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Akins Graham

Graham Akins is an artist who works with print, sculpture, video, and installation to address cultural and philosophical issues regarding nature as an abstract ideal, the hard problem of animals as other minds, the limits of human knowledge, and the aesthetics of representationalism within computer graphics and 3D scanning.

His work draws from both the history and critique of Western philosophy, new theories of ontology and ecology, the commodification of wilderness/animals, popular science fiction, and the artistic tradition of absurdism. Graham was born in Texas and lives in Los Angeles, where he has studied photography, media arts, and German and is currently a graduate student in Design Media Arts at UCLA.

Graham Akins studio practice revolves around our complicated relationship to reality, simulation, and how technology mediates the depiction of the external world. Using photography, video, 3D modeling and sculpture, the artist creates large multi-media installations that play with notions of objecthood, the uncanny valley, our understanding of otherness and contemporary methods of image making.

Recent projects include investigations into the aestheticization of trash, experimental wildlife documentaries that explore the quality of our relationships to other minds, and found object sculptural video combines that abstract materials into simulated forgeries of themselves.


  • 2019 — Currently MFA Candidate in Design & Media Arts at UCLA.
  • 2016-2018 — Post Bachelorette at Pasadena City College.
  • 2003-2007 — BFA in Printmaking at Kansas City Art Institute.


  • 2019 — “Möbius Loop” by a-s-t-r-a gallery, Spring/Break Art Show, New York.
  • 2019 — Context Collapse UCLA New Wight Gallery | Los Angeles, California.
  • 2018 — Aggregate at UCLA Broad Art Center | Los Angeles, California.
  • 2018 — Y’all 20 at Amplify Arts | Omaha, NE.
  • 2017 — Brink at Self Help Graphics | Los Angeles, California.
  • 2015 — Back to Future 4 at Little Lodge Gallery | San Francisco, California.
  • 2007 — Earth & Ink at Dolphin Gallery | Kansas City, MO.


It was Her 90th Birthday, and the Exhaust Fan Smelled Like a Chip Gif
Akins Graham

It was Her 90th Birthday, and the Exhaust Fan Smelled Like a Chip Gif, 2019

aluminum dye sublimation print, gifs, video loop, flat screen monitor
229 х 191 мм

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