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Gallery holds Xerox lithography workshop

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As an alternative to traditional lithography, the Xerox machine really makes an impression.

Joe Ramiro Garcia will give an artist's talk 6:30 p.m. Friday, and a Xerox lithography workshop 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Untitled [ArtSpace]1 N.E. Third.

Garcia is a Santa Fe, N.M. artist who routinely combines the printmaking process of Xerox lithography with layered oil and alkyd paints to create bold, distinct pieces. He was awarded honorable merit from the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe in 2003, and his work was recently on exhibit at Pan American Art Projects in Dallas.

He integrates familiar cartoons and animals, like Felix the Cat and the Grateful Dead bear "to conjure up new and old observations of the familiar," he said, in his artist's statement. Incorporating iconic and familiar images is not intended to create a specific narrative, Garcia said. The New Mexico artist believes a sixth sense allows individuals to "create and digest art."

"If there is a message in my painting, it's that I'm not sure of anything and I'm OK with it," he said, in the statement.

Xerox lithography is a paper lithography transfer method that creates a photographic or printed look. Using paper with a carbon-based image, instead of stone, differentiates the process from traditional lithography. The Xerox technique is based on carbon-based photocopies, so duplicate copies are needed because the image being transferred can only be used once.

Friday's artist talk is free. Supplies for the $175 workshop will be provided, but museum officials recommend that those attending bring along 20 photocopies of the same image.

For more information, call 815-9995.

"?Natalie Burkey

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