BATTLEPLAN FOR 2011
27 December 2010, Cervera de los Montes
The most important thing for me in 2010 was the birth of my son. That fact points out that professionally it was a kind of semi stand-by year - but still I did four solo shows and participated in ten group shows, and exhibited at five art fairs.
The solo shows included My Favorite Lists at Korjaamo Galleria - which was sold entirely to the Helsinki Art Museum - and Escribid a Papa Noel y Pedid Libertad at Galeria Gacma, Malaga, which was accompanied by my first important hard cover monograph. Of the group shows I should mention Counter Space at MoMA - it was a total surprise that the curators included in a kitchen design exhibition my early drawing Secrets of Sexy Cooking which forms part of the museums permanent collection.
Next year will be different. The Turbo Realism's deep operations will be my number one priority. I'll change less diapers and will travel again when necessary. For February, we are planning a project in St. Petersburg. In March, I'll do a solo show at Pristine Galerie, Monterrey, Mexico. Another important exhibition is the show case of the collaborative paintings I did with Judas last year in Beijing, they will be exhibited at Korjaamo Galleria in August. We are going to do together also a new series of drawings about the Sinosphere and then a new slide show - Arrieta & Sakkinen Chinese Encyclopedia. I hope to have an opportunity to travel o China before august to search more visual material for that work.
Last summer, I started a big modular painting I said was going to be bigger than Picasso's Guernica.Now I feel that the canvases I painted with Inés don't work properly together and I'm thinking about using them as units of one, two or three. I'm not going to give up the big plan but I need a different production facilities for that project - a bigger studio and several skilled painting assistants. I've applied money from a foundation to execute the huge The Best of All Possible Worlds in Shenzhen Special Economic Zone, where everything else is fabricated too. If I'm lucky with the money, the Deadly Viper Painting Squad will move for few months to South China during 2011.
WITHOUT BOOBS THERE IS NO PARADISE
21 December 2010, Cervera de los Montes
I see a young girl and her fake breasts, baps, bazookas, boobs, bosoms, bouncers, cans, chesticles, chichis, cones, dingers, floaters, funbags, gazongas, hooters, jigglers, jugs, knockers, lolas, mammaries, milk jugs, tits.
I traded works with Emma. I got her attractive and repulsive painting Like Mother, Like Daughter and I gave her three drawings. I hope that she is as excited as I am with this deal.
Should I hang the work in my daughter's room? Awhile ago, I placed some Jani's modified giant cereal boxes in my son's room but my wife said that they were inappropriate for a baby boy. And maybe she's right. Maybe art is too disturbing for any sleeping room or any home in general - at least the art that I like.
PAINTING IN MY ASS
16 December 2010, Cervera de los Montes
I'm painting again. During the past few months, I've been more involved in painting the walls of my house and changing the diapers of my son than painting Turbo Realism and changing the art world.
Painting is a pain in my ass - troublesome, anxious and slow. When I don't paint, I dream of painting - and when I start to paint, I understand how absurd it is. Why to do it if it's so repulsive? Maybe it's just a tactical lie to myself but I think the best painting is always a struggle and going beyond of the limits of the painter. My limits happen to be very close, from the studio to the bathroom. What makes me feel a champion is that I'm 100% sure no other painter with this level terribly low skills has his works in several prestigious museum collections.
MY FAVORITE MILITARY ROBOTS
10 December 2010, Cervera de los Montes
Military robots have many advantages compared to human soldiers. Machines don't get tired. They don't close their eyes. They don't hide under trees when it rains. They don't talk to their buddies. They don't feel compassion or pity. They don't have mercy. They don't desert or disobey.
The robots in current use and under development can choose and destroy the targets autonomously but the next step is to create artificial soldiers that can rape civilians and humiliate and torture captured enemies.
At the moment my favorite military robots are ARV, ACER, ARTS, BigDog, Dassault nEUROn, Dragon Fire II, Dragon Runner, DRDO Daksh, Excalibur unmanned aerial vehicle, Foster-Miller TALON SWORD, Gladiator Tactical Unmanned Ground Vehicle, Goalkeeper CIWS, Guardium, IAI Pioneer, iRobot Warrior, MARCbot, MATILDA, MULE, Nöbetçi, Turkish Border Patrol Unit, PackBot, R-Gator, Ripsaw MS1, RQ-1 Predator, RQ-9 Predator B, RAAS, Samsung SGR-A1, SUGV, Syrano and TCUAV.
MY FAVORITE SEPARATION BARRIERS
09 December 2010, Cervera de los Montes
A separation barrier is a wall or fence constructed to limit the movement of people across a certain line or border, or to separate two populations. These structures vary in placement with regard to international borders and topography. In the history, the most famous examples of separation barriers are probably the Great Wall of China and the Berlin Wall but nowadays there are also plenty of fantastic and sophisticated barriers around the world restricting the movement of the people.
My favorite current and planned separation barriers are United States-Mexico Barrier, Indo-Bangladeshi Barrier, Egypt-Gaza Barrier, Berm of Western Sahara, Pakistan-Afganistan Barrier, Turkmen-Uzbekistan Barrier, Indo-Burma Barrier, China-North Korea Barrier, Uzbek-Kyrgystan Barrier, Israeli West Bank Barrier, Iran-Pakistan Barrier, Russia-Checnya Barrier, Malaysia-Thailand Barrier, Indian Kashmir Barrier, United Arab Emirates-Oman Barrier, Korean Wall, United Nations Buffer Zone in Cyprus, Botswana-Zimbabwe Barrier, Kuwait-Iraq Barrier, South Africa-Mozambique Barrier, Sharm el-Seikh Barrier, Saudi-Yemen Barrier, Uzbek-Afganistan Barrier, Kazakh-Uzbekistan Barrier, Melilla Border Fence, Ceuta Border Fence, China-Hong Kong Border, China Macau Border, Brunei-Limbang Border, Baghdad Wall and Belfast Peace Lines.
THE WRONG MAN IN THE WRONG PLACE
07 December 2010, Cervera de los Montes
A couple of my paintings were returning from a show in Norway to Korjaamo Galleria, Helsinki. The shipping company asked me to apply an EORI number from the Finnish customs. Norway is not a member of the European Union and that makes shipping a bit complicated.
Anyways, the application seemed to be simple - a PDF form filled with the basic information and e-mailed to the customs. Surprisingly, I got a reply telling that they can't give me the number from Finland because my address is in Spain. My company Riiko Sakkinen is registered only in Finland and I have only a Finnish fiscal number but it's true that my headquarters are physically in Spain. I have no other postal address to give.
I asked from the Spanish customs and they obviously told that they would give me the EORI number if I had a Spanish fiscal number. We have so much European Union but I can't obtain the damn EORI number.
After that incident, I decided to try my luck in an art competition of the Spanish newspaper ABC. I asked Gacma, the gallery representing me in Spain, to enroll me with the neon light I showed in Malaga. Then they found out in the rules that the price is only for Spanish and Latin American artists.
I didn't give up and moved to a residency application for a two months project in Shanghai organized by the Finnish institution HIAP. I began to writemy statement and project plan but had an idea of reading the rules once again - and found out that this was only for artists living in Finland.
It seems that I'm always the worng man in the wrong place. For example, I don't have any social security because in Spain I would get it if I had my business here and in Finland I would benefit of the health care system if I lived there. This is how the things work in the European Union.
03 December 2010, Cervera de los Montes
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