CARE BEAR APPROPRIATION
20 June 2017, Pepino
I know that some people will get their boxers in a bunch for my drawing My Favorite Gay Tribes and Styles. Speaking about cultures that one doesn’t belong in is criminalized as cultural misappropriation. However, I refuse to do art exclusively about straight white middle-aged middle-class Western European men - I’m a bit more ambitious in my practice. My oeuvre is a compendium of all my knowledge and nightmares, a turbo realist picture of the world, an archive of our time for the future generations. Art must be irreverent, obnoxious, and contentious. I respond only to the Art History.
THE HEAT IS ON
15 June 2017, Pepino
The heat is on, in the studio
Inside your head, on every beat
Today it's Corpus Christi, aka Solemnity of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Last week I was dripping blood on football jerseys in Tampere. Now I'm back in the studio, the temperature is infernal but I don't care because I paint like having sold my soul.
The Finnish tour was perfect - I was on the cover of both Tampere's Aamulehti and Turku's Turun Sanomat newspapers. Where ever I go in Finland, the press is waiting for me. In both towns young artists who came to meet me said that they always thought I was an asshole but realized that actually I'm not an egomaniac. I've created my obnoxious public image carefully. In person, I'm just lovely.
However, a six-day operation in the art world was enough, I'm happy to back in my real life and at the studio-cum-sauna. Throw more löyly! Turn up the heat!
Tell me can you feel it
A BUSY WEEK IN THE NORTH
05 June 2017, Pepino
Monday: Driving the kids to school, cooking, laundry.
Tuesday: Off to Helsinki via Madrid. Early flight. A nude photo session and and interview for a magazine. Dinner with my gallery director.
Wednesday: Early train to Tampere. Installing my work - concertina wire and football jerseys - at Finlayson Art Area. Interviews. Dinner with my collector.
Thursday: Interviews. Opening of the show. Book launch of Closing Borders.
Friday: Early train to Turku. Press conference, interviews at Art Goes Logomo exhibition. Lunch with collectors. Opening. Dinner with collectors.
Saturday: Back to Helsinki. Dinner with a collector and making a new art work at his place.
Sunday: Brunch with a collector. Visiting my gallery, delivering a new drawing. Back to Spain.