KIM KARDASHIAN FREEDOM
23 March 2015, Cervera de los Montes
I've been working like a factory these last two weeks at the studio after my last trip to Helsinki, I've done three big drawings of heroes and villains of our time - Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Vladimir Putin and Kim Kardashian. The shipping company comes tomorrow to pick them up. The works go to Helsinki and on Wednesday I leave home for the same destination once again. This time my task is to give a talk at Ihme Festival. Other speakers include Jeremy Deller, Roger M. Buergel and Ralph Rugoff. I've been invited to attack the propaganda rhetoric of the free speech. I can say whatever I want, but as Naomi Klein writes, free speech is meaningless if the commercial cacophony has risen to the point where no one can hear you.
KITCHEN AND HANAMI
15 March 2015, Cervera de los Montes
The place I like best in this world is the kitchen. No matter where it is, no matter what kind, if it’s a kitchen, if it’s a place where they make food, it’s fine with me. Ideally it should be well broken in. Lots of tea towels, dry and immaculate.
The quote is the beginning of Banana Yoshimoto's novella Kitchen. After the frenetic weeks traveling and working in Helsinki and Madrid, I enjoy of my normal routine, working at the studio and cooking for the family. I love wearing my old clothes with both paint and olive oil stains.
The special thing of this month is hanami - the Japanese word for flower viewing - when almond and cherry blossoms are everywhere. I make art of ugly things I hate but I love to be surrounded by beauty.
A DOUBLE AGENT AT YOUR SERVICE
09 March 2015, Helsinki
The reason for my trip to Helsinki was to check the damaged parts of 57 Varieties monochromes. The panorama was what I had expected, I have to take 10 of them back to the headquarters before delivering them to the collector who acquired the piece. I hung around at the gallery during the last weekend of Turbo Realism meeting visitors and friends, including encounters with my past - I came face to face with my first love from the elementary school. I'm flying back home tomorrow morning but I already got new flight ticket for Helsinki, I'm going to be speaking at Ihme Festival in the end of this month. Then I continue my propaganda for a better world though Finland's most acclaimed art critic Otso Kantokorpi suggested in a leftist magazine that I'm a double agent in capitalism's payroll.
CANCELLED FLIGHTS AND CATFIGHTS
04 March 2015, Frankfurt
When I was on my way this morning by bus to Madrid, I got an SMS from Norwegain Air Shuttle that my flight had been cancelled due to the pilot strike. No sympathy from this communist to Norwegian pilots. I headed to the airport to solve the situation but the low-cost airline had ther eno personnel. I arrived early, I had planned to have some pre-flight tapas in the city with Abdul. I phoned to Oslo, cancelled my tickets and asked offers from the airline counters. I had a pleasant flight to Frankfurt seated next to Spanish girl working in Nanjing Intercontinental hotel.
The stress of the cancelled flight wasn't enough, a Latvian young lady asked me to protect her from a Polish man. I went to a smoking lounge with her where a German transvestite attacked her. I called the police and had to stay with them as an eyewitness of the catfight. Now they let me go and I rush to the gate for the Helsinki flight.
RED HEAT ACTION
03 March 2015, Cervera de los Montes
Listen to your art
when it's calling for you.
Listen to your art
There's nothing else you can do.
No rest here, tomorrow I'm going back to Helsinki - if the Norwegian Air Shuttle pilot strike doesn't cancel my flight. I always support workers' rights except tomorrow.
The reason for the new trip is the sale of my red monochrome series 57 Varieties. It was exhibited in 2013 in Stockholm and last year in Helsinki. The shipping has damaged some parts of the work and I have to check whether they can be fixed or have to replaced by new elements. Sounds like boring work but I'm really happy for the sale. Otherwise this fundamental piece in my production would have stayed stored imperfect forever.