajo.

Fue un encuentro memorable para ambas.

Deborah y Gabriela Serrano Suzan Directora del CCGG

Consorcio de Museos de Jalisco (MEG Jalisco)

Ella es parte de un equipo más grande que forma el Consorcio de Museos de Jalisco (Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco), un grupo que incluye catorce museos en todo nuestro estado. Este grupo está encabezado por la visionaria Curadora, Miriam Villaseñor y el jefe de su equipo administrativo, Gabriel de la Torre.

Juntos, estos dinámicos defensores de las artes han diseñado un espectáculo itinerante para “AVIANTO” ,  que continuara su tour, exhibiendo este otoño en la Casa de la Cultura en Magdalena y en el Museo de Sitio Juan José Arreola en Zapotlán el Grande. En 2023, el espectáculo regresará a Guadalajara y se exhibirá en el Palacio de Gobierno, donde se entretiene a dignatarios de todo el mundo.

Estación de Trenes construida en 1920

¡Debutando Nuevos trabajos!

Mi obra de arte abstracta ha evolucionado mucho desde mi primera exposición en la Galería del Centro Cultural de Chapala, en el centro de la ciudad, hace casi cuatro años. “AVIANTO” estrenará todos los nuevos trabajos que presentan las plumas largas de cola, hechas de plástico reciclado que se han convertido en una característica distintiva de mi obra de arte.

El espectáculo se distribuirá en dos galerías en la hermosa Estación de Trenes, que es un hito histórico en Chapala.

El alto claristorio de la Estación de Tren incluirá una instalación de tres de mis nuevas esculturas que muestran la influencia de las formas tradicionales de cerámica mexicana y algunos de mis relieves de gran formato. En la segunda galería, los espectadores pueden ver mi nueva colección de obras más pequeñas, grabados glicée enmarcados, mi última nueva incursión en el grabado y también algunas obras históricas que dan una perspectiva visual a lo que estoy haciendo actualmente.

Siguiente parada... ¡Italia!

Varias de las piezas abstractas de gran formato de esta muestra viajarán a Venecia la próxima primavera como parte del Premio Laguna Arte que acabo de ganar por Escultura e Instalación. Entonces, si te pierdes uno de estos espectáculos, ¡puedes ver el trabajo en Italia!

La exposición estará abierta desde la recepción de apertura el sábado 14 de mayo al mediodía hasta el 30 de septiembre. Todas las obras también están a disponibles  en Saatchi.com

Vasija Roja, pieza en proceso

(Click on image detail for full view of works)

AVIANTO: Kruger’s new solo exhibition opens at the Train Station, Chapala

The dream becomes a reality...

When I first moved to Lake Chapala from Massachusetts and discovered the Train Station Museum.  I used to sit in the main entry area, usually when there was a concert, and day dream about having an exhibition there. Now, eleven years later, my dream is becoming reality.

On May 14th, my solo exhibition AVIANTO, will open to the public and if you live near Lake Chapala, I hope you will attend the opening gala at noon (details below). All of the artwork in AVIANTOcelebrates the beauty of birds and the effects of climate change on migration and global bird populations.

My advocate for this show is the Train Station Museum Curator and Director, Gabriela Serrano Suzan, who reluctantly came for a studio visit last fall and promptly fell in love with my work.

It was a memorable meeting for both of us.

Deborah and Train Station Director, Gabriela Serrano Suzan

Museum Consortium of Jalisco

She is part of a larger team that form the Museum Consortium of Jalisco (Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco), a group that includes fourteen museums throughout our state. This group is headed up by the visionary Curator, Miriam Villaseñor and the head of her administrative team, Gabriel de la Torre.

Together, these dynamic arts advocates have designed a traveling show for “AVIANTO”, that will open this fall at the Casa de la Cultura in Magdalena, and at the Museo de Sitio Juan José Arreola in Zapotlán el Grande. In 2023, the show will circle back to Guadalajara and open at the Government Palace, where dignitaries from around the world are entertained.

The Train Station built in 1920

New work debut!

My abstract artwork has evolved a great deal since my first show at the downtown Chapala Cultural Center Gallery nearly four years ago. “AVIANTO” will debut all new work that feature the long tail feathers made from recycled plastic that have become a signature feature of my artwork. 

The show will be spread over two art galleries at the beautiful Train Station, which is a historical landmark in Chapala.

The soaring clerestory of the Train Station will include an installation of three of my new sculptures that show the influence of traditional Mexican ceramic forms and some of my large-format bas reliefs. In the second gallery viewers can see my new collection of smaller work, framed glicee prints, my latest new direction in printmaking and also some historical work that gives a visual perspective to what I am currently making.

 

Opening Reception of Avivanto

After two months of working seven days a week, Avivanto was installed and we had a glorious opening reception. We had a great turn out including many of the women on my studio team.
All the members of the Museum Consortium of Jalisco (Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno del Estado de Jalisco) were also in attendance. 

Here are some of the photos from this special day.

Red Vessel, work-in-progress

Next stop...Italy!

Several of the large-format abstract pieces in this show will travel to Venice next spring as part of the Laguna Arte Prize that I just won for Sculpture and Installation. So if you miss one of these shows, you can catch the work in Italy!

The Avianto exhibition will run from the opening reception on Saturday May 14th at noon until September 30th. All works are also on view at Saatchi.com

Resources

Gallery: https://sc.jalisco.gob.mx/agenda/rutas-turisticas/6496

Curator, Gabriela Serrano Suzan: sergabriela@gmail.com 

The Old Train Station Musum: www.oldtrainstation.com

Saatchi Art: https://www.saatchiart.com/deborahkruger

Follow Deborah’s show on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deborahkrugerstudios/ 

 

2022 Avianto

About: A traveling exhibition of Deborah Kruger’s artwork titled Plumas will open at the Central Cultural Gonzalez Gallo also known locally as the Train Station Museum in Chapala and travel to three other museums in Jalisco for the next year. Deborah is excited to bring her latest artwork about endangered birds and languages to her friends and fans in Chapala.

Dates: May 14, 2022 – September 30, 2022

Location: Train Station Museum
Gonzalez Gallo 1500
Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 14, 2022 at noon

More information: https://deborahkruger.com/avianto-krugers-new-solo-exhibition-opens-at-the-train-station-chapala/

2022 Rufino Tamayo Bienal XIX

About: The Rufino Tamayo Bienal XIX was interrupted due to Covid. This Bienal features the top 50 painters in Mexico and the traveling exhibition will end at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico this summer. Deborah’s piece, Abandon was chosen for this exhibition. 

Dates: July 9 – August 14, 2022

Location: Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO)
Calle Macedonio Alcalá 202, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, MEXICO

Hours: Wednesday – Monday 10:30am – 7:45pm

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 2022 

More information: https://museomaco.org/ 

 

2023 Arte Laguna Prize Final Exhibition

About: As a winner of the Arte Laguna Prize for Sculpture and Installation, Deborah’s artwork will be exhibited at the Aresenale Norde, a prestigious exhibition space in the heart of Venice.

Dates: March 11 – April 16, 2023

Location: Arsenale Nord de Venice
Tese delle Nappe, Cale Seconda de la Fava, 30122
Venice, Italy

Opening Reception: Saturday March 11th at 6pm

 

2023 Visions Museum of Textile Art

About: Deborah Kruger’s solo exhibition “Avianto” will be featured at the Visions Museum of Textile Art, which showcases the best contemporary quilts and textiles being made today.

Dates: January 21 – May 27, 2023

Location: Visions Museum of Textile Art
2825 Dewey Rd #100 
San Diego, CA 92106

Hours: Wed – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Opening Celebration: Friday, February 5th , 6 – 9pm as part of First Fridays art crawl in the Liberty Arts District

More information:

https://vmota.org/exhibits-upcoming/

Phone: +1 619-546-4872

2023 Deborah Kruger Solo Show

About: Each year, the Joan Derryberry Art Gallery puts out a competitive call in order to choose artists for solo shows at their beautiful Art Gallery. They will be featuring Deborah Kruger’s recent work and invite her to give a gallery talk and critiques in their Art Department.

Dates: Fall Semester, 2023

Location: Joan Derryberry Art Gallery
1000 North Dixie Avenue
Tennessee Tech University
Cookeville, TN

 

Considering Art Podcast-Deborah Kruger, textile Artist

As a result of all the outreach surrounding my exhibition in Mexico City, Bob Chaundy found me and my artwork and asked to interview me on his Considering Art podcast. 

Bob is a former BBC news journalist who has also written art reviews for the Huffington Post UK. He is passionate about contemporary art. Beginning in 2020, he spent the first year of lockdown in England interviewing artists, especially those who he felt deserved more recognition. His podcast Considering Art combines his interests in broadcasting and contemporary art.

I could tell from the outset that Bob had done his homework and was thorough in reviewing my website, abstract art and documentary. He even cared about pronouncing my name correctly, which completely endeared him to me (it’s pronounced D’bora).

Between Bob’s British accent and excellent editing abilities, I honestly have never heard myself sound so articulate! I hope you enjoy this audio interview as much as I do. I think he did an excellent job of presenting my art and ideas.

Listen to the inverview: https://consideringart.com/2022/02/28/considering-art-podcast-deborah-kruger-textile-artist/

Deborah Kruger featured in the Considering Art Podcast

Support Bob by following him on Instagram: @bobconsideringart

Support me by subscribing to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzm3cdSdew8AIkyfOwuxVPQ

Resources:

Bob’s Blog Considering Art: https://consideringart.com/

Link to his blog: https://consideringart.com/2022/02/28/considering-art-podcast-deborah-kruger-textile-artist/

Bob’s Instagram: @bobconsideringart

Deborah’s Instagram: @deborahkrugerstudios

Deborah Kruger Documentary: https://youtu.be/fzUzWZI5w1A

Bob Chaundry in interview mode

Archivo Grafica Printmaking Studio in Mexico City welcomes me with open arms

One of my new artist friends is Ana Lopez-Montes who I met through the Art Lab virtual residency at PRPG.mx. She is also the studio manager for Archivo Gráfica, a printmaking studio that has been located in Roma, in downtown Mexico City, for the last 30 years.

To be honest, when Ana started to urge me to come, I felt rather intimidated and bewildered. I hadn’t done monotype printmaking since my 20s. However, the Universe has a way of placing opportunities in front of us and I decided to accept the invitation from that perspective.

When I arrived, Ana had already set up two plates and a work station for me. I looked at some of the other prints in the studio for inspiration and ideas. Ana taught me how to ink the plates and soon I was off and running. The Maestro of the studio, Felipe Cortés Reyes, cleaned the edges of the plate, and then Ana positioned the plate and the moistened paper and fed them through the press and back. For each print run, there was a magic moment when the paper was peeled back to reveal the new print.

Kruger working on a plate
Kruger working at table

Ana also helped me by cutting out birds from my screen-printed sheets and we inked them on the plates. In addition to playing with colors and swirling forms, the birds started to emerge. Some of them were shadow images and others had stronger colors. Some of these abstract prints would make beautiful NFT artwork.

By this time, my reluctance and intimidation had disappeared and I was busy creating two prints at a time, each more complex than the previous one. After three hours, I had printed 12 prints and felt like a new avenue for my artwork and images had opened up to me.

Felipe and Ana invited me back to print again in a larger format when I return to Mexico City.

I will start selling some limited editions of my prints later this spring. Stay tuned for more information and updates from my second visit to Archivo Gráfica.

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Maestro Felipe Cortes cleaning a plate
Maestro Felipe placing plate on press
Tools and Ink
Ana showing print right off the press
Prints on drying rack
Last and best print of the day
Artist drinking craft mescal
Maestro Felipe, Ana the studio manager and two artists
Two prints drying on rack
Closeup of work table

Resources:

Website for Ana Lopez-Montes: https://www.analopezmontes.com/

Article about Felipe Cortés: https://www.uv.mx/difusioncultural/general/pluritipia/

Article about Taller Archivo Gráfico: https://www.enlacejudio.com/2013/10/08/aniversario-de-archivo-grafico/

To reserve time at the Printmaking Studio contact Ana Lopez-Montes (trilingual): ana.lopezmontes@gmail.com