Today’s Special – Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
John Rust/ Patty Rust 2015
I recently collaborated with my mom, Patty Rust on a painting for entry into a show at the Hal Marcus Gallery. We were accepted, so you will be able to see our painting at the opening of “All You Can Eat” on March 26 through May 22:
While downtown this weekend, I stopped to focus on a sculptural installation right outside of the El Paso Museum of Art.
“Identidad Geometrica” was designed by Oswaldo Sagástegui and built by his son Mauricio Sagastegui. The abstract sculpture was installed at the entrance to EPMA, in the spot originally home to Luis Jimenez’s “Vaquero”.
A gift by a local art patron, it fills the void left by “Vaquero”. I miss the old “Vaquero” piece. It had raw power and emotion, greeting you with a vibrancy that’s a sharp contrast to “Identidad Geometrica’s” angular geometry.
“Identidad Geometrica” is a significant piece in its own right. At close to 16 ft high, it plays well with the sun as it travels across the the El Paso sky. The prism/triangle shapes cast interesting shadows and allow for unique views through them. It’s been here for a couple of years now and I suppose it will grow on me.
While heading down Texas street I stopped to grab a pic of a probably post-prohibition era sign, painted on the side of a building:
There are a few of these old wall signs left scattered around downtown and this one advertising Bevo makes it especially unique. Not far from it is a large wall mural by Tino Ortega:
The piece is pretty impressive, easy accessible while driving by. Most street art is best viewed by pounding the pavement and walking up to it though. The scope is always more impressive from the sidewalk level. One of the benefits of seeing it up close is you will will notice a nice companion piece nearby that would be easily missed in a passing car:
Sugar skull, guardian of the alley. Forever watching…waiting, what have you seen?
This piece is a joint commission between Juaritos and Amor Por Juarez. Both murals sit in choice locations for viewing and add some great color to the often forgotten backsides of buildings. With so many industrial warehouses in the neighborhood, more murals such as these would really go a long way in helping establish the area as an art district.
Further down in the Union Depot area I found a couple of small paste/poster pieces:
As I continue to wander around downtown, I’ll keep posting up what I find. There’s a lot out there waiting to be found.
While browsing around, I walked a few blocks over to see how the area has changed in the last year with all the recent development activity. One new addition is a large pedestrian mall following Durango street from Overland to the site of the new stadium. There’s been a lot of talk about not having enough parking for the El Paso Chihuahua’s baseball games. This looks like a good way to shuttle foot traffic up the colorful walkway from the downtown transit terminal across from the Civic Center.
The artist market has grown leaps and bounds since the addition of the farmers market. Food trucks also frequent, parking down on San Francisco street, giving patrons plenty of grub to choose from.
One thing that would really help would be if more of the businesses in the area would open up for lunch on Saturday (Hello! the Garden and Brick & Mortar…) On the corner of San Antonio and Anthony streets sits The Mix , a cool retail/ shopping venue. A few retail stores were open but a pub and nearby restaurant opened later in the afternoon. Bummer.
With plenty of parking and new vendors, the Art Market is worth a weekend checkout. It’ll be interesting to see the area continue to grow once baseball takes hold downtown. There should be more to see and do as this and future seasons get going.