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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Pool Art Fair, Miami 2006

Polvo @ Pool Art Fair, 2006

Artists participating:
Saul Aguirre
Candida Alvarez
Hector Arce-Espasas
Candace Briceno
Miguel Cortez
Antonio Guerrero
Amanda Gutierrez
Michael Hernandez de Luna
Gisela Insuaste
Barbara Koenen
Silvia Malagrino
Jaime Mendoza
Jesus Oviedo
Josue Pellot
Edra Soto

Saul Aguirre is a Chicago based artist whose work is based on the questioning historical events and the recording of them. Taking part of historic mappings and recording them in a traditional media or experimenting with other materials not of common use. Currently he works on bark paper as a surface of choice adding other natural materials to transform the mapping of several city blocks that have a vast amount of religious temples.

Saul has studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is continuously exhibiting throughout Chicago, Washington D.C; Huaraz , Peru ; Mexico City . His work can be found is several private and public collections in the US and abroad.
Candida Alvarez is an artist living and working in Chicago. She is a tenured professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Painting and Drawing Department. Her current work examines how newspaper photos can be used to make abstract paintings.

Hector Arce-Espasas was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He now lives and work in Chicago, IL. Hector received a B.F.A. from the School ofthe Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. In 2004, he studied abroad in Valencia, Spain, where he completed the piece "CUBO", a live drawing inside a clear inflatable cube in Plaza de los Fueros.

In 2005, he was a resident at The Contemporary Artist Center in North Adams, MA. In 2006, he was commissioned to do a piece for a show organized by the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Recently he had a solo show at Lloyd Dobler Gallery in Chicago, IL.

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.

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 at Unit B gallery in San Antonio september 2006. Before that it was at Commerce Street Artists' Warehouse in Houston, Texas. There he brought artwork by local Chicago contemporary artists. Miguel also curated a show July 2006 in San Antonio as part of their Contemporary Art Month.

Miguel also has exhibited his work for more than a decade in Chicago, Mexico, and Spain. Recent exhibitions include a show in Austin at Studio 107 Gallery, "Word" at Rudolph Projects in Houston, "Reencounter" at Prospectus Art Gallery in Chicago, "Lo Romantico" at Glass Curtain Gallery in Chicago 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.
Antonio Guerrero received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he currently resides. Guerrero's mixed media work has been shown internationally including a Latin American invitational in Rotterdam. Guerrero's work draws from the Mexican-American experience and has been highlighted in several national publications.

Amanda Gutierrez born in Mexico City in 1978.

She studied philosophy for one year at UAM (Metropolitan University). In 1999, She received a Bachelors degree at ENAT (National School of Dramatic Arts) in Stage Design and currently she is pursuing her MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been working with media performance projects in which sound art is present as the fundamental element. It was from this experience that she came to understand the melodic basis that radio samples processed with a variety of computer programs, may provide. By becoming acquainted with the use of video, audio and lightning software to hardware her work was able to get in touch with the acoustic characteristics of space. This experience led her to do more complex installations which involved elements of programming to control audio, for instance, these projects had evidence an interest in issues related to the analysis and study of mass media, using media technology as a tool for the exploration of different formal and conceptual solutions.

Michael Hernandez de Luna is a Chicagoan and artist of Mexican decent. He holds a BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. His work can be seen through out the internet, and in the galleries of Pierogi 2000 in Brooklyn, New York and Augen in Portland Oregon. MHDL has authored three coffee table books on art and stamp art Sextablos: works on metal, 1999; The Stamp Art and Postal History of, 2000; and the Axis of Evil: Perforated Praeter Naturam, 2004. Hernandez de Luna and his artwork have been featured in a number of international media publications and news articles as in Newsweek Reason, PLAYBOY, Print, Art Forum, Art in America, Blab, Juxtapoz , the Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Hoston Chronicle, Linns Stamp News. and the Associated Press to name a few. MHDL has been included in art exhibitions in the countries of Mexico, South Korea, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, France, and the USA. For the last 12 years, his primary focus as an artist has been creating fake postage stamps that he attaches to recycled antique envelopes, and sends through the postal system for cancelation markings and delivery to a designated recipient. In short, his stamps must go through the postal cancelation process for the envelope to become a completed art object. The postage stamps he creates commemorates individuals, topics, and events in question of moral misconduct, social disorder, civil disobedience, and global concern. His work can be viewed as subversive, political, and satirical. One can learn more of his work at www.badpressbooks.com

Gisela Insuaste's work is based on memories of real and imagined landscapes that are precarious yet beautiful.By playing with scale, line, imagery, and diverse materials, she creates drawings, paintings and large-scale installations that map out and emphasize the subtle and quirky topologies of urban spaces: they are shifty, unstable, and ambiguous, and reflect the physical, emotional, and socio-political charged spaces we live in.

Gisela received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her B.A in Anthropology & Studio Art from Dartmouth College. Exhibitions include the Chicago Cultural Center, Gallery 400-UIC, Thomas McCormick, Bucket Rider Gallery, Polvo, 3Arts Gallery, NIU Gallery, Betty Rymer and several group shows in Chicago, IL, Kansas City, MO, Washington, DC, and Ecuador. She is a recipient of the 2004 Richard Driehaus Emerging Artist Award and a 2005 Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award in Visual Art. In 2005 and 2006, she received MacDowell Colony Artist Fellowships to complete new work. She was also recently nominated for a 2006 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Sculptors and Painters.

Barbara Koenen is a Chicago-based artist who creates unlikely combinations of cultural practices around the world as influenced by war. Her recent projects include spice war rugs -- installations and transfers inspired by Tibetan sand mandalas and Afghani war rugs -- and Grenade Cosies, hypothetical illustrations of the evolution of a traditional American craft. Koenen's work has been exhibited in Europe as well as the US. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Koenen is a cultural planner for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and director of the Chicago Artists Resource ( www.chicagoartistsresource.org). Her work may be seen at www.barbarakoenen.com

Silvia Malagrino is a Chicago-based artist, native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her innovative interdisciplinary work in multiple media – including photography, installation, and digital video, - amalgamates critical thinking with poetry, and metaphor with documentation.

Malagrino has exhibited internationally and her work is included in the collections of the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, and La Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, France, among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including The CINE Golden Eagle Award for her first film Burnt Oranges- a feature length experimental documentary about the long-term effects and repercussions, personal and social, of Argentina's 1970’s state terrorism. In 2005, her digital video animation The Stream of Life received the prestigious Lorenzo De Medici First Prize Award in New Media at the 5th Edition of The Florence Biennale.

Malagrino is a Professor at the School of art and Design of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jaime Mendoza is a Chicago based artist/curator. His work is concerned with issues of immigration, ethnicity and borders, Mendoza uses a variety of mediums such as video, photography, and mixed media installations—all of which fuse the politics of contemporary urban culture with idealistic meditations on aesthetics, history, and identity.

Mendoza has exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Mendoza presented a workshop on Self Liberation through Self Identification at the 2nd Annual Educating for CHANGE Curriculum Fair in St. Louis, Missouri in conjunction with the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Education -- Division of Teaching and Learning.

Mendoza was also awarded a one year grant from The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) to publish a book of drawings, “La Chamba: Drawings by Jaime Mendoza” which will be released this fall.

Currently Mendoza is an instructor in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.

Jesus Oviedo is a Chicago-based artist whose work is based on the recording of such things as marks, imprints and occurrences. His work encompasses painting, printmaking installation and three-dimensional objects. He is currently working on a series of work entitled "I Swept My Floor" in which he is making hand-made surfaces out of the detritus of floor sweepings.

Jesus received his M.F.A. from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and has exhibited his work throughtout chicago as well as a couple of shows Vermont. His work experience consists of many teaching positions including; residencies in Chicago Public Schools, Hyde Park Art Center and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Jesus currently lives in Chicago's Lower West Side and works as a Studio Coordinator at Chicago Commons Association, a social service agency.

Josué Pellot Gonzalez

Having been born in Puerto Rico (Mayaguez - wearing bell-bottoms) but raised in the U.S. since the age of five, traveling back and forth from the Island and Chicago, Josue feels that he's somewhere between these two cultures, probably in the Bahamas. Josue (ho.sway, ho.sue.ehh) - grew up between Humboldt Park and Logan square where he was introduced to art thru Graffiti and Hip Hop. He went to Kelvyn Park High School on Chicago's northwest side and then received a BFA with a minor in Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Despite all this, he was awarded an MA from Northwestern University in Art Theory and Practice (the theory being if you practice, you'll improve - thus he keeps trying!). He's now a Chicago-based artist and works in various mediums.

Edra Soto was born in Puerto Rico in 1971. In 1995 she received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris, France for a year. In 1997 she moved to Chicago to attend the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters degree in 2000. Her most recent presentations include a live performance at El Museo del Barrio in New York, as part of the travelling show Don't Call it Performance, curated by Paco Barragan. She will be presenting a solo show in 2005 at UIC Gallery 400 and at Polvo.


Friday, Dec. 8
4PM Press Preview begins
5PM – 11PM Opening Night Party

Saturday, Dec 9
3PM – 8PM and by appointment

Sunday, Dec 10
3PM – 8PM and by appointment

Cavalier Hotel

1320 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-3555


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