Campus News - June 4, 2001
Tamarind's 'Artext' to join city display
By Michael Padilla
Tamarind Institute is currently working on a project called Artext. Once completed,
the project will be part of the City of Albuquerque public art collection and
will be on display in the downtown branch of the Albuquerque Public Library.
Marjorie Devon, institute director, said 10 artists are making monotypes inspired
by texts of their own choosing. Five of the artists were invited to participate
in the project while the other five were selected from a application process
open only to New Mexico artists. Devon said the artists were encouraged to use
a wide variety of source material.
Many artists are inspired by writers, as are writers inspired by visual
artists, said Devon. We have done several projects related to this
idea. One project dealt with artists from nine countries in South America, each
of whom selected a different poem by the Chilean statesman and poet laureate,
Artext artists and their text inspirations include: Hung Liu (ancient Chinese
poem); William Wiley (Elias Canetti, The Human Province) Georgia
Marsh (poet, Bob Grenier, untitled poem ); DeLoss McGraw ( Lewis Carroll, Alice
in Wonderland); Enrique Chagoya (Sor Juana de la Cruz, The Divine
Narcissus); Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (working on project); Robert Pelegrin
(Joseph Campbell, The Hero with A Thousand Faces); LaVerne Harper
(Robert Frost, Birches); Susan Linnell (collaboration with school
children who will write the text); and Spencer Kimball (text from Wild West
Devon said Tamarinds printers are assisting the artists with the printing
of their monotypes. Six artists have completed their work; the remaining four
will be finished by the end of June.
Jane Spraque, City of Albuquerque public art coordinator, said the project
is a community-based, collaborative initiative, which will provide intriguing
and beautiful works of art for library visitors.
A committee appointed by the Albuquerque Arts Board, consisting of representatives
from the library, Tamarind Institute and arts professionals, will select two
monotypes by each of the artists.
The two monotypes, together with the relevant texts (printed in handset letterpress)
will be on permanent display in the downtown main library.
The project is funded by the city, Public Art Program and One Percent (1%) for Art.
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