I’ll join the group exhibition at the gallery in New York, U.S.A.
Some of my drawing/painting will be exhibited and sold.
I wish many fans in U.S.A. will come to this exhibition!
TOM OF FINLAND AND THEN SOME
opening reception friday june 25, 6 – 9pm
june 25, 26, 27, friday, saturday, sunday 12 – 6pm
june 29 thru july 31 tuesday – saturday 12 – 6pm
closed july 4 – 10
at Feature Inc.
Tom of Finland and then some
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.
Partnering Tom of Finland is and then some, sexual 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. Participating artists are: Richard Kern, Judy Linn, Bastille, Jerry Phillips, Martin of Holland, Joe Brainard, Fred Esher, Larry Clark, Robert W. Richards and Brian Kenny, 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 Laforge, Tyler Ingolia, David Frye, The Hun, Kinke Kooi, Juan Gomez, Rex, Gengoroh Tagame
A little while ago, my friend told me the groundless rumor about me and my works.
It was a big surprise for me, so I think that I must correct them officially.
Tagame does not want to publish his works in English.
In fact, he had refused the offer to publish his book from Tom of Finland foundation.
The rumor is false.
I’ve been always wanting that my comics will be translated into English and will be published on magazines or books.
And I’ve never been proposed such publishing program directory from Tom of Finland foundation.
Then, why my books have not been published in English?
The reason is simple.
If a proven publisher offers to me to publish my books in English, I welcome it.
In fact, until now, French, Italian and Spanish publishers had contacted to me to publish my comic book in their language.
I welcomed them, so my books in these three languages are being published now.
But I’ve never been contacted from American, UK’s and Canadian publishers who want to publish my book in English.
That is an only reason of why my comic books in English have been never published before.
For your more questions about that, I open the comment form of this post.
(But please write with very plain and easy English! I’m not so good at your language!)
As an aside.
More than a dozen years ago, Meatmen magazine had offered me to publish one of my short story on their magazine.
I welcomed it, and gave the data of the comics, and heard that the translation was finished.
But I haven’t heard anything from them since then,.
As far as I know, the next issue of Meatmen magazine was not published.
I felt disappointed, and guessed that they collapsed before to publish the issue including my comics.
About this topic, I’m also discussing on my LIMBO sketch blog.
(need passwords to enter LIMBO)