TURBULENCE: Birds, Beauty, Language & Loss

Deborah Kruger debuts her new body of work using fused plastic bags in a solo exhibition at the Chapala Cultural Center opening August 4, 2018.

For years, Kruger made abstract feathered pieces from textile components. After a year of transitioning the production of her feathers from fabric to plastic, Deborah resumed making larger format work.

The new feathers are sewn and screen-printed with images of endangered birds that the artist researched during an artist residency in France. The birds are overprinted with text in endangered languages.

Turbulence 2018, 64 X 100.5 X 1, screen-printing on fused plastic bags, sewing
Cambodia -2018 43.5 X 52 X 1 screen--printing on fused plastic bags, sewing

I was overcome with emotion when I first saw Deborah’s work. I was deeply moved by her vision and her unique artwork.”

Cristina Flores

Administrator of the Chapala Cultural Center “Antigua Presidencia”

Many of the new pieces are based on the forms of maps. The shape of Cambodia was chosen to bring attention to the plight of the Bengal Florican, a majestic bird whose last remaining habitat is in Cambodia, where less than 800 birds remain.

The artist is passionate about making art that is both beautiful and also provocative. She deliberately chose to work with plastic in order to make a statement about the consumerism that is contributing to habitat destruction and the decline in bird species.

Deborah Kruger in the Studio
Kansai -2018, 69 X 72 X 1, screen-printing on fused plastic bags, sewing

Deborah’s work is spectacular and we are sure it will be an important part in the history of the festival Sincrónico. We are proud to have an artist of her caliber working here in Chapala.”

Sergio Unzueta

 Director of Culture for City of Chapala

Nest -2017 26 X 27 X 3.5 " screen--printing on fused plastic bags, sewing, black plastic zip ties, paint
Antigua Presidencia, Chapala, Jalisco MX

The exhibition will include works on the wall, a floor installation, sculpture, prints and an artist book.

There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday August 4 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Chapala Cultural Center “Antigua Presidencia” in downtown Chapala. The public is welcome.

The exhibition will run from Saturday August 4 – Saturday September 15, 2018 and is open to the public:

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm y 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
Saturday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 4:00 pm