The 8x8 Exhibition Exchange

Krrrl, Horned Toad Prints, and international printmakers

Live Tortilla Press printing, Skateboard Press printing, and embossed corn tortilla making.


July 10-24, 2022

Axle Contemporary Mobile Artspace

For the past several years, arts organizer Krrrl has been working with groups of artists in New Mexico, El Paso, Texas, Tuscon, Arizona; and in Ciudad Juarez, Guadalajara, and Oaxaca, Mexico on a series of international print exchanges and exhibitions.  Axle is pleased to present prints from this series. We will also host Krrl and collaborators for a live printmaking session using a modified tortilla press to create prints from linocuts. His Tortilla Press was conceived by the Tres Gatos group, project collaborators from Guadalajara, and built by Joseph Velasquez of Drive By Press

On Sunday, July 10, Axle will also be making fresh tortillas, embossed with a linocut process, cooked and served warm on site.

The exhibition and demonstration are part of Tim Jag's PRINTED MATTER printmaking fair taking place in the Santa Fe Railyard on July 10, from 10 am-4pm, involving many local printmakers showing, selling, and demonstrating myriad printmaking processes in use today.

Jason Garcia and Vicente Telles

And She Dances...


July 29 - August 22, 2022

Axle Contemporary Mobile Artspace


Artists Jason Garcia/Okuu Pín  (Santa Clara Pueblo Tewa) and Vicente Telles (Atrisco)  met while both participating in Axle’s 2015 “Slices of Wonder” exhibition. Since that time, the two have become fast friends, collaborators and co-conspirators. For the past three+ years, they have been working together both on works that parallel each other and works that they are creating collaboratively. These works invoke the traditional artworks of their cultures (Pueblo and Nuevo Mexicano), and explore shared meanings and overlapping traditions and values. Their collaborative exhibition in the Axle Contemporary Mobile Artspace will open during the Spanish Market weekend and run through the Indian Market weekend.

Axle Contemporary

E Pluribus Unum: El Norte


August 26 - October 23, 2022

Axle Contemporary Mobile Artspace


This will be the fifth in our ongoing series of E Pluribus Unum projects throughout New Mexico. We plan to visit communities spread across the northern part of the state: Los Alamos, Santa Clara/Kapo Pogeh, Espanola, Okay Owingeh, Pojoaque, Cimarron, Raton, Clayton, Chimayo, Truchas, Penasco, Questa, Costilla, Taos, Dixon, Roy/Mosquero, Tucumcari, Las Vegas, Mora, Abiquiu, Chama, Dulce, and Tierra Amarilla.

Participation is free to all. Participants bring a small object of personal significance, and enter the mobile studio and sit for a black and white photo portrait while holding the object. The objects brought are as diverse as the participants.


Two copies of each portrait are immediately printed with the gallery’s solar-powered printer. One is given to the participant, another is pasted to the exterior of the vehicle, creating a mobile and growing exhibition throughout the span of each regional project.  At the close of each project Axle Contemporary Press publishes a book containing all of the portraits, and one image on the cover blending all off the hundreds of portraits into one face, representing the entirety of the community of participants. After each project the portraits are also exhibited in regional exhibitions.

More info here.

Sally Blakemore and Andrea Cypress

incognito: discovering Her


October 28 - November 20, 2022

Axle Contemporary Mobile Artspace


This installation is composed of selections from thousands of photographs taken by an anonymous woman in Arizona. The trove of images was found in a yard sale. The artists have selected images and recreated a story about the individual and the culture at large.

The installation is a tribute to an anonymous life, recorded in snap shot documentation. Her fascination with the medium intrigued her for her entire life. The motivation to become a photographer, most likely came from Kodak marketing in America during the 40s,50s, 60s. She would moist likely not consider herself a photographer, but each photograph was valued, saved, trimmed and stored in tidy albums. If the medium is the message, then in this case, self-identity found in these printed images, become the evidence that she lived.