Rene Arceo • Boat of Hope, 2018 Woodcut

The use of a canoe, with a healthy fully-grown tree, symbolizes the precarious and fragile conditions our environment finds itself. While the canoe is not yet sinking, the strong and constant water currents makes it helplessly titter totter. While the broad body of water provides sustenance to life (tree) likewise, the currents’ constant motion could tip and drown the tree taking life away. This is a balancing act of unnecessary conditions created by humans and whose myopia impedes them to see clearly the potential consequences of an unbalanced nature.

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René Arceo (b. 1959 Michoacán, Mexico) is a printmaker and a cultural worker who builds bridges that connect artists and arts institutions to foster printmaking. He co-founded Galeria Ink Works (1984) and the Taller Mexicano de Grabado (1990). In 2005 he founded Arceo Press to promote international printmaking exchanges through the creation of print portfolios where artists collaborate and seek exhibition opportunities abroad.

René has exhibited in Poland, Mexico, Spain, Nicaragua, Canada, France and the USA. He received several awards including two Governor’s International Exchange Program from the Illinois Arts Council to travel, lecture and exhibit in Lublin, Poland (2002) and in Paris, France (2006). He received the Chicago-Lucerne Art Residency Grant to travel and produce work in Lucerne, Switzerland (2018).