All things LGBT, erotic, beautiful, taboo and fringe

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TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, c.1965, Graphite on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © 1965-2019 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland Art and Culture Festival 2019: OUR Community Standards
5th-6th October


Recon visits TOM House for last year’s Art Fair and presents a genuine reflection of our vibrant and relevant community.

 

We are experiencing unprecedented challenges to our freedoms – especially when it comes to expression, as has been experienced by a number of LGBT artists who have been deleted, removed, banned or otherwise barred from full representation on social media.

For nearly a quarter century Tom of Finland Foundation has hosted an annual Art and Culture Festival celebrating all things LGBT, erotic, beautiful, taboo and fringe.

OUR Community Standards will look at censorship in art, and provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for both artists and the general public to see, feel and engage with art of all types, in a historic location that has played host to many luminaries throughput the years.

The Festival will showcase nearly 50 artists, the opportunity for visitors to make art themselves during the life drawing sessions with live models, film screenings, a live auction and the annual presentation of Tom of Finland Foundation Awards – to artists, supporters, and those who make a difference.

Saturday 5th October 2019
– Art Fair – Noon to 6:00p

– Drawing Session Noon – 3:00p
Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes

– Mikki Yamashiro 1:00 – 1:15p
Performance

– Panel Discussion – 2:00p
“How Do We Communicate On/With Social Media,” moderated by Jennifer Tyburczy, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Panel: Rick Castro, Artist; Brendan Hamme, Lawyer, ACLU; Marvel A. Rex, Artist; Dakota Belle Witt, Activist, ACLU;
Angela “Angel” Divina, Artist.

 – Peter Kalisch 4:30 – 4:45p
Performance

– Screenings – 7:00p
Hustler White (1996) and Sticks and Stones (2014)
Rick Castro will be in attendance to introduce the film and answer questions.

 

Sunday 6th October 2019
– Art Fair – Noon to 6:00p

– Sob Sister 1 – 1:15p
Musical Performance

– Drawing Session Noon – 2:00p
Coordinated by Miguel Angel Reyes

– Awards Presentation – 2:00p
Honorees includes Don Bachardy, Pierre Davis, Christopher Harrity and Danny Fuentes.

– Live Auction – 4:00p
Works from around the world – Japan, Great Britain, the United States and Finland.
See artwork below.

– Vicente Ugartechea 4:30 – 5:00p
Performance

Admission is $12 for each day, $12 for the screening; or $20 for a weekend pass.
Day of: $14 per day/$24 both days and films4fags

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RICK CASTRO: INTERIORS

Three Rick Castro Photos Above the Fireplace in TOM House

INTERIORS SAY WHO ONE IS.

WHEN I THINK OF INTERIORS THE IDEA OF RELICS IN A PERSONAL SPACE COMES TO MIND. TOM HOUSE IN ECHO PARK, CALIFORNIA REFLECTS THIS IDEA.

TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION WAS FOUNDED BY DURK DEHNER AND TOM OF FINLAND (BORN TOUKO LAAKSONEN) IN 1984, THEN JOINED BY HIS PARTNER S.R. SHARP IN THE EARLY ’90S. TOM HOUSE IS A EROTIC OASIS IN A WORLD THAT’S BECOMING INCREASINGLY DRY.

TOM’S WORLD IS ALL ENCOMPASSING, AS ACCEPTANCE BECOMES GREATER FOR LEATHERMEN AND KINK. YES, TOM WAS FROM FINLAND AND RECOGNIZED WORLDWIDE, BUT THE MAGIC OF TOM HOUSE COULD ONLY EXIST IN LA.

AN INTERIOR THAT ALLOWS ME FREEDOM TO CREATE MY ART AND WEEKLY SALONS.

Text and images by Rick Castro.
Castro is a photographer/filmmaker/writer/blogger.
He has lived in Los Angeles his entire life.

Tea in the Drawing Room

Rick Castro shows us the interior of Tom of Finland’s LA home (now Tom of Finland House), and in that way, shows us insights into the character of Tom when he lived in LA in his later life. The interior is recognisable as an early 20th century familial home, with all of its spaces organised in a formal and traditional way. However, the décor is a celebration of Tom’s love for leather, fetish and gay iconography. A fine art portrait of a gimp on the wall, with a remote control visible in the corner. A large Tom of Finland piece on the staircase, above tidy carpeting with hair dryer in the bathroom behind. Teapots and harnesses. This home, is a superb reflection of the man and it contains the physical manifestation of his memories and experiences.

 

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