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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Miguel Cortez, Edra Soto and the return of John Held Jr

Miguel Cortez, Edra Soto and the return of John Held Jr

Opening Saturday, February 17, 2007 from 6-9 pm

Feb 17 - to March 18, 2007

MFA Gallery hosts two artists from Polvo for this exhibit; co-founder and gallery director Miguel Cortez and Edra Soto. Miguel Cortez's work deals with the dichotomy involved between the abstract and political. His digital prints voice criticisms of the Iraq war and the Bush regime as well as gentrification and environmental concerns. Miguel Cortez was born in Guanajuato Mexico and now lives in Chicago. His work has been exhibited in Chicago, Mexico, and Spain. Recent exhibitions include Pool Art Fair in Miami, Milwaukee International Art Fair, a show in Austin at Studio 107 Gallery, "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.

Edra Soto's work examines the ordinary process of taking snapshots in order to review our tendencies, impulses or compulsions. Her photo based installations present questions about the social concept of family and our extended family of friends and pets. Edra Soto was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1995 Edra 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 2OOO. Immediately after, she attended a 2 months residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited in Puerto Rico, Paris, Australia, Spain, Russia, New York, St Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago. 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 4OO, NIU Museum in Chicago, and Polvo in Chicago. A solo show of her latest instalation was on view at Polvo, Chicago on January of 2OO7.

John Held Jr. has been an active influence in the development of Mail Art and Rubber Stamp Art since 1975. Facets of his collection are included in the Getty Research Library in Los Angeles and Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has authored books on artist postage stamps and correspondence art and his prints and stamp art have been exhibited in Moscow, Paris, Brussels, New York and San Francisco. He also lived in Dallas from 1981-1995 and was the owner/director of Modern Realism Gallery. He now resides in San Francisco. For the MFA show he will be exhibiting some of his artist stamps inspired by the Fluxus and Dada art movements and the mail art of Ray Johnson.

mighty fine arts is an artist-run gallery located in the scenic and historic Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas. Artist Steve Cruz started the gallery in June of 2004 with the intention of providing an alternative space for innovative and underrepresented artists. mfa presents an eclectic array of shows with the guiding criteria of presenting work that is resonant, thoughtful and highly accomplished. From mid-career to fresh and unknown artists, mfa hopes to enlarge the perceptions of contemporary art in North Texas.

Mighty Fine Arts
407 N.Tyler between 8th and Davis St.

Dallas, Texas
Gallery hours are 12:00 to 5:00 Saturday and Sunday or by appointment:
phone 214-942-5241. Email: steve@mfagallery.com
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