Powerful images depicting the lives of workers, women, people of color and war are all part of “Spirit in Lines,” the art of nationally renowned Chicano printmaker Juan R. Fuentes at the College Gallery at Shoreline Community College from Nov. 5, 2009 through Jan. 5, 2010. The gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
“My focus has continued to be the figure or portrait as a means to tell a story, elaborating on the human condition,” Fuentes says of his relief prints. “The prints that I have produced in the last two years are of people carrying objects or in the process of work. This carrying of things has been a metaphor for the heavy load on one’s shoulders through experiences of living.”
The exhibit will include a selection of silkscreen posters from his involvement in the Chicano poster movement that address both local and international issues such as apartheid, Palestinian conflicts and struggles in Latin America.
Fuentes is best known for linoleum prints exploring Chicano and indigenous themes to raise awareness of the cultural, social and community issues of Chicanos. He acknowledges influences from the social realist tradition of Latin American printmakers such as Jose Guadalupe Posada, Leopoldo Mendez, Rupert Garcia and American artist Elizabeth Catlett.
Active in San Francisco’s Latino community, Fuentes was the director of Mission Grafica for 10 years and taught at the California College of the Arts and City College of San Francisco.
Lecture and Reception
Fuentes will talk about his work and his involvement in the Chicano Poster Movement at a free lecture, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 in the 1000 Building Board Room at Shoreline Community College. He will address his current activity and membership with Consejo Grafico, a collective of Latino print studios throughout the U.S. and will also talk about his support for liberation struggles through his art and community involvement.
There will be a reception prior to the lecture at 6 p.m. in the gallery.
The lecture is co-sponsored by Ballard’s Sev Shoon Arts Center
a local printmaking and art center run by Dionne Haroutunian, and Seattle Print Arts, a Puget Sound area printmaking collective.
Sev Shoon Arts Center offers printmaking classes and workshops, access to a professional printmaking studio, exhibition opportunities and demonstrations. Seattle Print Arts is an association of artists, arts professionals and collectors who have an avid interest in the expanding field of print arts. Their mission is to foster intellectual and artistic dialogue, serve as a resource for news in the field of printmaking, forge links between artists and serve as a base for activities that focus on print arts.
The Shoreline Community College Gallery is located in the 1000 Building at the main campus at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, just west of Aurora and north of Seattle city limits. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For information about the upcoming exhibits, check out the web site at: http://www.shoreline.edu/gallery/.