In Search of New Systems (Composite Nebula)

2016
Plexiglass, plastic, amber, gold, ruthenium
40" diameter x 5"

In Search of New Systems (Composite Nebula)

In Search of New Systems (Composite Nebula)


In Search of New Systems (Northern Hemisphere)

2016
Plexiglass, plastic, amber, gold, ruthenium
40" diameter x 5"

In Search of New Systems (Northern Hemisphere)

In Search of New Systems (Northern Hemisphere)


Graceful Degradation (Continuum)

2016
Sandpaper, thread, wood, and polypropylene
64.5” x 37.5” x 3”

Graceful Degradation (Continuum)


Graceful Degradation (Elastic Sovereignty)

2016
Sandpaper, thread, wood, and polypropylene
64.5” x 37.5” x 3”

Graceful Degradation (Elastic Sovereignty)


Installation view of FOCUS: Glenn Kaino, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

2016

For his FOCUS exhibition, Kaino has created a new body of work with the overarching themes of time and space colonization. The presentation includes pin drawings, an animatronic installation that responds to viewers, and a frozen sculptural portrait of the moon. Kaino’s ability to dart from one material to another stems from his diverse background and interests; he was educated as a sculptor, but has also been trained in magic, software development, and other pursuits that he has funneled into his artistic research and work. © Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Installation view of FOCUS: Glenn Kaino, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Installation view of FOCUS: Glenn Kaino, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Installation view of FOCUS: Glenn Kaino, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth


In Search of a New System (Southern Skies)

2015
Wood, plexiglass, plastic, wire, metal, paint
72" diameter x 5"

In Search of a New System (Southern Skies)

In Search of a New System (Southern Skies)

In Search of a New System (Southern Skies)


Tank

2014

Installation at Prospect 3 New Orleans, curated by Franklin Sirmans

Tank

Tank

Tank

Tank

Tank


Labyrinths

2015

Honor Fraser Gallery presents an exhibition of new works by Glenn Kaino on view from January 10 to February 14, 2015. Labyrinths includes works in materials including paper, metal, synthetic tears, and wax along with ephemeral forces like gravity, temperature, and time. The exhibition is a constellation of propositions addressing ideas about the construction of history, memory, and received knowledge. Photos Joshua White/JWPictures.com Courtesy Honor Fraser Gallery

Labyrinths

Labyrinths


We Have Seen The Enemy and He is Us

2014
found bomb fin cases, metal and hardware
138” x 40 1/2” x 22 1/2”

We Have Seen The Enemy and He is Us


A Plank for Every Pirate

2014
wood beam, yardsticks, hammers, string and hardware
128" x 80" x 61"

A Plank for Every Pirate


Suspended Animation

2014
Found rock conveyor, rocks
63” x 173” x 41”

Suspended Animation


Now Do I Repay A Period Won (Syria)

2014
polished steel, wood, foam
8: 18” 28”, 4: 20” x 28” 4” 28” x 40”; 231” x 124” overall

Now Do I Repay A Period Won (Syria)


Now Do I Repay A Period Won (Turkey)

2014
Polished steel, wood, foam
26” x 38 5/8”, 30” x 76”; 58” x 76” overall

Now Do I Repay A Period Won (Turkey)


Now Do I Repay A Period Won (Athens)

2014
Polished steel, wood, foam
2: 60” x 18”, 1: 68” x 18”; 68” x 72” overall

Now Do I Repay A Period Won (Athens)


Escala-

2014
Scales, various objects
120” x 72” 11”

Escala-


Excalibur

2014
Painted bronze
11" x 7 3/4"

Excalibur


Bridge

2014
Fiberglass, steel, wire, gold paint

Using the expansive and historic Naval Building 170 (200 Tingey St SE, 
Washington, D.C. 20374), Glenn Kaino presented a site-specific bridge that is suspended from the ceiling, engaging the verticality of the vast space. Glenn Kaino’s Bridge reads from afar as a golden-slatted rope footbridge, though closer inspection will reveal that the “slats” are in the form of a familiar arm, not quite recognizable out of context. The slats are made from a contemporary cast of athlete Tommie Smith’s limb, made an iconic symbol of Black Power in 1968 when Smith, aged 24, won first place in the 200-meter Olympic Race in Mexico City. It has been employed in service of a myriad of causes and ideological beliefs since then, and has in turn constructed the identity of the man himself in irrefutable ways. Addressing the power of cultural memory and its simultaneous reconfiguring and dissipation, Bridge reaches for more than a depiction of an event, instead highlighting in physical form the architecture and path of created, revised, reformed and remitted cultural narrative. The image of Smith is part of a lexicon of events and happenings associated with the pursuit of social justice, equality and the advancement of a social cause. Emerging at a particular time of shifting political climates around the world, the image of Smith is weaved into a broader discourse that speaks of the power of collective action, the responsibilities we have to others, and the idea that the rights we enjoy today were reached because of the path laid for us by those who came before. Bridge functions as a site wherein the multiple temporalities, histories and memories in which Smith’s image exists are drawn from the individuals who possess them – allowing the viewer to reconsider them from within their present moment and thus creating a new narrative for the image to exist within. Siting this sculpture within Washington, DC – the capital of the Unites States and epicenter for political change and justice – this installation with take an even more poignant position within the context of 5×5.

Bridge

Bridge

Bridge


The Burning Boards

2014

A new installation and performance of the Burning Boards at the World Chess Hall of Fame in St. Louis. Images detail Glenn Kaino playing against Magnus Carlsen, the highest ranked chess player in history.

The Burning Boards

The Burning Boards

The Burning Boards

The Burning Boards


Graceful Degradation 3

2013
Sandpaper, thread, wood, polypropylene
40" x 53"

Kaino’s Graceful Degradation series are made through stitching worn-out sandpapers together. It marks an exploration in his practice that attempts to separate the resulting forms of the artistic process from the actions and gestures that make them possible.

Graceful Degradation 3

Graceful Degradation 3


Graceful Degradation 2

2013
Sandpaper,thread, wood, polypropylene
47" x 59"

Graceful Degradation 2


In Search of a New Model

2011
Gold, silver, steel pins, plastic, foam, wood, plexiglass, white paint
72 x 48 inches

Thousands of parts from toy model kits of tanks, planes, and other machinery are cast in gold and used as sculptural components in three-dimensional pin drawings of various geographies both real and imaginary. Mobilizing a sculptural language of disassembling and reassembling that anchors the artist’s studio practice, this ongoing series of works takes particular cities such as Los Angeles, Cairo, New York and others as a point of departure to interrogate their layered histories and re-map distinct places. Selecting particularly charged locales within these terrains, Kaino creates new cartographies of these places that take into account their often subdued narratives and unheard voices. This allows the works to put forth multiple new readings of a particular set of coordinates that exist in both time and space. Los Angeles depicts a cancer cell-like structure that also stands in for Dodger Stadium and for the displaced communities of Chavez Ravine that once occupied the site while Cairo is represented as a series of inscriptions tracing the movement of people through Tahrir Square during the 18 day Lotus Revolution.

In Search of a New Model

In Search of a New Model

In Search of a New Model

In Search of a New Model


In Search of New Model Leviathan 2

2014
black nickel, steel pins, plastic, foam, wood, plexiglass and paint
48" x 36" x 5"

In Search of New Model Leviathan 2


In Search of a New Model (Tubastrea vs. Favidae)

2013
gold, steel pins, plastic, foam, wood, plexiglass and paint
72" x 48"

In Search of a New Model (Tubastrea vs. Favidae)


In Search of a New Model (salute)

2014
Gold, steel pins, plastic, foam, wood, plexiglass, paint
72" x 48" x 4.5"

In Search of a New Model (salute)


In Search of New Model (Gonnerpora)

2013
Gold, Steel pins, plastic, foam, wood, plexiglass and paint
72" x 48" x 6"

In Search of New Model (Gonnerpora)


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