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

February 25 - March 1, 2017

Los Angeles, CA

TOM of Finland Foundation
presents
Pleasure Park: The Art of Rinaldo Hopf

Events: Pleasure Park: The Art of Rinaldo Hopf  
RINALDO HOPF,Cowboy Study S
© Rinaldo Hopf


Reception:
25 February 2017
2–5 PM

On view by appointment through
1 March 2017

Berlin-based artist, curator and editor Rinaldo Hopf is the current Artist in Residence at TOM House in Los Angeles. Inspired by the work of Tom of Finland, the house and its residents, as well as the vicinity of Hollywood, he has created an orgy panorama using CinemaScope dimensions on dozens of sheets of Chinese paper. The result will be a surprise installation all over the house.

www.rinaldohopf.com

Rinaldo Hopf was born in Freiburg, West Germany in 1955. He studied Art, Cultural Anthropology and Religious History in San Francisco, Freiburg, and Bremen, both West Germany. Rinaldo worked as a Visual Artist in San Francisco and Paris and as an Art Therapist in Forensic Institutions in San Francisco and West Berlin. He currently lives and works as a Visual Artist, Editor and Curator in Berlin and Auroville, India.

Two books of his photography: Subversiv, 2004; Amore, 2006 and his art book Trickster, 2013 were published by Konkursbuch Verlag Claudia Gehrke, Tübingen, Germany. He edited the anthology My gay Eye, 3 - 13, 2006 - 2016 for the same publisher. In preparation is a special edition of My gay Eye on the collection of erotic art at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles and Rinaldo’s new art book Movies of My Youth featuring his watercolors inspired by the films of R.W. Fassbinder, P.P. Pasolini and A. Warhol.


A Statement by The Artist

The human form, experience and interaction are the focus of my artistic practice, with a humanist ideal as an inspirational starting point. As the often cited quotation by the Roman playwright Terence says "I am a man, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.“ In my drawings and paintings, photographs and installations I am creating a colorful world that I want to live in, inhabited by beautiful rebels and courageous adventurers. I collaborate with friends, unknowns and icons alike and am interested in the many layers of appearance and identity, inward and outer beauty.

I am mostly working on handmade paper, combining all kinds of surfaces such as book pages, newsprint, movie posters, etc. - to add other cultural, historical or artistic dimensions to my portraits and figures. My preferred medium is watercolor that I am often using on very large formats and deeply saturated. Another favourite is gold leaf combined with ink drawing in Sumi–e technique. Throughout my whole career, I use photography both as artistic medium as well as reference for the drawings and paintings.

The archetypal figure of the Trickster has proved a main character throughout my work. In his aspects as a magician and joker, as well as a rascal and rogue, he connects the most diverse elements of my art with ease: the high and low, eroticism and spirituality, the poetic and the subversive.

In my ongoing project Naked Portraits, I am painting people of all walks of life, of various genders, age, races and creeds. The life size water color portraits depict the nude figure set against a black background that enhances the intensity of the colors and also evokes depth, implying timelessness. A naked portrait strips away the social façade that we construct with clothing. The universal nudity of all models creates a common link that puts imperfections into perspective, and also places a positive self-consciousness in the main focus of both the viewer and the model. While nakedness is essentially viewed as private, it still is virtually always taboo – and therefore a challenge for me to transcend accepted boundaries and step boldly into the future.

– Rinaldo Hopf


The World of Tom of Finland — Pleasure Park: The Art of Rinaldo Hopf TOM House


Getting to TOM House

Our bus stop is Sunset/Echo Park. We are serviced by Metro lines 4/704 and 2/302. Also the 603 to Alvarado/Sunset.

Continue on Sunset Boulevard to Laveta Terrace, then up the short hill and up the Grand Stairs until Laveta Terrace levels out and another 1/2 block. TOM House is on your left. The House is only a 0.3 mile walk from the bus stop.

Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER
Photograph by Alex La Cruz for GAYLETTER

1421 Laveta Terrace is on a residential street so you may also want to consider using Uber or Lyft.


TOM House
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1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
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HAPPY SEXUALITY
“In those days, a gay man was made to feel nothing but shame about his feelings and his sexuality. I wanted my drawings to counteract that, to show gay men being happy and positive about who they were. Oh, I didn’t sit down to think this all out carefully. But I knew — right from the start — that my men were going to be proud and happy men!"
— Tom of Finland