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From Kake vol. 02 – “The Sexy Sunbather” by Tom of Finland
Created by Tom of Finland
Illustration by Tom of Finland, Pen and ink on paper, 1968, @ 1968 Tom of Finland Foundation
Queer communities are experiencing an overwhelming gap between older and younger generations—due to technology and generational lifestyles as well as the many lives decimated by AIDS. The past remains integral to Queer epistemology and representation.
Artists: Tom of Finland, G.B. Jones, William E. Jones, Zoe Leonard, Nina Levitt, Tara Mateik, Kent Monkman and Will Munro.
The exhibition conceptually sequences works based on themes such as power, sexuality, history and the Queer gaze. Co-curaors Steph Rogerson and Kelly McCray are pairing the works of more senior artists with their younger counterparts in order to cast light upon the different ways in which inter-generational artists engage with the same issues.
Tom of Finland’s work is in museums such as: Museum of Modern Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art and the Kiasma in Finland.
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This article came up in the Tom of Finland Google Alerts. The pink princess room has Tom pillows, it’s as if I designed it myself!!! We should get a copy of this issue for the archives…
“To offset the pink, he chose black-and-white accents such as Tom of Finland toile pillows—which feature leather-clad men with whips.”
Photos: Dean Kaufman
In a city full of extreme living—from 90-square-foot apartments to those on the market for $90M—there are only so many ways to woo New York magazine design editor Wendy Goodman. As has been previously established, one’s space must be somehow superlative, with bonus points awarded to anything designed by Annabelle Seldorf, lighting fixtures made of industrial bread tins, and rooms that include all of the following at once: Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Zaha Hadid, taupe, MoMA, Wedgwood, Visionaire, platinum, and B&B Italia. Which makes the just-released Spring 2011 Design Issue—aptly named “Extreme Decor”—particularly fascinating. In it, Goodman gets a closer look at that incredible crocheted apartment we featured here on Curbed in March, as well as Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz’s beach house, Amy Sedaris’s crafting area, and fashion designer Sylvia Heisel’s crazy, black-and-white rental (first photo above). The photos above speak for themselves, but then again, so do these:
· “On the walls, Olek crocheted graphic representations of text messages from various former lovers. ‘They can be forgiven once they are crocheted,’ she says.” [link]
· “Olek’s crochet needle will stop at no item, not even leftovers in the fridge.” [link]
· “During the day, the bed is made up with a formal roll pillow with canvas wrapped around it and a giant paint-spattered bedspread.” [link]
· “When describing the living room, Nixon quotes Diana Vreeland: ‘Pink is the navy blue of India.’” [link]
· “Sedaris’s kitchen is filled with fake meat and other artificial edibles.” [link]
· “What Sedaris calls the ‘baby’s room’ is actually her crafting corner. (‘I never have children over, by the way.’)” [link]
· Sedaris’s living room contains some of her favorite pieces, including a lamp shade made with hair samples and a teacup filled with fake tea.” [link]
· “‘Pink is usually for little girls. So I thought, Why don’t we see if we can make it strong and powerful, for two men?’ Noriega-Ortiz says.” [link]
· “To offset the pink, he chose black-and-white accents such as Tom of Finland toile pillows—which feature leather-clad men with whips.” [link]
Hey Guys—I’m always attuned to any mention of Tom or erotic art in general whilst snuffling through various media platforms. It’s just second nature to get inklings of how our specialty is perceived beyond the confines of our august community. We’re pretty knowledgeable about the field and Tom’s contribution in particular but I think it’s interesting to see how Tom’s oeuvre is translated in the “outside” world. Recently I was perusing DANGEROUS MINDS and although the site focuses mainly on music, they have pieces on various other cultural and political features as well. I found this article about a truly remarkable erotic artist from Japan and a Tom reference. I thought I’d share it with the folks here soooo….
I’m pretty excited to know that there are so many people worldwide that know who Tom is and how his art has permeated the social consciousness. Also, I just gotta say that it is a pleasure to be introduced to an artist I’ve never heard of before, especially one with a truly unique style, one that is totally at odds with the trite, patriarchal and misogynistic attitude common in so many “straight” illustrations…Later, Michael
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Will Clark World
April 19, 2011
By Will Clark
Time has fuzzed over how it happened that, as a kid, I had one action figure but clothes for Captain Kirk and Captain Marvel. Interesting how they’re both military, huh and interesting too that I didn’t think anything of undressing and dressing each of them at various times. If that’s not foreshadowing about my big gay life as an adult, I don’t know what is.
But now, thanks to the Tom of Finland guys (and specifically sculptor Norm Lloyd), you can put away that sad excuse for an ‘adult action figure’ aka Billy, and get instead their newest erotic release – the Rebel action figure which stands 13 inches high (so size queens will be happy) and comes with three interchangable penis’ (yes yes yes I know … but it’s almost too easy, you know?). The figure has the Tom bod, the cocky smile and leather clothes. Yum.