Born in Puerto Rico, Edra Soto is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, lecturer at SAIC, and serves as co-director of the outdoor project space called The Franklin.
Soto’s work highlights Communities of Color, and social and civic movements. Soto created Screenhouse for Boeing Gallery North as a part of her larger architectural intervention series called GRAFT. In addition to her exhibitions, Edra Soto has been awarded numerous art residencies, awards, and is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Screenhouse is a pavilion-like structure constructed from approximately 400 charcoal hued, 12-inch cast concrete blocks which is the pinnacle of a series of works that explores symbolic transplants of iron grills and decorative concrete screen blocks found throughout the Caribbean and the American South.
Edra Soto’s Screenhouse is presented by Millennium Park Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, and Rande and Cary McMillan.
Production Credits: Dan Sullivan and the Navillus Woodworks team: Wyatt Mitchell, Robbie Shymanski, Julio Vargas, Remi Lucien Bordas, Colette Hamann, Gina Hunt, Caroline Robe, and Pete Moorman, as well as Fine Concrete, Fast Radius, Bob Magruder/Goodfriend Magruder Structure, Julian Arandas.
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