Selected works by Tom Thayer

Tom Thayer


Corrugated cardboard, crayon, masking tape, string, and wire

Dimensions variable

He has said that he aims to “isolate and extract some of our most touching qualities about being alive, and examine them for a moment.” Using corrugated cardboard loosely coloured in crayon, Thayer constructs spindly variants on birds of various kinds, suspending them from strings like marionettes.

Tom Thayer
Nature Scene


Mixed media

186 x 239 cm

Tom Thayer’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 birds’ associative qualities – soaring, skimming, diving – as the visual correlative of the modern mind, Thayer finds parallels between his subject’s physical delicacy and a human sense of fragility and transience.

Tom Thayer
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 sculptures’ fragile construction and susceptibility to small breezes – even the movement of visitors to the gallery causes minor nods and swivels – demands a certain kind of engagement from the viewer: the cautious contemplation of one unwilling to disturb a creature in its natural habitat.

Tom Thayer
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.

Tom Thayer
Bough Geometry


Paint, ink, pigments, crayon, graphite on cardboard, wire, string, wood, tape

53.3 x 86.4 x 45.7 cm
Tom Thayer


Paint, ink, pigments, crayon, graphite and sewing on felt and monk`s cloth

135 x 172 x 4 cm

Text by Ben Street

Tom Thayer's Biography

Tom Thayer
Born in 1970, Chicago, USA
Lives and works, USA


Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

Tom Thayer, Scenographic Play, Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, NY


2012 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
You never look at me from the place from which I see you, SculptureCenter, New York, NY
The End, curated by John Connelly and Michael BĂĽhler, Vogt Gallery, New York, NY

Adam Marnie and Tom Thayer, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Dave Miko and Tom Thayer: New World Pig, The Kitchen, New York, NY

Betwixt & Between, curated by Liza Statton, ARTSPACE, New Haven, CT
ITWAN, curated by Jay Sanders, organized by Matt Williams, International Project Space, Birmingham, UK
Zone Zero, Port d’Or, Brooklyn, NY
Punctuation Programme, curated by Matt Williams, Limoncello Gallery, London, UK
A Lettuce Slaughter in the Woods, organized by Dave Miko, Real Fine Arts, Brooklyn, NY
Knight’s Move, curated by Fionn Meade, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
Dave Miko in the Company of Friends, Mitchell Algus Gallery, New York, NY

Looking Back: The White Columns Annual, selected by Jay Sanders, New York, NY