Glenn Kaino (b. 1972 Los Angeles, CA) transforms conventional materials and forms through a process of working that mobilizes the languages, logics, and economies of other creative disciplines as raw elements in artistic production. Conceiving his practice as conceptual kitbashing, akin to a model maker’s way of appropriating readymade kits to assemble unique models, Kaino synthesizes objects, performances, site- and situation-specific encounters by reconfiguring the conditions and construction mechanisms of distinct cultural spheres into ecologies of making in which seemingly disparate materials and ideas are brought into contact. Functioning as poetic contradictions, Kaino’s works aim to reconcile conflicting ideologies, opposing systems, and strict dichotomies in material and experiential ways. In bringing external frameworks of thought and production to bear on aesthetics, Kaino is able to assemble improbable moments in which antithetic principles are synchronized and irreconcilable materials exist in symbiotic forms–testing the potential of artistic gestures to bring about tangible transformation and to incite, even if only temporarily, other ways of being and knowing in the world.
Morphing traditional mediums, styles, and genres through site- and situation-specific works, Kaino interrogates and expands the boundaries of conceptual art practice while making significant contributions to American sculpture, installation, video, and performance art. Kaino’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at various art institutions throughout the United States including The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA; the Whitney Museum at Altria, Altria, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, San Diego, CA; Performa09 (in collaboration with Creative Time), New York, NY; Gallery at REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA; and LAART, Los Angeles, CA amongst others. His work has also been included in various group exhibitions at institutions around the world most notably Role Playing, Museum der Moderne Mochsberg, Zalzburg, Germany (2011); The Artists’ Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (2011); We Are Time: Seven Installations, Impakt Festival, Utrech, The Netherlands (2009); Blackbelt, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA (2004); and One Planet Under A Groove, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY (2001) amongst others. In 2004, his work was included in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and in the California Biennial at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, CA. In addition to being internationally recognized as one of the leading contemporary artists of his generation, Kaino has also been involved in major music, television, and digital media projects and has created various experimental platforms for the production and dissemination of contemporary art. In 1997 he co-founded Deep River, an artist-run gallery in Los Angeles, CA that was active through 2002, staging solo shows with some of the city’s most important emerging artists of that time. Most recently, he co-founded The Mistake Room, an itinerant platform for exhibitions, publications, and situation-specific artist projects. Kaino currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
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