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.

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SEE 25 EXAMPLES FROM THE EXHIBITION

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY CHRISTOPHER HARRITY

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Fetish King Rick Castro Fights Censorship

Rick Castro stands against internet censorship

When Rick Castro shared our article about his upcoming exhibition opening this Saturday at Tom of Finland Foundation, Facebook barred him from his account for 30 days. There was nothing in the promotional image of sexual content or nudity.

For better or, (mostly) worse, the largest social media platforms have become the dictators of culture for the early 21st century. They do this by deciding who and what can be posted. Ironic since WWW (worldwide web) was created as a way for everyone to express whatever they want to without corporate input.

These social media platforms have become the harshest censors using Trumpworld’s Russian hackers as excuse to remove content. Homeland security may be the impetus, but this quickly overreached to include sexual content.

Social media uses faux community standards and religion as justification for discriminatory practices that are blatantly hypocritical. Not surprisingly LGBTQ postings have become the hardest hit with rampant over-censorship and arbitrary removals.

This is unfortunately nothing new. “Blame the gays” rhetoric has been part of the American justice scapegoating for as long as we care to remember.

I  have always been, and always will be, a sex positive artist.

My exhibit at Tom of Finland Foundation, “Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986 – 2019”, is a comprehensive journey of my photography. Besides the themes of  BDSM, lust, and desire, I am presenting an in-your-face pushback to American censorship. If we accept these restrictions as a community, we’re doomed.

Fuck censorship.

 — Rick Castro, April 2, 2019

“10 Photos Prove Rick Castro Is the King of Fetish”, Christopher Harrity, Advocate, 29 March, 2019

 

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Photographer and artist Rick Castro sets the dials in our kinky hearts. This exhibit shows how.

Daddy Wrestler and Son, 1995, 20”x16”

Over his 30+ year career, Castro has photographed producer Alan Poul, porn star Peter Berlin, author Gore Vidal, director Kenneth Anger, performance artist Ron Athey, and the 14th Dalai Lama. Castro has created editorial photos for Christian Dior Homme, Cartier jewelry and designer Rick Owens, realizing photographs that are notably more than fashion. His films are archived by UCLA Legacy Projects, his books and photographs are archived by the Alfred Kinsey Institute, and Tom of Finland Foundation.

RICK CASTRO “Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986 – 2019” | 6th April | TOM House

When Rick Castro shared our article about his upcoming exhibition opening this Saturday at Tom of Finland Foundation, Facebook barred him from his account for 30 days. There was nothing in the promotional image of sexual content or nudity. Read Rick’s statement.

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