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.
I’m working on a brand new statue commission whilst continuing to develop the Sebastian project.
I’ve done a few photographic shoots and I’m excited to announce my first artist book of new photographic work since 2010. BRENT features 40 10 x 8 inch colour photographs of Brent Corrigan taken back in May. Some of you will have seen prints from the shoot already which was a lot of fun to do.
The Tom of Finland Art Fair happens on the weekend of the 4th & 5th October.
Alongside some existing work, I’ll be showing a series of 30 new Polaroids taken whilst artist-in-residence at Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles and sponsored by the good folk at the Impossible Project. The Polaroids chronicle my four month residency at TOM House in Echo Park and the people and places encountered there.