Glenn Kaino, Leviathan
09.19.2014 — 01.31.2015
Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is proud to present its first solo exhibition with Los Angeles based artist Glenn Kaino, entitled Leviathan. The exhibition will open on September 19th and will remain on view through December 20th, 2014 at the Kavi Gupta | ELIZABETH St. location.
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…” – William Butler Yeats
Leviathan is titled after the Thomas Hobbes book; Leviathan or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Common Wealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, which engages theories surrounding the origins of societal structures and their authority over the nature of man. The text presents a poignant discussion in contemporary times where civic conflict is ever more prevalent and yet remarkably momentary in the mind.
This presentation by Kaino introduces a series of new work that explores the precarious balance that holds structures and ideas in place through a visual language built on poetics. Despite a quiet and calm presence, the works Socratic or dialectic capabilities counter the idea of archiving or being safe with notions of radical balance, and encourage or exemplify a living with balance in the real. If Kaino encourages us to do anything at all it is to fix ideas when they break, adjust ideas to make them work: caring for ideas, and making them vital. The works in Leviathan remain staunchly empathetic to both the value and potential of ideas.