“AllTogether” | Emma Kohlmann, Florian Hetz and Gio Black Peter

19th May 2022, 5:00 pm


AllTogether features artists from the Tom of Finland Foundation collections.

EMMA KOHLMANN (B. 1989, American)
Emma Kohlmann evokes contemporary feminine mythology in her lush ink washes and watercolors, positioning images of plants, butterflies, and birds alongside enigmatic faces and figures. Kohlmann has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York. In 2021, she participated in Tom of Finland Foundation’s charitable auction Sexology 101. Kohlmann lives and works in Florence, MA.

“I have been working in self publishing for the past 10 years. Its been a way in which I have been able to connect with other artist peers, as well as giving myself a place to showcase my work. One of the first places I saw Tom of Finland’s work was at one of the art book fairs in New York. I have always been infatuated with drawing and erotica. Leafing through the pages of Physique Pictorial was so amazing. I became so obsessed with Tom’s work, collecting my stash of those early zines. The figures I make in my own work have been influenced by these images. I feel like in some ways I memorialize them in my own work.”  –EK

FLORIAN HETZ (B. 1975, German)
Photographer Florian Hetz closes in on those seemingly everyday moments and the bodies in their state at the time, elevating them and translating them into his hyper-focused, visceral language. In 2017, during an artist residency at Tom of Finland Foundation, Hetz introduced landscapes and still-lifes into his work and engaged with natural light. Hetz lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

“A friend took me to TOM House on Laveta Terrace in Los Angeles where Tom lived a good part of his later life and founded Tom of Finland Foundation together with Durk Dehner in 1984. During the guided tour through the House, I felt a bit like a teenager again, imagining all the people who lived, loved and created in this special place in the past. Listening to S.R. Sharp telling the life story of Tom, the Foundation, the archive and their mission to protect and support queer art, I knew I wanted to come back and be part of this legacy.

Tom introduced me to proud, happy gay men, celebrating their life and sex with confidence in full daylight. Nothing was hidden, and there was no shame attached to it. And I couldn’t have had a better role model than that.” FH

GIO BLACK PETER (B. 1979, Guatemalan)
Gio Black Peter is an artist who, since the late 2000s, has made a name for himself as an underground performance artist, actor, and painter. Often representing members of the Queer community and historically underrepresented figures, the artist contextualizes his subjects within present-day issues like the Black Lives Matter movement or censorship discrimination. In 2019, Peter was an Artist-in-Residence at Tom of Finland Foundation and has participated in Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festivals. Peter lives and works in New York, NY.

“About erotic art:  Making art is making love.  Making love is making art.”  –GBP



About the Exhibition Artists Venice Paris Catalogue Press About the Exhibition On the occasion of Tom of Finland’s birthday (8th May), Tom of Finland Foundation and The Community have curated a group exhibition, supported by Diesel, presenting Tom of Finland Foundation’s permanent collection. AllTogether explores the erotic art collection consisting of thousands of artworks, spanning… View Article
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“AllTogether” catalogue

    The AllTogether exhibition catalogue includes a preface by co-curator Sini Rinne-Kanto entitled “How to survive in the memory? Writing down stories from the largest erotic art collection in the world”; an essay by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos and Charles Teyssou on the history of erotic art entitled “Tom of Finland Foundation, a safe house for… View Article
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The exhibition tells the individual stories of the artists. At the same time, the exhibition locates parallels, interactions, and influences between Tom of Finland Foundation, Tom’s aesthetic impact, and the community of artists that have formed throughout the years around them…View

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Published: 19th May 2022

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