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Supermodel: Imagining Alternative Models & Practice

Edra Soto
SCULPT 659 001
3 credit hours, 2 weeks

Creatives often subscribe to various conceptual models in order to generate or present their ideas.
But what happens when the preexisting models don’t suit us? And how do we become agents? How can we project coherence within our multiple interests? This course will explore the traditional models of the studio and the exhibition space and how to find agency in the liminal space in between. Looking at the practices of artists like
Rick Lowe, Hope Ginsburg and Chemi Rosado-Seijo among others, students will explore how traditional models of practice and display have been challenged and transformed. During this course, students can choose to focus on challenging notions of the studio and the exhibition space to create alternative models that relate to their own practices. Final projects can take the form of sketches, diagrams, sculptures, installations, papers, interviews, lectures, collaborations, performance or magic.


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  Edra Soto   Open 24 Hours,  2017 installation detail, found bottles, air dry clay

Edra Soto
Open 24 Hours, 2017
installation detail, found bottles, air dry clay

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico) is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the artist-run project space THE FRANKLIN. She obtained her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, as well as attended residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; Beta-Local; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Project Row Houses; Arts/Industry at Kohler and Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work was featured at the Pérez Art Museum Miami; The Arts Club of Chicago and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She co-curated the exhibition Present Standard at the Chicago Cultural Center with overwhelmingly positive reviews from the Chicago Tribune, Newcity, PBS, The Art Assignment and Artforum. She was featured in Newcity’s annual Art 50 issue Chicago’s Artists’ Artists and at VAM Studio 2017 Influencers and awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship.

Earlier Event: June 3
Later Event: June 17