Glenn Kaino now represented by Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN

July 30, 2013

Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN is pleased to announce its representation of Los Angeles based artist Glenn Kaino (b. 1972). Known for his conceptual and poetic practice, Kaino has been addressing social and political conversations using artistic practice as a vehicle of experiential mobility for over twenty years. Beginning his career in the late 80s and early 90s, at the height of the culture wars, Glenn Kaino was amongst the first artists of color, fourth generation Japanese American, to approach conceptual art making as a means to address identity politics and social structures with tangible encounters in which the viewer acts as agent. Drawing inspiration from his own multifaceted background, Kaino uses a myriad of tools; sculpture, installation, video, and performance, to create relational artistic gestures that play off language, history, and iconic cultural markers. His clever use of conventional, symbolic and appropriated everyday objects allows Kaino's work to function as contemplative reflections for a contemporary audience, forcing viewers to not only question their pre conceived relationship to an object or subject but to form a new way of seeing through experience.

Recent work brings Kaino collaborating with 1968 Olympian Tommie Smith focusing on the then twenty-four year old's historic first place win in the 200-meter men's race in Mexico City. The dialogue focuses around Smith's powerful actions during the award ceremony in which he walked to the platform wearing only black socks on his feet - a sign of protest that would only be more radically enhanced by his actions following. As Smith accepted the gold metal and the national anthem began to play he raised his right fist to give a salute and bowed his head in prayer. The image of Smith's powerful act became a symbol for a myriad of beliefs, ideas, and social causes. Kaino will explore in a series of works, to be debuted at the upcoming Lyons Biennial and in the IN/SITU curated section at the upcoming EXPO Chicago, how a powerful memory and historical event can become an iconic symbol etched in collective shared imagery.

Glenn Kaino has been included in numerous Biennials and exhibitions across the world including the Whitney Biennial in 2004 and Bounce: Mark Bradford & Glenn Kaino at REDCAT. Upcoming exhibitions and projects include; Prospect 3: New Orleans directed by Franklin Sermans, The 12th Lyons Biennial in Lyons, France; United States Representative at the 13th International Cairo Biennale and an installation at In/Situ at EXPO Chicago 2013. Glenn Kaino's first exhibition with Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | BERLIN will be in 2014.

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