THE VORTEX OF REALISM
19 January 2018, Pepino
Dora, a university student of history of art, is writing an essay about my work. She interviewed me on Skype and asked what Turborealism means.
Realism is simple, it's representation of reality as it is. No dreams, no fantasy, no utopia.
For the word turbo I needed a dictionary. In Latin, it means tornado, whirlwind, violent windstorm. A chaotic vortex. In Spanish, turbo is the first person singular of the verb turbar, which means to confuse or to disturb. Same in Italian but the meaning of turbare can be also to trouble.
Turborealism is depicting the violent and troubled reality of the world where we live as it is in a disturbing manner.
12 January 2018, Pepino
Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on
The cold never bothered me anyway!
The central Spain - where I live - has a horrible climate. The summers are scorching and the winters freezing. My house is comfortably heated and during the coldest months I work at home drawing small works. I have to abandon the badly isolated studio in November and go back to painting large scale works in March. During summers I paint in trunks but I don't whine for the heat.
As a rule, I'm good in planning my work schedules but this week Julián phoned and asked to make my show at Galería Kernel, Cáceres, earlier. I like challenges and gave green light to the change, the opening is in four weeks, the ninth of February. Now I need three new big works.
I'm excited about the exhibition but I have to paint Capitalist Color Theory with four layers of clothes and a knit cap. The worst thing are the numbing fingers because I can't use brushes with gloves. The positive thing is that Kernel´s program consists of abstract art - it will be the first time that my stuff is presented in that kind of context - and I'm doing splotch paintings. Gestural abstraction is not easier than figurative but at least it doesn't require detailed work in difficult positions for hours. I drip paint and then watch carefully when it dries.
If Picasso painted Les Demoiselles d'Avignon in an ice-cold studio in Montmartre, why can't I paint master pieces in January in Cervera de los Montes?
03 January 2018, Pepino
Trollism is a contemporary art movement.
Trollist artist is a troublemaker who sows discord in the society by starting quarrels or upsetting people. He paints inflammatory, extraneous, and intrusive pictures with the intent of provoking viewers into an emotional reaction or otherwise disrupting the dominant discourse and the conformist life. The final goal of trollism is to destroy the world as the bourgeois know it.
MY YEAR AS A NATIONAL ARTIST
28 December 2017, Pepino
I have no love for my sire-land Finland, I don’t even live there. I find it difficult to understand the desire to compete with other nations, the devotion to the welfare of one's compatriots or the passion to give one’s life for a flag. Anybody who waves any national flag is my enemy.
Nevertheless, I have observed the 100th anniversary of the Finnish independency more than most of the artists carrying the lion covered passport. I began this prolific year with my solo show White Trash Blues at Galerie Forsblom showing 50 blue and 50 white monochrome paintings juxtaposed with a a happy racist boy.
I continued with the colors of the Finnish flag at Artsi Museum’s group exhibition Rascal filling one shopping cart with blue grocery and the other with white household supplies.
After that I placed Finland in a larger context investigating the anti-immigration border ramparts of the European Union in my opus magnum showcase Closing Borders at Serlachius Museums.
Just before the 100th independence day I inaugurated at Hyvinkää Art Museum Presidential Game with huge mural portraits of all presidents of the Republic of Finland that the visitors judge with red and green stickers.
Now the repulsive nationalistic celebrations are over and I can focus on other things too. I have to get a shot of yellow fever vaccine before my March voyage to West Africa. New perspectives, points of view and visual angle ahead. The origin of humans is in Africa, so I’m going to my ancestral homeland. Maybe that experience will help me to analyze patriotism better.
A HARD ROLE TO CARRY
01 December 2017, AY1661 Helsinki - Madrid
I try to find some glamour for the end of a mundane story. Seat 4C (I never choose window because the aisle seat has an easier access to the toilet and the emergency exit) in business class (no stardom, just accumulated points). Number 4 is considered an unlucky number in Chinese numerology because it is nearly homophonous to the word death. The letter C represents constant change - I guess including the end of life. I sip Joseph Perrier Cuvée Royale. Actually I don’t like champagne but it’s just a class ritual.
Before boarding I met Pauli when the monitor blinked last call announcement. We said hello and then I was politely asked to proceed through the gate. Facebook status update: Top players of the art world are busy and always on the move. I had a brief meeting with Serlachius Museums’ director Dr. Sivonen at Helsinki International Airport. He arrived from LHR and I’m heading to MAD.
Basically my days in Finland were working class style routine waking up at 6am and traveling almost two hours to work at Hyvinkää Art Museum where my show Presidential Game opened last night. I had a good team at the museum. We painted huge mural portraits of the 12 presidents of the Republic of Finland. The show coincides with both the 100th independence day of the nation state and the presidential elections. The museum visitors can give positive and negative votes to the presidents with green and red stickers.
Last weekend Jaakko said that I should do something special to get some visibility to the show in the provincial museum. I said that I could draw small portraits of the presidents and glue them on Presidentti brand covfefe packages in supermarkets. He phoned to Oskari, Helsingin Sanomat’s journalist, who interviewed me last winter at Closing Borders show at Serlachius Museums. This kind of actions doesn’t exist if it’s not in media. I felt responsibility towards Hyvinkää’s museum. They anticipate lots of visibility when they invite me to show. Sometimes it’s a hard role to carry. This time I was able to fulfill their expectations.