Does knowing some background information about artwork really matter? Or, should everything you need to know about an image just be sitting there, exposed and open for scrutiny?
Ken Gonzales-Day’s series, Hang Trees, part of his exhibition at Luis de Jesus Gallery in Culver City, elegantly decides this question with a visceral sucker punch heightened by the very invisibility of its source information.
Walk into the gallery and you are confronted with beautiful photos of oak trees and probing, high-focus portraits of young Latino men. Lovely, but so what?