Jackie Castillo Artwork Acquired by LACMA

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has just acquired a work by USC Roski MFA Art candidate Jackie Castillo. The work, "Turning No2" is an excavation into the historical and material loss of the Southern California built environment. The image of a hearth without a home is fused with the topmost layer of a topographic stack of reclaimed bricks. The demolition site erupts from the ground like a staircase, rapidly ascending into both a mound of dirt and wall of bricks. Intrinsic to the work is the visual language of labor, recalled in the material that reflects on the laboring class. Through the lack of mortar and the gesture of stacking, the work challenges the viewer to reimagine a structure that could be and is a clarion call to the need for housing through its lack.

The work was purchased with funds provided by the Ralph M. Parsons Fund.