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Artist intervention in Alberto Aguilar’s Home Field Play: Edra Soto, The Wedding Cake Project

Sat, Aug 24, 2013, 1–2 pm


In celebration of her eleventh wedding anniversary, Chicago artist Edra Soto installs eleven wedding cakes on the dining table in Alberto Aguilar’s interactive installation Home Field Play. Soto serves pieces of the cake to visitors as part of an ongoing performance that seeks to alleviate distressing memories of her own wedding.

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico, 1971) is a Chicago-based artist. In 1995 Edra received the Alfonso Arana Painter’s Fellowship Award to work in Paris for one year. She obtained an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2000. Soto’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. She has been featured in New American Paintings and exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She has lectured at El Museo de Puerto Rico and The Art Institute of Chicago, among others. Upcoming exhibitions include et aliae at Galeria Agustina Ferreyra in Puerto Rico and Front & Center at The Hyde Park Art Center. Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan design, fabricated and currently run operations of The Franklin, an artist run exhibition space located in their home’s backyard in East Garfield Park, in Chicago. This project has been funded by Northeastern Illinois University, 3Arts Foundation, and the Propeller Fund.

About Alberto Aguilar’s Home Field Play

On view Jun 29–Oct 13, 2013, artist Alberto Aguilar's Home Field Play is an installation of repurposed furniture, in which familiar household objects provide visitors with opportunities for play, interaction, and repose. A dining table is transformed into a mirrored ping-pong table, a carpeted area houses a musical game involving bells and balloons, televisions turned on their side invite visitors to play familiar movies in a new light, and a bed offers moments of rest, reading and contemplation. Presented in association with the exhibition Homebodies, Aguilar invites three Chicago-based artists to activate the installation with a series of performances.

Alberto Aguilar received his degrees from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA in 1997, MFA in 2001). He is currently a tenured instructor of studio art at Harold Washington College in Chicago. He coordinates Pedestrian Project, an initiative devoted to making art accessible to people of all walks of life. Aguilar’s current practice merges his various life roles and attempts to capture fleeting moments, personal discoveries, and his interaction with others using whatever medium is at hand.