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,

Deborah Kruger’s Fall Blog

Current Exhibitions: My work will be in two international group exhibitions this fall

Earth Matters

This exhibition is sponsored by the Surface Design Association (SDA), my favorite fiber organization. I was on their Board of Directors for several years. The show will be held at the Watermark Art Center in Bemidji, MN September 3-October 30, 2021

This exhibition was juried by Nnenna Okore, a well respected environmental artist and art professor. The exhibition focuses on the ecological repercussions of human influence through multilayered perspectives. My piece Conflagration will be shown along with forty-three other eco-based textile artists.

More information: 

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 was chosen to be in the Rufino Tamayo Bienal, which has been traveling throughout Mexico since October 2020. The third stop of this touring show will be at the Museo de Arte de Celaya Octavio Ocampo in Celaya, Mexico from September 10 – November 27, 2021. Fifty-one artists were chosen for the exhibition The final stop of this prestigious Bienal will be at the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City (dates to be announced).  

More information:

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

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

Virtual Residency in Mexico City

I am also in a very exciting virtual residency based in Mexico City organized by curator Micheal Swank. What, you may ask, is a virtual residency? 

Micheal is the force behind PRPG.mx, a queer friendly multi-platform organization that presents exhibitions, residencies and community programs. Since the residency meetings are on Zoom, artists around the world can participate. Each of the artists that are juried into the residency propose a project and we discuss these projects together over the 8 weeks of each residency. Since all the artists are very accomplished, we can dive into nuanced conversations about the ideas and process of our various projects.

Follow Micheal’s projects on Instagram and Facebook

Instagram Hack!

My Instagram account got hacked in late August and I’ve been quite upset about it. I think I’ve moved through all the classic stages of grief and I finally started a new Instagram account @deborahkrugerstudios 

Instagram is so important to me as an artist and I loved the community that I had worked so hard to build over the last two years with many artists, curators, and galleries around the world. I had over 1,600 followers and I am so frustrated that I have to start from scratch.

If you were wondering why I haven’t replied to a recent chat or post, now you know why.

So, before you continue reading, please hop on Instagram and follow me again at my new address: @deborahkrugerstudios  I would also appreciate it if you shared my IG with other artists and curators who would enjoy knowing about my artwork.

News from the Studio

Beginning the last week of August, we welcomed Liliana Heffron from Providence, RI to our studio team. Liliana will be spending a six-month art internship with us and she will be helping out with constructing the large pieces that I am preparing for upcoming exhibitions, learning about the endless fundraising required for building museum-scale work, and mastering social media skills that include writing and video editing. Her sweet disposition and strong work ethic make her a bright light for all of us. 

I have a lot of other irons in the fire for grants and exhibitions and I look forward to sharing more good news with you down the road. 

Thanks as always for your encouragement, comments and support,

2021 SDA Earth Matters

About: The Watermark Art Center will be hosting the show Earth Matters in affiliation with the international Surface Design Association. Juried by Nnenna Okore, a long standing environmental artist and professor, the work exhibited focuses on the ecological repercussions of human influence through multilayered perspectives. My piece CONFLAGRATION will be shown along with 43 other eco-based textile artists.

Dates: September 3-October 30, 2021

Location: Watermark Art Center 

505 Bemidji Ave N, Bemidji, MN 56601

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm

Opening Reception: September 3, 2021

More information: https://watermarkartcenter.org/earth-matters/
https://www.surfacedesign.org/events-exhibits/exhibits/earth-matters/

Landscaping at the Watermark Art Center

2021 Van Gogh Art Gallery

About: The Van Gogh Art Gallery in Madrid contacted me last fall wanting to show my work at their gallery and also at an art fair in Paris. The art fair was delayed until this coming September due to the pandemic. I am delighted to have my work at an exhibition in Spain. Do not underestimate the power of social media, especially Instagram, where the curators found my work.

Dates: July 20, 2021 – August 8, 2021

Location: Van Gogh Art Gallery
C/DE Las Hileras, 6
28013 Madrid, Spain

More information: https://www.vangoghartgallery.es/deborah-kruger/

Deborah Kruger Blog de Verano

A pesar de que la pandemia ha postergado o retrasado muchas partes de la economía cultural, las cosas han estado muy animadas para mí y pensé que disfrutarías escuchar acerca de dónde estará mi trabajo este verano.

Desde enero, mi trabajo ha sido presentado en dos Bienales internacionales. Kimono está viajando por Australia como parte de la Bienal de Arte Textil patrocinada por Fiber Arts Australia.

Una de nuestras residentes de 360 Xochi Quetzal de Melbourne, Louise Saxton, fue a ver el programa y aquí hay una foto de ella observando mi pieza. Louise también tuvo la amabilidad de enviarme una copia del catálogo.

Kimono at Art Textile Biennale with Louise Saxton

Abandon fue elegida para ser exhibida en la prestigiosa Bienal Rufino Tamayo en México. Esta exposición muestra el trabajo de los 51 mejores pintores de México. La muestra se inauguró el pasado mes de octubre en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO). La segunda parada de este espectáculo itinerante será en el Centro Cultural Mexiquense Bicentenario en Texcoco, México del 1 de julio de 2021 al 22 de agosto de 2021.

Abandon
Accidentals

Como muchos artistas, estoy comenzando a mostrar más en línea. La Sociedad de Bellas Artes de Raleigh (RFAS) patrocina una exposición virtual de artistas de Carolina del Norte. Este año han organizado una retrospectiva virtual con nuevos trabajos de artistas de Carolina del Norte que fueron seleccionados para exposiciones anteriores en 2018 – 2020. Mi nueva pieza Accidentals, del tamaño de un mural, fue elegida para esta exposición.

Accidentals, junto con Casanare y Turbulence, aparecerán en una muestra titulada Abstracción organizada por Manifold Global, una galería internacional en línea. Estaba escéptica acerca de asistir a la inauguración virtual pero, de hecho, fue una gran experiencia y tuve algunas conversaciones maravillosas con los otros artistas y curadores. Cuando abra este enlace, vaya al cuadro rojo y haga clic para ingresar a la exposición grupal. Desde allí, podrá realizar un recorrido virtual en 3-D del espectáculo Abstraction: https://manifoldglobal.com/abstraction

Casanare
Turbulence

A fines de julio, viajare a Shelton, WA para una residencia artística de dos semanas en Holly House en Hypatia-in-the-Woods. Esta es una residencia muy competitiva ya que solo aceptan un artista a la vez. Se nos da una hermosa residencia en el bosque y dos semanas de delicioso tiempo para concentrarnos en nuestro trabajo.

Planeo pasar el tiempo dibujando algunas de las aves en peligro de extinción que he estado investigando. Nunca he estado en el noroeste del Pacífico y estoy emocionada de visitar esta parte de los EE. UU.

Tengo obras en consideración en otras exposiciones y subvenciones, ¡así que esten atentos para recibir más buenas noticias!

Holly House at Hypatia-in-the-Woods

2021 Centro Cultural Mexiquense Bicentenario

About:  The Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City is presenting their prestigious Bienal. The second stop of this touring show will be at the Centro Cultural Mexiquense Bicentenario in Texcoco, Mexico. 51 artists were accepted to the exhibition and my piece, Abandon has been chosen.  The last venue for this traveling exhibition will be the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City.

Dates: July 1, 2021 – August 22, 2021

Location: Centro Cultural Mexiquense Bicentenario 
Carretera Federal, Lechería-los Reyes Km. 14.3, 56250 Texcoco, Méx., MEXICO

Hours: Monday – Sunday 8:00am – 8:00pm

Opening Reception: Opening Thursday, July 1st, 2021

More information: https://www.facebook.com/ccmbcultura/

Why White? My ongoing white series

"...sometimes, like meditating, I need to visually take a breath. After every two or three richly colored pieces, I need to make a piece in white."

I love color.  Deep, saturated color that elevates your heart rate.  Most of my work over the years has been done in earth tones and rich jewel tones. But sometimes, like meditating, I need to visually take a breath. After every two or three richly colored pieces, I need to make a piece in white.

Over the years, I have loved artists who work predominantly in white. Most of them are Asian. There is an Asian aesthetic that embraces a quiet, modest, monochromatic white color scheme.  I find these pieces brave and confident in their insistence on using white to capture our attention. When you strip color away, you are left to contemplate form, materials and content without distraction.

I first saw Zhu Jinshi’s immersive sculpture installation, Boat, at the San Antonio Art Museum in Texas. Boat and a subsequent piece The Ship of Time envelop the viewer who must walk through the piece to experience it. The Beijing-based contemporary painter made these pieces using white and naturally colored Xuan (rice) paper.

Boat by Zhu Jinshi
Ship of Time by Zhu Jinshi

Chun Kwang Young, a Seoul-based artist, makes complex abstract constructions, fabricated with hundreds of individual component shapes wrapped in mulberry paper. Each triangular component is covered with Korean and Chinese characters inspired by medicine packets from his childhood. While not all his work is white, most of it is monochromatic.

Aggregation by Chun Kwang Young

Over the last five years I have gradually created a series of white pieces using feathers made from recycled plastic bags screen-printed with images of endangered birds and endangered languages. For the white pieces, I print on white plastic bags and although the overall impression is white, there are many colors in play. 

Pile of White Feathers

Chun Kwang Young, a Seoul-based artist, makes complex abstract constructions, fabricated with hundreds of individual component shapes wrapped in mulberry paper. Each triangular component is covered with Korean and Chinese characters inspired by medicine packets from his childhood. While not all his work is white, most of it is monochromatic.

Aggregation by Chun Kwang Young

Over the last five years I have gradually created a series of white pieces using feathers made from recycled plastic bags screen-printed with images of endangered birds and endangered languages. For the white pieces, I print on white plastic bags and although the overall impression is white, there are many colors in play. 

Pile of White Feathers

The first piece to incorporate my signature plastic feathers was Abandon. The title is a play on words because it evokes that lovely sense of letting go. However, the darker meaning is that we have abandoned our birds by letting our appetite for development prevail over protecting bird habitat and therefore bird species. Abandon is currently traveling throughout Mexico as part of the Rufino Tamayo Bienal, which will culminate in an exhibition of the top 51 painters in Mexico at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City. 

Abandon
Abandon, detail view
Kansai

After the intensely colored Cambodia series where all five pieces appeared in the shape of the country of Cambodia, I was ready for another white piece. Kansai was also based on a map, this time on the state of Kansai in Japan. Whereas Cambodia referred to the last remaining habitat of the Bengal Florican, Kansai is a state where there are 41 endangered bird species. Like Abandon, Kansai was predominantly white but it has a border of red feathers. The red and white color scheme is a nod to the colors of the Japanese flag. In late 2020, I built a crate for Kansai so that she could be exhibited in the Art Textile Biennale, which was traveling to several venues throughout Australia.

Several map-based pieces later, it was time for another white piece. Vortex was my first foray into applying feathers to a sculptural form. Using a spiral shape made from iron, bubble wrap and a coating of paper mache, I coated the form with white feathers that gradually became darker towards the center. This piece was featured on the cover of SAQA Journal, a wonderful magazine that highlights work by contemporary art quilters. 

Saqa Jornal Cover

During the pandemic, I started a huge mural-sized piece titled Accidentals. It was a riot of color and it was no surprise that I needed a visual break afterwards. Devotional was born out of the desire to calm my mind and body and to create a piece that would be an ode to our disappearing birds. I wanted a title that would evoke the prayers one might say to petition a higher source for saving birds.

Devotional vs. Accidentals
Ropa Blanca

I loved the new tail feather form that I used for Accidentals and Devotional and created a smaller piece, Ropa Blanca that was inspired by the huipils woven and worn by indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico and in Guatemala. Ropa Blanca was shipped to a gallery in Madrid as soon as it was finished. Which means there is another white piece in the wings!

 

My sense is that making white pieces will remain part of my art practice for many years to come.