A massive ship, home to pirates, sails the waters of an unknown world with many planks extending out into the deep ocean; A majestic underwater city finds itself under attack by the same forces that sustain it; A delicate crane powers a network of machinery fueling an invisible economy; A half-breed alligator-goat stands firm, protecting the gates to a world of art and magic—these are the seemingly improbable realms that Glenn Kaino charts, navigates, and trespasses; allowing viewers to encounter possible worlds we have yet to know.
For nearly two decades, Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Glenn Kaino has transformed common materials and forms through artworks that highlight the relationships between visual art and other creative disciplines. Cultivating his oeuvre in Southern California, Kaino quickly distinguished himself from other artists of his generation in the early 1990's when he began to venture into various cultural fields as a way expand his own practice. Drawing from his undergraduate education in computer science; his engagement with digital media technology; his professional experience in the music industry; his involvement in comic books and animation; and most recently, his rigorous training in magic; Kaino has been able to engineer both objects and ephemera from fragments of other things; forging new relationships between diverse materials and ideas to uncover hidden truths and meanings—illusions that suggest new terrains of possibility.
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.