Born in 1972, Abington, PA, US
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US
M.F.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, US
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, East Madison, ME, US
B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, US
European Honors Program, RISD, Rome, IT
Boston University, Boston, MA, US
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.