THIS YEAR’S AWARD WINNERS

At the Annual Awards Presentation on Sunday afternoon,
2018 Achievement and Cultural Icon Awards were presented
and an induction into the
Tom of Finland Foundation’s Artist Hall of Fame.

Bottom row: Ron Athey, Sheree Rose, Slava Mogutin, Hector Silva Top row: S.R. Sharp and Durk Dehner of Tom of Finland Foundation

 


FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

Hector Silva – Artist Hall of Fame

Hector is a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles who has been producing work for more than thirty years. Born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, in Mexico, he moved to the United States at the age of 17. He began drawing in his late 20s when he discovered his own talent. Today, Hector’s work is collected internationally, and has received acclaim in the US and abroad. Living in LA with its rich Chicano culture, Hector draws from the Latino tradition. Among his influences are Tom of Finland, Frida Kahlo, Chicano prison art, the works of M.C. Escher, and religious iconography. Hector explores themes of cultural identity, eroticism and beauty. Hector’s mastery of light and shadow on skin is captured on paper with pencil, but he is also experienced with other media, including oil and acrylic. He draws and paints from photographic stills.


FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND IMMEASURABLE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

Ron Athey – Cultural Icon

Ron is a Los Angeles-based artist creating work since 1981. His practice includes body-based, writing, content philosophical, AIDS-y, and esoteric terrorism. Recent works include Gifts of the Spirit, an opera developed from automatism experiments performed at the Cathedral of Vibiana in January. He has been a friend of the Foundation…forever.


FOR LEADERSHIP AND STEADFAST COMMITMENT TO THE ART AND CULTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY

Sheree Rose – Lifetime Achievement Award

Sheree is an American performance artist, photographer and cinematographer known for her work documenting the subcultures of which she is a part and collaborations with her husband Bob Flanagan. Sheree was born in 1941, earned a master’s degree at California State University, Northridge and Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine. She has been involved in feminism and the punk scene. Her practice has been based in sex politics and activism within the BDSM community.


FOR ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENT AND PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT

Slava Mogutin – Achievement Award

Slava is an outspoken Queer artist, writer and activist. He is a New York-based Russian-American multimedia artist, author and filmmaker exiled from Russia. A third-generation writer and self-taught journalist and photographer, he became the first Russian to be granted political asylum in the US on the grounds of homophobic persecution. Informed by his bicultural literary and dissident background, Slava’s work celebrates diversity and nonconformism encompassing the themes of displacement and identity; transgression and transfiguration of masculinity and gender crossover; urban youth subcultures and adolescent sexuality; the clash of social norms and individual desires; and the tension between attachment and disaffection, hate and love. He is the author of seven books of writings in Russian, as well as three monographs of photography.


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The Artist’s Round-Table: Legendary Figures On Generating Queer Counterculture

Writer and performance artist Ron Athey invites crucial queer figures of the 1970s and 1980s counterculture to TOM House in Los Angeles. 

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Pictured: Ron Athey, Durk Dehner, Sheree Rose. Photography by Rhys Ernst.

I was born in 1961. I was fucking in the 70s! I was aware of the cultural movements that had made me possible, but I look backwards. I never contemplated attending a Pride celebration without thinking about its catalyst, the Stonewall Riots of 1969. And being raised in a primarily black area of Pomona, I am sufficiently aware of the Black Panther Party to be able to appreciate the antecedents for today’s Black Lives Matters (not to mention the style and gestures offered up in a recent Beyoncé video). There were separatist movements for women, gays, and people of color. This was the era of the commune and the safe space, a time when the cruising space became affirmative in a pre-AIDS reality. For this issue of Out, I brought together a group of figures who were not only present, but also key organizers of the seminal events spanning four decades, to recall their experiences.
-Ron Athey

The participants include: 

Toro Castaño, author and co-curator of a recent show at the ONE Institute about the early-’90s phenomenon, Club Fuck!

Durk Dehner, cofounder and president of Tom of Finland Foundation

Fayette Hauser, member of San Francisco’s legendary Cockettes, and most recently involved in the Hippie Modernism show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

Amelia Jones, professor in art and design at USC and author of many books, including Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts

Bruce LaBruce, Canadian filmmaker and artist whose films include Hustler White and L.A. Zombie

Glen Meadmore, artist and musician, who collaborated with Vaginal Davis in the thrash-metal concept project PME

Sheree Rose, performance artist and photographer who documented the BDSM scene of the 1980s

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Martin O’Brien and Sheree Rose “Dust to Dust” | 7th February | LA

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The multidisciplinary performance practice of London-based artist Martin O’Brien uses physical endurance, pain, disgust, and sexuality to challenge common representations of illness. Inspired by an unrealized concept of poet and performance artist Bob Flanagan, Dust to Dust is an intergenerational collaborative performance between O’Brien and Flanagan’s partner and performance artist Sheree Rose.

This performance will be followed by a conversation between O’Brien, Rose, and Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design and Vice Dean of Critical Studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design.

Saturday, 7p