Project Premiere: Ken Gonzales-Day Solo Exhibition "Run Up" at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
March 30, 2015
Ken Gonzales-Day (2012 Visual Arts) will premiere his Creative Capital-supported project with the solo exhibition Ken Gonzales-Day: Run Up, on view at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles from April 4 through May 9, 2015. Run Up is the latest chapter in Gonzales-Day's acclaimed Erased Lynching series, selections of which have been acquired by the Smithsonian Institution, the Norton Museum of Art and numerous private collections, and exhibited in museums and galleries in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Vienna, Mexico City and other major cities.
The central work in Run Up is a new short film and still images from a restaging of a 1920 lynching of a Latino man in California. Gonzales-Day created the film and related photographs to bring greater visibility to the presence of Latinos in the history of lynching and to draw parallels between the past and the present. Accompanying the images of the 1920 lynching reenactment are stills shot in Los Angeles during the protest marches that took place in the days following a grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, to not indict Darren Wilson, the white police officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, in August 2014. A third series of images documents the destructive aftermath of riots in locations throughout the city of Ferguson as well as images of memorials honoring Ezell Ford, a mentally ill young man killed by police in South Central Los Angeles two days after Michael Brown's death. In combining these seemingly distant events, the exhibition draws parallels between the history of lynching and police shootings today, at times blending the two events to create images that collapse history and provocatively speak to our own time.
"In making the film, I felt like the restaging of a 1920 lynching was relevant to our own times, not simply because the topic has never been the subject of a major (or minor) film, but because so many aspects of the Latino experience are not even recognized as part of the American experience."
- Ken Gonzales-Day