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RIIKO SAKKINEN'S DRAWING ROOM

07 August 2018, Pepino

Riiko Sakkinen (b. 1976) is often found drawing at his desk, usually in pristine solitude. This August, however, his work will be less lonely as his studio is transformed into an open house at Galerie Forsblom, where visitors are invited to steal a sneak peek of the creative process and interact with the artist while he works, transforming the process from a solitary to a collective one. The term drawing room traditionally refers to a salon where guests are received and entertained – and this also makes a fitting description for Sakkinen’s drawing room.
 
What, then, is left over when art-making is stripped of its sacred aura? Throughout history, the artist’s studio has been revered as a magical, well-nigh mystical place where the occasional fortunate guest is permitted entrance for a pilgrimage to art’s altar. Sakkinen shakes off such mysticism; for him, art-making is relaxed and far from holy. The practice of visiting artists’ studios is a tradition dating back centuries, yet bringing the artist’s studio into the gallery space breaks all established conventions, making the encounter interactive in a new way.
 
A4-format drawings on paper are an essential medium for Sakkinen: he has done over 1,000 of them since 1999. Although large-scale works form an important part of his repertoire, his small-scale drawings are dearest to him, forming the core of his oeuvre – the rest is a mere supplement, according to the artist. His works delve into an encyclopedic array of themes ranging from contemporary consumerism, fast-food culture, and prostitution to hypermarkets and drug cartels.
 
Sakkinen has lived and worked in Spain ever since he graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2002. His work has been exhibited widely around the world, and his drawings are found in numerous notable collections including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and the Helsinki Art Museum HAM.
 
The artist will be drawing at the gallery from August 17 to September 1, 2018.
 




The Best Of All Possible Worlds - Cover

THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS

24 July 2018, Klaus

A LUXURY EDITION ARTIST'S BOOK WITH AN ORIGINAL AND UNIQUE DRAWING
390€ including shipping

Dear Fans,

We are proud to launch The Best of All Possible Worlds - an extraordinary collector’s edition book of Riiko Sakkinen’s drawings. The very special feature of this publication is an original and unique drawing included in each volume. The A4 size drawing comes in a pocket within the book and can be taken out and framed.

The Best of All Possible Worlds is not a book about art but a piece of art in its own right. It is made with the finest printing and binding materials and sports several handmade details. The books are signed on the cover by the artist. The numbered and strictly limited edition is 250 (+50 artist’s proofs).

The opus showcases a selection of 250 Sakkinen A4 size drawings from 2001 to 2017. The standard office size drawings have always been the core of his oeuvre - they are covering political, economical and cultural issues encyclopedically forming a turborealist constellation of references to our globalized capitalist world. Sakkinen’s A4 drawings are included in several museum collections including the MoMA.

Each of the 250 attached original drawings depict Porky Pig, a cartoon character from Looney Tunes. Pigs have an important place in popular culture, religion and metaphors and they relate with both positive and negative connotations. The image is similar in every drawing while the texts and visual extras vary to make each drawing a unique artwork with different finish and message.

If you want to acquire The Best of All Possible Worlds (book + drawing), contact Riiko Sakkinen Studio messaging via the Facebook page or e-mailing to sakkinenbook@gmail.com. Indicate the number of the drawing (1-250) you have chosen. First come, first serve. You can also let us to assign you a random number.

The price of the book and original drawing combo is 390€ including shipping. We remind you that normally Riiko Sakkinen drawings of A4 size have a price tag of 1.800€. The books are sold exclusively on the Facebook page.

The Best of All Possible Worlds
Conceived by Simeon Brugger and Riiko Sakkinen
2018, 264 pages, 22 x 30.5 cm, 250 pictures
Signed and numbered 1/250 - 250/250
Containing a drawings of the Porky Pig series
2017, mixed media on paper, signed “RS” on recto, numbered homogeneously with the book
  




I Miss My Studio - My Studio 10 Years Ago

I MISS MY STUDIO

19 July 2018, Pepino

I miss my studio and I think she misses me too. This spring I did a five week residency in Benin, then I was forced to take a two-month sick leave and when I was finally in a working shape, we took our yearly vacation in Finland. I've been five months away from the studio. Now I'm back home but preparing things for my trip next week to Austria - I go to Feldkirch to finish the book I've made with Simeon. It's exciting but it's not painting in the studio. After the Alpine trip, we must clean the house profoundly, another family summer ritual. Finally, in August I'm off to Helsinki for work for three weeks. Studio practice will continue in September.





Back In The Drawing Room - Drawing Room

BACK IN THE DRAWING ROOM

21 June 2018, Pepino

The two-month sick leave is finally over and I'm back in the studio. Still I can't lift very much weight or do heavy things but I'm working with papers.

In August I have a solo show at Galerie Forsblom - Riiko Sakkinen's Drawing Room. A drawing room is space in a house where visitors are entertained. I'm going to set up my drawing studio in the gallery and work the two first weeks of the show with A4 size drawings and interact with the visitors. I like to chat with people when I work but it can be also stressing. I'm now sketching few drawings before the show if the fear of blank paper takes me over.





A Stronger Backbone - Intensive Care Unit

A STRONGER BACKBONE

08 May 2018, Pepino

The backbone of surprise is fusing speed with secrecy.
General Carl von Clausewitz

Three weeks ago I went through a neurosurgical discectomy, a removal of three herniated discs that pressed my spinal cord. Before the operation I was in a perfect shape but the doctors said that it was a miracle I still had precision in my hands. They couldn't believe that my profession is to make detailed drawings. I agreed to act before it was too late.

Now I'm learning to be a couch potato by medical prescription. I could watch all films and read all books I ever wanted but I find it painful to concentrate. This would be the best time to be painting in my crummy studio when it's neither freezing cold nor boiling hot. Yet it's the best season to wear the uncomfortable cervical collar too.

Few more weeks rest and I'm going to be stronger than ever - now enhanced with titanium stabilization system of the backbone.







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