Jimmy James Canales
San Antonio, Texas
Jimmy James Canales is a performance artist living and working in San Antonio,
Texas. He presents his work through site-specific performances, IRL (in real life) inhabitations, treks tethered online, camouflage spectacle suits, and endurance-based actions. He traverses the relationships between artificial, natural, and digital realities. His interests include the representation of the mediated wilderness, his renegotiated “in progress” Tejano identity and survival field manuals. Among his many adventures Canales has romanced a cactus, walked across San Antonio five times then all the way to Austin, sacrificed a low-rider bicycle, and conjured up his alter-ego: Mapache Man. In 2015 he set off on a seven-month cross-country residency with partial support from the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Fund from the Dallas Museum of Art. During the excursion he performed on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor and was an artist in residence at Vermont Studio Center.
This bio/description was originally published in 2016. For more current information, please refer to the award recipient's website (if provided).