Paper Migration is an international collaborative exchange between Bluseed Studios in Saranac Lake NY USA and a cooperative of artists in Mazatlan, Mexico – including Glen Rogers Studio and the Municipal Institute of Culture, Tourism, and Art of Mazatlan (Cultura). This exchange joins a group of professional artists from northern New York State, USA and Mazatlan, Mexico. The goal is to use exhibitions, workshops, public lectures and street performance as a tool to transcend borders, challenge stereotypes and create cultural awareness and artistic collaboration through two cultural exchanges of 14 artists in Saranac Lake, NY and Mazatlan, Mexico. The nature of the project is to use visual art, paper making workshops, public lectures and street performance as a tool to transcend borders, challenge stereotypes and create awareness of the geography and demographics in the North Country and Mazatlan. This exchange allows parties from both sides of the border to live amongst the local residents, working with community organizations and sharing an aesthetic that diverges from the typical “North Country” or “Mexican Style” art. Instead it shows a fine art approach to social, political questions and environmental issues that a “border” cannot contain.
Meet the Mazatlan Artists :
Elina Chauvet was born in Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. She studied architecture in Cuidad Juárez, Chihuahua. She presently lives and works in Mazatlán, Sinaloa. Elina has taken diverse courses in painting, drawing, graphics, alternative mediums and photography with renowned artists from Mexico, the United States and Canada. She has presented diverse individual expositions in Sinaloa and Chihuahua museums, and participated in over fifty expositions in Mexico and the United States. She is the creator of the installation “Zapatos Rojos,” a public art project initiated in Cuidad Juárez, Chihuahua in 2009, presently touring Mexico, the United States, South America, and Europe. Her recognitions include two FOECA grants for projects in Sinaloa; in 2008 for the painting “La Neta de las Netas,” and in 2011 for “Camelia La Texana y su Dinastía Monarca.” In 2008, her installation “Me and My Self” was sponsored in the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.
Dory Perdomo Median is a native of Colombia. Her first encounter with painting was during her stay in the port of Buenaventura, in the College of Vicentinas nuns who taught her first painting lessons. Subsequently she studied chemistry at the University of Quindio and moved to Mazatlan in 1985. She studied formally in the workshops of the Casa de la Cultura, La Pérgola and the workshop of plastic experimentation of Monterrey. Back in the city of Mazatlán she entered the workshops at Casa Pacifica, and later joined the Municipal Centre of Culture art workshops. She has had 3 solo exhibitions and 25 group exhibitions, in the disciplines of painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography, both in Mexico and abroad. She currently directs the workshops and Gallery BAUPRES, and is an active member of the Asociación de Arte Nicolaíta of Monterrey, NL.
Glen Rogers relocated her studio and home from the San Francisco Bay Area to Mazatlán, Mexico in 2002. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries in the U.S., Mexico, Australia, Belgium, Singapore, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Korea, and France. She is the organizer of Mazatlán’s First Fridays Artwalk, now in its 7th year. In 2009, she opened Luna: Arte Contemporaneo gallery to showcase local and international artists and last year organized Mazatlán’s first Steamroller Printing event. She teaches printmaking
workshops in her studio as well as leads artist groups to other parts of Mexico. She has been instrumental in organizing several international exhibitions in Mazatlán including, Presence in Nature, 5 artists each from CA, Mexico and Australia, Intercambio Grafica, an exchange with Mexican and New York artists, and Hecho en Mazatlán, with artists from U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Lucila Santiago, visual artist, was born in México City. She attended Elvira Gascón enamel studio, and then studying at UNAM School of Fine Arts, San Carlos, graduating in Visual Arts. She received a scholarship from FONAPAS for an enameling course at Escola Llotja, Barcelona, Spain, and later received a scholarship to study History and Literature at Universitá per Strannieri, Perugia, Italy. In 1989 she became founder teacher at the Fine Arts department in the Centro Municipal de Arte. Her works include painting, graphics, sculpture, photography, installation and enameling. Among her collaborations, the restoration of the Parliament wooden mural, “Las Constituciones”, in México City. Residence exchange at BluSeed Studios, Saranac Lake, NY. Over 20 solo exhibitions and 100 collective shows in museums in México City and Sinaloa; Bienal Tamayo, Salón Anual de Pintura in Bellas Artes, Trienal de Escultura, Bienal del Noroeste, etc., and galleries in México and abroad.
Rafael Avila Tirado was born in 1975, in El Roble, Mazatlán, Sinaloa, where he developed his love for nature, creating very intimate ties with the peasant life of his hometown. He studied architecture at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa and fine arts at the Municipal Center of Arts of the Institute of Cultura with artist Lucila Santiago. He studied watercolor with artist Roberto Vargas, at Casa Pacífica, and abroad, at BluSeed Studios, he took various workshops: monoprint, handmade paper and engraving, with artists Larry Poole, Katherine Levin-Lau and John LaFalce in New York. His career includes exhibitions in Mexico: “Paintings and engravings” Gallery LUNA, “Natures” in the Gallery Angela Peralta; and abroad: ” Graphic Exchange/ NY-Mazatlan”, BluSeed Studios, Saranac Lake, NY, and “Made in Mazatlan” in San Antonio, TX. He is currently a member of the group of creators of the workshops and Gallery BAUPRES in Mazatlán.
José Carlos Flores Zazueta has twelve years’ experience in the arts and graphics arts. As a self taught artist, he is an initiator of urban art in Mazatlan and other cities in Mexico. He is a professionally licensed graphic designer and has won prizes and recognition on a national level. His group exhibitions include Semana cultural en México en el Instituto Politécnico Nacional de artistas de Sinaloa (2006), Colectivo M EXPO itinerante mexicana de artistas selectos de Sinaloa (2008), International Group Exhibition- Mazatlán–WashingtonD.C.(2009),ExpointernacionalColectivallamadaZieteen Colombia, Huila Mach (2010), 15 aniversario MACAY Anfitrión de la Plástica Nacional (2009), Expo internacional Colectiva en Caracas, Venezuela. His work has been exhibited in México D.F., Tijuana, Yucatán, Guanajuato, Querétaro, Guadalajara, León Gto., Los Mochis, Colombia, Washington D.C. , Baltimore, Venezuela.
Claudia Gallardo Claudia studied painting and photography at McGill University in Montreal, QC and received a bachelor in Graphic Design at the UNITESIN as well as a diploma in Screen Printing at the School of Arts Gràfics in Mexico City. She has studied in workshops with local and international artists inside Mexico and Canada. She currently teaches private classes of painting and drawing to adults and children. Her works have been exhibited in Mexico, United States, and Europe. She is the Sinaloa representative of AMTUC, an organization of arts, culture and tourism in Mexico. Acrylic and oil painting, encaustic, mixed media and prints are her mediums of expression in a neo expressionistic style. Her work shows a passionate and contemplative naturalist. Her lens captures the detail and freezes the signs of nature infused with sea, tropic, color, and much of the topography of Sinaloa.