Drawing from his own background as well as the histories of art, science, philosophy, and literature, Edgar Arceneaux’s projects create webs of meaning from disparate people and things. Fueled by efforts to extract meaning from links between the seemingly unrelated, Arceneaux’s works resist easy categorization and one-to-one logic.
Giving visual expression to wordplay, Arceneaux’s Borrowed Sun (Critical Juxtaposition Test) (2004) places a pencil-drawn portrait of jazz musician Sun Ra on par with sketched representations of Sol LeWitt and Galileo, three legendary creators linked by cosmic connotations. Driven by metonymic relations, Arceneaux’s projects subvert the linear thinking that ordinarily structures pre-processed information, creating new networks for configuring fact, fiction, and memory.
Born in Los Angeles, CA in 1972, Edgar Arceneaux continues to live and work there. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA in 2001. Solo exhibitions include The Kitchen, New York, NY (2005); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2003); and Studio Museum, Harlem, NY (2002). Group exhibitions include Double Consciousness: Black Conceptual Art Since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, TX (2005); and Quicksand, De Appel, Amsterdam, Holland (2004); and Lateral Thinking, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA (2002).