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Akins Graham

Graham Akins is an interdisciplinary artist who works with computer graphics and 3D scanning, sculpture, video, and installations, seeking to address cultural and philosophical questions concerning nature as an abstract ideal, the complex issue of animals as other minds, the limitations of human knowledge, and the aesthetics of representation within.

His work is based on both history and criticism of Western philosophy, new theories of ontology and ecology, the commodification of wildlife / animals, popular science fiction, and the artistic tradition of absurdism. Graham Akins was born in Texas and lives in Los Angeles, where he studied photography, media art, and German, and is currently a graduate student in the media arts Department at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The practice of the Graham Akins Studio revolves around our complex relationship to reality, simulation, and how technology mediates the image of the outside world. Using photography, video, 3D modeling, and sculpture, the artist creates large multimedia installations that play with the concepts of objectness, the sinister valley, our understanding of otherness, and modern image creation techniques.

Recent projects include research on the aestheticization of garbage, experimental wildlife documentaries that explore the quality of our relationships with other thoughts, and videos about sculptural objects that combine these abstract materials to imitate themselves.

EDUCATION

  • 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.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019 — "Moebius 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.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS





Works

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
229x191 cm