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720 sq. ft.: Shape Seeps Through

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Mixed Media Installation © Courtesy of the Artist
720 sq. ft.: Shape Seeps Through

East Los Angeles College
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez
Monterey Park, CA 91754
June 8th, 2013 - July 26th, 2013
Opening: June 8th, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://vincentpriceartmuseum.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
downtown/east la
EMAIL:  
vincentpriceartmuseum@elac.edu
PHONE:  
323-265-8841
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 12-4;Thu 12-7
TAGS:  
mixed-media, installation

DESCRIPTION

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.