Graeme Flegenheimer, curator behind TOM House: The Work and Life of Tom of Finland [on view through 27th May] resolved this conundrum by levering the artist’s rich creative and personal relationships to present a novel study of Tom, artist and man. Realized in collaboration with Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at MOCAD, the exhibition explores the value and influence of Tom’s network of collaborators, admirers and supporters. These individuals are often left unacknowledged, but Flegenheimer reminds us that artists do not exist in a vacuum, and are instead the product of a complex web of influences and support systems. For Tom, this included artists like Richard Hawkins, Robert Mapplethorpe, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, and John Waters, all of which are represented in the exhibition. The presentation also includes photographs, reference material, and ephemera, within a space that is designed to evoke the spirit of TOM House in Echo Park, Los Angeles.
SILVIA PRADA, BORN IN SPAIN, IS AN ARTIST WHO LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK. HER WORK IS A MONOCHROMATIC AND GEOMETRIC DOCUMENTATION OF POP CULTURE, CAPTURING A FETISHISTIC REPRESENTATION OF SELECT DEFINING MOMENTS AND ICONOGRAPHY. PRADA STEPPED INTO THE ILLUSTRATION AND ART SCENE IN 2000 BY PRODUCING WORKS FOR THE NOW-FOLDED THE FACE MAGAZINE, AND HAS SINCE RECEIVED ASSIGNMENTS FROM MAGAZINE CLIENTS INCLUDING V MAGAZINE, DAZED & CONFUSED AND VMAN. HER WORKS, WHICH INCLUDE LARGE-SCALE ILLUSTRATION AS WELL AS POSTER INSTALLATIONS, HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED IN GALLERIES AND CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS WORLDWIDE SUCH AS COLETTE, MOCA SHANGHAI, ZONA MACO, MUSAC AND DEITCH PROJECTS.
In collaboration with Tom of Finland Foundation, Prada creates drawings in conversation with Tom’s personal collages and archives — opening the narrative to understand new nuances of sexuality through the perspective of a woman.
You can view the series of drawings by calling Tom of Finland Foundation at 213.250.1685 for an appointment.
“TOM” is the book that features these drawings. It includes writings of Michael Bullock (author of Roman Catholic Jacuzzi, associate editor of PIN-UP magazine, contributing editor of Apartamento magazine), Melissa Anderson (4 Columns, former senior film critic Village Voice) and Aimee Goguen (artist sexually sublimating in Los Angeles). Published by Capricious. 44 pages.
Each original drawing is signed, comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and is accompanied by a copy of the book. Both are also available online:
It was Terry’s wish for his friends to come together at TOM House in a celebration of his life. Terry was “Born to Raise Hell” and that is what he did with his life, in the best possible way. Come together and share stories, food and drink in the gardens of TOM House.
Spend a Relaxing Sunday Afternoon
Arrive at 1:30p
1:30 – 2:00p Social Time
2:00 – 3:00p Sharing Stories About Terry
3:00 – 3:20p Together Let His Spirit Soar
3:20p The Sharing of Some Food & Drink
Please bring a light entrée, dessert, salad, or refreshments. Consider sharing some of your personal photos.
Please RSVP by email and let us know what you’re bringing.