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Edgar Arceneaux, Miracles and Jokes (detail), 2011, acrylic on paper. Installation view.

Edgar Arceneaux

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Edgar Arceneaux, Miracles and Jokes (detail), 2011, acrylic on paper. Installation view.

Edgar Arceneaux is an artist intensely concerned with the relationship between individual experience and collective memory, an interest he manifests through cross-media installations designed to promote forms of personal and social understanding. At once conceptual and associative, his works dissect ways of knowing the world: myth, history, science, and storytelling. At the same time, these pieces refuse to be pinned down, suggesting that knowledge is personal and contingent and that collective commitment often requires individual leaps of faith. This exhibition, which consisted of two installations and a room of sixteen spray-painted drawings, marked Arceneaux’s first solo show in Detroit. However, the notion of Detroit is not new to his work. In 2009, and again in 2010 at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, the LA-based artist adopted Motor City as one of his main themes.

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