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Current Exhibit (beginning january 29)

art by Philippe Salaün, Vicki Ragan, Rodolfo Morales, Helen Baribeau


January 20-March 9, 2018
Reception/Gallery talk: February 1, 4-6 p.m.
Lecture about Rodolfo Morales by Nancy Mayagoita: February 1, 6 p.m.
Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery

The gallery and its programs are free and open to the public. Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and before select performing arts performances. Closed for rodeo 2/22-23.

The Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery presents the first exhibit of 2018—TRANS-ATLANTIC FUSION, curated by David Andres. The exhibit includes the work of well-known French photographer Philippe Salaün, New York photographer Vicki Ragan, famous Mexican painter/collage artist Rodolfo Morales from Oaxaca, MX (1925-2001), and handmade paper/printmaker artist Helen Baribeau, from Tucson. Select works from the artists in this exhibit are on display at the Tucson International Airport gallery January 25 – March 29.

Bernal Gallery director David Andres first thought of the idea for the Trans-Atlantic Fusion exhibit when he travelled to Paris, France five years ago. While there, he met Salaün, whose photos portray a humanistic look at the world. Salaün also printed work by other famous international photographers including Seydou Keita (a photographer from Bamako, Mali 1921-2001) and Vicki Ragan (who introduced Andres to Salaün). Regan had met Salaün when he visited Tucson while traveling throughout the United States. Salaün and Regan both are included in the collection of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson.

Philippe Salaün is a National Foundation of Photography Award recipent. He traveled to the United States to study with Ansel Adams, Jerry Uelsmann and at the University of Arizona. He worked with some big names in photography such as Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Bill Brandt, Malick Sidibé and Seydou Keita. Salaün photographs the world around him turning images of everyday life into magical moments, often with a mischievous use of humor. During his travels to Columbia, Peru, Bolivia, the United States, Vietnam, China, Japan, Mali and Reunion Island he shot many photos, but he was particularly fond of portraits.

Rodolfo Morales was a Mexican painter, who incorporated elements of magic realism into his work. He is best known for his brightly colored surrealistic dream-like canvases and collages often featuring Mexican women in village settings. In recent years Morales' paintings have been widely exhibited in Europe and the United States. In the Mexican tradition, Morales has also executed major mural commissions in public buildings in Oaxaca and Mexico City. Morales' work remains firmly rooted in the life, landscape and mythology of his home village, ranging from the grand tableaux of his paintings and lithographs to the delicate but often humorous vignettes of his collages - constructed of silk, ribbons, lace, silver stars and assorted found labels.

Vicki Ragan has exhibited as an artist photographer in major venues around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in Moscow, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, FotoFest in Houston, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Photokina in Cologne, Germany, the Southeastern Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach, Florida, and the Houston Center for Photography. She has published fourbooks: “Oaxacan Wood Carving: The Magic in the Trees” (1993), “The Edible Alphabet Book” (1996), and “Oaxacan Ceramics” (2000), and “Changing Dreams: A Generation of Oaxaca's Woodcarvers” (2007). Ragan has received numerous public art commissions and has permanent installations in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the Adamsville Community Center in Atlanta, and the Island Grove Regional Park Community Building in Greeley, Colorado.

Helen Baribeau loves the magic that occurs when pails of messy pulp are transformed into paper. She's been experimenting with papermaking for years and testing the limits of what can be done with it. She became obsessed with monumentally sized gloves and built huge molds and developed special methods for working with the wet pulp in order to create the Giant Garden Glove series. Baribeau also believes in papermaking as a way of creating and preserving memories. Inclusions with special meaning such as bits of thread, scraps of cloth, old letters, or items from nature are embedded in many of her papers. She has a BFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona and an MFA in printmaking from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Helen has taught at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Maryland, the University of Colorado in Boulder, and at the Metropolitan State University in Denver. 

The Bernal Gallery is also welcoming the James Renwick Alliance, from Washington, DC with a talk by Helen Baribeau February 17 at 11 a.m. in the gallery.

Special Thanks: Mary Finn & Photographic Works, Vicki Ragan & Shep Barbash, Nancy Mayagoitia, Anne Hill, Gabriela Hill, Roberta Griffin, Ann Simmons-Myers, Deadwood Framing, Blair & Catherine Friederich, Wells Johnson Company, Pamela Marks & Mark Peele, Julia Andres, Mary Helen Allen, Claire Campbell Park, PCC Foundation 

Image ID (left-right):
Philippe Salaün - Dign Bien PUV, February 16, 2004, gelatin silver with indigenous woven fiber matte (Vietnam)  
Vicki Ragan - Juana Calvo, San Martin, Mexico, 1989, gelatin silver
Rodolfo Morales - Mermaid, collage, ROMO-017-J  
Helen Baribeau - Giant Garden Glove with Blue Bugs, 3’x5’, handmade paper, thread, relief prints