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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
2685 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90034 | T 310 838 6000

Ken Gonzales-Day

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HANDS UP

HANDS UP, 2015

CHROMOGENIC PRINT

IMAGE: 50 5/16 X 46 IN / PAPER: 53 5/16 X 49 1/2 IN
Edition of 8

ARTIST STATEMENT

Ken Gonzales-Day’s interdisciplinary and conceptually grounded projects consider the history of photography, the construction of race, and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. The Searching for California Hang Trees series offered a critical look at the legacies of landscape photography in the West while his most recent project considers the sculptural depiction of race. Using the sculpture and portrait bust collections of several major museums including: The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Field Museum, The Museum of Man in San Diego, L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, The Bode Museum, and Park Sanssouci in Potsdam, Profiled is as an exploration of the influence of eighteenth century "scientific" thought on twenty-first century institutions ranging from the prison to the museum. His Photo Arts Council (PAC) Prize winning book, Profiled, was published in 2011 by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Prominent collections include Getty Research Institute; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Eileen Norton Harris Foundation; L’École des Beaux-Arts, Paris; and Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris; Williamson Gallery, Scripps College; Pomona College Museum of Art; City of Los Angeles.

Ken Gonzales-Day earned his MFA from the University of California, Irvine and an MA from City University of New York, New York. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York, and also attended St. Luc: L’École des Arts Plastique, Liége, Belgium. He is Chair of the Art Department and Professor at Scripps College.

BRIEF CV

Born Santa Clara, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles

EDUCATION
1995
M.F.A., Studio Art, University of California, Irvine.
1991
M.A., "Another Colonial American: Mission Architecture in New Mexico,"
Art History, City University of New York, New York.
1987
B.F.A., Painting (Art History minor), Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York.
1983 Certificate, Studio Art, St. Luc: L’Ecole Des Arts Plastique, Liége, Belgium.

RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS
2016
"Run Up," Kimura Gallery, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Feb 15 — March 11.
2015
"Run Up", Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

RECENT SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
"Skin," LAMAG, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles, Feb 7 — Apr 17
2015
"one After Another," Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, Oct 24 — Dec 5
"Phantom Bodies," Frist Center for Visual Arts, Nashville, TN. Oct 30 - Feb 7
"With Eyes Wide Open," Figure One, U of IL., Champaign, IL. Oct 8 - Nov 29
"A World of Strangers," The Huntington, San Marino, CA. Oct 17 - Apr 4
"Our America (traveling)," Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AK. Oct 16 - Jan 17
"The Art of Idea Festival," 21c Museum Hotels, Louisville, KY. Aug. 20 - Oct 10
"Oak & Thistle," Metro Art Lightbox Program, Union Station, May - Apr '16
"Second Sight," Torrance Art Museum, Mar 28 - May 16
"Cabinet of Ghosts," OCCCA, Santa Ana, CA. Mar 7 - Apr. 18
"Wave & Particle," Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, NY Feb. 14 - Mar 21
"Our America (traveling)," Utah Museum of Fine , Salt Lake City, Utah. Feb 6 - May 17
"Venturing Out of The Heart of Darkness," Gantt Center for Af.-Am. Arts, Charlotte, NC, Feb 6 - Jun 19
2014
"Faculty Exhibition," Scripps College, Claremont, CA, Nov 1 - Dec 14.
"Our America," (travel), Crocker Art Musuem, Sacramento, Sept 21, 2014 - Jan 11, 2015.
"Ephemeral: Unraveling History," Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, Sept 25 - Nov 5.
Expo Chicago, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Chicago, IL, Sept 18-21.
"Encounters at the Edge of the Forest," Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 2-Jun 14.
"Left Coast," Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA, May 18-Sept 7.
Paris Photo Los Angeles, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 25-27.
"Ghosts - Revisted," Goethe Institut, Los Angeles, CA, Apr 1-14.
"Ghosts," Arena1, Santa Monica, CA, Feb 8-Mar 1.
"COLA Anniversary Exhibition," (cont.), Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery @ LAX, Los Angeles, CA
2013
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles @ UNTITLED. Miami, Dec 2-8.
"Focus on Photographs", Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, Oct 26-Dec 15.
"Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art", Smithsonian Institution/American Art Museum,
Washington, D.C., Oct 25-Mar 2, 2014
"Fronteridad, migración, territorios y nomadismo artístico" Universidad Politécnica de Valencia,
Valencia, Spain
"Network and Mutuability", The Art Gallery at the University of Marylard, Jan 30 - Apr 27.
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles @ Dallas Art Fair, Apr 11-14.

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