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 “AVIANTO” celebrates 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Curator, Gabriela Serrano Suzan: email@example.com
The Old Train Station Musum: www.oldtrainstation.com
Saatchi Art: https://www.saatchiart.com/deborahkruger
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