I GO BACK TO BLACK
28 January 2015, Cervera de los Montes
Back in black
I hit the sack
It's been too long
I'm glad to be back
Yes I'm, let loose
From the noose
Last September, I started preparing 50 Shades of Black - a series of monochrome paintings. When Galerie Forsblom programmed my solo show for February, I had to take a hiatus from the noir stuff because the work didn't fit well in the concept of the show. The paintings and drawings for Turbo Realism show were shipped last week to Helsinki and now I went back to black.
I like to use social media for my work. Yesterday, I asked my friends, followers and fans to complete my preliminary list of the black titles. With a little help from my friends I finished the selection.
2 Darth Vader
4 Black Market
5 Crude Oil
6 Outer Space
8 Black Sabbath
9 Black Pudding
10 Black Cat
11 Black Madonna
17 Black Panthers
18 Black Knight
19 Men in Black
22 Cephalopod Ink
23 Black Sheep
27 Black Card
30 Little Black Dress
31 Black Eye
33 Black Hole
34 Black Swan
35 Black Widow
36 Black Metal
37 Black Box
38 Black Operation
40 Black September
41 Black Friday
45 Black Belt
46 Black Humor
50 Film Noir
HELLENIC HOKY POKY
26 January 2015, Cervera de los Montes
How do you call Mr. Tsipras' moves after winning the Greek elections yesterday? Fraud? Treason? Hoky Poky? Now Tsipras' Syriza has allied with a small right-wing party to form a government.
Shamefully, many communist parties, for example in Spain and Finland, supported Syriza and not the Communist Party of Greece KKE. My comrades bet on the wrong horse sporting populist social democracy trickery. Capitalism should be treated as an enemy in all of its forms from takfiri islamism to social democracy.
KKE's Elisseos Vagenas wrote before the elections that Syriza is an opportunist party which very rapidly is developing into a modern social-democratic party and is fostering illusions amongst the people that there can be a better form of management for the people, despite the dominance of the monopolies. It plays with the pain of the people, with the pressure for immediate solutions without radical changes.
I hope that you take this as a warning and don't let the same thing to happen in Spain with Podemos, the local pseudo leftist brand of populism.
20 January 2015, Cervera de los Montes
A is for amazing what we all wish to be
B is for blessings that help us to see
Adderall, Benicar, Cialis, Diovan, Enbrel, Fosamax, Gilenya, Humira, Isentress, Januvia, Krystexxa, Lyrica, Methadose, Nexium, Orencia, Procrit, Quaalude, Remicade, Suboxone, Truvada, Ultracet, Valium, Warfarin, Xarelto, Yervoy, Zetia.
TURBO REALIST CARGO
13 January 2015, Cervera de los Montes
The shipping crate is ready at the patio - it doesn't fit in from my tiny studio door - though I'm still finishing one of the works for my solo show Turbo Realism at Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki. The exhibition opens 12th of February and the cargo leaves next Monday.
LIST OF THE ARTWORKS (in alphabetical order): Bipolar Foreign Policy Disorder, Chup (My Favorite Genocides), Gelateria, Genuine Victorian Punishment, Japanese Blue Army, Heroes of Capitalism,Hundred Acre World, IBEX 35, Kim Top Ten, Political Ice Cream, My Favorite Lists, Specter of Capitalism, Super Moist Cake Theory, Surprise Attack, Working Class Hero, Wrong Taste - Wrong Color.
VICTOR CHARLIE HYPOCRISY
08 January 2015, Cervera de los Montes
In the NATO phonetic alphabet Charlie stands for C. Communists are referred as Charlie by the Americans, especially Viet Cong (VC, Victor Charlie) soldiers. NATO uses Hotel for H is but it should be Hypocrisy. That’s what the NATO leaders show after the brutal terrorist attack to Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday. Islamist terrorism is not alien otherness but from this very world they’ve created.
Mr. Hollande’s regime has supported the Islamist terrorists in Syria and it has threatened to bomb Damascus that fights against those terrorist. President Assad has said many times that terrorism is not a card you play and return to your pocket. Like a scorpion, it stings you any time.
Those who die and suffer are secular leftist cartoonists and not warmongers serving obscure capitalist geopolitical agendas creating chaos, dividing and finally ruling. We will never be free until the last capitalist is strangled with the entrails of the last Islamist.
APPENDIX TO THE MANIFESTO OF TURBO REALISM
05 January 2015, Cervera de los Montes
We don’t do propaganda art. Our art is not a message from us to you.
Our art does not stand for our ideology. Our best works disagree with us.
We do artworks that disagree with us and with each other. We do artworks that we don’t understand. We do artworks that we don't accept. We do artworks that we can’t tolerate. We do artworks that we don't support.
Our art is against the regime but also against us.
NEW YEAR TAX RATE
03 January 2015, Cervera de los Montes
The first of January I changed my economic activity finally from Finland to Spain after living here over ten years. Now I pay to the Spanish government my monthly social security fee and have access to the health care. Before I was told that I had to pay taxes in Finland because I have there still economic activity, This condition blocked me from the Spanish social security system. I've always tried to do everything legally but it seems that nobody really knows the laws enough well. At the moment I have no idea how much I have to charge VAT when I sell a work to Finland, I've got three different opinions: 0% because it's a sale to another European Union country, 10% like a Finnish artist in the case I sell for over 8500€, 18% marginal tax rate. Anyways, I'm really happy to pay taxes - the biggest problem is to earn money.