The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Desert Triangle Print Carpeta


June 10 – December 21, 2023

The Desert Triangle Print Carpeta is a collaborative project born from the mind of self-proclaimed art agitator Karl “KRRRL” Whitaker, who wished to showcase the artistic merit that exists within the American Southwest. KRRRL traveled around the region defined by Tucson, Albuquerque, and El Paso—a desert triangle—and recruited 29 other artists living in or near these cities to collaborate on a print portfolio. These artists were given no other instructions but to print on a full sheet of 22- x 30-inch paper and to avoid total abstraction. The size and scope of the prints illustrate the depth of craftsmanship and creativity that contemporary Southwest artists have to offer. Through these works, the exhibition explores the following themes: gender and sexuality, religious and spiritual icons, personal narratives, social and political critique, and sense of place.

Featuring prints by: Pavel AcevedoJesus “CIMI” Alvarado, Chris Bardey, Cristina Cárdenas, Nani ChaconMark ChristianMichael ContrerasFrancisco DelgadoGonzalo EspinosaRudy FloresManuel Guerra, Jellyfish ColectivoKRRRL, Los Dos, Joe Marshall, Raul Monarrez, Henry Morales, Lo MoranRuben Urrea Moreno, Victor Muheddine, Tino OrtegaZeke PeñaMatthew PoeMartin QuintanillaTim RazoRezizte ColectivoTanya RichRogoFederico VillalbaMykl Wells

This exhibition was curated by Sophie Briley (B.A. Art History, 23’), the Edward and Nancy Strauss curatorial intern.

Image: Federico Villalba, Bici Rider #1 of Saipan, 2016, Serigraph, Gift of Karl Whitaker, 2016