Edgar Arceneaux

Thursday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.
Trustees Room, Tower building, 11th floor

Edgar Arceneaux searches incongruent sets of data or seemingly unrelated subjects for unexpected patterns and happy coincidences, finding beauty in the tangentially related. Through drawing, photography, sculpture, and filmmaking, he weaves together personal, cultural, and scientific cosmologies. Arceneaux's early series Drawings of Removal was an ongoing multi-venue performance project first seen in New York at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2002. Using the gallery as studio he repeatedly drew, erased, redrew, scored, cut up, and reassembled many dozen pencil on paper and velum images to make manifest various processes of memory.

Another series from 2004, Borrowed Sun, was a meditation on the astronomer Galileo, musician Sun Ra, and artist Sol LeWitt. Through comparing their respective astronomical/religious, musical/racial, and conceptual/perceptual systems, Arceneaux teased out surprising consonances between them in charcoal drawings, sculptural elements, and film projections. Arceneaux, who lives and works in Los Angeles, was included in both the Whitney Biennial and California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in 2008. He has also exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv, the Second Moscow Biennial, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and elsewhere.

Watch an interview with Edgar Arceneaux about the Watts House Project: A collaborative artwork in the shape of a neighborhood development. Note: this link will take you to the website of the Los Angeles Times.