Joel Kyack brings together a combination of unlikely components purchased from hardware stores, health care industries and Hollywood prop-houses to create surreal, darkly humorous objects and paintings that evince a dysfunctional and chaotic social context as their origin. Kyack maintains a Dadaist anti-bourgeois position rejecting ‘taste’ and traditional aesthetic sensibilities. He instead finds pragmatic yet subversive relationships between functional objects to achieve an outcome that relates back to the body and to the abject absurdity of the individual in relation to a disturbing and complex social world, always with the potential for violence and the grotesque.

 

Lives and works in Los Angeles

 

EDUCATION

 

2008

M.F.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles

2004

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, East Madison, Maine

1995

B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1994

European Honors Program, RISD, Rome, Italy

1992

Film Studies, Boston University, Boston, MA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2016
Circle of Hell/ Ringer of Bell,  Art Basel, Hong Kong
2015

The Very First Day, Workplace, Gateshead,UK

2014

Buy What I Say, Performance, FIAC, Paris

Solo Booth, François Ghebaly at FIAC, Paris

Old Sailors Never Die, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Point at The Thing That's Furthest Away, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, FR

Terms / Proposals / Demands, SSZ Sued, Köln, DE

2012

Most Games Are Lost, Not Won, Frieze Projects, Frieze NY

2011

Escape to Shit Mountain, François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

River / Stream / In-Between, Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY

2010

Flow, River, Flow!, NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

Superclogger, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Superclogger, Ongoing public project with LA><ART, Los Angeles, CA

2009

The Knife Shop, Kunsthalle LA with François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2008

Design a Future or Fuck It, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007

Proposition for a New Mountaineer, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2015
DOT DOT DOT DASH, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK
Eric Bainbridge/ Joel Kyack, Workplace London, London, UK

Cool as a State of Mind, MAMO, Marseille, France

2014

The Dirty Poke Ain’t No Joke, Greystone Gala, LA><ART, Los Angeles

2013

Always Yours, Des Objets Manqués, Des Monuments, Balice Hertling Gallery, Paris, France

True Believers, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Painting Party, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA, US

2012

Your History Is Our History, Praz-Delavallade Gallery, Paris, France

Art Basel Miami, with Praz-Delavallade

Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, UK

Frieze New York, NY with François Ghebaly Gallery

Cave-IN, Ramiken Crucible (NYC), Cueva Archillas, Puerto Rico

Art Cologne, Germany with François Ghebaly Gallery

Los Angeles Contemporary Tendencies, Helene Bailly Gallery, Paris, FR, Curated by Annka Kultys

2011

American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL

Trespass / Parade, West of Rome, Los Angeles, CA

Adult Contemporary / Family Romance, Kavi Gupta, Berlin, Germany

God Only Knows Who the Audience Is, CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA

The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is Often Intolerable, curated by Andrew Berardini, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

Synthetic Ritual, Pitzer Art Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

2010

Who Is Your Audience, curated by Lorenzo Bruni, Astuni Public Studio, Bologna, Italy

Dead Letter Office, Annual Benefit Auction, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

2009

Not Los Angeles, Fellows of Cotemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Perform! Now!, performance festival, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA

Desert Sexy, The Constant Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Material Boundaries, Deborah Page Projects, Austin, TX

2008

California Biennial, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA

Allan Kaprow-Art as Life, Graft re-Happening (in collaboration with Lee Lynch, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

The Silence of Infinite Space, Glendale College Gallery, Glendale, CA

One Shot: 100><100, La><ART, Los Angeles, CA

Host, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

8 is Enough, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2007

My Buddy, UCLA Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

I Do You Do Me, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006

I Never Meant to Hurt You, Buzzer Thirty, Queens, NY Material Matters, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore,

MD Make Over, Tastes Like Chicken, Brooklyn, NY Wunderground, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI

2004

High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA re:source, Art in General, New York, NY

Skowhegan Projects, Skowhegan State Fair, ME

Rowdy Remix, ATM, New York, NY

Parakeet Salon No. 2, The Parakeet Salon, Brooklyn, NY Spring Fling, The Trash Compactor, Brooklyn, NY

2002

Parakeet Salon No. 1, The Parakeet Salon, Brooklyn, NY

Smokey Wind, Fume Room, Providence, RI

 

PERFORMANCES

 

2014

Portrait that may look like you, Bitchcraft, Los Angeles, CA

Buy What I Say, Performance, FIAC, Paris

The Dirty Poke Ain’t No Joke, Greystone Gala, LA><ART, Los Angeles

2012

Street Buddy, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Landed w/ Dawn Kasper, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY

2011

Growing Pains Leave Stains, Kaleidoscope ARENA, Macro Testaccio, Rome, Italy

Wattis Up with this Guy?, Wattis Institute, San Francisco, CA

Queering Sex (w/ Dawn Kasper and Street Buddy), Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

Cowboys Don't Care, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

2010

Crossing the Line, Piazza de Nettuno, Bologna, Italy

2009

Hill Street Blues, Perform! Now! festival, Francois Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA

Knifemasters 2009, The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

2008

Genesis Project 2008, workshop, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA

Feel the Love 2008, w/ Jack Wilmarth, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

The Waterfall, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

 

COMMISSIONS

 

2012

Most games are lost, not won, Special Project, curated by Cecilia Alemani, Frieze Fair, New York, NY

 

RESIDENCIES

 

2011

Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2009

The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

2002

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

Breaking Point, Joel Kyack, 2nd Cannons Publications, 2014

Frieze Art Fair NYC 2012, Frieze, 2012

American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, 2011

Synthetic Ritual, Pitzer College, 2011

A chi ti stai rivolgendo, MAT edizioni, Astuni Public Studio, 2010

High Desert Test Sites CB08, published for the 2008 California Biennial, 2008

Design a Future or Fuck It, University of Southern California, 2008

Material Matters, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD, 2006

Don’t Cry Mr. Robot, self-published chapbook, 2003

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Griffin, Jonathan, “Joel Kyack: Old Sailors Never Die”, ArtReview, April, 2014

Owens, Laura, “Every Rough Edge is Gone”, Flash Art, January / February 2014

Williams, Maxwell, “An Artist’s Exploration of The Various Points of Decay”, Flaunt Magazine, July 2012

Gopnik, Blake, "At art's cattle market, Joel Kyack provides simple pleasures", The Daily Beast, May 4, 2012

Nathan, Emily, "Frieze Projects 2012", artnet, May 2012

McLean-Ferris, Laura, "Frieze: London's finest art fair goes stateside," The Independent, May 7, 2012

Schonberger, Nick, "Joel Kyack's 'Most games are lost, not won'", Complex, May 7, 2012

Wetzler, Rachel, "Frieze New York: The Art Outside the Tent", Rhizome, May 9, 2012

Jovanovic, Rozalia, "At Frieze Projects, Toss a Ball, See Tumbleweeds", GalleristNY, May 4, 2012

Williams, Sarah, “Virtual Walkthrough of ‘Escape to Shit Mountain, ForYourArt, September 15 2011

Goldstein, Andrew M., "Editor's Picks", Artinfo.com, May 5, 2011

Birnbaum, Brent, "Featured Artist: Joel Kyack", Artcards, Feb. 8 2011

“NADA Best Booth Prize Awarded to Two Galleries”, ArtInfo, December 2 2010

Hanks, Douglas, “A sandwich that’s a fountain and more good ideas at NADA”, The Miami Herald, December 2 2010

Pacoda, Pierfrancesco, “Tra pubblico e privato, Kyack ci mette una fontana”, Il Resto di Carlino, October 13, 2010

Ned Holte, Michael, “Best of 2010”, Artforum, December 2010

“Tra pubblico e privato, Kyack ci mette una Fontana”, Bologna Italy Newspaper, October 2010

Berardini, Andrew, “Joel Kyack: Superclogger”, Art Review, Issue 44, September 2010

Ulaby, Neda, “’Superclogger’: Free Theater on L.A.’s Freeways”, National Public Radio (NPR), August 11, 2010

Harvey, Steve, “In search of a monument that says ‘LA’ ”, Los Angeles Times, July 10,2010

KTLA, July 2010

Mizota, Sharon, “’Superclogger’: Puppet shows for the congested freeways of L.A.”, Los Angeles Times, June 11, 2010

Myers, Holly, “Drive-By Spectacles”, Los Angeles Times, June 6, 2010

Berardini, Andrew, “The Infinitude of the Private Man”, Mousse Magazine, Issue 23, March 2010

Berardini, Andrew, “The Masculine Mystique”, Angeleno, April 2010

Off-Ramp, “Puppets on the 405: Joel Kyack’s Superclogger”, KPCC,

Cotter, Holland, “Art in Review; 'I Never Meant to Hurt You'”, New York Times, May 5, 2006

Stillman, Nick, "Rowdy Remix", Artforum.com Online Picks, June 10, 2004