30 October 2014, Cervera de los Montes
When I was in art school, I understood that art can be anything. I decided that I wanted to do things that are fun and easy. Actually, I did very few physical art works during my five years in the University - I was more occupied by finding out what it is to be an artist than making art. I had neither time nor interest to learn to draw, paint, take photographs, shoot videos or use computer software. When I got the degree of Master of Fine Arts in my hand, I knew the art world but my technical skills were nil.
One year after my graduation Krista, who was my gallerist in Helsinki, demanded me to do a painting show. I told her that I don't paint. She said that I was going to be a great painter. I isolated myself that summer in a studio in Brussels where I had no friends and suffered and painted. Anyways, my identity didn't transform to painter, I never call myself painter though I've done several painting shows.
I'm still extremely clumsy technically. To my surprise, some people still think that I could be - not to say that I am - an acceptable painter. Forsblom, my new gallery in Helsinki, wants a painting show for February. They have encouraged me to do new works and here I am at the studio frustrated trying to remember the basics of the painting once again. The worst thing is that even if had the money, I couldn't employ an assistant, who would be too skilful to imitate my awkward signature painting style.
CROWDFUNDING A LAMBORGHINI HURACAN READYMADE
24 October 2014, Cervera de los Montes
I launched my new conceptual work which is camouflaged as crowdfunding project at Mesenaatti.me, a crowdfunding platform specializing in reward based funding and cultural projects. My work is a little bit Duchamp's urinal, a little bit Manzoni's shit and lots of Turborealism.
Riiko Sakkinen does a readymade art work of Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4 sports car. The artist needs funding for the purchase of the vehicle.
A hundred years ago the conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp declared urinals and bottle racks as works of art. Those works that shocked the art world and changed the whole concept of art were later raised on pedestals and placed in display cases in art museums.
Duchamp’s readymades were everyday objects in an era when the standard of living of the masses was rising rapidly. Today artist Riiko Sakkinen takes the readymade on the next level and builds his readymade of a top luxury product, during a time when the gap between the poor and the rich is unprecedentedly wide. Lamborghini Huracán sports car will be on artist’s daily use and can therefore be contemplated by the public in the streets and highways.
As a reward for the funders the artist offers his used and signed underwear from a limited and numbered 230 piece edition.
I need €230k.
HAPPINESS AND MONEY
22 October 2014, Cervera de los Montes
Have you heard that the rich also cry? Whenever I hear Pharrell Williams singing his number one hit Happy, I release the safety catch of my Molotov cocktail. Williams is a mega rich rapper, record producer and owner of Billionaire Boys clothing brand and tells us how happy it makes him.
Yesterday, I was listening to a radio program about Bhutan - it's regime, that violates many basic human rights has become famous for adopting officially the parameter of gross national happiness instead of gross domestic product. A representative of the government stated that the money doesn't make people happy and that the Bhutanese living in extreme poverty are happier than the country's millionaires. I guess that this is why peasants and toilers are so happy from Bhutan to Brazil and from Beijing to Berlin. This is the reason why the global capitalism must be the best of all possible worlds.
Here come bad news talking this and that
Yeah, give me all you got, don't hold back
Yeah, well I should probably warn you I'll be just fine
Yeah, no offense to you don't waste your time
Pharrell Williams: Happy
17 October 2014, Cervera de los Montes
I was chatting with a colleague and she said that it's difficult to find motivation to make new work when she has no exhibition dates set and the the studio storage is full of unsold and unexhibited pieces. I feel free when I'm working without deadlines. The big projects of this year have been done. My calendar is almost empty and I have time to spend at the studio thinking and working.
Many of my works don't go to shows immediately after being finished, some of them stay several years stored before I find the right context, concept and place to exhibit them. Good art works are related to their moment but they are not like political cartoons, that make sense in today's newspaper but are illegible next year.
DIFFERENT TASTES OF PEACE - NOBEL AND LENIN
10 October 2014, Cervera de los Montes
My favorite recipients of Nobel Peace Prize: Henry Kissinger (1973), Menachem Begin (1978), Yitzhak Rabin (1994), Shimon Peres (1994), Jimmy Carter (2002), Barack Obama (2011), , European Union (2012).
My favorite recipients of Lenin Peace Prize: Paul Robeson (1952), Pablo Neruda (1953), Bertolt Brecht (1954), W.E.B Du Bois (1959), Pablo Picasso (1962), Fidel Castro (1961), Oscar Niemeyer (1963), Dolores Ibárruri (1964), Rafael Alberti (1964), Salvador Allende (1972), Mikis Theodorakis (1972), Angela Davis (1978), Nelson Mandela (1990).
WORKING CLASS STYLE ARTIST LIFE
04 October 2014, Barcelona
Some people think that artist's job is glamorous and maybe some of my colleagues do live glittering life but mine is often more like working class style. I'm about to leave home from Barcelona where I've been since Sunday installing my exhibition at Cyan Gallery and some works also at Swab Art Fair. We've worked everyday about 12 hours, I dreamed of having one free morning or afternoon to walk by the Mediterranean and visit the museum of contemporary art but we finished the details of the show 40 minutes before the opening reception. However, the inauguration night was fun, all the galleries had organized together a party at the roof deck of Hotel Alma and then Cyan Gallery's director Olivier took me to the the most fashionable Japanese restaurant in town. Then we had a drink at a fetish drag queen bar. So finally I had my moment of art stardom but today I feel that though I'd still liked to see the sea, I need to see even more my kids, so I hit the road and drive back to Spain to be at home for the dinner time.