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Joseph Kohnke

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Monterey, CA

Birth year

Lives in
Pasadena, CA

Works in
Pasadena, CA


Representing galleries

Current Exhibitions and Events
Sep, 2014 Transmogrification of the Ordinary
Angles Gallery

Joseph Kohnke is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores realms of life support, sustenance and other systems of existence. He does this by way of mechanized and static sculpture.  His work has been exhibited internationally, featured in solo and group exhibitions at: Angles Gallery (Los Angeles), Artspace (Peterborough), Stride Gallery (Calgary), Vox Populi Gallery (Philadelphia), Action Art Actuel (Quebec), International Museum of Surgical Science (Chicago), Kasia Kay Gallery (Chicago), Gwanhoon Gallery (Seoul), & Artlab (Beijing), Chicago Cultural Center, Grunt Gallery (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Klein Art Works (Chicago) and Tokyo National University.  He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship (2007), an Illinois Arts Council Assistance Award (2006) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Trustee Merit Scholarship (2001-2003). Reviews of his work have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Art Letter, UR Chicago, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Sculpture.  He received the MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and is currently the manager of the Model Shop at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

Joseph Kohnke CV



1973     Born in Monterey, CA

            Lives and works in Pasadena, CA



2003     MFA in Art and Technology, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2000     BFA in Spatial Arts, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA


Selected Exhibitions

2013     Displacements, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

2012     Crossing Wires, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL

(Re)modified, Hartnell College Gallery, Salinas, CA

2010     Smart & Final, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)

Marine: A contemporary art salon, Santa Monica, CA

Modified, Art Ark Gallery, San Jose, CA

Summer Daze, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009     Vantage, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ

Orange: Contemporary Art Event, Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada

Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, NE (solo)

Works, San Jose, CA

Artspace, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

2008     Stride Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (solo)

Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Action Art Actuel, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada (solo)

Museum of New Art, Rochester, MI

International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, IL (solo)

2007     The Portland Art Center, Portland, OR

Kasia Kay Gallery, Chicago, IL

Gwanhoon Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Kasia Kay Gallery, Chicago, IL

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

&Artlab, Beijing, China

The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (solo)

2006     The Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Northeastern Illinois University Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)

Three Walls Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)

2005     ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL

2004     Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

Wood Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

Tokyo National University, Artist and Residency, Tokyo, Japan

Art Boat, Chicago, IL

Tart, curated by Sabrina Raaf, Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL

2003     One-Quarterly Gallery, Chicago, IL

The Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek, WI

Stray Show, Unit B Gallery, Chicago, IL

Gallery 2, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL

Gallery 2, SAIC, Chicago, IL

SAIC, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Chicago, IL

Base Space, SAIC, Chicago, IL (solo)

Gallery 2, SAIC, Chicago, IL

2002     The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Fund-Raiser, Chicago, IL

Gallery 2, SAIC, Chicago, IL

Gallery 1926, Chicago, IL

2000     Gallery #3, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Monterey Peninsula College Gallery, Monterey, CA

1999     Gallery #1, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Santa Rosa Junior College Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA

Monterey Airport, Monterey, CA

1998     Alquist Appreciation Exhibit, San Jose, CA

Gallery #6, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

Pacific Grove Art Center, Pacific Grove, CA

Monterey Peninsula College Gallery, CA

1997     Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA

California State University of Monterey Bay, CA


Selected Awards and Honors

2007     Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award

2006     Individual Artist Award Nominee, The Richard H. Dreihaus Foundation, Chicago

Illinois Arts Council, Special Assistance Grant

2005     Individual Artist Award Nominee, The Richard H. Dreihaus Foundation, Chicago

2004     Artist and Residency, Tokyo National University, Tokyo, Japan

Recent Exhibits

Joseph Kohnke participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 Anne & Mark's Art Party
Anne & Mark's Art Party
Sep, 2013 Displacements
Angles Gallery
Feb, 2012 Crossing Wires: Technology and Play
Evanston Art Center
Sep, 2010 Gallery 3: Smart & Final
Angles Gallery
Jul, 2010 Late Launch
Angles Gallery
Nov, 2008 MOGILITY
Side Street Projects
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