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Secret Dinner, Magic Castle, May 5, 2010 Documentation © Courtesy of the Artist and LAXART
© Courtesy of the Artist and LAXART

2640 S. La Cienega
Los Angeles, CA 90034
September 23rd, 2010 - October 30th, 2010

culver city/west la
Tues-Sat 11am-6pm
installation, video-art, performance, sculpture


LAXART Galleries One and Two

LAXART is pleased to present Safe/Vanish, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist  Glenn Kaino, and one of the most ambitious projects of the organizationʼs anniversary year. Safe/Vanish includes a major sculptural installation, a series of new objects and  performances, and a video, as well as a publication produced specifically for the exhibition.

In Safe/Vanish, Kaino will create a site-specific installation featuring a safe filled with recorded  secrets collected from a range of art world and celebrity personalities, among them  actresses Pamela Anderson, Jodie Foster, Lisa Ling, fashion and art photographer David  LaChapelle and A&M Records founder Jerry Moss, to name a few. By amassing these  secrets, which range from the personal to the professional, and from the benign to the  criminal, Kaino explores his interest in the archiving of conceptual power and the inherent  power in brokering secrets.

Over the past year, Kaino has embarked upon the study of magic and has virtually  transformed his studio into a magic shop. The exhibition at LAXART will act as an extension  of his studio, providing the viewer with a behind-the- scenes view of the artistʼs experiments  and the magic conceptual and performance pieces being developed. The exhibition will also  include a stage for a rotating series of performances by the artist as well as various local magicians. The stage itself will present a unique design of magical ambiance, modeled after  the legendary Magic Castle. While technology has broken down the wall of secrecy behind  many of the techniques and methods of magic, it has also served to expose the art to a much  ider audience, creating a crisis of belief that is a mirror of the postmodern crisis of  meaning. In juxtaposing performance space and studio space, Kaino brings the conflicts between method and effect, preparation and performance, and object and ephemeral into full  view for public assessment and reinvention. The artistʼs preoccupation with magic also  extends to his interest in the dialogue between art and entertainment.

Using the history of the renegotiation between magicians and their audiences that took place  in the late 19th century as a departure point, Kaino has created a wide array of both  performance and conceptual deceptions aimed at exposing, interrogating and reformulating    the value of art in a theoretical environment outside of the singular commodity of the object.  Safe/Vanish marks an ongoing investigation into the restructuring of the social contract  between art and audience. To Kaino, this exhibition marks the end of a journey that can be  characterized as, "an artist learning how to believe again through magic while questioning  value through the brokering and archiving of secrets."

About the Artist
Glenn Kaino received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego and his BFA from  the University of California, Irvine. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum in  Harlem, NY, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, the Museum of Contemporary Art,  San Diego, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, amongst others. In 2004, Kaino  was included in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York. In 2009, he  was included in Performa, the internationally renowned Biennial of Performance in New York,  NY.