This year marks the 23rd annual Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival, located at the Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument where Tom of Finland Foundation has operated since 1984.
The Festival is one of the key public events initiated and run by the Foundation, and serves as a platform in furthering its mission to preserve, protect and promote erotic art. To celebrate the release of the book, My Gay Eye, this year’s programming will focus on the purposeful commitment of collecting art, Eye on Collecting.
My Gay Eye (Mein schwules Auge) is a special Tom of Finland Foundation edition. Artists from its pages will be represented at the Festival with works available for sale.
Special guest artist, photographer, poet and Russian dissident Slava Mogutin will read and be on hand to sign books.
TOM House will preview Secret Gay Box curated by John Wolf; the show is an expansive history of Queerness embodied in a menagerie of objects from across time.
Drawings by Silvia Prada from her recently released artist book, TOM, developed in collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation will be on view. A series of photographs by Daniel Trese taken at the Foundation in 2014 will be showcased in conjunction with his exhibition Surface Streets at Tom of Finland Store. Los Angeles’ Lethal Amounts has always focused on subversive and counter culture these. In their booth, they showcase their collaborations with artists and musicians. Jeremy Lucido, photographer, publishes Starrfucker and features zines as art. A live auction on Sunday will allow attendees to bid on classic Homoerotica.
This year’s Eye on Collecting features over 60 Queer artists. Rubén Esparza Curatorial is showing 12 artists and Rick Castro’s Dungeon will feature his work and four other artists.
MODELS: Damien and Jack
LIFE DRAWING COORDINATOR:
Miguel Angel Reyes
Life Drawing Sessions Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 2pm Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes
FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY
Hector Silva – Artist Hall of Fame
Hector is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing work for more than thirty years. Born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, in Mexico, he moved to the United States at the age of 17. He began drawing in his late 20s when he discovered his own talent. Today, Hector’s work is collected internationally, and has received acclaim in the US and abroad. Living in LA with its rich Chicano culture, Hector draws from the Latino tradition. Among his influences are Tom of Finland, Frida Kahlo, Chicano prison art, the works of M.C. Escher, and religious iconography. Hector explores themes of cultural identity, eroticism and beauty. Hector’s mastery of light and shadow on skin is captured on paper with pencil, but he is also experienced with other media, including oil and acrylic. He draws and paints from photographic stills.
FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO
THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY
Ron Athey – Cultural Icon
Ron is a Los Angeles-based artist creating work since 1981. His practice includes body-based, writing, content philosophical, AIDS-y, and esoteric terrorism. Recent works include Gifts of the Spirit, an opera developed from automatism experiments performed at the Cathedral of Vibiana in January. He has been a friend of the Foundation… forever.
FOR LEADERSHIP AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO
THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY
Sheree Rose – Lifetime Achievement Award
Sheree is an American performance artist, photographer and cinematographer known for her work documenting the subcultures of which she is a part and collaborations with her husband Bob Flanagan. Sheree was born in 1941, earned a master’s degree at California State University, Northridge and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. She has been involved in feminism and the punk scene. Her practice has been based in sex politics and activism within the BDSM community.
FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT
Slava Mogutin – Achievement Award
Slava Mogutin by Nicolas Wagner
Slava is an outspoken Queer artist, writer and activist. He is a New York-based Russian-American multimedia artist, author and filmmaker exiled from Russia. A third-generation writer and self-taught journalist and photographer, he became the first Russian to be granted political asylum in the US on the grounds of homophobic persecution. Informed by his bicultural literary and dissident background, Slava’s work celebrates diversity and nonconformism encompassing the themes of displacement and identity; transgression and transfiguration of masculinity and gender crossover; urban youth subcultures and adolescent sexuality; the clash of social norms and individual desires; and the tension between attachment and disaffection, hate and love. He is the author of seven books of writings in Russian, as well as three monographs of photography.
to the Festival
Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo
Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704
and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.