“Your History Is Not Our History” – Opens February 18th – Berlin

LARUSSON and PYSZCZEK

The first solo exhibition of Canadian, Berlin-based, artist-collaborators
Travis Larusson and Przemek Pyszczek.

LARUSSON and PYSZCZEK

The most influential homoerotic illustrations of the 20th Century were created by Touko Laaksonen, known as Tom of Finland. These iconic works depicted a number of men, often soldiers, police officers, bikers, and laborers with exaggerated anatomy engaged in sexual activity. These libidinal, seemingly incidental, encounters occurred in detached bucolic outcroppings and marginal interiors. The amplified fantasy of masculinity, derived from existing rebellious heterosexual subcultures, constructed the prominent archetype for gay men of the past century.

With Tom of Finland as a conceptual agent, Larusson & Pyszczek present Your History Is Not Our History, exhibiting a series of photographs, paintings, and drawings bearing the same title. The works project, occupy, and remove familiar content, avoiding the often reductive qualities of appropriation and enlisting more expansive qualities of manifestation and inquiry. Contemporary identity comes up against the constructed identity of the past, with each side effected equally.
History is not negated, but perhaps mutated.

Larusson & Pyszczek’s execution of both the oil paintings and the drawings match the incredible draftsmanship and skill of their source material. Tom of Finland’s figures are re-drawn in the silhouettes of the artist duo’s re-staging of the acts that take place in the original drawings. The abstraction evokes a gap or partial relation to the past.
The ungrounded figures, highly rendered in graphite and formally delicate, have a mysterious romance.

LARUSSON and PYSZCZEK


OPENING RECEPTION

Saturday, February 18th, 2012
6-8 pm

February 18 through March 17

DITTRICH & SCHLECHTRIEM

 

TOM OF FINLAND

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Tom of Finland created artwork that greatly influenced Gay culture
by challenging oppressive stereotypes. Even with progress in Gay rights today,
stereotyping continues in entertainment and media,
proving that a discussion about the diversity
of masculine and feminine role models is as relevant now, as ever.
–Volker Morlock, curator, TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks, Miami Beach, 2012.

TOM’s Boys


TOM OF FINLAND

"All The Sad Young Men", 1964, Graphite on paper, ToFF #64.14, © 1964 Tom of Finland Foundation

Works from 1946 to 1990

 

Untitled, 1989, Graphite on paper, ToFF #89.14, © 1989 Tom of Finland Foundation

GALLERY

“The Art of Man” – Special Edition – Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fine arts quarterly journal that seeks to bring balance to a genre of art that overwhelmingly favors the female figure.

It focuses on classical images in traditional media like painting, drawing and sculpture.

 

This SPECIAL EDITION focuses on artists from Japan. It includes interviews with Masahiko Takagi of Boom Productions, and five artists including Shimamura Saburou, Yujiro, Hideki Koh, Naoki Tatsuya, and Kenya Shimizu, a retrospective of the artist Shozo Nagano by Edward Moran, and the historical spotlight falls on Orientalism’s influence over western art in an article by art historian Grady Harp.

$15.95

 

 Firehouse Publishing