Sebastian - augmented reality Snapchat filter

I made this Snapchat filter back in 2017 and it’s been lots of fun seeing what people have done with it around the world. Here’s the Snap code for those who want to have some fun with it and some examples of the filters that folk have sent me. Many thanks to all who took the time to install it and send me videos and screenshots. More to come!

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Sebastian (relic) no.1, 2016-2019, cast bronze with verdigris (urine) patina

I’ve just completed work on the latest edition of one of my bronze relic sculptures from my ongoing Sebastian series and it’s now on view at Childs Gallery, Boston. Sebastian (relic) no.1, 2016-2019, cast bronze with verdigris (urine) patina, forms part of Out-Spoken: Fifty Years of Pride which runs through August 18th.⁣

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Referencing both Warhol and Picasso, the bronze head was buried for 6 months in the garden of Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles and visitors were asked to urinate on the head. The uric acid within the urine reacts with the copper in the bronze prematurely ageing it and turning it a blue-green. The work was commissioned for a private collection and it’s rumoured that the Romans would utilise this same method, albeit with slave boys, to achieve a look that was akin to their beloved Greek bronzes. Thank you to all those involved for contributing and helping to make this work happen.

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50JPG - OSMOSCOSMOS - Centre de la Photographie, Geneva - opening reception June 18th 2019

Thrilled to take part in this HUGE museum show with over 100 incredible artists from around the world where I’ll be showing a new iteration of my Cumfaces from 2007. I’ll be there for the reception which is June 18th. Info below.

Cumfaces #1-12, 2007

Cumfaces #1-12, 2007

On the occasion of our 6th edition of the triennial 50JPG (50 Days for Photography in Geneva), come and celebrate with us the opening of OSMOSCOSMOS⁣⁣
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The main exhibition will attempt to bring together Eros & Cosmos. Under the title OSMOSCOSMOS, it will highlight the link between these two worlds.⁣⁣
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Curator Joerg Bader⁣⁣
Co-curator Alexandra Schüssler⁣⁣
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WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF MORE THAN 100 ARTISTS INCLUDING : NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, RENATE BERTLMANN, NICOLAS CRISPINI, MAURICIO DIAS & WALTER RIEDWEG, CHARLES & RAY EAMES, HANS-PETER FELDMANN, SYLVIE FLEURY, PIERRE KELLER, ARMIN LINKE, LEE LOZANO, URS LÜTHI, MANON, SUSAN MEISELAS, BJØRN MELHUS, BORIS MIKHAILOV , GIANNI MOTTI, JEAN-LUC MOULÈNE, PETER PILLER, WALTER PFEIFFER, THOMAS RUFF, GREGOR SAILER, VIVIANE SASSEN, LINA SCHEYNIUS, JO SPENCE, JULES SPINATSCH, GRAZIA TODERI & ORHAN PAMUK, PATRICK TOSANI, CHRISTIAN WALDVOGEL… AND MANY MORE⁣⁣
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www.centrephotogeneve.ch/expo/osmoscosmos/⁣⁣
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EXHIBITION⁣⁣
19.06.2019 - 25.08.2019⁣⁣
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OPENING ⁣⁣
18.06.2019 dès 18:00

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The Body Is The Instrument - opening reception and installation views

An absolutely HUGE thank you to everyone who came out Wednesday May 8th to support the opening of The Body Is The Instrument. There were over 250 people in attendance and it was wonderful to see so many friendly faces. Attached below are a selection of installation shots and photographs from the opening reception, thanks to Phuc Le and Maxwell Poth for their contributions here. The benefit exhibition and auction run through May 31st by appointment at TOM House (please call them for a viewing time on 213-250-1685) and online via Paddle8.

The Body Is The Instrument - A benefit exhibition for Tom of Finland Foundation - May 8th through May 31st 2019

Stuart Sandford, in conjunction with Dr. Evan Goldstein of Bespoke Surgical, is pleased to announce a benefit exhibition at TOM House in Los Angeles titled The Body Is The Instrument, from May 8th through May 31st 2019, and online via Paddle8.

Curated by Stuart Sandford, The Body Is The Instrument focuses on the interconnection between art, sex, and science, and presents a group of emerging, established, and influential queer artists working with the male form across multiple disciplines, including photography, sculpture, painting, moving image, and collage. The exhibition opening reception coincides with the birthday of Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen), whose libidinal foresight impacted gay culture around the world and transcended pornography to become fine art. Coming together with Dr. Evan Goldstein was a natural fit as his focus at Bespoke Surgical is not only the intersection of sex and science, but also treating the ass as a work of art. The exhibition will benefit the Tom of Finland Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Archive.

Participating artists (in alphabetical order):

Mark Beard

Adam Chuck

Gabe Cortese

Rubén Esparza

Gio Black Peter

Simon Haas

Brandon Herman

Florian Hetz

David Hockney

Terence Koh

Matt Lambert

Tom of Finland

Jwan Yosef

Stuart Sandford is an artist and independent curator from the UK currently based in Los Angeles. He has exhibited and published his work internationally and has curated and co-curated exhibitions in Los Angeles and London.

Tom of Finland Foundation was established in 1984 by Durk Dehner and his friend Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland. As Tom had established worldwide recognition as the master of homo-erotic art, the Foundation's original purpose was to preserve his vast catalog of work. Several years later the scope was widened to offer a safe haven for all erotic art in response to rampant discrimination against art that portrayed sexual behavior or generated a sexual response. Today the Foundation continues in its efforts of educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art and in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.

Dr. Evan Goldstein is the Founder and CEO of Bespoke Surgical, the leading private practice specializing in an elite standard of sexual health and wellness care for the modern gay male. As the preeminent leader in the field and with offices in both New York and Beverly Hills, Dr. Goldstein offers concierge-style medical and surgical expertise to the gay community and is dedicated to not only bringing the important issues surrounding gay sexual health to the forefront, but also eliminating stigmas around gay sexuality.

To RSVP to the opening night: rsvpthebody@gmail.com

For all press enquires: holly@mmlpr.com

For event/sponsorship enquiries: glam@bespokesurgical.com

Poster design by Rubén Esparza, artwork by Florian Hetz

Poster design by Rubén Esparza, artwork by Florian Hetz

Boys! Boys! Boys! Volume 4 - Spring and weekend presentation in Amsterdam

Boys! Boys! Boys! is a weekend presentation at The Ravestijn Gallery in Amsterdam, The Netherlands supporting the 4th edition of the Paddle 8 auction of the same name which is now live (running from March 15th to 28th). Artists in this iteration include AdeY, Lulu Delafalaise, Digo Duarte, Thibault Gaetan Dubroca, Stephane Gizard, Greg Gorman, Phil Griffin, Alexandre Haefeli, Brandon Herman, Florian Hetz, Iakovos, Steven Klein, Richard Kranzin, Matt Lambert, Serge Le Hidalgo, Will McBride, Manuel Moncayo, Lucas Murnaghan, Ferry van der Nat, Laurence Philomene, Howard Roffman, John Patrick Salisbury, Xavier Samre, Stuart Sandford, Ruben van Schalm, Luke Smithers, Michael Sondergaard, Birk Thomassen, Bruce Weber, Andy Warhol, Sarp Kerem Yavuz, and Vlad Zorin.

Jake (iv), 2016, C-type print, part of the Paddle 8 Boys! Boys! Boys! auction

Jake (iv), 2016, C-type print, part of the Paddle 8 Boys! Boys! Boys! auction

Circus of Books - group exhibition at FIERMAN in New York - March 16th through May 5th 2019

Delighted to be part of Circus of Books running from March 16th - May 5th at FIERMAN in New York, a group exhibition celebrating the legendary Los Angeles bookstores. A zine by Billy Miller from Straight To Hell will be released to mark the occasion and the exhibition is co-curated by artist Rachel Mason, whose documentary Circus of Books has its premiere at the same time at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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I’m showing a triptych of Polaroids (detail below) taken at the WeHo branch of CoB back in 2016 and please take a look at the flyer above for the amazing list of artists involved.

Hustler (triptych), 2016 - detail

Hustler (triptych), 2016 - detail


Sebastian (relic) no.1 - call for contributions at Tom of Finland Foundation

Buried beneath this tree at TOM House in Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA is a cast bronze ‘relic’ from my ongoing Sebastian series. To create an ancient looking blue/green (known as verdigris) patina, please urinate on this spot. The uric acid in the urine reacts with the metal, prematurely aging it. Thank you for your contribution.

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Adults Only - group exhibition in Cologne, Germany - January 18th through March 3rd 2019

From delicate to hard, from painting, drawing and collage to photography and sculpture to installation, the works that are shown in ADULTS ONLY pick up and depict themes from erotic to pornographic.

The focus of ADULTS ONLY, the first group exhibition at Biesenbach Gallery in 2019, is a subject that could hardly be more human: the sensual body that has always fascinated its viewers. The artistic composition of the artworks reflects abysses and highlights of human sexuality and offers a journey through the current art scene, whose protagonists dedicate themselves in their presented works to the subject of sex.

Time and time again, the human body and its various ways of erotizing were and are being rediscovered and specifically charged for art. It was not only postmodernism that drew on Greek high art and Roman antiquity with its dramatic erotic motifs.

The works of our 10 contemporary artists in ADULTS ONLY tell a story of sex and sensuality in the history of human culture. The exhibition, which does not shy away from potentially objectionable footage, also assumes a certain explosiveness.

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Sometimes the body is self-sufficient, resting, sometimes it is intertwined in the act of love, at times it even flares itself up to masturbation. The series “Cumfaces” by British photographer and filmmaker Stuart Sandford (*1978, lives and works in Los Angeles and London) shows exactly this: faces of young men at the moment of the self-induced climax.

Pornographic films serve French artist Rebecca Bournigault (*1970 in Colmar, lives and works in Paris) as a model for her sexually explicit watercolours, in which she portrays women – released from the original film setting – and thus stimulates reflection on the exploitation of the female body today.

With his photo series "STOFF, HAUT, BLICK" (“FABRIC, SKIN, GAZE”), Cologne-based artist Roland Schappert (*1965) takes up motifs from porn magazines and zooms almost voyeuristically in on detailed boundaries between garments and bodies. This suggests more or less clear individual moments and social situations. His photographs were originally shown in an exhibition project together with works by Stefan Römer at high-end fashion store città di bologna in Cologne in 1998. Digitalised/remastered for our “Adults Only” exhibition, Schappert’s photographs are reinterpreted for the first time as lightfast prints on Alu Dibond (edition of 8 copies each). In addition and in line with the exhibition’s midissage on 16 February, at 6 pm, the artist will present a performance of his own "SEXROMAN", a novel also published in 1998.

Back to the ancient Greek origin of the term "pornography" - derived and composed of πόρνη (pórnē, "prostitute") and γράφειν (gráphein, "write") - brings us Hamburg-based artist Viviane Gernaert (*1976 in Munich) with her interpretation of a “Kober” window: Only the prostitute is missing from her re-enactment of a brothel in the window of the gallery. Furthermore, her graphite drawings, based on David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”, explore a somewhat different kind of voyeurism than her “Kober” window.

Voyeurism plays a major role in the work of Dutch painter Jans Muskee(*1961 in Nieuw-Amsterdam, lives and works in Groningen). His oil pastels on paper show scenes, all life-size and lifelike, with adults only – or for adults only – who are entangled in bizarre constellations. Muskee ironically exposes the uptight concept of a morally intact suburb as a world of Sodom and Gomorrah.

The conservative sexual fantasies of the 1950s are targeted by German sculptor and painter Beate Höing (*1966, lives and works in Coesfeld). The artist uses nude nymph figures made of porcelain in her fragile sculptures of clay and other findings from porcelain and appropriates their delicate and naive eroticism in several firing processes.

Parisian artist Julien Comte-Gaz (*1987 in Australia) uses old (soft) pornographic photographs – sometimes dating back as far as to the 1920’s – and robs them of their "offensiveness" by delicately applied dot-drawings, pixel-like collages or meticulous lasercuts (as for example in his reappropriated Bunnies from the Playboys of the 1970/80s), therefore covering all sexual matters or simply cutting them out.

The tender-harmless, playful eroticism that emanates from Höing's nymphs and also shows through in Comte-Gaz's works, stands in stark contrast to Matt Lambert's sometimes very explicit photographs and films that have nothing in common with obsolete moral concepts. His work is an often hard-core, sex-infused and unapologetic celebration of gay sexuality. The Berlin-based artist (*1983 in Los Angeles), who has also worked for nearly all major fashion and lifestyle magazines, is best known for his LGBT community-related work. Lambert prefers to work with real porn actors and deals with topics such as youth and intimacy.

Also queer related is American Tom Bianchi’s photographic work, who devotes himself entirely to the act of men in his work. In more than 20 books with photographs, poems and essays already published, experiences of homosexual men are treated. The Polaroid series shown in ADULTS ONLY was originally created between 1975-83 (Bianchi was born in 1945, he lives and works in Palm Springs) and pays homage to the carefree, pre-AIDS lifestyle of the gay community at Fire Island Pines, Long Island, NY.

In his work, British photographer Bob Carlos Clarke, who died in 2006 and is also known as the British Helmut Newton, dedicates himself to the nude act as well, but this time around the female one. Clarke realizes erotic (male) fantasies and works with models, actresses and stars (the exhibition shows, for example, Academy Award winner Rachel Weizs in “For Dolls That Do Dishes”). His work, published in countless books and magazines, is synonymous with glamour, fetish and women's bodies.

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I made this short film earlier in the year, a love letter to the place and the people of Tom of Finland Foundation, my home in Los Angeles for the past three years.

Secret Gay Box - installation views

Thanks to everyone that came out to the opening night of Secret Gay Box at TOM House Friday night! Please find below a selection of installation shots of the works. The exhibition runs (by appointment only) until November 12th.

Nathan Ritterpusch, Don Joint, Justin Olerud

Nathan Ritterpusch, Don Joint, Justin Olerud

Jose Gonzalo Garcia Munoz

Jose Gonzalo Garcia Munoz

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe

Hossein Edlatkah

Hossein Edlatkah

Stuart Sandford, Don Joint

Stuart Sandford, Don Joint

Stuart Sandford

Stuart Sandford

Guests with Stuart Sandford’s work

Guests with Stuart Sandford’s work

Nathan Ritterpusch, Jose Gonzalo Garcia Munoz, Don Joint, Justin Olerud

Nathan Ritterpusch, Jose Gonzalo Garcia Munoz, Don Joint, Justin Olerud

Justin Olerud, Nathan Ritterpusch, Jose Gonzalo Garcia Munoz, Don Joint, Stuart Sandford

Justin Olerud, Nathan Ritterpusch, Jose Gonzalo Garcia Munoz, Don Joint, Stuart Sandford

Stuart Sandford, Don Joint

Stuart Sandford, Don Joint

Secret Gay Box at the Tom of Finland Foundation

The second iteration of Secret Gay Box curated by John Wolf opens this Friday 12th October 6-9pm at the Tom of Finland Foundation and runs until November 12th. Delighted to once again be amongst some amazing artists. More info below.

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“John Wolf Fine Art is both humbled and pleased to present ‘Secret Gay Box’ at the Tom of Finland Foundation. This show 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. 
     Like Tracey Emin's My Bed , this ‘Secret Gay Box’ will encapsulate a moment in the life of an individual but rather than doing this through a single object or work, it will use a variety of works in different mediums from different times to create the ethos of adolescent formation; a time characterized by flux and uncertainty. It will be a powerful comment on the construction of identity through collected, foraged, sometimes fiercely protected influences.
     The essence of Tom of Finland's practice began in a similar and all-too-familiar closeted secret world. His identity hidden from his community and his artwork as self expression hidden in a box.
     This is how the show's curator, John Wolf, describes his childhood: being gay was a sin and a flaw, something only Jesus could change.  So as a child, the ability to read and explore his nascent sexuality was not only fearful but had to be hidden in a secret gay box.
     This exhibition will revive that box in a way that will be both personal and visceral for Wolf himself, and for the viewer.
     The ability to have a private world, and to collect, is ultimately what led Wolf to art world.”

LALA Magazine - Fall 2018

There’s a six-page feature on me and my work in the Fall issue of LALA Magazine. I also shot some photographs (including one of the covers) of artist Simon Haas for a feature on his work for the same issue too which is out now.

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Stuart Sandford, Cumfaces #1, 2007

Tamara Beckwith Veroni & Ghislain Pascal of The Little Black GalleryThe Hospital Club & Paddle8 invite you to the launch of

BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! 
at 
THE HOSPITAL CLUB
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HQ

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 6-8PM

An exhibition of photographs presented by The Little Black Gallery & Paddle8

to coincide with the launch of the Paddle8 auction 
MORE BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! 

+ the first BOYS! BOYS! BOYS! book, foreword by David Furnish, all proceeds to the Elton John AIDS Foundation - preorder now

Ouroboros, 2018, digital edition (of 50) via Sedition

Ouroboros (2018)

A digital version of a new large-scale statue (work in progress) created using a combination of state-of-the-art 3D scanning technologies and traditional casting methods. Further small-scale versions exist in bronze, stainless steel, and Carrara marble. The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. The name originates from within Greek language; (oura) meaning "tail" and (boros) meaning "eating", thus "he who eats the tail". The Ouroboros represents the perpetual cyclic renewal of life and infinity, the concept of eternity and the eternal return, and represents the cycle of life, death and rebirth, leading to immortality, as in the Phoenix. The current mathematical symbol for infinity - may be derived from a variant on the classic Ouroboros with the snake looped once before eating its own tail.

Available exclusively via seditionart.com

My Gay Eye – Homage to Tom Of Finland - exhibition in Berlin

My Gay Eye – Homage to Tom Of Finland / Folsom Special

Curator: Rinaldo Hopf

Preview opening: Friday 17th August 2018 7pm
Duration: 17th August - 11th September 2018
FOLSOM Special event: Saturday 8th September 6-10pm Location: The Ballery, Nollendorfstraße 11-12, 10777 Berlin

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Two of my Polaroid works from the exhibition.

Two of my Polaroid works from the exhibition.

From the 17th of August, in time for the Folsom Fetish Fair in Berlin, The Ballery in Schöneberg, Berlin is showing in an exhibition and book presentation "My Gay Eye - Homage to Tom of Finland". The exhibition includes original Tom of Finland drawings as well as a selection of the artworks of the current anthology of the same name.

Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991) has created a fascinating gay world with his iconographic drawings. This special volume of the series "My gay eye" presents largely unknown pages of Tom of Finland's work, such as Facsimiles of leaves from his scrapbooks, which illustrate his working process, as well as his effect on subsequent artist generations. In addition, the diverse work of the Tom of Finland Foundation is presented. For the first time, selected treasures from their extensive collection of gay art are published, probably the largest of its kind in the world. Several original drawings and prints from this collection are now being presented in Berlin.

Durk Dehner was the life partner Tom of Finland and together with him founded the Foundation, which he has been directing ever since. It is thanks to his tireless work that Tom's works are represented in numerous museums today and are part of the global pop culture

Curator Durk Dehner on 10 erotic artworks inspired by Tom of Finland (in English): https://hornet.com/stories/my-gay-eye-tom-of-finland-two/

https://www.tomoffinlandfoundation.org/

Curator and artist Rinaldo Hopf, was a resident artist at the Tom of Finland Foundation in 2017. As an artist he is represented by The Ballery in Berlin.

https://www.rinaldohopf.com

The Ballery is an art gallery and project space in the neighbourhood of Schöneberg in Berlin. Since opening in 2014, it has aimed to present a balanced cross section of society in a dynamic format that picks up a variety of artistic approaches. The Ballery places a strong focus on presenting perspectives that support diversity and equality within the community. – https://www.theballery.com

Featured artists:

Tom of Finland - Johnny Alexandre Abbate - Aries - Henning von Berg - Rick Castro - Greg Day - Norman Deigan - Domino - Etienne - Gorilla - Florian Hetz - Rinaldo Hopf - The Hun - Nigel Ken - Michael Kirwan - Patrick Lee - Link - Yu-liang Liu - Minoru - Sven Oliver - Palanca - Stuart Sandford

Special guest artist: DJ Hell

Contact for press and interview requests: Simon Williams l Nollendorfstrasse 12, 10777 Berlin Tel: +49 (0)30/2100 3124 l Cell: +49 (0)175 5597977 l Email: theballery@gmail.com

Pictures - opening night and installation shots

Thank you to everyone who came out to the opening of Pictures on Thursday night. It was a small but very appreciative crowd. I'm very happy with how the show turned out, especially as it was my first time exhibiting large archival pigment prints from Polaroids. Also a big thank you to my hosts and all at Queer/Bar. The exhibition runs though the end of October and select works from the exhibition are available through my online store.