Carmen Argote


Carmen ArgoteArtist’s Statement

An exploration on the influence of site and place has been a central theme in my work. I have often looked at the shape of spaces as a source of inspiration to investigate memory, movement, and systems. My artwork stems from the personal but attempts to transcend into a larger conversation that explores the culture of the landscape that is Los Angeles.

My work spans a diverse range of materials and artistic disciplines although I consider my practice to be sculptural. I use historical fragments, stories, personal experience and imagination to create a layered picture of the past, the present, and the imagined stories in-between. From apartment layouts to amusement parks, my interest in the construction of memory as it relates to site incorporates the idea of the footprint, the mental imprint, the ghost story, and the lingering presence or haunting of a place. The lingering of sites and spaces that were once there, but are now gone, has become of great interest to me as I explore the ways in which the past manifests itself presently and layers itself upon the identity of a place.

Website: carmenargote.com

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2009-2013

2013
720 sq.ft. Shape Seeps Through, Vincent Price Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2010
720 sq.ft. Household Mutations, G727, Los Angeles, CA

Select Group Exhibitions from 2009-2013

2013
Diane Rosenstein Fine Art, First Anniversary Exhibition. Los Angeles.CA

2010
Surface Tension_LA, G727, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Birds, Michael’s Restaurant, Santa Monica, CA

Select Community-based Artwork

2013-2016
Metro Expo Line, 17th and Colorado Station. Santa Monica, CA

2013
Alameda Traffic Triangle, Collaboration with James Rojas. Los Angeles, CA

2010
Wild West(lake), Folk Art Everywhere, Craft and Folk Art Museum. Los Angeles,CA

EDUCATION

2009
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

M.F.A. 2007
University of California, Los Angeles

B.A. 2004
University of California, Los Angeles