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Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez by Alice Briggs at the El Paso Museum of Art

Narcotraficante by Alice Briggs, 2008

Narcotraficante by Alice Briggs, 2008

Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez
El Paso Museum of Art
April 4 through July 18, 2010

Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez opens to the public on Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery of the El Paso Museum of Art. This exhibition is free to the public. Parking is available at the Convention Center and the Camino Real Hotel for a fee. Free parking is available on most weekends at the City Hall parking lot on Santa Fe Street.

Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez

The powerful, graphic images created by Lubbock artist Alice Leora Briggs are stern reminders that life is precious and that darkness may descend at any moment unexpectedly. In the Dreamland series of twenty works exhibited Briggs uses a historic technique called sgraffito to scratch white lines into a black surface as a response to the artist’s experiences exploring Ciudad Juárez 2007-2009. In many cases Briggs’ artwork references images from Northern Renaissance masters such as Pieter Brueghel the Elder or Hans Holbein in a mesmerizing combination of contemporary scenes of torture and death to depict a world where evil and wonder may exist side by-side. Briggs does not shy away from addressing difficult issues such as immigration, murder and the illegal trafficking of drugs, guns and people. The realistic details of the each drawing demonstrate the artist’s technical virtuosity while the imagery exudes empathy, imagination and solemnity.

Alice Leora Briggs has exhibited her drawings and architectural installations in the United States and in Europe. Most recently, Briggs was an Artist in Residence at the Border Art Residency in La Union, New Mexico. Briggs has received awards and grants from the Dallas Museum of Art, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Utah Arts Council and Larry E. Elsner Art Foundation.

Coinciding with a publication by the University of Texas Press and written by Charles Bowden, Dreamland: The Way Out of Juárez, will include many examples of Briggs’ work from the El Paso Museum of Art’s exhibition.

Visita Juarez by Alice Briggs, 2009

Visita Juarez by Alice Briggs, 2009

Narcotraficante by Alice Briggs, 2008

Narcotraficante by Alice Briggs, 2008

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