MARFA - Chicago-based Kruger Gallery announces the opening of their second location, Kruger Gallery Marfa, located at 212 E San Antonio Street in Marfa, Texas. The Gallery will open on Friday, October 9, 2015 during Chinati Weekend’s “Made in Marfa" event from 5 - 10 pm.
According to Mikelle Kruger, the gallery’s owner, “The Marfa location focuses on the more non-commercial practices of art like installation, video, sound and performance.” The gallery’s director, Erin Gilbert, also hopes to offer an annual artist residency beginning sometime in 2017.
Committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change, Kruger Gallery represents emerging artists working in a variety of media and design, and is pleased to open with “Translating Place,” an exhibition of work exploring the practices of two artists, installation artist Adrian Esparza and collage artist, Min Sun Lee.
Drawing inspiration from souvenir postcards illustrating specific cities, Esparza deconstructs the Mexican serape, repurposing each resulting strand into an intricately woven, site-specific, landscape threaded around nails. Often referencing the region in which the serape wearer was born, strings of the traditional Mexican garment, cross the wall, metaphorically tracing “journeys” of those who cross international borders and transverse new cities and lands.
“The ends of the serape are usually fringed, and in many ways, Esparza’s unique artistic practice operates from the fringes,” says Gilbert. “His deconstruction of the serape seemingly comments on both the divide between the United States and Mexico and on the Mexican diaspora throughout the United States.”
Min Sun Lee investigates spatial, abstract landscapes through collage. Through a process of cutting color-aid paper and arranging on bristol, Lee materializes spacial visualizations through color harmonies. In both her collages and paintings, three-dimensional structures reference precise locations in space, often indicating urban architecture.
Kruger Gallery Marfa will host two exhibitions annually in September and March. The over-arching curatorial focus will be on artists working outside of conventional commercial concerns and whose work is influenced by current events and the cultural climate. For more information about Kruger Gallery Marfa, please visit www.krugergallerymarfa.com or call 312.995.0776.
About Kruger Gallery Marfa
Kruger Gallery Marfa is committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change and represents emerging artists working in a variety of media and design. Gallery hours are Thursday - Saturday, 12 - 5 pm; or by appointment by calling 432.295.2577.
Gallery owner Mikelle Kruger was born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1978 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. She lives in Chicago and Marfa, Texas. Her husband, Matt Kruger, own Big Bend Brewing Company, a microbrewery in Alpine, Texas that was just named the most remote brewery in the United States. Big Bend Brewing’s Tejas Lager will be available at all Kruger Gallery Marfa opening receptions.
Gallery director Erin Gilbert brings fifteen years experience as a museum administrator and curator to Kruger Gallery. She has curated exhibitions featuring contemporary African artists, including Babajide Olatunji, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and Phoebe Boswell at commercial art galleries in London, United Kingdom; produced forums for critical analysis of contemporary art featuring David Adjaye, Thelma Golden and Glenn Ligon at the Studio Museum in Harlem; and executed programs presenting contemporary artists in conversation with curators, art critics, and art historians including Kerry James Marshall, Theater Gates, and Dawoud Bey for the Art Institute of Chicago. Gilbert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and African/African American Studies from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Contemporary Art from the University of Manchester. Born in the United States, she has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Africa and Europe.
For additional information visit www.krugergallerymarfa.com or call 312.995.0776. Follow Kruger Gallery Marfa on Facebook at Kruger Gallery Marfa and Instagram at Kruger_Gallery_Marfa. For information about Kruger Gallery Chicago, please visit www.krugergallerychicago.com.
About the Artists, Adrian Esparza and Min Sun Lee
Adrian Esparza was born in El Paso, Texas in 1970. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas in 1996 and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute for the Arts in 1998. Esparza exhibits nationally and internationally including exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Perez Miami Art Museum, Kurimanzutto Gallery in Mexico City, and the Dallas Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in El Paso.
Min Sun Lee was born in Seoul, Korea in 1992. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Translating Place features over thirty new collages and seven paintings. Lee lives and works in Chicago.