My Father’s Side of Home

Guadalajara, 2014


My artistic process has lead me to a very personal investigation, using the process of inhabiting as a way to understand my parents’ immigrant experience and my own immigrant experience as it relates to the interaction between sites in Guadalajara and Los Angeles and the notion of home.

My father mentally inhabited two sites in Guadalajara while living in Los Angeles. One was an empty lot where he would eventually build our family’s house, and the other was Mansion Magnolia where he envisioned himself working. These two sites created for him, and by extension for me during my childhood, an ever-present feeling that Los Angeles was a temporary situation. I have felt the coexistence of these spaces throughout my life. Guadalajara and Los Angeles as cities have been in constant dialogue through memory and the idea of home. This conversation between sites focuses on specific houses and their roles. It is this need to know these other sites in Mexico that has lead me to take residence here in order to inhabit Mansion Magnolia in a very real and very tactile way.

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A Vast Furniture: Part two

A Vast Furniture - Part 2-4
Part two-High Desert Test Sites
May 23-June 20, 2015
Opening reception at Iron Age Road Parcel, Wonder Valley, CA

Find out what to bring for the Overnight Campout
Saturday-Sunday, May 23-24
Opening reception, potluck, and overnight campout, beginning at 6:00pm, with a guided tour at 7:00pm

Saturday, June 20
A conversation about the concept of transposing the frontier, 7:30pm, at the Palms Restaurant and Saloon, 83131 Amboy Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277


A Vast Furniture: Part one

Carmen Schindler Set 1-7

A Vast Furniture
Installation by Carmen Argote

Part One: April 17-May 17, 2015 at

MAK Center for Art and Architecture
at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Part Two: May 23-June 20, 2015 at

High Desert Test Sites
Iron Age Road Parcel
Wonder Valley, CA
As part of A Vast Furniture ( Part 1), there are some really great programing events. Come visit, all programs are free and open to the public.
Regular open hours for the Schindler House are Wednesday through Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm. Admission: $7. Free on Fridays from 4:00-6:00pm
Sunday, April 26
Nature walk, 1:00-2:30 pm.
Your Guide to Living in the West, 6:00-9:00 pm.

Sunday, May 17

Lecture by artist Kim Stringfellow and closing reception, 2:00 pm.