BREAKING MY OWN RULES
23 July 2019, Pepino
I've been painting painters, a kind of self-portraits. I thought it as something fun after finishing the laborious Animal Show Business series but I now I'm thinking that these works could make a real show.
I have had a dogma of not making work about art, artists and art world. I ignored it last time in 2014 when I did MuNA - Museum of No Art at Serlachius Museums pressured by Pauli, the director of the latter. Then I felt really uncomfortable but now I just enjoy of breaking rules. The best thing in being an artist is that you don't have to respect any rules, not even your own.
DEAR WHITE MALE ARTIST
08 July 2019, Pepino
Some people have kindly advised me that as a European straight white cis male artist I'm not entitled to criticize certain things like racism, colonialism and misogyny. I painted Donald Duck (he's very white) as a painter listing themes he shouldn't touch with the brush.
I assume that we the white males are responsible of most of the horrors of the world. However, I think that the oppressed should work with progressive people form the privileged groups to overthrow the reactionary patriarchy. Wouldn´t you accept to collaborate with a dissident in the Third Reich just because he's German?
I still believe in the marxist idea of class. The social class defines us more than the color of the skin or gender. An African prole has more in common with white trash trailer park park working poor has more in common than with Oprah. But of course Marx was a white man like myself.