First West Coast Exhibition | Through 24th November

Dual Exhibition

LOCATION

Pandrogeny I
is at Lethal Amounts
and showcases Breyer P-Orridge’s evolution of gender work.

LOCATION

Pandrogeny II
is at Tom of Finland Foundation
 and is a survey of h/er artwork from 1986 – 2016.

Both spaces will explore the many facets of Breyer P-Orridge’s art and h/er influence through a selection of paintings, photos, sculptures and installations, that will reveal the ways that gender has shaped the artist and h/er work particularly with the project Pandrogeny (which started in 1995) with other half (dominatrix, registered nurse, performance artist, and musician) Jacqueline Breyer—aka “Lady Jaye”. In July 2019 s/he received the Kamookak Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for her explorations on projects in popular and social culture and gender geography.

Some people feel they are a man trapped in a woman’s body.
Some people feel they are a woman trapped in a man’s body.
A pandrogyne just feels trapped in a body.

– Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, 2019

On view through 24th November
Both Locations
Thursdays from Noon to 6:00p
Fridays Noon to 7:00p
Saturdays Noon to 7:00p
Sundays Noon to 6:00p

Opening Night/s Photos

Available at both locations

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (from Camping), 1976, Gouache on paper, Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection

+ TOM OF FINLAND: Works in Color
2nd Floor Gallery at TOM House

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The shows spotlight P-Orridge’s art objects and their documentation of bodily transformations — part of what the artist calls “an exploration of evolution and the human condition and its need to evolve and de-evolve through signs of gender neutrality and gender dysphoria seen in modern Homo sapiens.”

Lethal Amounts photos by Motorboot

 

TOM House photos by Motorboot

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Touko’s Name Day is 24th May

Tom was born Touko Laaksonen in Kaarina, southwest Finland in 1920.

He signed his erotic work “Tom” and when his drawings were first published in 1957, the now world-famous “Tom of Finland” was born.

The name Touko Laaksonen was kept for family and colleagues; both friends and fans have always simply called him Tom.

Touko’s Name Day is
24th May 

Touko, c.1935

Finland is one of the countries in Europe which celebrates Name Days (called Nimipäivä in Finnish). The tradition of celebrating Name Days dedicates a name or names to every calendar day of the year. A person then celebrates a Name Day on the day in the calendar where his or her given name appears.

 

In Finland, Name Days can be celebrated in the same way as a Birthday, where the individual having the Name Day will receive greeting cards, flowers or gifts from friends and family. Everyone appreciates good wishes on their day.

 

Hyvää Nimipäivää!

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TOM OF FINLAND @ FRIEZE NEW YORK | 3rd – 6th May

TOM OF FINLAND, Untitled (From “Camping”), 1976, Graphite on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches (29.8 x 21 cm), framed: 17 1/4 x 13 5/8 x 1 1/2 inches (43.8 x 34.6 x 3.8 cm)

David Kordansky Gallery shows a solo presentation of historic work by Tom of Finland in For Your Infotainment: Hudson and Feature Inc., a special section of Frieze New York 2018. Curated by Matthew Higgs, the section celebrates the legacy of the influential, maverick dealer Hudson (1950-2014) and the artists he showed at his gallery Feature Inc. in Chicago and New York. For Your Infotainment highlights Hudson’s uncompromising vision and commitment to personal aesthetic principles.

Hudson presented solo shows of Tom of Finland’s work in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was an early advocate for the exhibition of his drawings in a contemporary art context. This presentation will include works made in a variety of media, among them rare pen and ink pictures, highly detailed pencil renderings, and preparatory drawings that reflect both the artist’s virtuosic hand and the development of his thinking and passions.

Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) was one of the most influential creators of homoerotic imagery in the 20th century. His work can be approached along several interpretive lines, each of which points to the revolutionary nature of his project. He gave form to an imaginative universe that in turn helped fuel real-world liberation movements and enabled gay men to access their strength in new ways. And for people of all genders and orientations, his vision of pleasure reaffirms the centrality of sexuality and the body throughout human endeavor. Tom’s drawings therefore function, on the one hand, as joyful images of what true freedom looks like.

The physicality in the scenes Tom depicts finds a parallel in the beauty and sophistication of the drawings themselves. In this respect, his work can be seen as a major contribution to the development of figurative art and the representation of the male body. This presentation will enable viewers to see how his techniques evolved over time and according to the contexts for which they were being made. It includes works produced over a 45-year span (1944 to 1989); some are delicately shaded tableaux that would eventually appear in reproduction in underground publications, while others are faster, looser drawings that feel more private and less formal. In all cases, the works reveal Tom to be a master draftsman whose passion for both his medium and his subject matter enabled his project to become a powerful cultural force.

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Tom of Finland is currently the subject of the solo exhibition, TOM House: The Work and Life of Tom of Finland, at Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, on view through 19th May.

 

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