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"Rhythm Nation: Work by Edra Soto"
2005-08-17 until 2005-09-30
Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico
San Juan, ,
PR Puerto Rico
Rhythm Nation is an act of perpetual kinetic motion that examines the inability to move forward in diverse sectors of our culture. The three major components of this act consist of three parts (3 movements): a rock drummer , a chain smoker , and a stationary bike exerciser. The rock drummer ,plays a forceful beat, that is reminiscent of a military march. Allegorically, capturing connotations of life in urbanity. The chain smoker depicts time filling habits that could lead us from pleasure to tragedy.
The stationary bike exerciser figures into a certain compulsive-obsessive category, asking how fixated our society is with the idea of becoming perfect specimens willing to race like hamsters on a bicycle going nowhere, or possibly consider surgical procedures . This persistent immobile-motion is reflective of the non-progressive aspects of our culture.
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 (www.elmuseo.org) 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. http://polvo.org/edrashow.htm