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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
March 18 - 20, 2005
Los Angeles, CA

Marc Arrañaga Contemporary Art
and
Bruno Gmünder

present:

"Queer Artists and Their Books"
Exhibition, Book Signing, Reception
and Roundtable Discussion
and
A Foundation Benefit on Friday

An exhibition and book signing featuring the works of
Tom Bianchi, Henning von Berg and K19, Rick Castro,
Glen Hanson, and Kevin King aka Beau.

Free Admission

Friday, March 18, 2005
7 PM - 10 PM — Special VIP / Tom of Finland Foundation event
A small $5 donation at the door for the Foundation is requested this evening.
If you want to volunteer for this event, click here.

Saturday, March 19, 2005
Noon - 6 PM — Open for exhibition and preorders on books (free entry)
7 PM - 10 PM — Artists reception and book signing (free entry)

Sunday, March 20, 2005
11 AM - 2 PM — Exhibition open (free entry)
2 PM - 4 PM — Roundtable discussion with book artists (free entry)
4 PM - 6 PM — Open to the public (free entry)

Marc Arrañaga, provocateur of queer art in Los Angeles, is staging an event to showcase five artists representing West Coast contemporary queer aesthetics. Over the past 20 years these creative radicals lovingly crafted and painstakingly photographed, drew, painted and recorded their queer visions. Now, as mid-career milestones, their best works are documented in beautiful and well-crafted books for the entire world to enjoy.

Tom Bianchi loves men and men love Tom Bianchi. Bianchi’s book, On the Couch Vol. I, is an incredible success. A favorite of our generation, Tom loves to focus not only on the male figure, but male love and companionship. He has recently released a documentary on the making of, On The Couch Vol. II, which has been a success at film festivals. Volumes One and Two of On The Couch are his 10th and 11th books, and they create, together with their Internet and film expressions, a comprehensive record of the sexual energy of the gay community.

Tom documents a broad range of real men who fearlessly and shamelessly demonstrate a comprehensive array of sexual activity. Bianchi has pioneered the use of the internet by prepublishing all of his new books and films at TomBianchi.com in story format significantly longer than the books or films themselves, which are actually artifacts of the site.

Henning von Berg’s eye-catching images have been published worldwide. His current book, Universal, in collaboration with German photographer/graphic designer Kingdome 19, features well-endowed models from all continents. Kingdome 19 reworks his and Henning’s negatives in his darkroom and includes script and mythological symbols. The result of this complex and meticulous process is 160 one-of-a-kind, handcrafted 12” x 16” fine art prints in sepia tone, so called photo-graphics.

The images are reminiscent of early Daguerreotypes with a special intimacy related to the figure in the photo. Each photo is unique and no two are alike. Henning shares his time between Los Angeles and Berlin.

Rick Castro considers himself a folk artist as his work is made for and created with a kindred group. Rick's photographs and films explore the wide world of fetish and the fringes of sex culture. His work has been published in artist’s editions and exhibited in galleries and institutions worldwide.

His new book published by Fluxion Editions titled, 13 Years of Bondage, is truly a precious and stylish product, besides publishing 3,000 copies, the publisher created 200 special edition copies, each with their own case and a 7 x 10 image of one of the prints from the book.

Glen Hanson’s world of visual fantasy extends over a variety of mediums. His illustrations have appeared around the world on book and CD covers, on the runways of Milan, and in magazines like L’uomo Vogue, Maxim and Variety. He has designed and art directed animated shows for MTV and Disney and co-creates the popular syndicated gay comic strip Chelsea Boys now in development as a series for the new gay network LOGO.

To give life to the visions of hot fantasy men that “strutted in his head”, Glen came up with his “G-MEN”. The first ever compilation of these colorful, sexy and humorous images has been published by Bruno Gmünder in a hardcover book called G-Man. Glen currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Kevin King, who recently came ‘out’ as the artist known to many only as BEAU, has published a pulp-fiction style pin-up book titled, BEAUMEN, a compilation of his most beautiful paintings and drawings. Kevin’s prolific work has been featured as companions to erotic narratives in magazines such as, Men, Freshmen and numerous book covers for Alyson Books. In addition to creating the character BEAU, King has exhibited his fine art work, which has been shown in several galleries throughout California, and has worked in the Film industry in Hollywood.

In the foreword to Kevin’s new book, filmmaker, artist and author Clive Barker writes, “Once in a while an artist comes along who want to give us more than a hard-on and a quick orgasm. The erotic subject becomes a framework which will allow him to make art.”

King is currently developing his photographic skills to produce another book based on his narrative ideas. King currently divides his time between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Marc Arrañaga is an independent curator and art historian. Formerly, as Director and Curator of the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s Advocate Gallery, he staged many exhibitions featuring national and international queer artists. In addition, he produced a lecture series for queer art historians writing about gay and lesbian history. He is currently working on a Jean Cocteau exhibition that will travel to Japan in 2005/6.

Bruno Gmünder Verlag, based in Berlin, Germany, is the largest publisher of gay related imagery in the world. They have generously agreed to sponsor this event.

Venue:
DejaDesign/Warehouse

4823-29 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019 Map  Info: 213.300.4687
(2 blocks east of LaBrea)

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