Patrick Staff, Tom of Finland | Thursday 2 July
Artists these days don’t confine themselves to toiling in draughty studios. They collaborate, get out there. Really out there, in the case of rising star Patrick Staff. Working across film, installation, performance and publishing, and alongside other artists, historians and dancers, the 27-year-old has made a name for himself with massively ambitious works that look at how counter-cultures and alternative communities exist within the mainstream. Staff ensconced himself within the close-knit gay community at the Tom of Finland Foundation in LA, an archive devoted to the work and legacy of the legendary homoerotic artist. It considers Tom’s influence on subsequent generations of gay men, how legends are created and their heritage curated.
Join Pride and Spike Island for a special preview of the exhibition.