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Tom of Finland Foundation Drawing Workshop | 11th January | LA

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Nude Figure Drawing

Sunday, 1-4p

MODEL: Daniel
MODEL: Daniel

$25 Suggested Donation at the Door

Refreshments

Coordinator: Miguel Angel Reyes
Reservations Required

These workshops start at the scheduled time. We strongly urge artists to arrive at least five to ten minutes early to avoid disturbing a modeling session in progress.
Plus: the earliest to arrive get the best seating!

TOM House
Echo Park

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“Postcards from the Edge” | 30th January | NYC

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Small Art, Big Names, Great Cause!

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TOPMEN | 9th January | LA

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The Bullet Bar Presents TOPMEN Hosted by Dan Lovell: Friday, Jan

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Tom of Finland | 17th January | LA

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January 17 until March 7, 2015

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Early Work 1944-1972

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David Kordansky Gallery

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“Early Work 1944 – 1972″ | 17th January | LA

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Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his revolutionary representation of the male figure. His drawings of fantastically muscled men engrossed in acts of homoerotic desire comprise one of the most inventive portrayals of the human body in modern times. These pictures of gay men as virile, confident, and unashamed–equally radical for their near illicit, underground distribution–originated an empowering queer iconography and liberating spirit that increasingly inspires popular culture.

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.31 x 8.19 in (28.7 x 20.8 cm), © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1947, Gouache on paper, 11.31 x 8.19 in (28.7 x 20.8 cm), © 1947 Tom of Finland Foundation

This exhibition surveys the artist’s formative years across fifteen works, each selected in close collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Tom of Finland Foundation. These graphite drawings, gouaches, and inked storyboards–the majority of which have never been shown before–broadly trace the evolution of Tom’s exquisite draftsmanship and compositions from his earliest extant erotic works, executed just after serving in the Finnish Army during WWII, through to a complete comic produced in 1972, the year before Tom both earned his first solo exhibition, and retired from his advertising career to devote himself full-time to his art.

Among the earliest works featured is a group of rare sketches from 1944 depicting clothed couples enjoying sensual trysts. The delicate fashion-illustrational style and the coifed hairstyles reflect the era, but the exposed and exaggerated genitalia, a burgeoning pre-steroid musculature, and most significantly, expressions of pride and playfulness signal Tom’s pioneering approach to sexuality. At the time, homosexuality was unequivocally taboo, if not illegal, and the dominant image of gay men was that of weakness, sickness, and effeteness. In a masterful 1947 gouache on view, Tom both flouts and acknowledges these prejudices with the depiction of a commanding, strong-jawed figure discreetly pleasuring his companion. The picture also displays an early fetish for leather and military garb, trappings Tom would adopt throughout his world as symbols of power and masculinity.

A selection of finished drawings from 1957 to 1970 further redefines archetypes. Beginning with Bob Mizer’s LA-based beefcake magazine Physique Pictorial, Tom began publishing his pictures as multi-image stories in proto-zine periodicals. To populate this expanding universe, he (predating the appropriations of punk) radically coopted working class, macho, and heterosexual identities, in particular the bikers, sailors, cowboys, and circus performers on view. Seen here idyllically cavorting, these Adonises emulate the aspiring freedoms of the decade. Each composition is charged as much with moments of looking as touching, mirroring the gaze of the viewer, and suggesting a heightened openness to the dynamics of visibility.

The exhibition’s chronology culminates in a 1972 multi-panel comic featuring Kake, Tom’s recurring alter ego superhero and the original gay leatherman clone, seducing a “Tom’s TV” repairman during a house call. Published as Kake Vol. 11 TV Repair, one of 26 stories the artist released from 1968 to 1986, this sequence of 20 images (plus cover) comprise the final photo-ready artwork for press production. Accordingly, Tom supplants his graphite tonal gradients with the graphic, commercial art punch of pen and gouache, and the character of Kake, an easygoing if horny everyman, takes on a Sunday morning regularity. Similarly, the ecstasy of TV Repair is set within a conventional house with framed artwork on its walls. The artworks are photo-collaged reproductions of Tom’s own “dirty drawings”, and what is suggestively invoked is a world in which the permissiveness of Tom of Finland is a part of every living room.

An accompanying, fully illustrated catalogue, designed by Brian Roettinger and featuring an essay by Kevin McGarry, will be published.

The exhibition will open January 17, 2015 and will continue on view through March 7, 2015.

 

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MUSCLE BOUND

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TOM OF FINLAND

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From the "Circus Life" series), 1961, Graphite on paper, 12.25” x 9.75”, © 1961 Tom of Finland Foundation

TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (From the “Circus Life” series), 1961, Graphite on paper, 12.25” x 9.75”, © 1961 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland (né Touko Laaksonen) is known far and wide for his unmistakable able-bodied strongmen in the throes of passion, but the late artist’s first show at David Kordansky Gallery explores the early drawings, gouaches and storyboards he made from age 24 until he quit his job at an ad agency to become a full-time artist. Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944–1972 is on view January 17 to March 7.

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Get your invite for the 20th?

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Hello Friend!
Just checking to make sure you received your invitation for this year’s Winter Solstice Soirée?
 
If you did get it, please let us know if you’ll be attending this year.
 
If you didn’t get it, let me know and I’ll forward one onto you straight away.
 
We’re asking that we hear from you by the 18th, if possible.
 
Thank you,
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Movie Night at TOM House | 11th December | LA

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Please come along to TOM House on Thursday for the second in an ongoing monthly series of films selected by artists and friends old and new here at TOM’s Foundation.

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This month’s selection is by current artist-in-residence Stuart Sandford who has chosen the enfant terrible of New Queer Cinema (RIP) Gregg Araki’s 1997 film Nowhere. Described by the director as “A Beverly Hills 90210 episode on acid”. Nowhere is a companion piece with Araki’s previous LA-based meditations on youth gone wild in the 1990s, Totally F***ed Up and The Doom Generation — Araki’s self-described “teen apocalypse trilogy.

REFRESHMENTS, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT and FREE POPCORN

TOM’s Bar Opens at 7:30p, Movie Starts at 8p

$5 Suggested Donation

FACEBOOK EVENT

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Visual AIDS: Day With(out) Art 25th Anniversary!

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Visual AIDS: Day With(out) Art 25th Anniversary!

Day With(out) Art 25th Anniversary!

+ Commissioned Artist Videos by Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Hi Tiger, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian and Julie Tolentino + Screening Dates & Locations in 35+ Cities Internationally

Alternate Endings ALTERNATE ENDINGS Day With(out) Art 25th Anniversary Screenings 1st-7th December across 45 venues in 35 cities internationally Details on screening dates & locations.

On 1st December 1989, Visual AIDS organized the first Day With(out) Art—a national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. To honor the 25th year of Day With(out) Art, Visual AIDS has commissioned seven artists/collectives—Rhys Ernst, Glen Fogel, Lyle Ashton Harris, Hi Tiger, Tom Kalin, My Barbarian, and Julie Tolentino—to create new short videos to be screened internationally.

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Eurobest seminar | 2nd December | Helsinki

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