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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
September 2 - October 21, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

Park View
presents
A Spaghetti Dress for World Peace

Untitled (Preparatory Drawing)
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preparatory Drawing), c. 1986. Graphite on paper. 11.68 × 8 1/4 inches (29.67 × 20.96 cm). Framed: 14.19 × 10.68 inches (36.04 × 27.13 cm).
© 1986-2017 Tom of Finland Foundation

Opening reception: Saturday, September 2, 2017, 6-8pm

Timothée Calame, Victoria Colmegna, Catharine Czudej,
Oto Gillen, Sam Grossinger, Gypsy Sport, Paul Heyer, Megan Marrin,
Mark McKnight, David Muenzer, Laura Owens, Bailey Scieszka,
Heji Shin, Tom of Finland, Dena Yago, Dardan Zhegrova

The show is about how people have particular values and morals, and ideal ways of being in the world, which all apply both to their working lives and personal lives. These values are almost always perverted by the “noise” of encounter––with media, conflicted relationships, class warfare, world events, the environment––sending them towards some other unanticipated reality (I want to emphasize that not one of these aspects should be over or under-emphasized, but that they are all at play and moving through us at all times). Sometimes people try to transmit these into their work––the values, the “noise,” and the interaction of the two. The artworks in the show are all dealing with this same phenomenon in themselves, but then on a second level are asking to be understood in aesthetic terms for contemplation. Under evaluation is the possibility of transmitting such a political experience through the process of becoming an artwork in a particular market context. The title of the show, A Spaghetti Dress for World Peace, is borrowed from an article in the New York Times about fashion designer Miguel Adrover, and I think it perfectly encapsulates the significance, and perhaps senselessness (or ultimate desire and sense), of trying to enact this process, of taking a moral or political stance through an artwork that will always be a luxury good existing in the world, and dramatizing that course of action in various ways.

––Paul Soto, 2 September 2017

Park View
September 2 - October 21, 2017
Wednesday–Saturday: 12pm-6pm
and by appt.

836 S. Park View Street #8, Los Angeles, CA 90057 · Map
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"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland