“Strength and silence permeate Ken Gonzales-Day‘s three-part exhibition, entitled Profiled | Hang Trees | Portraits at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles. Through portraits, still lifes and landscapes, Gonzales-Day addresses how science, history and manufactured desire have shaped our understandings of identity.
In “Profiled,” Gonzales-Day sorted through busts from storage rooms of art and history museums from Europe, the Americas and Asia in search of different depictions of race. He collected Western European works from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries depicting the perceived “scientific” images of racial difference. The seemingly random group of individuals shown unknowingly helped create the racial stereotypes they happened to embody. When paired together we can easily recognize one sculpture as Asian, another as Native American, regardless of their marbled, identical skin tones. In the art history canon we see categorization and hierarchy emerge, using bodies as if they were variables…”
Priscilla Frank. “Racial Stereotypes Exhibition By KGD Shines At Luis De Jesus.”
HUFFPOST.com, 13 Dec 2012, Los Angeles.