Snake Hawk Press Pop-Up at Artpace

Cruz Ortiz

Exhibition: Sep 10, 2015 – Jan 3, 2016


What is your approach to printmaking?
I’ve always been interested in printed matter. Especially print that exists beyond museum walls. I make a huge effort to allow print to behave on its own, presented under the romance of country/postpunk lyrics and social political commentary.

What is Snake Hawk Press?
Snake Hawk Press is a special project that brings a fresh and different approach to design. This project puts my work out for the public to devour in a manner that museums cannot. It is popular art riding on a folk art tractor plowing thru contemporary art, or at least that’s the idea—ha.

Artist

Cruz Ortiz

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Cruz Ortiz uses print, performance, and video to embrace issues relating to his experience growing up in the bicultural landscape of South Texas. Replacing classical icons with symbols of contemporary pop culture such as taco trucks, canned beans, and an alter ego named Spaztek, Ortiz’s work maintains a tense relationship with consumerism and his heritage. One is never sure whether he is selling an idea, a product, or a revolution.
While much of Ortiz’s work has focused on the idea and efficacy of protests in the post-Civil Rights era, a related strain explores the type of melancholic love sung about in Conjunto, Tejano, and Country music. Through videos and prints Spaztek futilely chases amor just as protestors long to create change. With a methodological approach that often forsakes institutional space for guerilla tactics and public outreach, Ortiz’s work is multi-layered, cross-cultural, and unconventionally charged.
Born in Houston, TX in 1972, Cruz Ortiz lives in San Antonio, TX, where he received his BFA from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2000. Solo shows include Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, TX (2003) and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX (2001). Group exhibitions include ev+a, Limerick, Ireland (2005); San Juan Triennial, Puerto Rico (2004); and San Antonio Museum of Art, TX (2001).
Cruz Ortiz also participated in the Winter 2005 Hudson (Show)Room Exhibition Spanglish. For more information, click here.

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