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Friday, August 25, 2006

polvo@unitb gallery opens september 15, 2006

Yanaguana: Polvo Est. 1996

Candace M. Briceno (Austin, TX)
Scott Kildall (Chicago, IL)

Amie Robinson (Brooklyn, NY)
Edra Soto (Chicago, IL)

Unit B Gallery begins the fall by inviting Miguel Cortez of Polvo to curate a show. This is the second time he has organized a show in Texas this year. The first one was in Houston's CSAW space titled "Six Flags: Polvo Est. 1996" in February and now this one titled "Yanaguana: Polvo Est. 1996". Both titles pay remembrance and respect to Texas history; Yanaguana was the name of the land which is now San Antonio given by the Payaya Indians many centuries ago. And also both shows celebrate Polvo's 10 years of curating, coordinating, and organizing contemporary art exhibits. Polvo is a grass roots cultural space based in Chicago since 1996. Most of the artists exhibiting with Polvo are creating work in subversive formats: socio-polical critiques, aesthetic investigations and alternative media. For more info on Polvo go to www.polvo.org.

Candace M. Briceño is a mixed media artist who combines acrylic paint, pencil drawing, sewing and hand dyed processed felt fabric to create 3-dimensional mini vignettes of small artificial landscapes. Briceño earned an MFA degree in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and a BFA from The University of Texas at Austin in Visual Arts studies in 1994. Since then, she has been featured in The Austin Museum of Art’s “22 To Watch” show which was on view at The Austin Museum of Art Museum, The Galveston Arts Center and The Dallas Contemporary Museum. Her work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Austin, Houston, Dallas, Chicago for example a group show at David Castillo Modern and Contemporary Gallery in Miami, Florida and Dunn and Brown Contemporary in Dallas as part of their prestigious I-35 biennial invitational show. The past few years Briceño was a nominee for the Joan Mitchell Award, the Texas Art Prize, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation biennial nominee and is currently short- listed for the 2006 ArtPace residency. This past year Briceño has two solo exhibitions, one in April at MFA space in Dallas, TX. and another in June at Women and Their Work Gallery in Austin, TX.

Scott Kildall creates sculptures and installations incorporating video, audio and electronics to examine themes of personal and collective memory. He uses humor, recognizable objects, repetitions of the physical and video monitors as psychological windows to provide entry points for the audience. He was born and raised in Northern California. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory from Brown University and a Master of
Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has exhibited in San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and Romania. He has also produced and edited numerous documentary video works on social justice issues.Amie Robinson received an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited her drawings and animations in spaces including Gallery Art et Amiatiae in Amsterdam and Artower in Athens, Greece. She has also curated several exhibitions including Presence, and Flock and Fable, at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches art to children with special needs.

In 1995 Edra Soto received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris, France for a year. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters degree in 2000. Immediately after, she attended a 2 months residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Some of her latest presentations include a live performance at El Museo del Barrio in New York, a solo show and live performance at El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, UIC Gallery 400, NIU Museum in Chicago, and Polvo in Chicago.


About the curator:
Miguel Cortez is an artist/curator living in Chicago and born in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has studied filmmaking at Columbia College and fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Miguel is a founding member of Polvo, an art collective since 1996, and has organized various shows throughout the years at the Polvo space and other cultural alternative spaces. The most recent one being February 2006 at Commerce Street Artists' Warehouse in Houston, Texas. Future curatorial projects include a show in Maine and another in Georgia. Miguel also has exhibited his work for more than a decade. Recent exhibitions include a show in Austin at Studio 107 Gallery, "Reencounter" at Prospectus Art Gallery, "Lo Romantico" at Glass Curtain Gallery and "Lies that Bill Gates told me: Exploring the Digital Divide" at VU Space in Melbourne, Australia. Future exhibitions include a two person show in 2007 with Edra Soto at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery in Dallas.

Opening Reception: Friday, September 15, 6:30-10pm

Closing Reception: First Friday, November 3, 6:30-10pm
September 15 - November 3, 2006


See more images and info here.

Unit B (Gallery)
500 Stieren and Cedar Streets
San Antonio, TX 78210
(312)375.1871
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