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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.





White Manís Grave - Whiteness

WHITE MANíS GRAVE

13 April 2018, Pepino

I've seen it all, I have seen the trees
I've seen the willow leaves dancing in the breeze
I've seen a man killed by his best friend
And lives that were over before they were spent
I've seen what I was — I know what I'll be
I've seen it all — there is no more to see!

Björk

All my friends said that Malarone, the antimalarial medication I was taking in Benin, didn’t have any unwanted side effects. My experience was worse, it filled my soul with darkness. Was it the drug or Africa that caused me mental health issues? Was it the chemical compound or the humid and hot place called White Man’s Grave? I felt anxious, sad and empty, suffered discouragement, sleeplessness and lack of appetite (My African diet made me lose five kilograms). Or was it my whiteness and privilege that didn’t cope with the West African poverty?

I met great people, did a fantastic art project and set up a portrait painting business that could employ two locals permanently, if it works out. The voyage was a total success but I feel destroyed.

I’m too old for adventures. I’ve seen enough. I’ve seen China. I’ve slept in a watch tower of the Great Wall. I’ve slept in a textile factory in Shenzhen. I’ve seen civil wars. I’ve seen drug wars. I’ve seen refugee camps. I’ve seen shanty towns. I’ve looked down the barrel of an AK-47. I’ve been arrested by police and militia men. I’ve been investigated by a security service. I’ve received death threats. I’ve been on TV. I don’t know how much life I have left but I want to spend it at home, sain et sauf.







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