Untitled (Wheelchair Drawing) is a ten-foot photo transfer of the image of a wheelchair with burning embers in its seat. In 2006, it was included in the exhibition, Alchemy of Comedy…Stupid at Artpace in San Antonio where Arceneaux explored the links between the medieval practice of alchemy and contemporary comedy. However, his particular image of the wheelchair is tragic, since it refers specifically to the comedian Richard Pryor, who became temporarily wheelchair-bound after being severely burned from drug use, and died prematurely of a heart attack in 2005.
Edgar Arcenaux received a BFA from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and a MFA from the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, California. Arceneaux’s work weaves together apparently disconnected myths, political events, and historical facts through complex and codified drawings and conceptual montages. His practice aims to create meaning by linking the seemingly unrelated, and therefore resists easy categorization or linear logic.