The Kitchen presents David Miko and Tom Thayer exhibition

New World Pig January 7—March 5

New York, NY, Jan 7, 2011—The Kitchen presents New World Pig, a dual exhibition premiering the collaborative works of New York-based artists David Miko and Tom Thayer. The show, curated by Matthew Lyons, features Miko’s paintings and Thayer’s stop-motion animation videos. The exhibition will be on view January 7—March 5, 2010. The Kitchen’s gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. and Saturday, 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Admission is free. There will be an opening reception for the exhibition at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street) on Friday, January 7 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Miko and Thayer worked separately but in tandem to create New World Pig, an evocative, immersive installation of paintings and video. The artists juxtaposed the diverse vocabulary of Miko’s paintings (done in various combinations of oil, enamel, lacquer, ink, and acrylic on aluminum) with Thayer’s supersaturated colors and lo-fi image quality, which are derived from his use of antiquated VHS video technology along with current at-home, consumer-grade digital tools. In this exhibition, Miko’s paintings act as screens for Thayer’s projected animations.

At the heart of the exhibition is the strange phenomenon created by the combining and transforming of materials that result in glowing colors and shapes which shimmer and murmur to gradually reveal a murky folk tale. The singular, hybrid visual displays of painted and moving images created by Miko and Thayer parallels the theme of transformation that is central to the narrative of New World Pig.

Funding Credits

This exhibition is made possible with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the VisualArts, Dedalus Foundation Inc., and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

posted 1.12.11