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Gustavo Artigas
at LAXART, Culver City, California
Recommendation by Alexx Shaw

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.

Published courtesy of ArtScene ©2009

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