15 December 2019, Pepino
When I was a teenager I wanted to be a poet. I didn't have enough talent or maybe I though that the audience for a Finnish language poetry was too limited - and changed my focus to visual art. However, my drawings and other works are full of text, maybe they could even be considered visual poetry.
Now I'm making tests with wooden painted books, something in between literature, painting and sculpture. If it works, I'll write a full turborealist library.
And one day I'm going to write a real book, at least a memoir.
BAD STUDIO, BAD PAINTING
17 November 2019, Pepino
It’s again this time of the year when my studio becomes freezing cold, I stop painting and switch to drawing in the library room of our house. I don’t mind about that because I’m not in hurry producing more paintings but when I’m rich and famous artist, I’ll build a functional atelier, which has a comfortable temperature around the year. Last week the framer brought me a big set of framed works on paper that will be shipped soon. He was worried leaving them at the studio saying that the temperature and humidity can damage them.
VIDEO CAPITALISM FOR KIDS
31 October 2019, Pepino
My 14-year old daughter got her first paid job. Galerie Forsblom, which represents me in Helsinki, hired her to direct a short promotional film of my show Animal Show Business. Last summer she did a similar video of my book The Best of All Possible Worlds, the gallery staff liked it and asked her to work for them. It’s a dichotomic feeling, I’m proud of her talent and enthusiasm but on the other hand I hate the idea of my kid submerging in the capitalism and putting a price for her activities. However, it’s great to work with her and see her acting like a bosslady telling me what to do. You’ll see the results in February!
24 September 2019, Cervera de los Montes
"Work, work, work, work, work, work"
A friend said that I've been producing a massive amount of new works lately. It's true, I've spent lots of time at the studio. I haven't traveled further than Madrid (a bit more than 100km from here) since January when I had my only solo show this year in at Himmelblau, Tampere, Finland. I didn't even have any summer vacation. The result is more paintings than ever. Maybe I've learnt to paint a bit better too, though I still wouldn't call myself a real painter. As I was told in the Academy of Fine Arts, I just color in pictures.
Some of the paintings left very fresh to Piretti Art Gallery, Knokke, Belgium. Other works can be seen next February at Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki.
I'M NOT AN ART LOVER
21 August 2019, Pepino
Javier phoned and told about a drawing course he is going to give in a university. He mentioned that he was going to talk about my work and then asked my favorite younger generation artists who do drawings. I was embarrassed - I have no idea of contemporary art anymore.
When I was a student I was shocked when older artist told that they don’t follow everything what’s cooking in biennials, museums and galleries. I wanted to know everything. I hadn’t money to travel to Venice or Documenta but I was always reading all important magazines. Not anymore. Now I could save money for a trip to Kassel but I never went there. I just don’t have the need to see art. Art in general is not my passion - the intense everyday struggle with my own work is enough for me. And sometimes it’s too much. I’m an artist, not an art lover.
Today I drove to Madrid for reasons not related to art but I had a couple of free hours. I went to Reina Sofia Museum where I found two exquisite shows, retrospectives of Rogelio López Cuenca and David Wojnarowicz. Two artists that have same profession with me (most of the artists are as far from my practice as a dealer of a used cars). I felt renewed and empowered. I remembered how much I love art.