Glenn Kaino’s kinetic sculptures transform familiar objects and activities to explore the complexities of time, the juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane, and the dialectic of ancient and contemporary culture. In Desktop Operation: There’s no place like Home (10th Example of Rapid Dominance: Em City) (2003), he created an oversized sandcastle (inspired by his brother’s desktop Zen garden) in the shape of the Emerald City, Oz’s shining illusion of industrial success. The concept not only satirizes a capitalist executive’s superficial quest for momentary distraction and meditation, but also suggests the tension between willful intention and an uncontrollable outcome.
Glenn Kaino lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, where he was born in 1972. He received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego, CA, in 1996. The Project, New York, NY, mounted solo exhibitions of his work in 2005 and 2003, and a two-person show was presented at Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre, Los Angeles, CA (2003). Recent group exhibitions include Cerca Series, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (2004); the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2004); and Blackbelt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY (2003).