27 September 2010, Cervera de los Montes
I opened a bottle of Moët & Chandon and told to my wife that I had amazing news, I just had found out that my drawing Secrets of Sexy Cooking was included in the exhibition Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen at MoMA. My work on view at the Museum of Modern Art! My wife looked at me indiffrently and said that it's fine but nothing surprises her anymore. I can be in the next Documenta or Biennale de Venezia. Or I can be soon nowhere. And she's totally right. I'm as close to the failure as the success.
The Secrets of Sexy Cooking was made in London in the summer 2002, when I was an artist-in-residence at Camden Arts Centre and Delfina Studios. I just had graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Two years later I was represented in New York by Priska C Juschka Fine Arts who sold 19 of my early drawings to the Judith Rothchild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection, which donated them to MoMA. This year they made a show of the donated works but (boringly) exclusively with the work of biggest names like Martin Kippenberger and Jasper Johns. Then I thought that the my works in the most prominent collection of the world are in a tomb and will never see light anymore. I was wrong.
It's only one drawing. It's mainly a design show. But it's the most important exhibition in my career. The other artists include William Eggleston, George Maciunas, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Lucas Samaras, Cindy Sherman, Tom Wesselmann and Andy Warhol. Strangely, nobody from MoMA informed me about the show and I found it in my weekly googling. Maybe it's good, because I would have been tempted to travel to the opening, something that I couldn't have really afforded.
20 September 2010, Cervera de los Montes
These are the texts fro my serigraphy boxes:
Counterfeit LOUIS VUITTON Speedy handbag. Made in Shenzhen by Guizhou Girls.
Synthetic opioid KOLOKOL-1. Used by Spetsnatz Special purpose regiment in the Moscow Theatre Hostage Crisis.
Category A biological weapon EBOLA VIRUS. Codename: Blue Nile. Group: V. Order: Mononegavirales. Family: Filoviridae
NATO COSMIC TOP SECRET documents of the war crimes perpetrated during the Operation Kryptonite in Helmand, Afganistan.
US$ 1.000.000.000 stolen from the Central Bank of Iraq when the United States began bombing Baghdad
I'm lovin' it HAPPY MEAL. Cheeseburger + Coke + French Fries + Ketchup + Confederancy of Independent Systems' General Grievous toy.
Burusera. DIRTY PANTIES with Hello Kitty image and urine, sweat and vaginal fluids. Used by Akiko, 16yrs, from Hiroshima.
A premium HUMAN KIDNEY donated by Rishi, 12yrs, from Mumbai.
High quality COCAINE pruduced by Cali Cartel, Colombia, and handled by Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation. Slightly cut with baking soda.
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The No. 1 hydrogen cyanide pesticide for insects and small animals URAGAN D2. Formerly known as Zyklon B and used in the gas chambers of the Nazi concentration camps.
Liberation Army's DIRTY BOMB. Caesium 137 + Semtex 10. Weapon of mass panic
Hot BLOOD DIAMONDS the warlord president Charles Taylor gave to the model Naomi Campbell. These rocks don't loose their shape, blood diamonds are a girl's best friend.
13 September 2010, Cervera de los Montes
In a recent interview, Antti Nylén - Finland's most provocative essayist, says that he spends 96% of his energy on his family and the rest four on writing. The author has two kids, just like me.
Sometimes, I envy the SANKs (Single Artist, No Kids) living in Berlin, London or New York and having a plenty of time to spend in the studio and to do networking around the openings, dinners and parties.
No doubt, it was a professional suicide to accept my wife's proposal and move to a village of 383 inhabitants. That time I was a freshly graduated 27-year-old innocent artist but I had my works already in the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York, and I had exhibited my stuff in places like Camden Arts Centre, London and the way to the fame seemed eath. I thought that if Bruce Nauman lives in his ranch in Gallisteo, New Mexico (population 265), why couldn't I live in Cervera de los Montes, Toledo. Then little by little I found out that it wasn't that instant to triumph in the global art world.
It would be to easy to blame my wife and children for my lack of success but I must admit that my life is gratifying, and even if I fail to fail as artist, nobody can take my family and happiness away from me. I think it would be too anxious to build the life solely on the work and the success. And I still believe that I'm doing a hell of an oeuvre with those 4% of my energy.
10 September 2010, Cervera de los Montes
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