Gil Kuno

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GIL KUNO's work is often reminiscent of the organic and social processes that surround us; yet they exceed the familiarity we often associate them with.Flung and displaced from context, natural activity is stretched into metaphorical absurdity with a sense of whimsical play.

From breathing intestines, to masturbating installations, oversized antfarms, silent DJ events, and one string guitar orchestras, Gil Kuno constantly subverts our engagement with the perceptions of reality. [Text: Fernando Sanchez]

久野ギルの作品は一見、日常的に見慣れたものとはかけ離れているが、我々を取りまく様々な有機的現象を彷彿とさせる。一般的に存在している現象が、ユーモラスな要素を含んだ不条理なメタファーに変貌させられているのだ。

呼吸する腸、マスターベーションのインスタレーション、巨大なアリの巣、無音のDJイベント、1弦ギターで編成されたオーケストラなど、彼は我々の現実認識を常に打ちのめしてくれる。 [文:Fernando Sanchez]

GIL KUNO

Through careful social conditioning, the mind is guided to think within certain patterns. Gil tries to redirect the flow of the mind outside of the set patterns we are taught by society to construct. In his work, he attempts to displace natural activity from its context, revealing an otherwise hidden level of metaphorical absurdity within the ordinary patterns present before our eyes.

The goal of sublimating everyday perception underlies many of the projects he has exhibited or performed. He aims to push people away from paradigmatic thinking through various themes and methodologies – aleatoric systems (chance operations,) exaggerated perception, derailed reality and re-envisioning experiences common within everyday life.

He has collaborated with artists such as Eye Yamantaka (Boredoms,) Yoshimi (Boredoms, OOIOO,) Battles, Vincent Gallo, Ken Ishii, Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins,) Carl Stone, Alec Empire (Atari Teenage Riot,) Steve Albini (Big Black, Shellac,) Cristian Vogel, Zbigniew Karkowski, Merzbow, GX Jupitter Larsen (The Haters,) Nissennenmondai, Christian Galarreta, Joseph Hammer, Patric Catani (EC8TOR)

Gil received his MFA at UCLA. He has achieved recognition from Ars Electronica, Japan Media Arts Festival, Canon Digital Creators Contest, Timothy Leary (Leary.com), among others.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES

2015
Miami Projects, Florida USA
Loophole, Berlin, Germany
Ausland, Berlin, Germany (with Carl Stone & Elliot Sharp)
Las, Poznan, Poland
Dom, Lodz, Poland
Galeria Na Czystej, Wroclaw, Poland
Kissa Sakaiki, Tokyo, Japan
Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Yebisu Garden Hall (Tokyo Photography Museum), Tokyo
Dragnet, Manhattan Beach Art Center, Los Angeles
Mata Gallery, Los Angeles
Hyperion Tavern, Los Angeles

2014
Mata Gallery, Los Angeles
Mas Attack, Santa Monica Art Center, Los Angeles
Voice, Center for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland
CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland
Dom, Lodz, Poland
Poznan, Poland
Disorder, Wroclaw, Poland
Chmury, Warsaw, Poland
Almost Holden Collective, Los Angeles
Mas Attacks, Vast Space Projects, Las Vegas
LA Art Show, Los Angeles
Gallery Daily Presents, Googleplex, San Jose
Group show, The Academy of Science, San Francisco

2013
Ars Electronica, Linz Austria
Group show, Eitoeiko, Tokyo Japan
Group show, Gallery Roppongi 605, Tokyo Japan
NK Projects, Berlin Germany
Odra Zoo, Szczecin Poland
Chukyo U, Aichi, Japan
Ritsumeikan, Kyoto, Japan
Mata Gallery, Los Angeles

2012
Roppongi Art Night, Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan
MOT/B, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
The Fourth State of Water, Center for Contemporary Art Torun, Poland
Theater of Life, Center for Contemporary Art Torun, Poland
"Gil Kuno's Six String Sonics, The", Fringe Festival NYC, New York, NY
Mie, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
Co:Lab, Platform LA, Los Angeles, California
In the Dark, LA Mart, Los Angeles, California
Dom, Lodz, Poland
Centrum Nowy Wspanial Swiat, Warsaw, Poland
Pawilon Nowa Gazownia, Poznan, Poland
Installation, Kontener_Art Fest, Poznan, Poland

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2011
Shiodome Gallery House, Nihon TV, Japan
Decompositions, LACE, Los Angeles, California
Gateway Japan, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
Unsound Explorations – Gil Kuno Solo Exhibition, Y++, Beijing, China
Group show – Lara Tokyo, Japan


2010
Real Presence, Konak Museum, Belgrade, Serbia
Electro Night, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
FAX, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, California
Glow Festival, City of Santa Monica, California

2009
Japan Media Arts Festival “Oto” Exhibit, Museum Quarter, Vienna
Antmaster 4 (Solo), CSNI Gallery, LA, California
Vortex, Integratron, Joshua Tree, California
AJA XXII, JACCC, Los Angeles, California

2008
LA Freewaves, LACE, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Real Presence, Castillo de Rivoli, Rivoli, Italy and MCM Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia
Real Presence, MCM Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia

2006
Japan Media Arts Top 100, National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

2005
Japan Media Arts Festival, National Photography Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2003
Flow/Flow in a Lift, Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria

Gil has also performed at: Fuji Rock Festival (Naeba, Japan), Laforet Harajuku (Tokyo), The Melkweg (Amsterdam), Schouwburg (Rotterdam), The Sprawl (London), Liquid Room (Tokyo), Womb (Tokyo), Milk (Tokyo), New Wight Gallery (L.A.), Code (Shinjuku, Tokyo), Core (Roppongi, Tokyo), Warp (Tokyo), Heaven’s Door (Tokyo), Rockets (Osaka), Loft (Tokyo), among others.

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