Jul 17th 2015

The Learning Machine is proud to present a solo exhibition by Sofia Moreno Among the works featured will be new works on paper and a site-specific installation for her latest installment of P o r n A g a i n Vol.2-A$$Mutation.

With her ongoing project – P o r n A g a i n – we arrive at the final part of a series of videos and installations by the artist. With A$$Mutation, Sofia immerses us into the depths of the ocean and retells the classic Little Mermaid tale. Her version is filled with hybrid creatures, environmental wastelands, and the detritus of desire and disillusionment. From video to paintings, sculptures, sound, and costumes, Moreno twists shapes and invokes chaos to combine the interactions of trans-identity, technology, and the sex industry to create beautifully monstrous work that appears alien, violent and sexually unapologetic in the midst of the aquatic myth. Unlike Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, these nymphs are viscous–built from amalgamation of synthetic and natural materials. Outcasted hybrids that are culturally constructed from Moreno’s Mayan lineage and the psycho-pop of our culture overrun with millennials and their waste. Moreno uses this as an opportunity to build from the immersive environment, handmade in relation to that of her body. What seems to be myth and fantasy quickly traverses into that of a harsh reality.

“I’m interested in the essence of the body rather than the form itself. I paint a sexually and spiritually confused youth.” – Sofia Moreno

Sofia Moreno was born and raised in Coahuila, Mexico. In 1994 she immigrated to the United States, where she currently lives and works. Prior to moving to Chicago Moreno lived in Dallas, Texas. Sofia Moreno is a multimedia artist and her subjects include expressions of the sacred and profane, the body, sexuality, religion and socio-political issues within contemporary culture. Moreno is currently working on the follow up to her three-year project P o r n A g a i n. This presentation of P o r n A g a i n is a retrospective of that project in Moreno’s home-base of Chicago. For more information about Moreno’s work, please vist http://www.sofiamoreno.com/index.html. You can contact the artist directly at s_moreno02@yahoo.com.

The Learning Machine is a gallery and venue, run by a group of multidisciplinary artists, and located in the heart of Bridgeport. By offering a space for emerging and under-represented artists to present their work, LM aims to foster an environment that allows for the sharing of ideas and information through workshops and discussion groups. For more information, please contact us at learningmachine.chi@gmail.com

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