Glenn Kaino’s works, often functioning as poetic contradictions, aim to reconcile conflicting ideologies, opposing systems, and strict dichotomies in material and experiential ways. Conceiving his practice as conceptual kitbashing, akin to a model maker’s way of appropriating readymade kits to assemble unique models, Kaino reconfigures the conditions of distinct cultural spheres into ecologies of making in which seemingly disparate materials and ideas are brought into contact. His studio practice includes sculpture, painting, filmmaking, performance, installation, and large-scale public work. He also operates outside the traditional purview of contemporary art, instigating collaborations with other modes of culture—ranging from tech to music to political organizing.
Major solo exhibitions of Kaino’s work have been presented at the High Museum of Art, in Atlanta; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Andy Warhol Museum, in Pittsburgh; the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; and REDCAT, Los Angeles. Kaino’s work has been featured in major international exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, Prospect.3, New Orleans, the 13th International Cairo Biennale, the 12th Biennale de Lyon. Kaino’s work is included in museum collections such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Kaino is also an Emmy- and Webby Award-winning producer and documentarian, whose films have been featured at the Tribeca Film Festival and SXSW.
From the Journal
Glenn Kaino: Recognize the sacrifices being made in the streets