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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.

February 18 - March 17, 2012

Berlin, Germany

Dittrich & Schechtriem
present:

Your History Is Not Our History

The first solo exhibition of Travis Larusson and Przemek Pyszczek.


LARUSSON and PYSZCZEK

Opening Reception, Saturday February 18, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Canadian, Berlin-based, artist-collaborators
Travis Larusson and Przemek 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.

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, 2012.


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“Cock size doesn’t matter to me. I didn’t start doing those gigantic cocks until the censors let the magazines publish full frontal nudity. I had to come up with something you couldn’t get in a photograph. So those big cocks are all for the other guys — I’m an ass man myself.” — Tom of Finland