BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:icalendar-ruby CALSCALE:GREGORIAN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20161205T022531Z UID:281434 DTSTART:20130629T000000 DTEND:20130803T000000 DESCRIPTION:
Night Gallery is pleased to present Polite \, intelligent and respectful a solo exhibition by LA artist Kenneth Tam. It appears that the image of a dog eating its own excrement is still an object of fascination and disbelief. Scat\, or sh it-play\, is not unknown to humans but we can somewhat safely relegate that to the domain of the sexual fetish.  For one's dog to openly engage in sca tological behavior is where the instinctual and libidinal qualities of a do g come into tension with how we train and expect them to function. Dogs are bottomless wells of affection and tenderness\, but are also prone to eat s hit and then kiss you on the face.
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For his exhibition\, Tam uses a variety of pet-related accessories\, from beds and balls to altered toys and dog food\, to create an environment of cleanly welded sculptures.   These freestanding objects waver between smartly hygienic and debased\, l ike gym equipment repurposed for sexual pleasure or animal slaughter.  Enco uraging the viewer to adopt a more pet-like point of view\, these sculpture s point to the perverse and complicated nature of relationships in which su bservience plays a major role.  These works are complemented by a video pie ce in which Tam and an anonymous collaborator act out a scenario in which t he artist becomes an unwitting male model.  This video is a continuation of Tam’s ongoing series of videos made from the artist’s encounters with peop le met over the Internet.  The work\, in fact\, began with Tam’s collaborat or ‘liking’ one of his prior videos posted online\, and ends with the artis t engaging in a mock life-drawing session.  Although in the video Tam plays the role of subservient muse\, power dynamics are complicated by Tam’s des ire to transform his collaborator’s initial act of passive voyeurism into t he artist’s larger project. 
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Kenneth Tam (b. 1982) received his MFA from USC in 2010 and his BA from Cooper Union in 2004.  Tam has exh ibited throughout the United States with solo exhibitions at PAULINE (CA) a nd the Roski Gallery (CA). His work has been written about in Frieze online \, Gallerist NY\, LA Weekly\, X-tra\, Fine Arts LA\, and Art 21 online.
LOCATION:Night Gallery\,2276 East 16th Street \nLos Angeles \, CA 90021 SUMMARY:Polite\, Intelligent and Respectful\, Kenneth Tam END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20161205T022531Z UID:281435 DTSTART:20130629T190000 DTEND:20130629T220000 LOCATION:Night Gallery\,2276 East 16th Street \nLos Angeles \, CA 90021 SUMMARY:Polite\, Intelligent and Respectful\, Kenneth Tam END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR