Featured Artist | Gil Kuno
We continue our 10 year anniversary feature this week with sound artist Gil Kuno. Read about his experience at the center and what's coming next for him below!
Gil Kuno decontentexualizes and recontextualizes natural and socially-derived processes, exposing the often absurd and whimsical realities of our existence. The Art|Sci Center has been honored to work with Gil over a larger portion of the past decade. Most recently, he performed at BRAINSTORMING: Synesthesia as part of the duo Kuno-Kano, composing a flute-heavy ambient noise backdrop to the experimental performance on stage.
Previous Art|Sci Exhibition:
May 11, 2009
The Antmaster IV was one derivation of an on-going experiment in hybridizing Dynamic Media (projections) with Static Media (paintings). Digitally projected images of live ants are superimposed onto painted surfaces to achieve a new amalgam of motion and still images. In addition, nanosounds of ants moving and communicating were recorded in a nanoscience lab to act as a soundtrack to the pieces.
Other iterations of The Antmaster were shown in a storefront in Westwood, California and at the David Bermant Gallery in Santa Ynez.
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.
Check out what's next for Gil below!
Gil's newest minimalist video art piece "Corners" was featured at the Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland. Details about the piece here.
Gil will also be performing "Radiologic" at this festival on Feb 27.
Info about the performance here.