“Blackrock Editions: A Print Showcase” at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

My prints created in collaboration with Blackrock Editions are on exhibit at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art in Santa Fe from February 25 thru May 28, 2022. Thank you to the Santa Fe New Mexican’s Michael Abatemarco for featuring “The Watchers” on the Pasatiempo Magazine’s Exhibitionism page.

The Watchers (color)
2021, 14-plate color lithograph, edition 50
paper size: 28 3/4″ x 20 1/4″ image size: 26″ x 17 1/4″
collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press/Blackrock Editions during March 2020 through March 2021
to inquire please email info@breditions.com or info@zanebennettgallery.com
Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s Eye
etching with chine collé
16×14 inches paper size, 8×6 inches image size
©2021 Fatima Ronquillo
to inquire please email info@breditions.com or info@zanebennettgallery.com
The Watchers (monochrome)
2020, 4-color lithograph, edition of 14
paper size: 30×22 inches / image size: 26×17 inches
Collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press during March-October 2020
to inquire please email info@breditions.com or info@zanebennettgallery.com

PRESS RELEASE FROM ZANE BENNETT CONTEMPORARY ART:

BLACK ROCK EDITIONS: A PRINT SHOWCASE
February 25–May 28, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, February 25, 5–7pm
BLACK ROCK EDITION WALKTHROUGH & DEMO
Saturday, April 2, 12-1pm

(February 2022) Black Rock Editions is a two-year-old Santa Fe print house, but its roots stretch back fifty years and across the nation. Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is proud to announce a special print showcase celebrating Black Rock’s founding, with a nod to the 50-year legacy of its forebear, Landfall Press. Works on paper from Black Rock’s roster of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and women artists commingle with historic Landfall prints by legendary artists such as Christo and James Drake. Special programs throughout the show, held at the gallery and at Black Rock’s remarkable headquarters, highlight the nascent print house’s intersectional vision for the future of printmaking. An opening reception with Black Rock Director Christina Ziegler Campbell and Master Printer Steven Campbell is on Friday, February 25, 5–7pm.

“Chris and Steve were deeply engaged in the curatorial process for the show, which enriched the storytelling in so many ways.” says Gallery Director Jordan Eddy. “We’re recreating the experience of entering Black Rock’s workshop, opening their flat files, and marveling at their plates and prints.” Though they established Black Rock in January 2020 just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the Campbells started with a solid foundation. They’re both veteran employees of Landfall Press, a 50-year-old print shop that was founded by Jack Lemon in Chicago and moved to Santa Fe in 2004. When Lemon generously gifted Landfall’s space and equipment to the Campbells, they shifted their focus to include up-and-coming artists from communities that have often been ignored by other print houses and the larger contemporary art establishment.

The exhibition features artwork by Jordan Craig (Cheyenne), Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Dan Namingha (Hopi), and Mexican-born artist Sergio Sánchez Santamaría. Works by seasoned printmakers Peregrine Honig and Jeanette Pasin Sloan appear beside editions by self-taught artists Fatima Ronquillo and Timothy Cummings. Also on view from the gallery’s archives are works on paper from Landfall by internationally renowned artists Judy Chicago, Christo, Lesley Dill, James Drake, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, and Jiha Moon. Moon is one of the only artists who has worked with both Landfall and Black Rock, pointing to a torch handoff in the cross-cultural explorations of the Korean-born, Georgia-based artist. “Ultimately, the exhibition examines the community of printmakers who were—and are—central to elevating and evolving the printmaking medium as a dynamic means of investigation, expression and community engagement,” Eddy says.

The Watchers (all the versions)

The Watchers
2021, 14-plate color lithograph, edition 50
paper size: 28 3/4″ x 20 1/4″ image size: 26″ x 17 1/4″
collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press/Blackrock Editions during March 2020 through March 2021
to inquire please email info@breditions.com

It has taken a year to complete “The Watchers” lithograph print. I began working on the print in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. In 2020 we released a monochrome gray print and now a year later Blackrock Editions and I are very happy to present the 14-color lithograph version. I adore the bright color palette of New Mexican turquoise and coral. The giant limestone on which I drew the image has now been retired, canceled and ground down afresh.

I never thought that a lockdown could have its advantages. In this case, it gave us time and opportunity to explore a side of lithography we never had the chance to do before. After completion of the small monochromatic edition of Fatima’s “The Watchers”, we began to ponder an approach to a color version and since Fatima’s painting style echoes the neo-classicism of a hundred plus years ago we reasoned a similar lithographic rendition would be appropriate. Jack (Lemon) has long been a fan of the Jules Cheret lithographs of 19th century Paris and suggested we follow a similar manner of working. The result is a 14 color lithograph not only in homage to old Jules but printed on the same kind of machine that would have been [in] use back then, our c. 1870 Marinoni Voirin Press. I feel the resulting print was a huge success with overlays and a saturation seldom seen in contemporary prints. It’s really a print to let the eye linger on.

~ Steve Campbell, Blackrock Editions, read more here
The Watchers
2020, 4-color lithograph, edition of 14
paper size: 30×22 inches / image size: 26×17 inches
Collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press/Blackrock Editions during March-October 2020
to inquire please email info@breditions.com
The Watchers
2020, oil on aluminum panel, 14×11 inches
Meyer Gallery Santa Fe

Unusually, I created the oil painting “The Watchers” after working on the print. I felt a deep connection to the subject matter and wanted to keep exploring it. The idea was born from my interest with 19th Century naturalist art and illustrations. In these works by artists such as Audubon, I found a fascination with the artist’s impetus to discover, catalog and illustrate the flora and fauna of the natural world. In the present time, with so many animals and plants becoming endangered and extinct, the desire is to preserve and protect. The black-footed ferrets in “The Watchers” have a precarious story. They were once thought to have become extinct in the 1970s. Miraculously, a tiny population was rediscovered in Wyoming after a rancher’s dog brought home a dead ferret. Through conservation efforts there are now about 700 black-footed ferrets. Their story is an inspiring tale of tenacity and hope, for in this case a species was rediscovered from extinction. In “The Watchers” the figure and ferrets are on their watch, ever vigilant for unknown dangers and glimmers of opportunity. 

Studio Update #staysafestayhome

I write this post from the safety of home. I wish everyone and their loved ones wellness and kindness during these difficult times. Today I share a recent drawing that has uplifted me. The clasped hands are symbolic of our togetherness even in the midst of social distancing, and the birds are symbolic of hope and love. The drawing has inspired me to create a series of paintings for my Santa Fe show at Meyer Gallery later this year (scheduled for August 28) focusing on the theme of togetherness and resilience.