JONATHAN HERRERA SOTO
Jonathan Herrera Soto is a print-based studio artist and teacher originally from Chicago, IL and currently maintains a studio practice in Minneapolis. He graduated with a BFA from the Minneapolis College in Art and Design in 2017. Recent one-person exhibitions of his work have been shown at the Duluth Art Institute in Duluth, MN and Annex Gallery in Chicago, IL. He has participated in numerous artist residencies including The Studios at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA; 33 Officia Creativia, Toffia, Italy; Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago, IL; High Point Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Epicenter, Green River, Utah; and is a current FY2018 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient.
Jonathan Herrera Soto explores various relationships between collective memory and historical instances of state-sponsored violence and trauma inflicted on politicized bodies. He constructs print-based objects, installations, and environments that echo lived experiences of those who are no longer with us. Print-based processes translate the content through symbolically revealing the act of remembering in producing tracings and impressions. Slicing open wounds into wood, burning the surface of lithostone with acid, and the crushing of ink on paper under immense pressure, re-animates acts of violence that carries through an art-object’s final presentation
As an artist he researches, explores, and unpacks ideas within a framework of praxis—simultaneously thinking and compressing ideas through work and presenting them to the world. His practice as an artist is multifaceted, involving aspects of other professions including aspects of journalism, activism, mortician, and diplomat. Herrera Soto whittles down ideas into objects, installations, and images in order to examine the spaces left behind by others. In this multidimensional process of examining politicized ethnic conflict he mitigates through translation between the work and various audiences. A primary concern in his conceptual framework at the moment is the translation of pain belonging to ethnic bodies in constant movement—specifically Indigenous / Mestizx communities fleeing from violence rooted in Central American nation-states.