Kenneth Tam, sump (still), 2015. Single-channel HD video projection, sound; 7:37 min. Courtesy of the artist
Kenneth Tam: Cold Open
December 23, 2017 - April 8, 2018
The work of Kenneth Tam (b. 1982, Queens, New York) takes shape as video, sculpture, and photography that challenge our received ideas and societal norms regarding the male body as it relates to physical intimacy, sexuality, vulnerability, and private ritual. His practice involves the participation of strangers—often recruited through online message boards and forums—in situations orchestrated by the artist that range from tender to awkward to absurd. In his video work, Tam creates spaces for men to play, express their feelings, and bond with one another while questioning accepted behavior in heteronormative male culture. For his exhibition at Mia, the artist will present three video works created over the past six years, including the compression is not subservient to the explosion; it gives it increased force (2011), sump (2015), and Breakfast in Bed (2016).