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Deadline – TOM OF FINLAND ARTIST COMPETITION – 3rd November 2014

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The Competition is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality.

2014 Judges: assume vivid astro focus, Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson; Elmgreen and Dragset, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset; Richard Hawkins; Ryan Heffington; Bruce LaBruce; Helmut Lang; Linder; and A.L. Steiner.

TOM OF FINLAND EMERGING ARTIST COMPETITION

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“Teen Dreams” | 5th November | London

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New and recent photographic, moving image, and sculptural works by artist Stuart Sandford, whose work revolves around exploring ideas of sexuality, masculinity, and identity stemming from adolescence. Invoking keen directorial and editorial skill, his work calls to mind the tenderness and innocence of Hollywood teen heartthrobs of the 1980s, while re-appropriating and re-contextualizing these familiar icons (including Chad Allen, Corey Haim, and a young, fresh-faced Matthew Broderick) with a provocative, sexy, neo-punk aesthetic. His process challenges the notions of authorship and image-maker (Sandford draws inspiration from eighties teen fan-mags and accepts photographic contributions from others for his own projects). This will be Sandford’s first solo presentation of his work in London.

Stuart Sandford received his BA Fine Art, with Honours, in 2006. He has exhibited his photographic, video and installation work in New York, London, Berlin, Basel, Rotterdam, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna, amongst others. In 2010 he curated the group show HUNG and co-curated Boy BANG Boy, both of which took place in London. His work has been featured in magazines internationally, including BUTT, GT, Maenner, Kaiserin, attitude and Objektiv.

Based in London but currently artist-in-residence at Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park, LA, Stuart is also a published and produced writer and screenwriter currently working on his first feature film.

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Movie Night at TOM House | 6th November | LA

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Hosted by Special Guest Michael Kirwan

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1974, Graphite on paper, © 1974 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1974, Graphite on paper, © 1974 Tom of Finland Foundation

Our scintillating cinematic series begins with
“The Celluloid Closet”

A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals
and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.

Live Entertainment

Free Popcorn

$5 Suggested Donation

TOM’s Bar 7:30p –  Showtime 8:00p

RESERVE YOUR SEAT

FACEBOOK EVENT

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2014 Attitude Awards

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1:58 – English television and radio presenter, Jonathan Ross.

“…star finally in that Tom of Finland photospread, which is clearly my destiny…”

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Jack Pierson shares the stage with other artists at his show ‘Tomorrow’s Man’ at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris

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For an artist whose work can be brash, explicit and loaded with pathos, Jack Pierson doesn’t seem to want your attention. For his latest project with Wallpaper*, he lingered behind the camera to shoot the former home and studio of Tom of Finland, the homoerotic artist who inspired a generation of contemporary pop artists – Pierson included. The homage to black leather and shiny pecs – incongruous against the sunny Echo Park, LA, backdrop – is the centrefold of our November 2014 issue.

For his latest project with Wallpaper* (W* 188), Pierson lingered behind the camera to shoot the former home and studio of Tom of Finland, the homoerotic artist who inspired a generation of contemporary pop artists - Pierson included. Photography: Jack Pierson

For his latest project with Wallpaper* (W* 188), Pierson lingered behind the camera to shoot the former home and studio of Tom of Finland, the homoerotic artist who inspired a generation of contemporary pop artists – Pierson included. Photography: Jack Pierson

This 1910 house in LA's Echo Park was purchased by the artist's friend Durk Dehner and others in 1979, and became home to Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) from 1980 until his passing in 1991. In the house's rear garden (left), the 'sugar shack' was erected by foundation member Carr Galen as a quiet 'sanctuary'. In another shot of the garden's seating areas (right), hangs a banner by Taurus Webster, commemorating an iconic drawing by Tom of Finland from a series completed in 1963. Photography: Jack Pierson

This 1910 house in LA’s Echo Park was purchased by the artist’s friend Durk Dehner and others in 1979, and became home to Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) from 1980 until his passing in 1991. In the house’s rear garden (left), the ‘sugar shack’ was erected by foundation member Carr Galen as a quiet ‘sanctuary’. In another shot of the garden’s seating areas (right), hangs a banner by Taurus Webster, commemorating an iconic drawing by Tom of Finland from a series completed in 1963. Photography: Jack Pierson

Clockwise from the bottom left: Dehner's bed complete with black leather pillowcases and military blanket; a painted and collaged portrait of Tom of Finland by German artist Rinaldo Hopf, 1991; a detail from Tom's 'Northmen', 1989; lemons from the garden atop a collaged front porch table. Photography: Jack Pierson

Clockwise from the bottom left: Dehner’s bed complete with black leather pillowcases and military blanket; a painted and collaged portrait of Tom of Finland by German artist Rinaldo Hopf, 1991; a detail from Tom’s ‘Northmen’, 1989; lemons from the garden atop a collaged front porch table. Photography: Jack Pierson

In what is undoubtedly his month to shine, Pierson is also headlining a show at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris. Yet rather than hold the public’s focus, he’s decided to curate a group exhibition focusing on a range of artists – young, old, even dead – other than himself.

‘Tomorrow’s Man’, held at the Marais gallery until 19 November, began some months ago with a request by Roger Bywater of the Canadian publisher Bywater Bros to compile Pierson’s work into a small monograph. The artist reckoned a better book would be made by inviting other little-known artists to contribute work alongside his own, piecing it all together in a sort of experiential scrapbook.

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With no real theme in mind, other than, perhaps, an affection for the male form, Pierson collected portraiture, old advertisements, ephemera and new works of art for ‘Tomorrow’s Man’ the book, named after the bodybuilding magazine popular in mid-century America. Pierson plans to follow it up with a continuing series of volumes.

The exhibition is a natural ‘second chapter’, allowing visitors to look deeper into the art of Pierson’s protégés. He’s asked four artists from the book to bring dozens of pieces to show. Two of them have never been included in a gallery exhibition: Richard Tinkler, who colours intense geometric patterns that radiate outward toward the edges of the frame, and Evan Whale, who creates immersive photographic installations from FujiFlex paper. ‘They don’t look like anything,’ says Pierson, ‘but they look great to me. They work because I feel them.’

Alex Jovanovich has contributed pen and ink drawings with dark, arcane imagery. And the artist and interior decorator Florence Derive is presenting a collection of old bedsheets, dyed with splashes of colour representing layers of artifice.

At the last minute Pierson added artwork by the late Rudolf Schwarzkogler, an artist who, in his time, used his body as a canvas to portray the male form in uncomfortable transition.

‘Dead artists should get just as much attention as young artists,’ says Pierson.

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Tom of Finland stamps on Bill Maher’s show

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TOM OF FINLAND CURATED BY PETER MARINO

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Fall / Winter 2014

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Life Drawing Workshop | 16th November | LA

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MODEL: Claus

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Nude Figure Drawing and Painting

Each month the Foundation offers a friendly and positive environment to practice your skills.

Sunday, 1-4p

Spinning the tunes: DJ RocketManLA, with over 100,000 songs!

Refreshments.

$25 suggested donation at the door.
Scholarship funds available.

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required

TOM House
Echo Park

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“Miracle of Miracles” | 23rd October – 23rd November | Liverpool

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Festival Program

Exciting national premieres (DV8), regional firsts (Andy Warhol and Catherine Opie exhibitions) and unique collaborations (Fenella Fielding and Le Gateau Chocolat).

Challenging new work across artforms that has broad appeal to audiences Gay and Straight alike.

HOMOTOPIA 2014 FESTIVAL

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Wallpaper* magazine | Tom of Finland puts the boot into high art

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Man and His Boot, 1988, Lithograph, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Man and His Boot, 1988, Lithograph, © 1988 Tom of Finland Foundation

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PRODUCER: MICHAEL REYNOLDS

TOM House isn’t about the pictures [on display]. It’s much more about a headspace, a state of being, a letting go of shame and judgements, and a caring for one another. In this house, anybody can be a TOM’s Man.

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