by Ken Gonzales-Day
Ancient figures surround Figurine Whistle of Seated Elite Female with Cranial Deformation, Facial Scarification, and Forehead Jewel (600-900 CE) from Northern Guatemala or Southern Mexico. Male Figure (AD 450-650) from Mexico is at the top. Standing Figure from Veracruz (A.D. 600-900), Seated Figure (1400-950 B.C) from Tlatilco culture, and Standing Male Figure (200 B.C. – A.D. 500) from Jalisco are on the left. Seated Male Figure (200 B.C – A.D. 300) from Jalisco, Seated Toothless Man with Protruding, Wrinkled Belly (Aged God?) (300-600 CE), verso of Standing Male Figure (200 B.C. – A.D. 500) on the right are contained by a luminous sphere of blue light. They represent the past but they also represent the present though my practice as a Latinx artist working in Los Angeles. They bend and curve as if pulled by unseen forces and make up one small detail of a much larger work that was constructed from hundreds of photographs I took at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and digitally combined into two photographic murals measuring 10.6’ x 66’ and 10.6’ x 120’ each….
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