Tom began his lecture by cycling through some of the influences on his art — from their sympathetic foundations (making a “camera” for his father, who could not afford the model he desired) to the impact of brands (Barbies and Glocks and McDonalds featuring). BCNM Director and author of Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo, Nicholas de Monchaux, then joined Tom on stage to have a conversation about some of his more recent work, including his NASA inspired installation currently on show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Space Program: Europa. Tom and Nicholas discussed Tom’s time with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the history of NASA’s program, and how his study guided his work, touching on the elements of ritual and wonder that Tom brings to his art. Finally, the audience had the opportunity to ask Tom questions, ranging from the dynamics within his studio to his response to branding to his own artistic obsessions. Below, we’ve collected a few of his gems for your reading pleasure!
And check out photos from the event as well!
Tom’s Space Program: Europa is on show at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts until January 16th. More information can be found here: https://www.ybca.org/whats-on/space-program-europa