A new-found friend and Mexico City artist Helena Gonzalez helped me immeasurably while I was in Mexico City. I needed to leave the PRPG (Art Gallery Studios) residency 3 weeks early. Helena offered me a room in her home and the time and space to create work in her print studio. The hospitality and compassionate care for my work, art practice, and health are unparalleled. A genuinely kind soul.
I hired Paco, a talented pressman and friend of Helana’s, to help move the work from PRPG (Art Gallery Studios). I moved most of the work myself from the second-floor gallery to the street. Paco and a helper did all the heavy lifting of the larger heavy works from the second floor down the stairs into their truck. The artwork is large and packed in boxes that had started to become worn or broken, but the artwork was protected, wrapped safely inside the boxes and moved reasonably well.
As Helena and I discussed our artworks, projects, and plans for 2023 while drinking Mezcal in the afternoon, I told her, “It seems like I am in an artist residency here.” Helena laughed and agreed. She decided to create an invite-only open house show of all the small and significant works I had moved from PRPG (Art Gallery Studios). Together we created a digital open house invitation. This was sent out through WhatsApp to collectors.
The open house show was filled with a steady stream of curious art collectors with many engaging questions. I talked about the project at length. I spoke about my conversations with my father. The project is based on the conversations I had with my father after he lost his sight.
It was refreshing to speak about my past, the rural area of Colorado where I grew up, and how I came to be an artist that uses a machine to make artwork. No one asked what kind of camera I used. They focused on the content and intent of the visual language of the imagery.
Six small works and one large diptych piece sold.