The Competition is open to any artist with the exception of previous winners of this contest, or artists who are already commercially selling work that portrays sexuality.
2014 Judges: assume vivid astro focus, Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson; Elmgreen and Dragset, Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset; Richard Hawkins; Ryan Heffington; Bruce LaBruce; Helmut Lang; Linder; and A.L. Steiner.
New and recent photographic, moving image, and sculptural works by artist Stuart Sandford, whose work revolves around exploring ideas of sexuality, masculinity, and identity stemming from adolescence. Invoking keen directorial and editorial skill, his work calls to mind the tenderness and innocence of Hollywood teen heartthrobs of the 1980s, while re-appropriating and re-contextualizing these familiar icons (including Chad Allen, Corey Haim, and a young, fresh-faced Matthew Broderick) with a provocative, sexy, neo-punk aesthetic. His process challenges the notions of authorship and image-maker (Sandford draws inspiration from eighties teen fan-mags and accepts photographic contributions from others for his own projects). This will be Sandford’s first solo presentation of his work in London.
Stuart Sandford received his BA Fine Art, with Honours, in 2006. He has exhibited his photographic, video and installation work in New York, London, Berlin, Basel, Rotterdam, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna, amongst others. In 2010 he curated the group show HUNG and co-curated Boy BANG Boy, both of which took place in London. His work has been featured in magazines internationally, including BUTT, GT, Maenner, Kaiserin, attitude and Objektiv.
Based in London but currently artist-in-residence at Tom of Finland Foundation in Echo Park, LA, Stuart is also a published and produced writer and screenwriter currently working on his first feature film.
Hosted by Special Guest Michael Kirwan
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled, 1974, Graphite on paper, © 1974 Tom of Finland Foundation
Our scintillating cinematic series begins with
The Celluloid Closet
A documentary surveying the various Hollywood screen depictions of homosexuals
and the attitudes behind them throughout the history of North American film.
$5 Suggested Donation
TOM’s Bar 7:30p – Showtime 8:00p
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