Ken Gonzales-Day: Surface Tension
by Ken Gonzales-Day
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About the Book
Since the days of Mexican muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco, murals have provided a forum for artists to express their greatest concerns. Artists today continue to use murals as sites of political provocation. They reimagine elements from pop culture, advertise for small businesses, and beautify the streets. Murals also serve as jarring backdrops to the current crisis of mass homelessness and gentrification-induced displacement. They are as complex and diverse as the city itself.
This book includes: installation views, an introduction by Laura Mart, Curator, "Surface Tension: Murals, Signs, and Mark-Making in LA," and a new essay by the artist, and color reproductions of the works exhibited. In 2017, Gonzales-Day received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography to help support the project.
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Ken Gonzales-Day (b. 1964, Santa Clara, CA.) is a visual artist whose 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. Gonzales-Day received his MFA from UC Irvine; MA from Hunter College; and was a Van Leer Fellow at the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. He has been a Senior Fellow and a SARF Fellow at the American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. Gonzales-Day's photographs have been exhibited at: The J. Paul Getty Museum; LACMA, REDCAT, LAXART, Steve Turner Contemporary, and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, West Hollywood; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Minnesota Museum of Art, St. Paul; American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in D.C.; Austria Cultural Center, CUE Art Foundation, among others.