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Gear up, sit down, plug in.

This set of sculptures and participatory objects alternately extend and interrupt bodies, mangle perception and create a reality of delusional technologies. Fabricated out of PVC, acoustic foam, wood and paracord, interactive apparatus mediate experience through projection and sound. Humanoid sculptures add to a sense that minds and bodies have become strangers to one another, existing in different worlds yet occupying the same space. Playful, dark, engaging and alarming, this work teases the notion of mind-body separation, the anxiety of obsolescence and self as shadow. 



Jimmy James Canales is a San Antonio-based artist working in sculpture and expanded media. Canales received his BFA from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, and his MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His work has been shown throughout the state of Texas as well as nationally, including Boston, MA; Los Angeles, CA; and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Canales is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, most notably the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Award for Artists (2015), the Tanne Foundation Award (2016) and the Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant (2015). Recently he was selected for the 2018-2019 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, DE.  In addition, he works as a Lecturer in Studio Art: Expanded Media at Texas State University in San Marcos and Palo Alto College in San Antonio.


Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995. Located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a unique venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad. Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one month living in Ramirez’ former abode, exploring and interacting with the surrounding arts community. Sala/Casa hosts a wide variety of arts professionals in-between residencies including critics, curators, musicians, scholars and visual artists.

Sala Diaz is supported by H-E-B's Community Investment Program, The Flohr Family Foundation, The Lifschutz Foundation, The John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, The Smothers Foundation and numerous individuals including Mike Casey, Sonya Dawson, Lorena & Joel Dunlap, Nina Hassele, Chris Hill, Reagan Johns, Rick Liberto, Trish Marcus & the Ramirez Family, Brad Parman & Tim Seeliger, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Ethel Shipton & Nate Cassie, Don Thomas & Lara Flynn Boyle and The Family & Friends of Peter Zubiate.

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