International Projects, Exhibitions

CROSSOVER-Cruce de Vías
Collective exhibition

06.04.15 16.05.15

From April 06 to May 16, 2015 the works produced in the International Project CROSSOVER [KC – BsAs] were exhibited in the Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Washington State, USA.

Organized by Cara Jaye, one of the creators of the project, CROSSOVER [KC-Bs As] was in this oportunity part of a larger exhibition and event. It included the pieces of all the Crossovers sessions as well as artists Miguel Rivera, Alicia Candiani, Melanie Yazzie and Patricia Villalobos Echeverria’s residencies, lectures scheduled for April 7, 8, 9, 21 and May 5 and 7,  in addition to gallery talks with the artists explaining the project.

Created by Cara Jaye (Washington, USA) and Miguel Rivera (Guanajuato, Mexico) in 2004 as a spontaneous collaboration that has now expanded to include the taking and trading of artworks by more than 30 artists from over ten countries, Crossover/Cruce de Vías addresses issues of exchange, borders, authorship, travel and the interplay within collaboration. The diverse body of more than 150 works incorporate drawing, collage, photography, painting and printmaking techniques as artists use layers and multiple viewpoints to form an active and ongoing dialogue on crossing borders and nationalities, bridging differences and expressing commonalities while sending work across actual borders.

International Crossover exhibitions

2015 | Crossover / Crossroads, Western Gallery, Western Washington University. Bellingham, Washington, USA.
2013 | Crossover [KC-BsAs], Proyecto´ace. Buenos Aires, Argentina
2012 | Crossover KC, Kansas City Artists Coalition. Kansas City, Missouri, USA
2006 | Crossover / Cruce de Vias, Shift Gallery. Seattle, Washington, USA and Jesús Garcia Gallery, Guanajuato, Mexico

Organizer  Cara Jaye
Curator  Amy Chalouptka
Lectures Alicia Candiani | April 7th, Miguel Rivera | April 9th
Gallery talk
Amy Chalouptka, Alicia Candiani, Cara Jaye and Miguel Rivera | April 10th

Artists in Crossover [KC-BsAs]
Natalio Altube | Gabriela Alcoba | Carla Beretta | Alicia Candiani | Felipe García | Simon Hall | Paz Jovtis | Yoon Kim| Sol Massera  | Magui Moavro | Adriana Moracci | Paula Nahmod | Carla Perri | Jennifer Pickering | Maren Preston | Carolina Rogé | Sonia Sánchez Avelar | María José Sánchez Chiappe| Alejandro Scasso | Viviana Sierra | Cristina Solía | Alejandro Thornton | Sara-Aimee Verity | Gabriela Zelentcher

Press Release

The Western Front newspaper

Crossing Borders with Art


Cans of paint, putty knives, paint rollers, paper and cloth cover the three tables that make up Miguel Rivera’s workspace in the Western Gallery. Rivera dances from one table to another; grabbing paper from one, mixing paint at another. Rivera walked over to a large etching press set near the tables and began adjusting the press. “Sometimes this takes a few tries,” Rivera says, laying a painted etching on the press. Slowly, the press rolled over the etching and paper. Rivera picked up the paper and examined the paint. “One more,” Rivera says smiling as he began to prep the press for another pass. “I think it just needs one more.”

The Western Gallery is currently hosting an art exhibition called Crossover/Cruce de Vias, a collaborative art project that started with Miguel Rivera, an artist originally based in Mexico, and Cara Jaye, a professor at Western. The exhibition features the collaborative work of 27 artists. The works include paintings, drawings, prints and collages. They explore the concepts of migration and mutation with the use of viral patterns and images of coyotes. Each piece brings with it the personal experiences and ethos of each artist who worked with it.

Rivera and Jaye met in 1995 at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Rivera was a graduate student and Jaye was a teacher, Rivera said. “Because of our age we had a lot of similar ideas when it came to art and taking risks,” River said. “We were basically speaking the same visual language.” In 2004 Jaye was on sabbatical and had been invited by Rivera to be an artist-in-residence in Guanajuato, Mexico, Rivera said. “It didn’t really start as a big project,” Jaye said. “We were just getting together and making stuff.” Jaye began working on a body of art with Rivera that included photographs and prints. However, when she left Guanajuato, several pieces remained with Rivera. “I kept telling her you should be doing this, you should change this color, think about these images in a different way,” Rivera said. “So, she said, ‘why don’t you do it?’”. Rivera and Jaye began to correspond with images and worked to finish each other’s pieces with their own vision. In 2006 they hosted two shows, one in Seattle and the other in Guanajuato.

After these first two shows, Rivera and Jaye were joined by many more artists. The collaborative group grew to include 27 artists (Croosover Bs As ) from Argentina, Mexico, U.S., Canada, South Africa, England, Colombia and South Korea.

Alicia Candiani, an Argentine artist who directed the project in Argentina, said this project allowed artists to get out of their comfort zones and think in a new way. “This is a way to take the ego apart and learn to share and create through the ideas, shapes and skins of other people,” Candiani said.

Jaye hopes the exhibit will be beneficial to students at Western. Aside from having the art available to view, students have been able to receive critiques from some of the artists in the project, Jaye said. “I’m hoping to spread a lot of excitement and energies and possibilities to the students,” Jaye said.

There will be opportunities to meet and listen to some of the artists in the exhibition, including Miguel Rivera, Alicia Candiani, John Feodorov, Melanie Yazzie and Patricia Villalobos Echeverría.

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