JOEL KYACK
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., Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1994 European Honors Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Rome, Italy


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 (upcoming) Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2017 Hold On Tightly / Let Go Lightly, Workplace, London, UK

Black As Night And Thicker Still I Surrender To This Hill My Will, Campbell Hall, Los Angeles, CA

2016 On the Floor in the Cave of Skulls, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Circle of Hell / Ringer of Bell, Art Basel, Discoveries, Hong Kong

2015 The Very First Day, Workplace, Gateshead, UK

Crybaby, The Independent solo presentation w/ Praz-Delavallade, New York, NY

2014 Old Sailors Never Die, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA
We Can Be Who We Are, FIAC solo presentation w/ François Ghebaly, Paris, France

2013 Point at The Thing That's Furthest Away, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France

Terms / Proposals / Demands, SSZ Sued, Cologne, Germany

2011 Escape to Shit Mountain, François Ghebaly, Los Angeles, CA

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

2010 Flow, River, Flow! solo presentation at NADA Art Fair, Miami, FL

Superclogger, Hammer Museum & LA><ART public project, freeways of Los Angeles, CA

2009 The Knife Shop, Kunsthalle LA, 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

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2016 The Dirty Poke, w/ Matt Johnson, The Meow, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Eric Bainbridge & Joel Kyack, Workplace, London, UK

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 Schmaltz, Guimarães, Vienna, Austria

2017 Top Five Buddy Cop Films, curated by Santi Vernetti, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, CA

I Love LA, Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Dot Dot Dot Dash, Workplace, Gateshead, UK

Under Construction, Paramo, Guadalajara, Mexico

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

2014 On Stage, Karst, Plymouth, UK

2013 Always Yours, Des Objets Manqués, Des Monuments, Balice Hertling, Paris, France

Cave 2, Ramiken Crucible, New York, NY at New Cueva Archillas, Puerto Rico

True Believers, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

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

2012 Frieze Special Projects, curated by Cecilia Alemani, New York NY 

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

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

Cave-IN, Ramiken Crucible, New York, NY at Cueva Archillas, Puerto Rico

Contemporary Tendencies, Helene Bailly Gallery, Paris, France

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, Brand New, 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

2009 Not Los Angeles, Fellows of Cotemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Perform! Now!, performance festival, Chinatown, 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, MOCA, 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

2007 My Buddy, Wight Gallery at UCLA, 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

PERFORMANCES

2016 The Dirty Poke, The Meow, Los Angeles, CA

2015 Your Optimism Fills Graves, Workplace Gallery, London, UK

All the Instruments Agree, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2014 Portrait that may look like you, public craft fair, Los Angeles, CA

Buy What I Say, FIAC, Paris

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

2012 Most games are lost, not won, Frieze Special Project, Frieze Fair, New York, NY

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

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, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

CURATION

2016-17  Operating and curating The Meow with Lisa Anne Auerbach, Los Angeles, CA

RESIDENCIES

2011 Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

2009 The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH

2002 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019 Introduction to 3-D, LA Mission College, Sylmar, CA

Art Appreciation (2 classes), East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA

2018 Objects of Performance, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

Sculpture 1, LA Mission College, Sylmar, CA

Introduction to 3-D (2 classes), LA Mission College, Sylmar, CA

Art Appreciation (4 classes), East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA

2017 Maximalism, Otis College of Art & Design, Los Angeles, CA

Art Appreciation (2 classes), East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA

Introduction to 3-D, LA Mission College, Sylmar, CA

2016 Drawing 1, East Los Angeles College, Monterey Park, CA

2014 Sculpture 1, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Independent Studies, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Open Critique, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2013 Visiting Artist Faculty, Ox-Bow School of Art, Saugatuck, MI

2007 Teaching Assistant, Graphic Design 3, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA

Teaching Assistant, Photography 3, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Teaching Assistant, Sculpture 1, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


LECTURES / VISITING CRITIC / PANELS

2017 Visiting Lecturer, Campbell Hall, Los Angeles, CA

2016 Visiting Critic, California State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2015 Visiting Lecturer w/ Shawn Greenlee, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Visiting Lecturer and Critic, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxvile, NY

2014 Visiting Lecturer and Critic, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

Visiting Lecturer, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Visiting Lecturer, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

2013 Visiting Lecturer, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Visiting Lecturer and Critic, California State Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

2012 Visiting Lecturer, New Genres, UCLA, Los Angeles

2011 Visiting Lecturer, Ecole Supérieure d'Art de l'Agglomération d'Annecy, Annecy, France

Visiting Lecturer, Pomona College, Claremont, CA

2010 Panelist, Super Public: Performance en route, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Visiting Lecturer / Graduate Sculpture Critic, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Visiting Lecturer, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Visiting Lecturer, Oakwood Academy, Los Angeles, CA

2009 Visiting Lecturer, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA  


PUBLICATIONS

Black As Night And Thicker Still I Surrender To This Hill My Will, Campbell Hall, 2018

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

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, 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, chap book, 2003


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Thorp, Eric, “Interview: Joel Kyack – Hold on Tightly / Let Go Lightly, FAD, January 14, 2018

Higgs, Matthew, “The Meow”, Top 10 of 2017, Artforum, December 2017

Taft, Catherine, “Michael Decker at The Meow”, Artforum, February, 2017

Mizota, Sharon, “Joel Kyack's kinetic sculptures: The cycles of life in water bottles, buckets and a record player”, Los Angeles Times, April 29, 2016

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, 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

Holte, Michael Ned, “Best of 2010 – #1 Superclogger”, 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”, All Things Considered, National Public Radio (NPR), August 11, 2010

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

KTLA Feature, July 2010

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

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

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

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