Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Carmen Argote

14 Dec

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Carmen Argote

From series Mansion Magnolia, 2014
Gouache on photograph


Artist Statement

As a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, I explore notions of home and place, interacting with architecture to reflect on personal histories and my own immigrant experience. I work with places and materials that surround me, utilizing local resources as points to expand from. My practice uses the act of inhabiting as a starting point, allowing the work to take form as I respond to a space, materials and ideas developing from my own experiences and relationships to a site.

I work from an intimate and personal place, using shared experiences to connect the spaces that house us to notions of home and self. Often working with family, I explore our common immigrant experience as a layered, multigenerational, transnational experience that is echoed though shared memories, traumas, and aspirations, extending outward from the intimate space of home.

Architecture for me exists apart from the physical structure, in familial myth, in class structures, in shapes, and as an imprint acting upon the body. My interest in the shape of spaces and in the layout as a visual language for expression developed in childhood from looking at my father’s architectural drawings of houses he wanted to build.

Carmen Argote

the Paris Review

Shulamit Nazarian

Shulamit Nazarian– Mansión Magnolia Exhibition

LA Metro

Public Art in Public Places

KCET– Artbound





MAK Center

HDTS– High Desert Test Sites


Rema Hort Mann Foundation


CRAVE– Alex’s Room

Adjunct Positions

LA Weekly

fantastic heliotherapy

Metal magazine

Artillery magazine


Huffington Post

notes on looking

east of borneo–  “Cotton Candy Tumbleweed” is a conversation about artists who are digging where they stand.


*Current Exhibition: Carmen Argote: Workbook/Notebook

@ Armory Center for the Arts


Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*Carmen Argote- Now Be Here LA artist #67

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