INTERFERENCE + INTERACTION
Nabil Gonzalez, Daisy Quezada, Laura Turón, and the Jellyfish Colectivo
October 12 – November 17, 2017
Curated by Michelle Lanteri and organized by Marisa Sage.
University Art Gallery
Las Cruces, NM–The University Art Gallery (UAG) is please to present, Interference + Interaction, a group show featuring works by Nabil Gonzalez, Daisy Quezada, Laura Turón, and the Jellyfish Colectivo. The artists in Interference + Interaction mediate everyday noise, communication, and social predicaments within personal and political spheres, negotiating the boundaries of the complex and multilayered issues that arise due to the current relationship between the U.S. and Mexico. By way of mark-making, sculpture, installation, murals, and culturally-conscious beatification projects each artist in this exhibition confronts miscommunications, misperceptions, cliché images, and outdated dialogues that exist contiguously with current border region representations.
Gonzalez’ prints and sculptures activate resistance against political corruption and the quieting of the families of missing women in Ciudad Juárez. Laura Turón’s drawings deconstruct expected processes and create imprinted marks on paper and walls to change narratives of time and place. The Jellyfish Colectivo’s site-specific murals re-invent a particularity of place and politics as materializations of this group of artists’ heartening and divergent perspectives. Daisy Quezada’s work bridges the personal to the social, forming a relationship to immigration, gender inequality, labor, and class issues that have resulted in a population left feeling devalued and lost within their own culture.
The thread of commonality between these artists is their artistic contributions to Mexican-American cultural production in their border communities and the interruption of normative conversations, sensory perceptions, psychological attitudes, and community outlooks, particular to the greater Southwest region. It is interaction that forms the bridge—el puente—between Mexican and American cultures, across borders designed to separate ideologies with force. As such, the artists’ interactions in their works account for power-struggles and make efforts towards enacting social change; these artists give themselves permission to allow for realizations of the unknown and constant shifts in conversations, life-long processes, and life-lines that contract and expand as times change.
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Nabil Gonzalez earned her Master of Fine arts degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. Recently Gonzalez returned to her hometown of El Paso to teach at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she completed her BFA. While she works across studio media including digital platforms, Gonzalez focuses her practice on printmaking, with a particular emphasis on monotype and lithographic works on paper. In 2016, she participated in the Anderson Ranch Printmaking Residency in Snowmass Village, Colorado; her work has been shown at the International Print Center in New York City, the LUXE Gallery in San Diego, the Academy of Fine Arts in Nanjing, China, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the Museo de Arte INBA in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, among other prestigious venues. Gonzales’ art is included in the permanent collections of the El Paso Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Fleet Library, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
Laura Turón is from El Paso and Ciudad Juárez. She earned her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at El Paso, focusing on drawing and graphic design, and also completing a certificate in exhibition practices.
Jellyfish Colectivo (Ciudad Juárez) formed in 2010 and are currently comprised of three members: Atenas Campbell, Ricardo “Kukui” Herrera, and Leonel “Pilo” Portillo. At its inception, the collective, set out to re-inscribe and rejuvenate the visual culture of the streets of Ciudad Juárez by painting numerous outdoor murals to infuse happiness and color into the dire conditions of their city.
Daisy Quezada graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio arts from Santa Fe College of Art and Design in 2012. She returned to Santa Fe in 2014 after completing her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Delaware. Daisy’s focus on social justice for Mexican immigrants and women in the borderlands extends beyond her artwork. She is connected to a group in El Paso that is trying to help female factory workers in Juárez secure pay raises.
Interference + Interaction was curated by Michelle Lanteri and organized by Marisa Sage, Director of the University Art Gallery. Join us for the opening reception of Interference + Interaction, Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30PM in the UAG. As associated programing, exhibiting artist collective, Jellyfish Colectivo will host an artist lecture on Saturday, October, 21, 1-2PM. Nabil Gonzalez will host an artist workshop on Saturday, November 4th, 12-2PM and Daisy Quezada will present an artist lecture on Thursday, November 9, 6PM. All events are in the UAG and are free and open to the public.