Ken Gonzales-Day |
(b. Santa Clara, California, USA 1964; lives in Los Angeles).
This photographer, educator and art critic received his MFA at University of California, Irvine in 1995. Gonzalez-Day’s work reflects his interest in how photography has historically represented race and ethnicity. His "skin" series takes almost microscopic photographs of skin, which are often re-arranged in grid patterns, that intimate Modernist aesthetic principles but that also deal with photography’s history of racial analysis and classification. The literary and photographic project entitled "Bone Grass Boy" takes place in 18th century New Mexico. The narrative traces the development of several characters of different ethnicities, all portrayed by the artist himself in photographic works.
His solo exhibitions include: 2000: Dysmorphologies, Deep River, Los Angeles, California; Genealogies, Miscegenations and Missed Generations, William Benton Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, Stores, Connecticut; Project Room, Suzanne Vielmetter, Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, California; 1999: Projects99, Walkins Art Center, University of California, Riverside, California.
Group exhibitions include: 2001: "Made in California" at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Cyborg Manifesto or the Joy of Artífice; Capital Art, Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California; ' scapes, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, California; Skin Deep, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cerritos, California; 2000: America Foto Latina: la Fotografia en el Arte Contemporaneo, Museo de Las Artes, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico Gonzalez-Day was recently awarded tenure at Scripps College. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
In this interview from 2002 Gonzales-Day talks with curator Bill Kelley Jr to talk about race, the history of migration in the U.S., and photography.