29 March 2011, Cervera de los Montes
I think that my dream job would be a laowai.
In China being from the West is a very desirable thing, if you are a foreign national with a pale skin we want to put you in our database and find part time face jobs for you.
A face job is a job which requires no skill other than being friendly and being a laowai. Occasionally companies want a foreign face to go to meetings and conferences or to go to dinners and lunches and smile at the clients and shake people’s hands.
There are job opportunities for men who can look good in a suit. This is a great way to make cash in the evenings or to travel and have all expenses paid trips around China while getting paid up to 1000RMB per day.
TURBO SINOLOGY IN PARIS
24 March 2011, Cervera de los Montes
I'm planning my solo show in Paris in May - the first important exhibition of this year. It will be my second list show. Last year, I did a show of A4 size hand written lists at Korjaamo in Helsinki. I looked now the installation photos and all you can see are wooden frames on the wall in a strict line. The show at Galerie e.l Bannwarth will be a bit more visual. The working title is My Favorite Banks and Escort Girls in the People's Republic of China. I'll show my traditional hanging rolls featuring written - with a permanent marker as contemporary calligraphy - China related lists and a visual list - the new slide show of photos of 100 escort girls working in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.
In 2009, I stayed in Beijing with the intention to understand China and the Chinese way of thinking. I thought that to understand the world, it's essential to see how it looks from the Chinese point of view.
After two months exploring the capital city of PRC, the results were nil. My prejudices had been proven to be false but I had no answers to any of my questions. I gave up, I didn't understand China and consequently neither the world anymore - but possibly it's a good situation to an artist. I wasn't able to tell things about China but I could use a primitive tool - listing. When we can't describe or explain something, we can still make a list of it's components or characters.
EAT US PLZ
19 March 2011, Cervera de los Montes
Today I don't paint because it's the Father's day (but I don't feel wounded as Leonard Cohen sings). I'll have drinks with other fathers and eat paella prepared by my mother-in-law.
The big painting (240x240cm) is progressing smoothly. I've finished the mascot and the sauce pan figures and now I'm working with the main figure and the text I love money (It's the title of an American reality television series). When I've colored everything, I'm going to give another layer to painting with thick acrylic writing several slogans, adding more signs and a manifestation of sausages saying eat us plz.
MANIFESTO OF TURBO FUTURIST PAINTING
15 March 2011, Cervera de los Montes
1. We intend to paint the the danger, the habit of energy and fearlessness.
2. Courage, audacity, and revolt will be essential elements of our painting.
3. Up to now painting has exalted a pensive immobility, ecstasy, and sleep. We intend to exalt aggressive action, a feverish insomnia, the mortal leap, the punch and the slap.
4. We affirm that the world’s magnificence has been enriched by a new beauty: the beauty of consuming.
5. The painter must spend himself with ardor, splendor, and generosity, to swell the enthusiastic fervor of the primordial elements.
6. Except in struggle, there is no more beauty. No work without an aggressive character can be a masterpiece.
7. Painting must be conceived as a violent attack on unknown forces, to reduce and prostrate them before man.
8. Painting can be nothing but violence, cruelty, and injustice.
APPENDIX TO THE MANIFESTO OF TURBO REALISM
11 March 2011, Cervera de los Montes
Turbo Realism is the basic method of the Deadly Viper Painting Squad. It demands of the artist the truthful and concrete representation of reality in its neoliberal development. Moreover, the truthfulness and the concreteness of the artistic representation of reality must be linked with the task of ideological confusion and miseducation of consumers in the spirit of crypto-capitalism.
The supreme council of the Deadly Viper Painting Squad has laid down four basic rules for Turbo Realist art, that must be:
1. Relevant to the consumers and understandable to them.
2. Boring representing everyday consumer goods and their mascots.
3. Distorted in the representational sense.
4. Terrorist and supportive of the aims of the crypto-capitalism.
COLORING THE CAPITALISM
07 March 2011, Cervera de los Montes
The coloring books emerged in the United States as part of the democratization of art process, inspired by a series of lectures by British artist Joshua Reynolds, and the works of Swiss educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Many educators concluded that all, regardless of background, students stood to benefit from art education as a means of enhancing their conceptual understanding of the tangible, developing their cognitive abilities, and improving skills that would be useful in finding a profession, as well as for the children's spiritual edification
I printed some letters from several coloring websites, drew copies of them on a light table and paid to my five-year-old daughter and her seven-year-old friend two euros for coloring the letters C, A, P, I, T, A, L, I, S and M.
02 March 2011, Cervera de los Montes
The first part of the years has been a bit different than I thought in the beginning of January. Several projects have been canceled or delayed and I haven’t been traveling more than two days to Malaga to sign the special edition of my monograph.
The positive thing is that I’ve been working hard in the studio without distraction. I’ve finished several paintings I began last year and painted one completely new work. Now I’m painting a 240x240cm work, consisting of four parts, that will feature a child soldier and his mascot from a Korean snack, a flying sauce pan of a Japanese corn potage product, the logo of I Love Money – an American reality show - and some democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of market. It’s the biggest painting on canvas I ‘ve ever made and my studio seems very small to operate that size of stuff.
I’m planning to have the big work finished in mid-April before the deadline of a painting competition of a Scandinavian investment bank. I’m among of the 120 artists preselected to be candidates, which means that it’s really too early to open champagne bottles. The first price is one million Swedish crowns. I dream to win it and not so much for the cash but to give anti-capitalist statements after winning a competition of a bank. I would say that donate the entire prize to Communist terrorists.