For his first solo institutional exhibition, Kenneth Tam will present his recent video installation
Breakfast in Bed
(2016). Tam’s practice takes on interpersonal power dynamics and physical intimacy, particularly between men, as a point of departure in investigating broader themes around private and social boundaries. Often recruiting participants online via websites like Craigslist and Reddit, the artist instigates situations that call into question traditional patterns of heteronormativity, and function somewhere between social experiment, performance art, and absurdist theater.
Kenneth Tam’s (b. 1982, New York, lives and works in Houston) works encompass sculpture, video, and photography. Tam received an MFA from the University of Southern California and a BFA from Cooper Union. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Galerie Xippas, Paris (2015); Weingart Gallery, Occidental College, Los Angeles (2014); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2013); and Pauline, Los Angeles (2012). His films have screened at Favorite Goods, Los Angeles (2014); loisiada, New York (2011); and The Box, Los Angeles (2010). He has been awarded a California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists (2015); the Core Program Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2015); and an Art Matters Foundation Grant (2013).
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.