30 October 2008, Cervera de los Montes
Maybe I should concentrate now in the boring photoshopping of the 300 images for the Encyclopedia installation at Golden in Chicago, where I’m going on Sunday, but I’m too excited about the exhibition that I’m curating for Korjaamo. I curated a show called “First In, First Out, First In, First Serve” in Cuenca in 2001 and then decided that curating wasn’t for me but when Aura and Timo proposed me to do something for Korjaamo’s smaller space – same time that I have a solo show in the bigger space – I didn’t think twice.
The show will be titled Trickle-down Theory - If I Get 10 Lexus SUVs, You Might Get a Pair of Flip-flops. Trickle-down theory is a term of right-wing political rhetoric that refers to the policy of providing tax cuts or other benefits to businesses and rich individuals, in the belief that this will indirectly benefit the broad population. The term has been attributed to the Will Rogers - Cherokee cowboy, humorist, social commentator and vaudeville performer - who said during the Great Depression that "money was all appropriated for the top in hopes that it would trickle down to the needy".
My reference in curating is Hou Hanru and Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s Cities on the Move that landed in Kiasma when I was working there as a guide. Then I thought that it was the prefect example of star curators not leaving any space to the artists. The exhibition was too full, too chaotic, too real. Now I think that all that makes it to be the best show I’ve ever seen.
27 October 2008, Cervera de los Montes
An offensive is a military operation that seeks through an aggressive projection of armed forces to occupy territory, gain an objective or achieve some larger strategic, operational or tactical goal.
My goal is to be the most famous artist in the world. And before dominating the world I must achieve the total control of Helsinki, my home field. This is planned to happen next March. I'll have a solo show of my paintings at Korjaamo and, in their smaller space, I curate a group show. Just after that, Amos Anderson Art Museum hosts a large scale exhibition of Jani and me where we show mainly our new collaborative work. One day after that inauguration the new collection display opens in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art with my big wall painting installation.
This is called deep operations, a military doctrine developed by Mikhail Tukhachevsky, the chief of the Red Army and Marshal of the Soviet Union. Basically, it's a maneuver by multiple formations simultaneously. It is not meant to deliver a victory in a single battle, but rather multiple operations conducted in parallel or successively are meant to guarantee victory
10 October 2008, Cervera de los Montes
I’m scanning all night long fast food and prostitution for my Encyclopedia (that will be shown in November at Golden in Chicago). My wife says it’s disgusting, repulsive and gaudy. I reply that I don’t want to compose a pleasing, cute and tasteful Encyclopedia because the world is not like that. And I try give a realistic image of the existing state of affairs.
All the encyclopedias, from the Britanica to mine, are limited, narrow and subjective. Most of the traditional encyclopedias begin with the Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto. Mine goes like this:
2X1, 24/7, 60% Discount, 100 times, All American Escorts, Anpanman, Baby Star, Bachi Bachi, Baseball Cream, BBQ Girl, Beijing Schoolgirl, Bollycao, Bubbly Blonde, Chili Dog Diet, Conguito, Cowboy Cow, Cup Noodles, Dancing Bear, Domination, Döner kebab, Dunkaroos, Eden, Fritos Ketchup, Frosties Jedi...
06 October 2008, Cervera de los Montes
In July 2002, I went with Rivane to a group show opening at Stephen Friedman Gallery. I had graduated one month before and I had a kick start for my career at a residency hosted by Camden Arts Centre. In the opening, there was friendly middle aged man who said that he was a Belgian gallerist. I was sure that he just wanted to sleep with me when he said that he wanted to go to my studio to see my work.
I was wrong, Bert really came next morning 9am to Delfina Studios and I showed him my drawings. He said that it was very close to be the best work he had ever seen and signed me immediately for Transit, the gallery he runs with his partner Dirk. I went to meet them in Mechelen in September, had my first real solo show at the gallery in early 2003, later that year I moved for few months to live in Belgium and I became almost like a son for them.
Now it’s all over. Today, I said to Bert that I don’t want to work anymore with the gallery. I think it wasn't surprise because our marriage had been cold as ice for a longer period. He didn’t want to schedule my next show in the gallery, he didn't take my work to any art fair. and I barely got anymore replies to my e-mails. I was clearly relegated to the second division of the gallery artists. Now I tried to play my cards well threatening that if I don’t get upgraded, I leave the gallery. It didn't work out. I lost a gallerist and maybe one of my best friends, too.