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
An auction celebrating LGBT artists and subject matter, including works from established and emerging artists, with a portion of proceeds being donated to Fire Island Artist Residency and Queer NY.
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (preparatory drawing from Loggers), 1976
Graphite and marker on paper, 11.63 x 8.25 in (29.54 x 20.96 cm) – Framed dimensions: 14.25 x 10.75 x 1.5 in. (36.2 x 27.3 x 3.8 cm) © 1976 Tom of Finland Foundation
A rare preparatory sketch from the renowned erotic artist. The drawing comprising only a small portion of the torn sheet of paper, renders two men (who are part of the larger finished work and composition), engaged in a sexual act. The hint of the black marker used on the leg of the left-hand figure gives a glimpse into the finished work, which undoubtedly has these figures clad in leather. The drawing shows the artist’s masterful technique as a draughtsman. This intimate work is a unique opportunity to complete a comprehensive drawing collection.
Provenance: Tom of Finland Foundation and David Kordansky Gallery
Tom of Finland’s long and prolific career has defined Gay visual culture, and he has been celebrated as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His works have been internationally exhibited and collected.
Crossing the spectrum in terms of medium, subject, and tone, these works speak to the dynamic community spirit of LGBT artists, and are unified in their rarity and flawless provenance. – Matthew Knight, Auction Specialist, Paddle8