Tom of Finland and Then Some
A Group Showing
TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991),
Untitled, 1988, Graphite on paper,
ToFF #1015, © 2010 Tom of Finland Foundation
Reception: Friday, June 25, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
In cooperation with the Tom of Finland Foundation,
sketches and drawings by Tom of Finland...
AND THEN SOME!
Partnering Tom of Finland is imagery by a number
of other contemporary artists who frequently use sexual imagery
in their work. The range is wide, tho less poser/genital display
and more twist.
Richard Kern, Judy Linn, Bastille, Jerry Phillips, Martin
Joe Brainard, Fred Esher, Larry Clark, Robert W. Richards and Brian
Sean Landers, Richard Prince, Robert Fontanelli, GB Jones,
Jeff Burton, Mie Yim, Raymond Pettibon, Catherine Opie, Carl Ferrero,
Kevin Larmon, Jared Buckhiester, Judy Rifka, Jeffrey Pittu, Scooter
Tyler Ingolia, David Frye, The Hun, Kinke Kooi, Juan Gomez,
Rex, Gengoroh Tagame.
Sketches from the archive of the legendary Tom
of Finland will once again - its easily been ten or so years - hang
on the walls of Feature Inc. Tom of Finland, the artist who took
masculine to macho and big to XXXlarge, clocked the butch gay clone
phenomenon at its onset and blew it out. His super hung studs, with
more t&a than any cheesecaker could aspire to, are packed for
action yet also deliver knowing glances and looks that are full
of the camaraderie and humor that his vision of a utopian man to
man culture was based on.
Tom of Finland, Touko Laaksonen by birth, was born
on the south coast of Finland on May 8, 1920. He trained and worked
in design and advertising and in 1973, left his job to work full
time on his drawings. Between 1978 and 1988, Tom of Finland split
his time between Helsinki and Los Angeles; he died of an emphysema-induced
stroke on November 7, 1991. This exhibition is made in cooperation
with the Los Angeles based Tom of Finland Foundation.
Feature Inc. is a contemporary
art gallery exhibiting painting, drawing, photography and sculpture
by established and emerging American and international artists
in New York City since 1988.
Feature opened on April Fool’s
Day 1984, in a second floor space at 340 West Huron St., Chicago.
In August 1988, the gallery moved to NYC and opened in October
at 484 Broome St. Soon after the move, the 340 W. Huron building
burned to the ground; Feature escaped just in time. Feature relocated
to 76 Greene St. in September 1993, and became Feature Inc. in
January 1994. The move to 530 W. 25 St. occurred in October 1999.
At all the aforementioned locations, Feature contained two or
more exhibition spaces, so that several exhibitions could be presented
Feature Inc. reincarnated in September
2008 at 276 Bowery, delighted to be back downtown, however two
days after opening the crash happened and life there was short
Mid-December 2009, Feature reopened
in its sixth space at 131 Allen St., still on the lower east side.
For the first time in all its lives, Feature has only one exhibition
space. There is as well a wall painting program for the interior
wall of the entrance to the building. Life goes on.
June 25, 26, 27, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12 - 6 PM
June 29 - July 31, Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 6 PM
Closed July 4 - 10
131 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002 · MAP