720 sq. ft.: Shape Seeps Through
This summer VPAM will host the large-scale sculptural installation of Los Angeles-based artist Carmen Argote. A few years ago as part of a two-part artwork, the entire wall-to-wall carpeting of Argote's childhood home, a 720-square-foot dwelling in the Pico Union area of Los Angeles, was lovingly painted, carefully documented in situ, and finally excised from its environment. The resulting exhibition, 720 sq. ft.: Shape Seeps Through, explores residual spatial memory and the impact it has had on the artist. Now extracted and inserted into a conceptual context, the carpet transcends its functionality and serves as a dynamic visual element that both metaphorically and literally uncovers the interconnectedness of space and memory.