During my grad school years, one of my supervisor was a research expert on the art works of Tom of Finland. And only through him did I begin to understand the work as significant counterculture works and not simply erotic/pornographic art.  Although the works intention is erotic, many have wondered if  his depiction of ‘supermen’ (male characters with huge sexual organs and muscles) is facile and distasteful, or whether there is a deeper complexity in the work which plays with and subverts those stereotypes. I would argue that there is definitely something more complex than just erotica happening here, in fact, most erotica is more complex than facile.

Now Tom gets an exhibit at MOCA in Los Angeles, on now until January 26th.


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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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