Future, Artworks, Stations

Urban Excavation: Ancestors, Avatars, Bodhisattvas, Buddhas, Casts, Copies, Deities, Figures, Funerary Objects, Gods, Guardians, Mermaids, Metaphors, Mothers, Possessions, Sages, Spirits, Symbols, and Other Objects

Artist(s):

Project Description

Inspired by the idea of transporting the body and mind, and by the station as an excavation site, Ken Gonzales-Day‘s glass-tile mural for the north and south concourse level walls aims to transport transit customers across time and place by immersing them in an environment where images of objects—spanning many cultures, continents and eras—mined from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s permanent collection are reproduced at an enormous scale. Gonzales-Day’s artwork will invite viewers to think about museum collections and their connection to the outside world in unexpected ways.

Artist Statement

“Rodin once said, ‘I invent nothing, I rediscover.’ I believe [my] project will offer visitors a chance to discover and rediscover some of the city’s richest cultural assets, as well as to further position Los Angeles within an increasingly global context.”

About the Artist

Portrait of Ken Gonzalez-Day

Portrait of Ken Gonzales-Day

KEN GONZALES-DAY (b. 1964Santa Clara, California) is an artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, a Master of Arts in art history from Hunter College and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. He is a longtime professor of art and Fletcher Jones Chair in Art at Scripps College. His work has been exhibited throughout Europe and the Americas and can be found in several museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Gonzales-Day has received numerous awards in recognition of his work, including grants from Art Matters, the California Community Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Smithsonian Institution and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography. 

Locations: Wilshire/Fairfax