MUKBANG CRISIS THEORY
26 May 2017, Pepino
The day after traveling is always wasted - yesterday I didn't even try to work after landing home from Vienna. Today I've been back in action again. I love the days when I read books and news in the morning and in the afternoon I draw what I've learned and discovered. Today it was mukbang, which is is an online audiovisual broadcast in which a host eats large quantities of food while interacting with their audience. It's online binge eating disorder.
This is the power of my small drawings: they are fast and direct, I don't have to limit my ideas. Maybe I shouldn't paint anymore but concentrate in what I do best and enjoy most, A4 size drawings.
ART TOO SAFE FOR AN APLHA MALE
16 May 2017, Pepino
I finished the forty pink monochromes.
I have made a bunch of list drawings on racism for the Vienna show. Opening next Tuesday.
I’m painting - the first time in one year - figurative things on canvas. And it looks good. Sponge Bob Squarepants and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Everything is really fine but I don’t feel satisfied. I’m reading Robert Fisk’s (the famous conflict correspondent) book Pity the Nation (Zena’s recommendation) on the Lebanese Civil War and I want to be like him. Painting junk culture in the studio is too safe for an alpha male like me. My practice is too secure, it doesn’t make me feel alive. I don’t want to go to Vienna, I want to go to Mosul.
My Austrian Friends
07 May 2017, Pepino
Just when I finished the pink monochromes, Florian asked if I could show my fresh Manner wafer work at Collector Agenda's new project space in Vienna in a couple of weeks. I love reacting fast and furious, so I accepted the challenge and booked the flights immediately.
I had never heard of Manner - the iconic Austrian wafer since 1890 - before January, when my Austrian friend Simeon told about the company's personalization campaign - the consumers could replace the brand with their own names.
Manner had a list of acceptable names, so it was not possible to write there Mother of All Car Bombs or Mustard Gas Wafer Dreams. In addition, the list looked very Germanic. No Chinese, Arabic, African or Spanish names. Was this traditional product not for immigrants? I asked Simeon to phone to the customer service and ask them to make Arabic names. Maybe they understood that if they don't do them, they will be labeled as racists in public. My work is titled My Austrian Friends and dedicated to all immigrants in Europe.
Manner is Arnold Schwarzenegger's favorite snack and it appears in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Mr. Schwarzenegger is a successfully integrated Austrian immigrant in California and I'm sure that he'd love my work.
01 May 2017, Pepino
The beauteous pink I would not slight.
Rosa in Spanish is pink but also the red color of the rose. The meaning of the word is wider than pink. For my forty pink monochrome paintings I bought some paints that were labelled as rosa in Spanish and rose in English. Indeed they weren't pink but red, useless for my project. In English pink refers to a totally different flower, dianthus.
In Japanese pink can be sakura-iro (cherry blossoms) or momo-iro (peach blossoms) but in the contemporary kawaii Japan the word pinku is more common. Hello Kitty universe is definitely super pinku.
In my mother tongue Finnish there is no word for pink, it's called vaaleanpunainen - light red - but like in Japanese, the borrowed word pinkki is used referring to the cute and the feminine pink things.
Why light red (pink) has its own word in English but light blue is just light blue? Is it because pink has so many more cultural meanings? What is the power of pink beyond sakura? Pink is not exclusively related to things considered traditionally powerless like childhood, femininity, homosexuality, softness and tenderness - there are some interesting exceptions like the British Empire (colored pink on maps) and the maglia rosa, pink jersey the leader of Giro d'Italia wears.