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OVER THREE DECADES OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
October 12 - November 14, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

John Wolf Fine Art
presents
SECRET GAY BOX

JUSTIN OLERUD
JUSTIN OLERUD, Hollywood Ghost (Hermit Card), 2016, Oil on panel, 48" x 60"

Reception 6-9p
On view through 14th November by appointment

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John Wolf Fine Art is both humbled and pleased to present Secret Gay Box with Tom of Finland Foundation. This show at TOM House is not only incredibly personal to the curator, John Wolf, but also speaks to the secrecy of Tom of Finland’s early career in which homophobic censorship codes kept the artist’s work out of circulation.

Recently featured at the
Tom of Finland Foundation Art and Culture Festvival:
Eye on Collecting

John Wolf was raised in an Evangelical Christian home where Homosexuality was viewed as a sin and flaw, and consequently as a child he kept a secret box from his parents. The ability to have a private world, and to collect, is ultimately what led Wolf to art world.

JOSE GONZALO GARCAI MUNOZ
JOSE GONZALO GARCAI MUNOZ, Devouring Love, 2017,
Watercolor and stylus on paper, 17.71" x 13"

Collecting is a form of self-expression and identity. It not only affirms what you think and feel, but can also challenge your beliefs every time you see the object. This idea is clearly seen within the walls of TOM House, as the artist, his legacy and identity are preserved even after his passing. The Foundation resides within Tom’s home, a place of refuge and creativity for the artist, and an emblem of the Gay community.  At a time when staying quiet or closeted was the norm, Tom of Finland was a voice, and image, of a different path.

MIKE KUCHAR
MIKE KUCHAR, Poster Boy, 2015, Pencil, pen, felt pen,
ink on paper, 25.5" x 20.5"

Secret Gay Box features over fifteen artists who have navigated their sexuality through artistic expression. Like Wolf’s childhood box, this space will be one where art hides in plain sight, even where people might not think to look. The space itself as well as the artworks in it embrace the creativity that it can take to effectively conceal oneself, but also the beauty that can occur in freedom from whatever ‘box’ one might have. All humans have their own “secret gay box”, either conscious or subconscious. This show, the artists represented, and the act of creating a personal art collection are a way to simultaneously fill the box or open it for those around you.

Artists in the exhibition:
Patrick Angus, Paul Cadmus, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Alton DuLaney, Hossein Edalatkhah, Don Joint, Joseph La Piana, Matthew Leifheit, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jose Gonzalo Garcia Munoz, Justin Olerud, Nathan Ritterpusch, Stuart Sandford, and Andy Warhol.
Curated by: John Wolf

We invite you to explore this show as a fluctuating document expressing a single moment in the history of a boy’s sexuality, and the expansive history of queerness embodied in a menagerie of artistic objects.

John Wolf Secret Gay Box

This the second iteration of the show which was originally presented at the Spring/Break Art Show in New York City, March 2018.


https://tomsfoundation.tumblr.com/post/179017956136/secret-gay-box-tom-house-reception-on-view
https://tomsfoundation.tumblr.com/post/179017725696/secret-gay-box-tom-house-reception-on-view

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.

1421 Laveta Terrace is on a residential street, so we recommend using Uber or Lyft.

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

Accommodations near TOM House

Super 8 Motel

1341 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026
213.250.2233

Comfort Inn

2717 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026
213.413.8222

Quality Inn & Suites

250 Silver Lake Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90004
213.639.1920


TOM House
(Foundation Headquarters)
1421 Laveta Terrace, Los Angeles, CA 90026
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