The exhibition 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:
(in alphabetical order)
Gio Black Peter
Tom of Finland
“Coming together with Evan Goldstein, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, 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.” –Stuart Sandford, Curator
FLORIAN HETZ, Untitled (Elbows), 2017, Giclée print
RUBÉN ESPARZA, “Work That Body Pink Pony”, 2019, Mixed media collage
MATT LAMBERT, “Foot Fuck Face” (Detail), 2019, Black and white photograph
ADAM CHUCK, “Resting or Waiting”, 2018, Oil paint on reflective Mylar mounted to BFK
SIMON HAAS, “Self-Portrait with Duct Tape 1”, 2019, Graphite on paper
GABE CORTESE, “Beach Film” (Detail), 2019, Acrylic on panel
All images © the artist(s)
The opening reception coincides with the birthday of Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991), whose libidinal foresight impacted Gay culture around the world and transcended pornography to become fine art.
On view through 31st May
The Exhibition Will Benefit
A Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Archive
The new work of the Berlin artist Florian Hetz was created in the winter of 2018 during an artist residency at Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles. For three months Hetz portrayed the life and sexuality of gay men in the Echo Park district. He photographed his models in sessions lasting several hours and hundreds of photographs were taken. The extract of those are now on view in Germany for the first time.
Hetz deconstructs, dissects and sexualizes the bodies of his models. He mainly shows body fragments and details: trained physique, muscles, hair, faces and genitals fill the photos. Close ups of objects and plants complete the picture of a fragmented community, a community that has been repeatedly broken up by discrimination, violence and HIV. This community of gay men does not let anyone take away their yearning for beauty, closeness, fun and fusion, but fights for the right for a self-determined and joyful life.
Last year I contacted Florian and we decided to do a solo exhibition of his new work. Florian spent three months as artist-in-residence at Tom of Finland Foundation where, with his camera, he observed the life and sexuality of gay men in L.A. and returned with a series of amazing photographs that reflect his unique and explicit approach. –Frederik Busch
The exhibition is part of the satellite program of the Triennale der Photographie in Hamburg / Photo Triennale Hamburg and supported by the City of Hamburg Board of Culture and Media, and Tom of Finland Foundation.
On view through 10th June with
closing Artist Talk at 4p