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.





‘Porous Identification, Radical Translation and Immigrant Imagination: in the works of Carmen Argote’ – Gelare Khoshgozaran



“Carmen Argote’s work throws me back to those early years in the U.S. as an immigrant MFA student and the way they shaped and continue to inform my position as an artist. I visit Carmen at her live/work space in Lincoln Heights. She’s working on a new piece, titled “live/work” for an upcoming exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. The piece is in progress a couple of feet away from where we are sitting: a metal divider through which I can see parts of the kitchen and three cats occasionally moving around in the “live” space. The metaphor of home is superfluous in the literature by and about immigrant artists, writers and poets. Carmen uses both “home” and “house” in her work quite literally. The image or architecture of a house is present in most of her work, a building or structure is often the starting point of a process: rubbings of a building’s fences combined with elements of houses that her father drew as an architect are drawn and painted on manta covering the entire facade of a house in LA, the manta drawings of her make-shift room’s interior at Mansión Magnolia recreate the room inside the gallery. Her sister, Alex’s room becomes the “white cube” that she inhabits, responds to and brings into the gallery. The entire walking perimeter of Schindler’s House is traced in redwood lumber at a 1:1 scale, brought to the high desert and laid on the ground for the visitors to camp inside or around its periphery.”