Edgar Arceneaux once explained, “Drawing for is both a technique but it’s also a methodology. It’s a way of thinking about how we make connections between things,” which speaks a lot to his artmaking processes. Rather than commit to a medium or thematic concern, Arceneaux traces disparate elements (along with materials) to highlight unseen connections and visual associations. From constructing a fully library complete with crystallized books to his ongoing project “drawings of Removal” at the Hammer Museum, Arceneaux is interested in the way information is disseminated and passed down (through the literary canon to memories, in these cases) may not be as linear or belied with sound logic. Instead, he explores through uncertainty and accidental encounters as a more…


productive site to trouble familiar narratives and images. A native Angeleno, Arceneaux still continues to work and live in Los Angeles.


He completed his MFA at the California Institute of Arts and his BFA at the Art Center College of Design. His works have been shown extensively around the world and has been acquired by institutions like The Carnegie Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, the Walker Art Center, the Hammer Museum, among many others. He has also won the Malcolm McLaren Award for his recent Performa piece “Until, Until, Until…”, a work on Ben Vereen’s blackface performance at Reagan’s inaugural gala.

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