26 January 2008, Cervera de los Montes
I’m going to Stockholm tomorrow. This is my packing list: Leatherman Multitool, a laser line level, two pairs of Levi’s 501 blue jeans, T-shirts, a black suit, the Colon(ialism) soap box, Japanese bath salt (I don’t have a bathtub, so I have to bath always in hotels), a bottle of Scotch for the lonely nights in the hotel room (I think spirits are expensive in Sweden), Gauloises Blondes cigarettes (also expensive or impossible to find in Stockholm), soft pencils, Eau de Issey Miyake, Nivea for Men Hidratante Extra Sensitive, Fisherman’s Friends, a chorizo (it’s nice to try exotic food but eating Swedish during one week might be too much), Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs and Steel – The Fates of Human Societies, a selection of 30 drawings (prostitution, globalisation and hotel drawings) and 30 wooden frames, 20 Domestic Terrorism milk bottles and €1450 cash (a travel grant from the Nordic Culture point).
23 January 2008, Cervera de los Montes
I try do art that is provocative, exaggerating, ridiculous, iconoclast and blasphemous, but from time to time, I find out that the reality is impossible to surpass - Hello Kitty firearms are a great example of that. Even I couldn't invent anything equally preposterous.
Hello Kitty, kitten/girl figure without a mouth, is supposed to be the cutest thing in the world, and the AR-15 is a lightweight, air-cooled, magazine fed, autoloading, centerfire shoulder-fired rifle.
If you like both, you can have a pink AR-15 decorated with flowers and Hello Kitty figure holding a gun. And if you don't like AR-15, which is mainly used by American civilians to protect their homes, don't worry, more serious Hello Kitty AK-47 Kalashnikovs are available, too. A perfect gift for an African child soldier or a young wannabe Ulrike Meinhof.
16 January 2008, Cervera de los Montes
I had an opening today in Helsinki - a group show called Dark at Korjaamo. Meanwhile in Talavera de la Reina, I went to the dentist's, travel agency, framing shop, post office, and bought two dark-colored t-shirts in Zara.
Timo, the curator of the show, made my wall painting Kaurapuurö. Kaurapuuro is oatmeal in Finnish. All the Finnish kids eat it every morning. When they grow up, they let their hair grow and listen to heavy metal. Heavy metal bands use umlauts in their names, like Motörhead, whose logo's font is used in my painting. Oatmeal is something very homely and the heavy metal umlaut is slightly sinister.
10 January 2008, Cervera de los Montes
I went to Madrid to interview Esther Mañas and Arash Moori, who do abstract sound and light sculptures. I don’t really get their work but it doesn’t matter, I always say that I like things I don’t understand. Their stuff is beautiful but somehow uncomfortable. I asked them did they first sleep together and then worked as a team or vice versa. Arash said that they first started working together. I’m not sure if I should believe him.
The interview was videod for Julio, a new digital magazine edited by Ramón, Joseba and Manuela. It’s great to do things in Madrid and be a little bit more connected with its art world. I loved to be in Malasaña, where Esther and Arash’s have their studio. We had lunch at Bar Palentino (gin and tonic €3), where Fernando León filmed Manu Chao’s latest prostitution themed music video Me Llaman Calle (They Call Me Street). For the dessert, Esther and Arash had prepared Epiphany’s typical roscón de reyes (king cake), which normally has a Baby Jesus or some other surprise in it, but they had filled it with an army of plastic soldiers. That was funny and political and kind of easier art than their abstract sculptures.
06 January 2008, Cervera de los Montes
I’ve been reading Artemiy Troitsky’s blog entries published as a book. Troitsky was a rock music critic in the 80’s Soviet Union, Playboys’s editor in Yeltsin’s Russia and now he’s a political dissident. He writes about everything between the politics and beautiful girls. I like very much his lists of the best and the worst beach resorts, beer brands, sex positions and automobiles.
My favorite cars in an alphabetical order are Alfa Romeo Brera, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Audi TT, Bentley Brooklands Coupé, BMW X6, Citroën C6, Infiniti FX, Jaguar XJ, Lexus SC, Nissan Murano, Porsche Cayman, Range Rover and Saab 9-7X. I haven’t driven any of these cars and probably I never will. I have a four-years-old Renaul Megane with the smallest diesel engine and it’s heating system is broken.
01 January 2008, Cervera de los Montes
It's the first morning of the year and the first thing I had in my head (after taking a painkiller), was money. I’d like to have as much money as Vladimir Putin, the wealthiest man in Europe. I’d deposit my money in following banks:
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, HSBC , Bank of America, Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, Santander, Unicredito, Intesa Sanpaolo, ABN Amro, The Bank of Tokyo - Mitsubishi, Wells Fargo & Co, BNP Paribas, UBS, BBVA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Credit Suisse.