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Deborah Kruger's inaugural solo exhibition in Mexico City on view at Proyectos Galería

Making a Difference with Environmentally Conscious Art

At this critical moment when we should all be in earnest dialogue about climate change – extinction, consumption and migration are at the forefront of Deborah Kruger’s environmentally conscious art. The international artist, who has collaborative studios in Mexico and North Carolina, has committed her entire career to giving a voice to the voiceless. Kruger’s art mainly focuses on critically endangered birds and languages through collabrative, labor intensive processes utilizing recycled plastic bags to make works of astonishing size and beauty.

The Woven Tale Press

Making Your Own Feathers in Mexico

 

Woven Tale Press, a literary and fine art magazine, featured my artwork. You can read the article or see the entire magazine on their website. Follow them on-line @woventalepress and consider submitting your work!

Living in Mexico has definitely enabled me to make large-scale work and run the studio required for that work. Having these resources allows me to think big and imagine and produce the work of my dreams.” In the lakeside village, she employs five to eight people, including her website designer/social media guru, fabricator and full-time assistant, and enjoys the community they have created together.

See the complete article here:

Making Your Own Feathers in Mexico – The Woven Tale Press

Arte Morbida

Yet another article has come out about my solo exhibition Plumas at PRPG.MX gallery in Mexico City. This time @barbarapavan469 the editor of the esteemed Italian textile magazine ArteMorbida The article featured Accidentals, a mural,-sized piece on the cover of the article as well as a work in progress shot of me in the studio. I am gratified by all the attention the show is getting, much of it thanks to my talented PR guru Rodrigo Arciniega.

Plumas is PRPG.mx’s premiere show in the newly expanded exhibition and residency space in Mexico City.
Deborah Kruger’s recent work focuses on the extinction of Mexican bird species, the death of Mexican indigenous languages, and the impacts of climate change on migration. Kruger uses the saturated Mexican colors which characterize her work to mimic bird plumage. She hopes to seduce her viewers, raise awareness, and inspire action about all that we are on the verge of losing.

You can read the entire article on the Arte Morbida site Deborah Kruger: Plumas – ArteMorbida 

Art Spiel

Deborah Kruger's inaugural solo exhibition in Mexico City on view at Proyectos Galería

An article was published by Etty Yaniv who covers contemporary art for Art Spiel based in New York. I am so gratified by all the press coverage I am getting for my Plumas exhibition PRPG.mx gallery in Mexico City. Although the show is now closed, you can see it on Artsy   My Cultural Manager, Rodrigo Arciniega, has done a spectacular job reaching out to the press..

 

You can read the entire article here: 

Deborah Kruger – Plumas at PRPG in Mexico City – Art Spiel

 

Relationship between drawings and artwork

Drawing and research are the basic building blocks of my art practice. Let me take you through the process so that you can see how the drawings and my art are completely intertwined.

My work entails a lot of research. I read about birds that are endangered by habitat fragmentation, climate change, extreme weather events and other environmental threats.

The first step is drawing the endangered birds. Each drawing takes many hours and involves lots of detail. I seem to do my best drawings when I am at a residency. This past summer I attended Hypatia-in-the-Woods, a residency of one located in picturesque South Puget Sound.

Scarlet Macaw

Pictured above is a drawing of a Scarlet Macaw, a rainforest dweller whose numbers are dwindling rapidly. Below is the silk screen that has a silhouette of the following birds: A Collared Arakari, the Crested Owl, the Great Green Macaw and the Scarlet Macaw.

I also do a lot of research and image development of endangered indigenous languages. This entails working with ethno-linguists from the Universities of Guadalajara and Chiapas as well as a calligrapher.

Here are some samples of the text that we use to overprint the bird images. These languages include Tsotzil, Purepecha, Zoque and Cho’lol.

My most recent pieces were exhibited at PRPG.mx Gallery in Mexico City and all have long tail feathers printed from a set of four silk-screens and overprinted with seven different texts. Each of the silk screens has silhouettes of 4 – 5 endangered birds that I have drawn.

As you take a close look at a detail of my piece Devotional, you can see snippets of the birds and text. In case you were wondering, all the text silkscreens are translations from the the paragraph I wrote about the sad statistics about disappearing birds and languages.

Devotional
Devotional Detail View

As you can see in the art, the printed images are all cut up into feathers. Since I am an abstract artist, I am trying to convey a lot of information and using complex processes adds to the layering of this work. It is not my intent for viewers to actually read the text but more to evoke feelings about the content of my work.

All these layers of process, images and text and materiality reflect the complexity of the problems that contribute to extinction.

“By using recycled materials and materiality-based pieces, I hope to induce viewers to consider some of the solemn issues addressed in this new body of work. Plumas is both a celebration of the beauty that birds bring to our lives as well as a warning about what we may lose in our lifetimes if we do not take action. “  -quoted from interview with Deborah Kruger in Art Spiel

A team-based approach is required for creating work of this scale, just as a complex global response is required to shift the consumption and policies that may still save some species. 

Whether you are reading this as an artist or art lover, I hope I have illustrated how simple drawings can become the building blocks for large-scale and complex artwork.

Ropa Pintada
Ropa Pinatada Detail View
Vortex
Vortex Detail View

PLUMAS: Solo exhibition at PRPG.mx in Mexico City

Curator Micheal Swank had his eye on an additional gallery space in his Colonia Juarez building for two years and when the space became available in October 2021, he jumped on it. After signing the lease, he announced his good news to our Virtual Residency Art Lab, one of several amazing artist programs of PRPG.mx. And later that night, he called and asked me to be the inaugural show.

 

Gallery view showing Broken, Habitat, Vortex, Accidentals and Devotional

Ordinarily, Micheal gives his artists a three-month lead time. In my case, we had a scant four weeks. During this time, he was upgrading the space, installing lighting and making other improvements. 

Somehow, we managed to organize the exhibition and on November 2nd, a truck arrived in Chapala to pick up all the artwork and drive it to Mexico City (8 hours away). Meanwhile, my assistant Sandra and student intern Liliana and I took an overnight bus from Guadalajara to CDMX so that we could hang the show.

Despite the usual snafus, short fuses and lack of supplies, we managed to get the show up on the walls by 1am on the day of the opening reception, November 6th.

 

Behind the scenes.....

Deborah putting on her heels for opening
Jenny and Sasa from Madison, WI flew down to see the show
It takes a pueblo to hang an exhibition!
Rodrigo Arcienega, Deborah Kruger and Micheal Swank at Plumas
Leo the building manager handling beer at the opening
Hanging the Kimono at the Plumas exhibition
Deborah on the gallery balcony with banners

For the first time in my life, I hired a public relations expert based in Mexico City, Rodrigo Arciniega. Thanks to Rodrigo’s extensive contacts, he arranged for TV personality Johnny Carmona to be the MC and ribbon cutter at the opening reception. Carmona is a judge on the Mexico version of RuPaul’s Drag Race (La Mas Draga). His bubbling personality, fame and turquoise beard brought in a big crowd including lots of press.

As a result of Rodrigo’s efforts, information about the show appeared in over twenty print and on-line venues including La Razón de México, Art Spiel (US), Zero Magazine, Art Morbida (IT) and Textile Artist (UK).

At the opening, I met many local artists, gave several halting interviews in Spanish and enjoyed the positive response from all quarters. I would say that my debut in Mexico City was a smash hit!

THE SHOW.....

Johnny Carmona, Micheal Swank and I in front of Devotional
Artist in front of Accidentals
Detail of Accidentals
Artist looking through Vortex
Artist in front of Accidentals and Broken Installation
Detail of Devotional as seen through Vortex
Deborah Kruger and Johnny Carmona, judge on La Mas Draga
Johnny Carmona at opening with Accidentals in background
View of Broken, Accidentals and Habitat through the center of Vortex

The exhibition will be open until December 11th and will continue on-line on Artsy until February 15th. 

Resources

Gallery: https://prpg.mx/

Curator: Micheal Swank michealswank@prpg.mx

Press & Media: Rodrigo Arciniega soyrodrigoarciniega@hotmail.com

Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/artist/deborah-kruger

PLUMAS: Mi primera exhibición individual en Ciudad de México

El 6 de noviembre se inaugurará mi exposición individual ‘Plumas’ tanto físicamente en Proyectos Galería Ciudad de México como virtualmente en Artsy. PRPG.mx y la galería asociada Dab Art Co. (Los Ángeles, Ventura y Austin) presentarán conjuntamente mi trabajo.

Ambos programas son los primeros para mí. Las 10 piezas expuestas en Proyectos Galería marcan mi primera exposición individual en la Ciudad de México. Esta es también la primera vez que mi trabajo se mostrará en Artsy, un foro internacional en línea al que solo pueden acceder los artistas que están representados por una galería miembro.

Conocí al curador y galerista Micheal Swank el verano pasado a través de su Laboratorio de Arte. Esta residencia virtual fue otra novedad para mí. No había participado en un grupo de artistas desde que me mudé a México, desde el oeste de Massachusetts hace once años. Durante los últimos 25 años, había sido miembro de un maravilloso grupo de apoyo para mujeres artistas.

El Art Lab de verano me dio la oportunidad de desarrollar ideas para una nueva escultura y también profundizar en mi pensamiento sobre la apropiación, un tema que ha estado en mi mente desde que comencé a usar los huipiles mexicanos como fuente de inspiración. Continué Art Lab en el otoño y durante ese tiempo desarrollé relaciones con un grupo internacional de artistas y también con Micheal, quien hábilmente facilitó el grupo.

Tener relacion con curadores que entienden y están entusiasmados con mi trabajo ha sido clave para abrir puertas y trabajar con Micheal Swank no es una excepción.

El enfoque curatorial de Micheal es único. Está realmente interesado en tener relaciones auténticas con los artistas de su círculo. Micheal también es un ferviente partidario del arte y los artistas de LBGTIA. En mi experiencia, ese tipo de aceptación ha sido escasa para los bisexuales como yo, así que me sentí muy cómoda en el espacio inclusivo que creó Micheal.

Cuando de repente se abrió un nuevo espacio de exposición en el edificio de la galería de Micheal, me invitó a ser la exposición inaugural. Aunque fue inesperado y sin previo aviso, nuestra capacidad para comunicarnos bien nos permitió organizar el programa en poco más de un mes.

Afortunadamente, me he estado preparando para una próxima exhibición en un museo en 2022, así que tengo mucho inventario. Esto me permitió llenar fácilmente el nuevo espacio de PRPG.mx.

Me siento extremadamente afortunada de contar con el apoyo de Micheal, que no solo ha afirmado mi obra de arte, sino también mi trayectoria profesional.

Fechas de exposición de PLUMAS:

En Proyectos Galería Ciudad de México, 6 de noviembre al 11 de diciembre de 2021

En Artsy del 6 de noviembre al 15 de febrero de 2022

Recepción de apertura: sábado 6 de noviembre, de 6 a 10 p.m.

Dirección: Calle Lucerna 1, Colonia Juárez, 06600 Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México

Fuentes:

Galería PRPG.mx y Programa de Residencia: https://www.facebook.com/PRPGMX

Laboratorio de arte: este es un programa de residencia en línea y en persona de 8 semanas: https://www.facebook.com/groups/prpgmxartlab

Programa curatorial: esta nueva residencia curatorial presencial y en línea se enfoca en construir una comunidad con énfasis en las relaciones éticas entre artistas y curadores de todo el mundo.  https://prpg.mx/

Curador Micheal Swank: https://www.dabart.me/curators

Artístico: https://www.artsy.net/?fbclid=IwAR1ZtcqP73I8tAcpDtTfvRhMLPlznzVVufg2Wl7yUvRZ3imQeCZkUC1uw9w

PLUMAS: My First Solo Show in Mexico City

On November 6th my solo exhibition ‘Plumas’ will open both physically at the Proyectos Galería Mexico City and virtually on Artsy. PRPG.mx and partner gallery Dab Art Co. (Los Angeles, Ventura, and Austin) will be jointly presenting my show.

Both shows are firsts for me. The 10 pieces on display at Proyectos Galería mark my first solo show in Mexico City. This is also the first time my work will be shown on Artsy, an international on-line forum that is only accessible for artists that are represented by a member gallery. 

I met curator and gallerist Micheal Swank last summer through his Art Lab. This virtual residency was another first for me. I hadn’t participated in an artist group since I moved to Mexico from Western Massachusetts eleven years ago. For the previous 25 years I had been a member of a wonderful women artists support group.

The summer Art Lab gave me the opportunity to evolve ideas for a new sculpture and also deepen my thinking about appropriation, a topic that has been on my mind since I began using Mexican huipils as a source of inspiration. I continued Art Lab through the fall and during that time I developed my relationships with an international group of artists and also with Micheal, who skillfully facilitated the group.

Having relationships with curators who understand and are enthusiastic about my work has been key to opening doors and working with Micheal Swank is no exception.

Micheal’s curatorial approach is unique. He is genuinely interested in having authentic relationships with the artists in his circle. Micheal is also an ardent supporter of LBGTIA art and artists. In my experience, that kind of acceptance has been in short supply for bisexuals like myself so I felt very comfortable in the queer-friendly space that Micheal created.

When a new exhibition space suddenly opened up in Micheal’s gallery building, he invited me to be the inaugural exhibit. Although we didn’t have much lead time, our ability to communicate well enabled us to pull together the show in just over a month.

Fortunately, I have been preparing for an upcoming museum show in 2022, so I have a lot of inventory. This allowed me to easily fill the new PRPG.mx space.

I feel extremely fortunate to have Micheal’s avid support, which has not only affirmed my artwork but also my career trajectory.

Exhibition dates for Plumas:

At Proyectos Galería Mexico City, November 6th to December 11th, 2021

On Artsy November 6th to February 15, 2022

Opening Reception: Saturday November 6th,  6 – 10pm

Address: Calle Lucerna 1, Colonia Juarez, 06600 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

 

Resources:

PRPG.mx Gallery and Resdiency Program: https://www.facebook.com/PRPGMX

Art Lab: This is an 8 week online and in-person residency program https://www.facebook.com/groups/prpgmxartlab

Curatorial Program: This new in-person and online curatorial residency is focused on building community with an emphasis on ethical relationships between artists and curators from all over the world.  https://prpg.mx/

Curator Micheal Swank: https://www.dabart.me/curators

Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/?fbclid=IwAR1ZtcqP73I8tAcpDtTfvRhMLPlznzVVufg2Wl7yUvRZ3imQeCZkUC1uw9w

2021 Plumas

About: Deborah Kruger’s upcoming solo exhibition Plumas will inaugurate a new space at the Proyectos Galería Mexico City. Deborah is delighted to bring her latest work on materialism and ecology to Mexico City. The show will open in-person at 7pm on Saturday November 6th, 2021 and will be available for virtual viewing on Artsy.net/Dab-Art until February 15th, 2022.

Dates: November 6th – December 11, 2021

Location: PRPGmx Gallery
Calle Lucerna 1, Interior 100
Colonia Juarez, CDMX

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 6, 2021 6-10 pm

On-line exhibition on Artsy: November 6, 2021 to February 15, 2022

Blog de otoño de Deborah Kruger

Exhibiciones Actuales: Mi trabajo estará en 2 exhibiciones internacionales colectivas este otoño.

Earth Matters

Esta exposición es patrocinada por  Surface Design Association (SDA), mi organización de arte textil favorita. Fui miembro de su Junta Directiva durante varios años. La muestra se llevará a cabo en el Watermark Art Center en Bemidji, MN, del 3 de septiembre al 30 de octubre de 2021.

Esta exposición fue jurada por Nnenna Okore, una respetada artista ambiental y profesora de arte. La exposición se centra en las repercusiones ecológicas de la influencia humana a través de perspectivas de múltiples niveles. Mi pieza Conflagration se mostrará junto con otras cuarenta y tres obras con temática ecológica de artistas textiles.

Más información:

https://deborahkruger.com/2021-sda-earth-matters/
https://watermarkartcenter.org/earth-matters/
https://www.surfacedesign.org/events-exhibits/exhibits/earth-matters/

Rufino Tamayo Bienal

Abandon  fue elegido para estar en la Bienal Rufino Tamayo, que ha estado viajando por todo México desde octubre de 2020. La tercera parada de este espectáculo itinerante será en el Museo de Arte de Celaya Octavio Ocampo en Celaya, México del 10 de septiembre al 27 de noviembre. 2021. Cincuenta y un artistas fueron seleccionados para la exposición. La última parada de esta prestigiosa Bienal será en el Museo Rufino Tamayo de la Ciudad de México (fechas por anunciar).

Más información:

https://deborahkruger.com/museo-de-arte-de-celaya-octavio-ocampo-2021/

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Museo-Octavio-Ocampo/1628352910747740

Residencia Virtual en CDMX

También estoy en una residencia virtual muy emocionante con sede en la Ciudad de México organizada por el curador Micheal Swank. Te preguntarás qué es una residencia virtual.

Micheal es la fuerza detrás de PRPG.mx, una organización multiplataforma inclusiva que presenta exhibiciones, residencias y programas comunitarios. Dado que las reuniones de residencia se realizan por Zoom, pueden participar artistas de todo el mundo. Cada uno de los artistas que forman parte de la residencia propone un proyecto y discutimos estos proyectos juntos durante las 8 semanas de residencia. Dado que todos los artistas son muy capaces, podemos sumergirnos en conversaciones matizadas sobre las ideas y el proceso de nuestros diversos proyectos.

 

Sigue los proyectos de Micheal en Instagram y Facebook

Me Hackearon Instagram

Mi cuenta de Instagram fue hackeada a fines de agosto y estoy muy molesta por esto. Creo que pasé por todas las etapas clásicas del duelo y finalmente abrí una nueva cuenta de Instagram @deborahkrugerstudios 

Instagram es tan importante para mí como artista y me encantaba la comunidad que había trabajado tan duro para construir durante los últimos dos años con muchos artistas, curadores y galerías de todo el mundo. Tenía más de 1.600 seguidores y estoy tan frustrada de tener que empezar desde cero.

Si se preguntaban por qué no he respondido a un chat o publicación reciente, ahora saben por qué.

Entonces, antes de continuar leyendo, por favor, suscribete a Instagram y sígueme nuevamente en mi nueva cuenta: @deborahkrugerstudios. También agradecería que compartieras mi IG con otros artistas y curadores que disfrutarían conociendo mi obra.

Novedades desde mi Estudio

A partir de la última semana de agosto, le dimos la bienvenida a Liliana Heffron de Providence, RI a nuestro equipo en el estudio. Liliana realizará una pasantía de arte de seis meses con nosotros y ayudará a construir las piezas grandes que estoy preparando para las próximas exposiciones, aprenderá sobre la interminable recaudación de fondos necesaria para construir obras a escala de museo y dominará las habilidades de las redes sociales que incluyen redacción y edición de video. Su dulce disposición y su fuerte ética de trabajo la convierten en una luz brillante para todos nosotros.

Tengo muchos otros hierros en el fuego para subvenciones y exposiciones y espero poder compartir más buenas noticias con ustedes en el futuro.

Gracias como siempre por su aliento, comentarios y apoyo,