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 a Professor of Art at Scripps College, Claremont, CA.

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