Photographer Frank Blazquez Solo Show
Artists Reception: Friday, Dec 20th, 5pm to 9pm
Summary: New Mexican visual artist Frank Blazquez presents an exhibit showcasing documentary portraits, mixed-media, and photomontage. Photography from Blazquez’s Barrios de Nuevo Mexico project will be shown in combination with newer works from late 2019. Mexican Suburbs highlights contemporary Southwest symbols and Mexican American totems connected to Blazquez’s personal narrative. Selected to represent New Mexico at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s State of the Art 2020, this is his last solo-exhibit before his work travels to Bentonville, Arkansas. Alberto Zalma, owner of Zalma-Lofton Gallery, has shown with Blazquez at SITE Santa Fe and the History Colorado Center in 2019–delivering interconnected artwork revolving around contemporary New Mexican and Rio Grande themes.
Short Bio: Frank Blazquez (b. Chicago, IL) is a visual artist utilizing portraiture, film, photo-montage, and mixed-media. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Blazquez focuses on today’s New Mexican counter-narrative. Speaking on his craft in 2018, Blazquez told The Guardian his New Mexican photos “…are an attempt to capture an authentic New Mexican love story. The self-punishment, anxiety and beauty come from a place that is all too familiar for those living in this Land of Enchantment.” Recently published on VICE and HuffPost, Frank’s portraits are in the permanent collections of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois.
With additional content and documentary video work underway, more portraits of Latina/os native to New Mexico await Blazquez’s slate for 2020. To see his primary work, his websites are www.frankblazquez.com and www.mexicansuburbs.com, and his YouTube Channel is Frank Blazquez.
Music provided by DJ RIDE and Libations as always!
Zalma Lofton Gallery
407 S. Guadalupe St.
Santa Fe, NM 87505