The artist Jorge Pardo makes work that not only lives outside the confines of the traditional white cube but also interrogates notions of space and setting and our place within them. One of his best-known pieces dates to 1998, when, for a show with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, he designed a single-story house in the city’s Cypress Park neighborhood and filled it with objects of his own making. Once the exhibition closed, Pardo moved in. 'I’m essentially appropriating architecture,' says Pardo, who now lives in Mérida, Mexico, in another structure that could be considered both art piece and functional living space – a 'birdcage in the jungle' complete with a hand-painted mural and ovoid pendant lights.
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