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California Landscape

Los Angeles, California

Ken Gonzales-Day (http://www.lacountyarts.org/civicart.htm)

Los Angeles County Administration Building, 8300-8400 Vermont, Los Angeles, California, 90044
Date:  2007
Placement:  government office buildings
Artwork Type:  mosaics (visual works)
Material:  ceramic tile
Description:  In 2007, ICO Vermont, LLC completed a four-story, 220,000 square foot office building with a childcare center and retail space. The County of Los Angeles leased the new building for four County departments: Social Services, Children and Family Services, Child Support Services, and Mental Health. The facility houses 1,200 workers and 1,400 daily visitors. Ken Gonzales-Day’s artwork softens ands color to key walls within the building. He used photographic glazed tiles recessed into wall surfaces to create four murals. The high-quality 12” x 12” ceramic tile images are durable and graffiti resistant.

Ken Gonzales-Day’s murals depict imagery which is appropriate to the site and its uses. Occupied by County departments with the largest concentration of social service caseloads in the County, Gonzales-Day’s artworks add a calming effect to a sometimes tense environment. Large-scale images of traditional old California landscapes (mostly oak trees) are strategically placed throughout the building. Overall, Gonzales-Day’s work evokes a pure unaltered landscape full of optimism and possibility. It might also suggest a dreamscape of quiet, calm and purity on which the viewer might play out his or her hopes for a better tomorrow.

About the Artist: Ken Gonzales-Day is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Scripps College. He was a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and participated in the Whitney’s Independent Study Program. Gonzales-Day received an MFA from UC Irvine and a BFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.
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