ART IS MAGIC DELIVERED FROM THE LIE
22 August 2017, Pepino
Finally, the vacation is over. Goodbye, beach! Hello, studio! The return to the studio is always challenging after a long break but this time I still remembered how to paint. It was a good idea to begin a painting before the time off. Now I just continued Pinocchio lying about our economic and political system. It's the same image I painted last year on the wall of Bury Art Museum for my show The ABC of Capitalism - my kids say that I have no imagination when I repeat pictures.
My daughter says that the next painting should be Ladybug, from the French animated series Miraculous: Les aventures de Ladybug et Chat Noir. It's maho shojo, which is a subgenre of fantasy anime featuring girls who use magic.
Art is magic delivered from the lie being truth, wrote Adorno.
03 August 2017, Pepino
The best thing for a Spanish resident in the Finnish summer is its cool temperature. Apart from that we had some hotter experiences during the vacation.
We visited the legendary sculptor Ossi Somma in his sculpture park, which is an infernal forest full of horrors of this world. It made me think what the Lebanese artist Zena el-Khalil said once: We are the condemned souls living in the hell. A powerful trip shadowed only by the artist's worry about the future of the installation - he is already over 90 years old.
St. Olavi Church, a late medieval stone temple. It was burnt down by a burglar twenty years ago and rebuilt back to its splendor including murals by Kuutti Lavonen and Osmo Rauhala. As a fundamentalst atheist I dislike churches and I've always considered these two artists tacky, but the combination was mind-blowingly beautiful. I must accept that I don't always disagree with the hype.
A dinner in Kirkuk at Puhos sjopping centre. Again a great architectural experience. Nothing to do with the contemporary malls that represent the worst of the humanity and our societies. The owners want to demolish the decayed Puhos but at the moment it's a thriving agora catering for people with roots in Africa and Western Asia. Kirkuk serves delicious Turkish food for a ridiculously low prices. I'd give them right away some stars of any tyre manufacturer.
Kozeen Shiwan's dinner performace at Design Museum. The chef proclaimed himself artist and showcases an amazing meal in a museum. Finally food what is not aimed to please the eaters but make them think. I'm writing an article about this.