Mexican artist Gustavo Artigas makes his L.A. exhibition debut with “Vote for Demolition.” Artigas’ project takes six Los Angeles “un-aesthetic” buildings--Walt Disney Concert Hall; the Broad Contemporary Art Museum; Rodeo Drive shops; Staples Center; Kodak Theatre; and Pacific Design Center--and leaves it up to the public to decide which should be demolished. The voting booths are placed in front of a Communist colored red wall, and leaves the viewer questioning whether the installation is a mockery or an actual concern. After the exhibition closes, Artigas will present the ‘winning’ building to the city for review, perhaps sparking a dialogue of how residents of Los Angeles judge the environment in which they live. A simulated video of the winning building being demolished will be shown at the finale of the exhibition.
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