Los Angeles

Edgar Arceneaux

Hammer Museum

Edgar Arceneaux’s Drawings of Removal is less a set of drawings than a perpetually in-progress studio space inaugurated in 1999 following a trip the artist and his parents took to his father’s hometown of Beaumont, Texas. Contemporary Beaumont barely resonated with what the father distantly recalled after four decades’ absence or what his son had visualized from family stories. Covering walls with paper; sketching, doodling; adding more paper; cutting through to reveal underlying layers; transplanting fragments between sheets; and playing with spatial orientation and expectation, Arceneaux uses drawing as means and metaphor for negotiating memory.

Comprising multiple visions of houses, fields, a graveyard, and an apparent industrial site and based variously on observation, recollection, invention, or all three, the growing accumulation of drawings is competently though not fastidiously

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