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The Foundation
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Patrick Staff The Foundation
Texts by Isla Leaver-Yap and Catherine Lord, conversation between Patrick Staff and S.R. Sharp.
published in December 2015
English edition
14 x 21 cm (softcover)
132 pages (color ill.)
ISBN: 978-88-6749-184-1
EAN: 9788867491841
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This book documents the eponymous work by British artist Patrick Staff a film installation exploring queer intergenerational relationships negotiated through historical materials. The film combines footage shot at the gay icon Tom of Finland's Foundation in Los Angeles with choreographic sequences shot within a specially constructed set.
The film The Foundation combines footage shot at the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles—home to the archive of the erotic artist and gay icon and a community of people that care for it—with choreographic sequences shot within a specially constructed set. The legacy of Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen (1920-1991), better known as Tom of Finland, spans multiple generations. Tom of Finland's work made a considerable impact on masculine representation and imagery in post-war gay culture. Rather than focusing on Tom of Finland's work, Staff's film evokes the foundation as a set of relations. Staff explores how a collection is formed and constituted; the communities that produce and are produced by a body of work; and ideas of intergenerational relationships and care. Through observational footage of the house, its collections and inhabitants, the foundation is revealed as a domestic environment, a libidinal space, archive, office and community centre; a private space which is also the home of a public-facing organisation and the source of a widely dispersed body of images.
Published following the installation's touring exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, London; Spike Island, Bristol; Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, in 2015 and 2016.
Patrick Staff (born 1987, United Kingdom, works and lives in London and Los Angeles) is a British artist who works with video, installation, performance and publishing. He frequently collaborates with other artists, dancers, historians and public participants creating malleable frameworks for socially engaged research mediated by moving image.