February 27, 2016
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Kimberly Rene' Vanecek
Wrapped in Color
The Art Avenue Gallery Presents the premiere of Mestizoan: Erin Galvez Thursday, December 3, 2015
El Paso, TX--After successfully closing a chapter filled with commercial painting, Erin Galvez is ready to exhibit her own original works: abstract paintings inspired by re-conceptualizing traditions. Galvez will be the featured artist at The Art Avenue Gallery with the premiere of her exhibit Mestizoan next month.
This 25-piece exhibit is focused on serape collections full of vibrant colors and expressive pieces—a vast difference from commercial art, which limited her choice of colors and direction. “I think chiefly I am a colorist. My pieces are definitely meditative in nature and they change and each one evolves into the other,” said Galvez. Originally from Fair Oaks, California and a recent transplant from Portland, Oregon, she feels breaking away from the conformity of commercial art allows her creative energy to be expressed. “Commercial art is not in my heart. I did what some call ‘sell out’ with commercial art because I didn’t really know how to paint until I began teaching myself. Right now I don’t want to be famous. I want to be respected about my work, “ said Galvez.
Her pieces on display have multiple layers of acrylic, leaf, graphite and wax. “There are some of the pieces that have up to 60 layers in paint and glaze. I’ll put down a paint layer and a glaze layer that gives a physical space—it gives each layer a separation,” said Galvez.
Her recent move from Portland to El Paso was a big cultural change for Galvez, saying she immediately connected with the warmth and vibrancy of her new community. Galvez experienced the traditions of the locals and transferred that bond onto canvas through her serape series,” said Kimberly Rene’ Vanecek, The Art Avenue Gallery owner.
Mestizoan will be on display Thursday Dec. 3, 2015 through Jan.9, 2016. The Art Avenue Gallery will also be hosting a workshop with artist Erin Galvez on Thursday Jan. 7, 2016.
The Art Avenue Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Monday and Saturday by appointment only at 1618 Texas Ave. Suite E. For additional information or questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 915.213.4318.
THE ART AVENUE
1618 Texas Ave, Ste E
El Paso, TX 79901
Acrylic workshop with Erin Galvez,
Thursday, January 7, 2016
RSVP at 915.213.4318
December 6, 2014
Image Transfer Workshop
Saturday, October 18th & Sunday, October 19th 2014
1:00 – 4:00pm
Art Junction/Studio #8
500 West Paisano Drive
El Paso, TX 79901
Elevate your artworks to a new level! Learn how to transfer your personal and culled imagery to canvas, paper, and fabric for acrylic and mixed media applications. The workshop will include a review of materials and techniques, hands-on demonstrations, and supervised creative exploration with the processes. Space is limited.
From The Asian Reporter, V22, #03
Serious and playful: The art of Erin Galvez
By Josephine Bridges
The Asian Reporter
Materialism," the name of the exhibit by Filipina-American painter and printmaker Erin Galvez showing at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus Gallery, is the first clue that the artist is both having fun with and thinking carefully about her work. After seeing the show, I wanted to learn more about how her luscious abstractions relate to the common definitions of materialism, so I asked.
"The show is called ‘Materialism,’" she explained, "because the materials that one uses in creating definitely inform the work. Because of the materials’ inherent qualities, they may lead to a different, albeit subtle, aestheticism in the finished piece."
Given the sheer number of materials Erin Galvez has used in this show alone — I counted 10 — it is no wonder that the stuff of which the art is made is a matter of significance to the artist. But what she does with the acrylic, tissue paper, gel transfer, aluminum leaf, and other items is why you should be sure to see "Materialism."
The 17 works in the show can be organized into four categories based on the titles and some obvious, and not so obvious, similarities.
The five roughly four-leaf-clover-shaped interactions of circles of varying sizes and colors in the "Wax Linear" series are the simplest and most similar of the works, and they begin and end the exhibit. The five "Club Suite" pieces have the clover shape in common, but colors, textures, and patterns obscure the shapes somewhat.
The three pieces in the "Medallion" series also contain the clover shape, but the sparkling and luminous effect of aluminum leaf in them is what impresses the viewer first. The four-piece "(exp)" series contains the clover shape, though it no longer has center stage, as in the rest of the work. One three-leaf clover makes an appearance, reminding us of the artist’s playful side. Other clover shapes lurk at the edges of the work, or in the case of one, called "P2," are barely discernible.
Her work, Galvez has been told, has subtle Asian qualities and aesthetics — "especially my commercial work." Although she never formally studied Asian art, self-education was ever-present and Asian art and culture books always found their way into her reading.
The artist is as fascinating as her work. Thoughtful and articulate, Erin Galvez is a journalist’s dream to interview. Asked about her ethnic roots — her father is Filipino and her mother from British and German stock — Galvez said, "I grew up with my mother and had a difficult time identifying with my Filipino heritage since I know very little about it. I did, however, identify with a general Asian-ness and am interested in many things eastern."
"Materialism" has an element of mystery as well. It is the kind of exhibit you walk through again and again, beginning to end, then end to beginning, then beeline across the room because there is something about this one and that one. It is a lively, invigorating group of work, especially on a dark, rainy day. You may well have a few of those to choose from before the display comes down on February 23.
The Cascade Campus Gallery is located at 705 N. Killingsworth Street in Terrell Hall Room 102. To learn more, call (971) 722-5326, e-mail <email@example.com>, or visit <www.pcc.edu/about/galleries/cascade>.