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Patrick Staff, The Foundation (2014), production still

Patrick Staff, The Foundation (2014), production still [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 12-Apr 24] Courtesy of the artist


Patrick Staff: The Foundation

Contemporary Art Gallery
Vancouver BC – Feb 12-Apr 24, 2016

This exhibition takes its name from the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1984 as a nonprofit dedicated to preserving Tom of Finland’s iconic homo-erotic art, its mandate has since expanded to “offer a safe haven for all erotic art,” and, more recently, “educating the public as to the cultural merits of erotic art, and to promoting healthier, more tolerant attitudes about sexuality.”

How the Tom of Finland Foundation became the subject of a sculpture, print, text and film installation began in 2012, when UK artist Patrick Staff mounted an exhibition in Los Angeles. In a 2015 interview with Time Out London, Staff recalls, “What struck me most was how the foundation is basically a big commune. It’s a normal house on a suburban street.”

Staff’s film is less a documentary on the contents of the Tom of Finland archive than a sociological portrait tracing, both in truth and in fiction (in situ and in sets), the variety of human relationships that pass through this “normal house.” Most notable is the film’s emphasis on intergenerational engagements and how, in finding their own familial form, they tower over those we have come to know as “normal.”

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Patrick Staff, The Foundation

Patrick Staff, The Foundation (2014), production still [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 12-Apr 24] Courtesy of the artist

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Patrick Staff, The Foundation (2014), production still [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 12-Apr 24] Courtesy of the artist

Patrick Staff, The Foundation

Patrick Staff, The Foundation (2014), production still [Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver BC, Feb 12-Apr 24] Courtesy of the artist



 Fri, Apr 8, 2016