Ken Gonzales-Day

1964 · United States

Artist biography

Ken Gonzales-Day is an established artist, who originates from the United States. Ken Gonzales-Day was born in 1964. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are from the same generation and country include Kara Walker, Jason Rhoades, Ellen Gallagher, Andrea Zittel, Elizabeth Peyton, Rob Pruitt and Jean Michel Basquiat.

About Ken Gonzales-Day's works

Ken Gonzales-Day is a prominent figure within the fields of Digital and Conceptual. In the early 1980s, renowned artists such as Harold Cohen or Andy Warhol started to experiment with computer painting programs, thus paving the way for what would later be known as digital art. From digital paintings to installations or 3D renderings of sculptures, digital art is fundamentally blending technology with art, creating a innovative domain where freedom and never-ending possibilities invite artists to experiment and create. Whether the technology is the medium or the end itself, for art to be categorized as digital, any sort of computer processing needs to be involved in the creation or presentation of the work. The sphere of digital art is complex and naturally evolving, as technology itself continues to grow and develop.

Conceptual art appeared as an art movement in the 1960s, critiquing the previously ruling modernist movement and its focus on the aesthetic. The term is often used to refer to art from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. In Conceptualism, the idea or concept behind the work of art became more important than the actual technical skill or aesthetic. Conceptual artists used whichever materials and forms deemed most appropriate to get their ideas across. This resulted in a variety of different types of artworks that could take the form of almost anything – from performance to writing, to everyday objects. The artists explored the possibilities of art-as-idea and art-as-knowledge, using linguistic, mathematical, and process-oriented dimensions of thought as well as invisible structures and processes for their productions.

Ken Gonzales-Day's Gallery representation

Ken Gonzales-Day's work is available for viewing at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles in the United States.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a major country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, particularly in the post war era, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously considered as the most important art centre globally.

Major art movements developed and fostered in important ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in varied forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast variants, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a prevailing influence upon the international visual culture, due to the hegemony of its economic and political systems. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Ken Gonzales-Day

Born in 1964, Ken Gonzales-Day's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1980s. The 1980s were an era of growing global capitalism, political upheaval, global mass media, wealth discrepancies and unique music and fashion, characterised by hip hop and electronic pop music. This had a strong impact on the generation of artists growing up during this era.

The fall of the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980s marked the end of the Cold War, yet the era was also distinguished by the African Famine. During this time influential art movements included Neo Geo, The Pictures Generation and Neo-Expressionism, which took a particular hold in Germany, France and Italy. Artists such as Anselm Kiefer, Jörg Immendorf, Enzo Cucchi, Francesco Clemente and Julian Schnabel were key artists working at this time, alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, who established the street art and graffiti movements, which quickly gained recognition.

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