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American Graffiti: Meredith Garcia and Brandon Ricci

May 20, 2022 @ 11:00 am - May 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

From the temple walls of ancient Egypt to the transgressive street art of Banksy, graffiti has been an integral part of the expressive nature of humanity. Defined as an art genre that consists of writing or drawing on a surface within public view, and usually, without permission, graffiti also has a rich history within the American Southwest, especially in El Norte. Local photographers Meredith Garcia and Brandon Ricci have added an additional layer of complexity to this art, photographing historic and contemporary graffiti for their American Graffiti show, at the Taos Center for the Arts Stables Gallery from May 20-22 2022. The gallery will be open from 11 am-5 pm on those days, with an opening reception on May 20 from 5-7 pm.

Garcia conceived of the idea for the show while photographing Newspaper Rock at Painted Desert National Park. She knew there were many locations in the Southwest where petroglyphs and pictographs could be found inscribed on rock walls–graffiti–and thought this would be a good subject for a photo essay. She also knew that Ricci had focused on the street art of El Norte, and she thought that this combination of the old and the new would make a good gallery show. Thus, the American Graffiti show came to life.

Garcia’s work has been exhibited in one-woman shows at the Harwood Museum of Art and the Taos Art Museum, and in group shows throughout the United States and in Europe. She is represented in Taos by Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, and her work can also be seen at Chimayo Trading del Norte, the Blumenschein Home and Museum, and www.imagemaycontain.com. Ricci’s work has been seen in shows in Espanola and Abiquiu, and can be seen at www.brandonricci.art.

For more information, contact Meredith Garcia at taosphotogirl@gmail.com.


May 20, 2022 @ 11:00 am
May 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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Stables Art Gallery
133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte
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