SELECTED WORKS BY Tom Thayer
186 x 239 cm
Tom Thayerâ€™s work is both literally light and is about the condition of lightness: birds, appropriately, are his chosen metaphor. Like the sculptor Brancusi, who made use of birdsâ€™ associative qualities â€“ soaring, skimming, diving â€“ as the visual correlative of the modern mind, Thayer finds parallels between his subjectâ€™s physical delicacy and a human sense of fragility and transience.
Corrugated cardboard, crayon, masking tape, string, and wire
He has said that he aims to â€śisolate and extract some of our most touching qualities about being alive, and examine them for a moment.â€ť Using corrugated cardboard loosely coloured in crayon, Thayer constructs spindly variants on birds of various kinds, suspending them from strings like marionettes.
Crossing the Methane River
Paint, ink, pigments, graphite, crayon, collage on cardboard, wire, string, wood, felt, cloth
156.2 x 123.2 x 6.4 cm
The sculpturesâ€™ fragile construction and susceptibility to small breezes â€“ even the movement of visitors to the gallery causes minor nods and swivels â€“ demands a certain kind of engagement from the viewer: the cautious contemplation of one unwilling to disturb a creature in its natural habitat.
Callow Air's Veil
Paint, ink, pigments, crayon, graphite, sewing, felt, wire, string, cardboard, monk`s cloth
190.5 x 122.2 x 14.6 cm
Thayer’s interest is in the transformative power of visual art: found scraps of paper become lyrical metaphor, and works on the wall seem to overstep their boundaries, as though slipping between the real and imagined.
Paint, ink, pigments, crayon, graphite on cardboard, wire, string, wood, tape
53.3 x 86.4 x 45.7 cm
Paint, ink, pigments, crayon, graphite and sewing on felt and monk`s cloth
135 x 172 x 4 cm
Text by Ben Street