Jonathan Herrera Soto: Still Water Clay Mound

Still Water Clay Mound
MCBA Outlook Gallery
On view October 4 – December 15, 2019

Poetry reading and performance November 5, 2019 at 6PM

Free and open to the public

Still Water Clay Mound is a print-based light installation housed in MCBA’s Outlook Gallery. Functioning as a large stencil, the work consists of a short poem cut into found fabric, illuminated by light through the material to reveal the text on the other side. Herrera Soto’s work exhibits the necessity to wound through the process of printmaking to reveal and uncover an image—the work translates the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions. Made out of discarded materials, Still Water Clay Mound evokes the politicized body in the disposability and materiality of the work. The title of the installation derives from the poem—”a quiet scene where the stillness and clarity in the water reveals a shapeless form underneath”.

Jonathan Herrera Soto is a print-based studio artist originally from Chicago. He graduated with a BFA from the Minneapolis College in Art and Design in 2017. Recent solo exhibitions of Herrera Soto’s work include “In Between/Underneath” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, “Querida Presencia” at the Duluth Art Institute, and “Entre Rios y Montañas” at Annex Gallery in Chicago. He has participated in numerous artist residencies including Yaddo, New York; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Nebraska; Hambidge Center, Georgia; The Studios at MASS MoCA, Massachusetts; 33 Officia Creativia, Toffia, Italy; Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago; and Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis. Herrera Soto is a recent recipient of the Santo Foundation Individual Artist Award, Metro Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and is a current 2019–2021 Jerome Hill Artist Grant fellow.