Bio: Jesus De La Rosa is a Mexican American mixed media artist currently residing in Kingsville, Texas. He was born in Weslaco, Texas and spent his early life traveling across the U.S/Mexico border as a result of his parents working in Mexico and living in Texas. He considers both the United States and Mexico home. On April 20, 2002 he founded Progreso Gallery, an artist-run, independent, non-for profit, contemporary space, on the border town of Nuevo Progreso, Mexico. As an Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, De La Rosa teaches beginning and advanced courses in printmaking and graphic design. His paintings and drawings were selected to be part of the 12th Annual (YLA) Young Latino Artist Exhibition at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Most recently his print book Borderlands was selected to be part of the international touring exhibition Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books II, which will tour eight international venues and over forty national galleries.
Bio: Charles Hancock is one half of infamous “low-tech” print masters, Texas-born The Amazing Hancock Brothers who look to shock as much as inform. Their bold, unabashed style combines screen printing, woodcuts, and acrylic into mixed-use pieces that resemble part Circus Freak posters, part insane patterns, and all crazy, in-your-face attitude. Brothers Charles and John often chuck all sense of propriety out the window, then rip down the curtains, screen clowns or skulls or grotesque portraits on them, and then chuck that out the window, too. As members of Dirty Printmakers of America, they are able to use their ferocious, fearless talent to push the awareness and accessibility of printmaking to the huddled masses, democratizing art and technique.
Artist Statement from "Art to the Third Power" website: I create because I want to see further. As a kid, I used to climb the avocado trees and the techo (tin roof) in my backyard—wanted to fly, but mostly just enjoyed the lack of boundary between space and sky—exploring the possibilities of other spaces. Underneath the techo was my mother’s ceramic/flower shop, and it was there that I first learned to create not only with my eyes, but also with my hands, as I helped make wreaths and mold ceramic figurines for Dia de los Muertos and Mother’s/Father’s Day. In so doing, I came to understand that what I was doing held meaning and worth to others as well. As I looked further, for example, while crossing the bridge from McAllen to Reynosa, I didn’t think about flying, but I did notice the immense space created by tourists as they avoided the Styrofoam cups in the outstretched hands of women and children. Again, I looked, but my perspective of misery and festivity in laFrontera was aided by my father’s cuentos—stories that created spaces of shared experience and still inspire me to share such memories. Most importantly, these early experiences fueled my interest in Mesoamerican mythology. Again, I create because I have always wanted to see further—to collapse borders, to transform and explore the social and cultural ambiguities that need not resolve in either time or space. My consistent production and exhibition schedule has allowed me to achieve a few key successes. For example, I have works featured in two books; Chicano Art for Our Millennium-2004 and Triumph in Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art-2005, published by Bilingual Review Press. I founded and organized a nationally recognized annual group exhibit featuring Latino artists (Project: MASA I, II, and III) an exhibit focusing on Chicano identities. My works are included in the permanent collections of Arizona State University, the University of Texas San Antonio, and the Art Museum of South Texas.
Artist Statement from "Art to the Third Power" website: Growing up in Austin, Texas, during the 1960’s and 1970’s – the only daughter of civil rights activists and writers, and the granddaughter to the Dean of Communication at the University of Texas – I was allowed to explore social/political communication through the arts. My mother’s community of friends included the first vendors on the Drag where we would produce arts and crafts and sell them to help fund activist functions and organizations. As a "hippie child" I was fortunate to be surrounded by artists, musicians and writers and allowed the freedom to experience childhood in a tolerant non-traditional setting. My first show was at Les Amis, across from UT at 9 years old. As an adult I have sought to communicate my own experiences as a woman, artist, art teacher, and parent through my works. I received my BFA in Commercial Art in 1985 from Southwest Texas State University, my teaching certificates in 1989, and my MA in 2003 from Texas State, all the while raising two amazing young men Timothy and Dillon.
My art is visual communication through the production of installations with paint, color, light and objects that allow the viewer to experience rather than just observe the work. In each of my solo exhibitions my intent has been to create a visual narrative in which the viewers own experiences are combined with visual aesthetics to provoke a behavioral reaction, impress new experiential memories and spark existing memories. In my latest solo exhibition, May 2012 at High Wire Art Gallery, I illustrated a poem that I had written using 8 large scale mixed media installations. The exhibition was called "Original Sin" and I explored the myths and eventual truths about gender, sex and sexual abuse and the roll that religious dogma has played in its' conception. Much of it was based on actual life stories. This is an ongoing series that I am developing.
Bio: The Bon A Tirer (BAT) Printmaking Club is committed to stimulating public appreciation and interest in the art of printmaking, as well as other graphic media. Club members are encouraged to participate in the creation and display of art works, networking, individual research, group critiques, and community involvement through the arts. As an organization open to all disciplines, it is our belief that every member has something unique to contribute, both to the club, and their community.
Artist Statement from "Art to the Third Power" website: A child of the 70’s, I was raised in an environmentally conscious time and place, San Antonio, Texas. My family always taught me to be aware and respectful of the fragility of this earth and the miracle of the existence of our ecosystem. The fact that life has been born from chaos fascinates me and it is my goal to convey that same energy and intrigue in my art. My large-scale works are highly influenced by the abstract expressionist movement, notably Jackson Pollock, in their ability to create order from chaos. I respect the nature of my medium and my surface in much the same way I have respect for the magnitude of nature in general. I wish to set my medium free within the framework of my plane … the possibilities are endless and astonishing. I examine rhythm, motion and space with line and color at various degrees of control to create both microscopic and macroscopic environments symbolizing our own. In doing so I challenge the viewer to enter my world, and ask them “Is this nature or man made?” I am active in the arts community in San Antonio and have participated in the annual Steam Roller Printing event conducted by Stone Metal Press for years. I am cofounder of Project:MASA, a nationally curated exhibit that brings together Chicana/o artists that use outer space imagery in their work. My works are included in the permanent collection of the University of Texas San Antonio and several private collections. I am also one of the original co-founders of Art to The Third Power.