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Opening Reception: Carmen Argote Artist Lab

February 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an Opening Reception for Carmen Argote’s Artist Lab on February 24, 2018 from 6-8 PM.

In January, LA artist Carmen Argote will hold an amateur motorcycle rally organized around an architectural mind map of the artist’s making as part of the REDCAT-organized PST:LA/LA Live Art Performance Festival on January 20 (more info here). The work centers on a social exploration of motorcycle riding as a cognitive dream space akin to the “zone” or “flow” of artistic creation, inviting artists and culture workers who ride motorcycles themselves to collectively teach the artists about riding and about life. 

The event at an outdoor public site in the city of Los Angeles, in conjunction with the festival organized by REDCAT, will be followed by a nine-week residency and installation in 18th Street Arts Center’s Main Gallery. The gallery will become a site of process focusing on the tension between the larger goal of bringing the Moto Guzzi back to Los Angeles and the immediate task of learning to ride safely. Riding a motorcycle demands that the rider exist in the immediate present, and in the body. This state of hyper-presence creates a possibility to break out of routine, to interrupt, to be in process. The work in the gallery will be created as visual expressions of these interruptions and new modes of thinking that emerge from leaning into the present moment. The daily ride from Lincoln Heights to Santa Monica and back will be another site of artistic process, during which the work’s development begins. The objects and works created will explore the experience becoming an aficionado, actualizing desire, and existing between a new mode of being-as-riding and the artistic self of process-as-creation as necessary states of being for survival.

Argote will be in residence from January 16 – March 23, 2018.


February 24, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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