The Interconnection of Art, Sex and Science

ADAM CHUCK, Man in the Sun, 2018, Oil paint on reflective Mylar mounted to BFK, 4 x 5 in, Unique

Mr. Stuart Sandford, in conjunction with Dr. Evan Goldstein of Bespoke Surgical, is pleased to announce a benefit exhibition at TOM House in Los Angeles titled The Body Is The Instrument, from May 8-31, 2019, and online via Paddle8.

Curated by Stuart Sandford, The Body Is The Instrument focuses on the interconnection between art, sex, and science, and presents a group of emerging, established, and influential queer artists working with the male form across multiple disciplines, including photography, sculpture, painting, moving image, and collage.

The exhibition opening reception coincides with the birthday of Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen), whose libidinal foresight impacted gay culture around the world and transcended pornography to become fine art. Coming together with Evan Goldstein was a natural fit as his focus at Bespoke Surgical is not only the intersection of sex and science, but also treating the ass as a work of art.

The exhibition will benefit Tom of Finland Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Archive.

Participating artists (in alphabetical order): Mark Beard, Adam Chuck, Gabe Cortese, Rubén Esparza, Gio Black Peter, Simon Haas, Brandon Herman, Florian Hetz, David Hockney, Terence Koh, Matt Lambert, Tom of Finland, Jwan Yosef.

RSVP to the Opening Night




AURÉLIEN NOBÉCOURT-ARRAS “Enough Man” | 8th May | TOM House

The artist presents a series of photographs created during his residency at Tom of Finland Foundation.

Incorporating them into his recurrent practice of collaborative self-portraiture, explores representation, power and consent through his encounters with men living in, or passing through, Los Angeles.

Aurélien Nobécourt-Arras questions the foundations, evolution and plasticity of sexualities. He is dedicated to a medium-format analog process, which molds and informs his vision. He is based in Paris.

On view in the second floor gallery though 31st May by appointment.

Closing reception: Thursday, 30th May, 6-9p


FLORIAN HETZ “La Essay” | 27th April | TOM House

44 plates. $10.

Launch of Berlin artist Florian Hetz’s limited edition zine.

The publication will show new work, created during his artist residency at Tom of Finland Foundation during the beginning of 2019. Hetz will be available for signing.

Saturday, 3-6p