CAN A PAINTER PAINT ON VACATION?
29 July 2013, Helsinki
It was a real luxury vacation at my grandmother's humble summer cottage. With the luxus I don't mean any bling but the pomp of the lake view and especially the lack of an internet connection. I don´t remember when was the last time I spent eight days without being my own secretary. Now we are back in my mother's in Helsinki and I have lots of e-mails to reply. It's hard to think that next week I open a solo show in Gijón, Asturias.
On the way to our summer paradise located in Korpilahti we stopped in Sysmä where Tatta has her isolated rural studio. I went to the same kindergarten with her daughters and now I took my kids to see how she works. She gave them a set of Leningrad brand waterecolors. During the week my son and daughter painted everyday and wanted me to particpate. Can a painter paint on vacation? Can a chef cook on vacation? Can a cab driver drive a car on vacation? I should have asked Tatta.
17 July 2013, Helsinki
Last month, we inaugurated the Homelessness Fair at the Hyvinkää Art Museum, Finland, as an antithesis to the Housing Fair organized in the same town this summer. The latter is an new development area as a showcase of construction companies. Our fair aims at speaking about housing issues that are not interesting to capitalists.
One of our exhibitors, the Hietaniemenkatu Asylum run by the city of Helsinki built an outside annex to their booth - a tent with all its accesories placed in the front of the museum at a premium site of the town's main street. Today, I visited the both fairs (spying the enemy) and heard the tent's story from the museum staff.
Shortly after the opening, the tent was occupied by a homeless man who camped there for several days until he fell down from the lawn platform where the tarp was located. He was taken by an ambulance to the local hospital. Later, several hobos lived and drank there until one of them got furious for some dispute and destroyed the tent last weekend.
I think that these occurrences have beed so far the strongest part of the exhibition albeit we didn't agree with the suggestions to have homeless people living at the fair as animals in a zoo - now it happened spontaneously and for a real need of a shelter. These events made clear to the town's administration and inhabitants that there are homeless people in Hyvinkää. Naturally, a tent in the same place set up without the context of the art (museum) )would have faced an immeadiate crackdown of the authorities. Once again, the art was an instrument to make things visible and not only to the people visiting galleries.
SELF-PORTRAIT AS A REVOLUTIONARY ARTIST
09 July 2013, Cervera de los Montes
My dogma says that I don't do art about art, artists or the art world. I also have a dogma not to do art about myself, my life or my identity. Now I'm finishing a self-portrait.
The work will be titled Self-portrait As a Revolutionary Artist. The figure of a dark-haired boy from a Mexican candy wrapping doesn't look like me at all.
My wife came to the studio and said that the work made her sad. I insisted that it's about laughing to myself and my pretentious ideas of a communist artist hero changing the world. She said that it looks like I'm giving up.
I think it's a great painting.
MY FAVORITE KIMS
03 July 2013, Cervera de los Montes
I'm listing Kims but not the Kim people of Chad, who mainly inhabit four villages in the Mayo-Kebbi Est region.
I'm interested in the famous Kim. Actually this was Raul's idea who curated my work We Love Samsung and Kim Il-Sung few years ago in the exhibition Garden of Delights in Yeosu, South Korea. The work was censored and Kim Il-Sung's name was covered with white paper. By the way, Kim is the most common surname in Korea.
MY FAVORITE KIMS
Kim Kardashian, Kim Basinger, Kim Wilde, Lil' Kim, Kim Dotcom, Kim Gordon, Kim Clijsters, Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, Kim Jong-Un.
Maybe I include also Kipling's novel character Kim O'Hara, an orphan son of an Irish soldier, the poorest of the poor.