Kaino’s omni-disciplinary oeuvre includes includes sculpture, painting, filmmaking, performance, installation, and large-scale public work. Since his practice is fundamentally idea-based, Kaino is committed to engaging any techniques, processes, materials, tools, technologies, environments or collaborators necessary to manifest the concept at hand.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 80s, Kaino experienced bigotry because of his Japanese heritage, and felt pressure from the opposing worlds of school and gang culture. These aspects of his personal history have influenced him to use his artistic practice to address issues of race, territory, violence, illusion, expectations, and the balances of power that operate within the social structure.
As an art student in the 1990s at UC Irvine and UC San Diego, Kaino adopted a layered, philosophical approach to art making, founded on the primacy of ideas. He also immersed himself in the study of computers and digital technology. His dual grasp of creativity and technology brought Kaino multiple noteworthy professional opportunities within the internet, entertainment and communications industries.
His extraordinary life experiences have endowed Kaino with a deep understanding of the importance of effective, cross-platform story telling, especially as it relates to the construction of new myths. He possesses unique insight into both the value and the dangers of our age—the Information age—an era defined by multitasking, data analyses, systems and networks, and obsessive connectivity.
Drawing on his critical assessment of this fascinating, yet often troubling phase in human development, he has developed an aesthetic vision that places him on the vanguard of a new age: an alternative, emergent present—the Imagination Age— when creativity supersedes technology as the driver of human experience.
Text courtesy Kavi Gupta.
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