September 29 – December 30, 2018
Art League Gallery
Reception: Friday, November 16, 2018 | 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gallery talk about his work beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Joseph Segura is a dedicated independent and collaborative artist. A painter and printmaker, Segura sees his independent work as a visual contemplation of transitional moments in one’s life; as introspective landscapes exploring the power of form and color.
Artist Statement Excerpt:
Although I dislike labels, my work is informed in large part by being Latino-American. All of my grandparents came to the US from Mexico as migrant workers. Being a third generation Latino-American, I believe my art reflects a broad spectrum of diverse aesthetic possibilities. In an abstract way, my work exhibits my understanding of my position within the construct of the dominant culture. In my art, as in my life, there is tension between my Mexicanism and my Americanism.
Segura’s collaborative work has been exhibited widely, including The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo; International Print Center New York, NY; Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NJ; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ; and The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA. His collaborative work is also included in numerous prestigious collections, including the Cincinnati Art Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Fogg Art Museum, Instituto des Artes Graphicas de Oaxaca, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Museum, among many others.
Segura was hired as the Master Printer for Arizona State University’s Print Research Facility in 1979. This extraordinary unit brought contemporary artists to the University to create works in a collaborative environment with the PRF staff, students, and faculty. Segura has always been drawn to the work of marginalized artists. Recognizing a void in the market, he created Segura Publishing Company in 1981, a place that would provide creative opportunities for underrepresented and minority artists. For over thirty years Joe Segura has collaborated with dozens of artists including: Luis Jimenez, Claudia Bernardi, Enrique Chagoya, Faith Ringgold, James Turrell, William Wegman, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Vik Muniz, and Luis Gonzalez Palma. These collaborative projects range from traditional stone lithography, to photogravure, collotype, wet-plate collodion, and documentary films.
He has dedicated his life to collaborative learning, art making, and teaching and in the process established access points into the traditionally homogeneous art world for artists and students to build diverse dialogues. As of 2016, The Smithsonian Institution for the Archives of American Art have contracted with Segura to collect his historical papers.
The web site for his work can be visited at joesegura.com.
The web site for Segura Arts Studio can be visited at segura.com.
Images: (Above) Joe Segura, Narcissa, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 48 x 60 inches. (Below) Joe Segura, Hover, 2017, Relief print, 3 runs; 18 x 14.75 inches (paper), 13.5 x 12 inches (image).