Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Two questions for today's visual artists

When did you know you wanted to be a visual artist?

How would you describe the relationships you have with different works of art?

Monday, October 29, 2018

Forming Moons - my debut film

I have now shot 50 % of this experimental silent film. Poster will be added later.

Writing, direction, filming, production, performance, design, artwork, music and soundtrack by Tero Rinta-Perälä.

Friday, October 19, 2018

My top 10 films of all time

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)
Dreyer is one of the directors I most identify with. This silent film feels modern and extreme.

Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)
Visually engaging venture into dreams, nightmares and symbolism. Unified and iconic.

Duck Soup (Leo McCarey, 1933)
Marx Brothers comedy packed with boundless invention and energy.

Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
Films about identity, isolation, one person against insuperable odds fascinate me. I love revisiting this cinematic playground.

Repulsion (Roman Polanski, 1965)
Intimate expression of anxieties, fears and mental distortions.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)
A film that emphasized the character and idiosyncrasy of everything surrounding the plot. Still a refreshing experience in a world polluted with explanations and information.

Deep Red (Dario Argento, 1975)
Argento's films have a darker tone, but at the same time he's openly having fun with ideas. He has a special way of inventing spellbinding sequences.

Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
The first film that genuinely made me want to create and design my own film. I first saw Eraserhead when I was in my early teens and I fell in love with the world and the images. What impressed me was the way the images were built by the filmmakers.

Suspiria (Dario Argento, 1977)
Even uncannier and more haunting than Deep Red. This is what I imagined when I started reading about Italian horror. Fortunately Suspiria gave me more than that and I'm very familiar with the daring soundtrack.

The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
Strangely captivating. Not the scariest, but an interesting one. I've always been sensitive to atmosphere and I'm also attracted to this film because of my family history.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The way

"You say I am repeating
Something I have said before. I shall say it again.
Shall I say it again? In order to arrive there,
To arrive where you are, to get from where you are not,
You must go by a way wherein there is no ecstasy.
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not."

T. S. Eliot: East Coker (Four Quartets)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Workshop painting

Acrylic. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Interpretation of a poem by Arvia MacKaye Ege.

I'm still drawing primarily, but painting is something I like to experiment with. This one took 2 hours.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Currently making my first film and soundtrack

My independent film is in production. 1/3 shot. It's an experimental film with a narrative and I'm putting the whole thing together by myself.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Why I listen to classical music

I've been listening to classical music most of my life. Jean Sibelius and Dmitri Shostakovich were the composers who introduced me to classical music. Their works changed me, but I wasn't fearful. The music touched me before I could start listing all the things I already liked. I never worried whether I was the right person. It didn't even occur to me. I also didn't think I was better than someone else. It wasn't about that.

Later the works of Olivier Messiaen, Erik Satie, Krzysztof Penderecki and Louis Vierne changed me even more. Classical music was never just background music. Not even Erik Satie. I first heard Satie's Gymnopedie 1 when it played during a Swedish television test pattern. I was amazed because it found me. I wanted to find a recording of it that spoke to me the most.

How would I describe classical music? Enduring, ambitious, powerful, subtle, entrancing, extraordinary. It's not just one thing. Start listening to concertos, symphonies, nocturnes, quartets and cantatas from all periods. Stop worrying and fussing.

Favourite composers

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Enkeli - Angel

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pyhä - Holy

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Luolamies - Caveman

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Monday, July 23, 2018

I start with ideas and people

I hate explaining my works and I hate labels even more. I have always felt that there are far more interesting things than terminally limited and limiting labels. I start with ideas and people.

When I was growing up, very few people in my family talked about ideas. I discovered early on that we are problematic and strange. Our need for normality and routines is logical, but it also illustrates our amusing strangeness. My imagination thrived because I didn't know what the rules were supposed to be.

You shouldn't lose your naive imagination completely. Images, moods and moments are things we all build. There's nothing quite like the sense of having a playground and the courage to present an enigmatic vision.

Am I discussing my personal history in my works? The short answer is yes, but it's not that simple. It's usually something I notice afterwards. Sometimes it's just the easiest or most obvious interpretation.

It's my job to fight mindlessness, boredom, apathy and misery. Sometimes I need a break, but after that break I feel like I have to do something different.

Today there are millions of images everywhere. It's my job as an artist to build images and connect things in interesting ways. I spend long periods of time by myself without distractions. Most of the time I use simple tools. I don't feel the need to swim in art supplies. Everything I've done creatively so far has been low budget, but I'm not complaining.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Kypärä - Helmet

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Musiikkia - Music

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2018.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My favourite things in alphabetical order

Agglomeration of execrable embargos

Boudoir proverbs

Camouflaged Jehovah's Witnesses


Ethiopian Elvis impersonators

Fraudulent blitzkrieg

Gravediggers who are one sandwich short of a picnic

Horny gargoyles of Colon Cathedral

Irrelevance fatigue

Juxtaposed excrement

Kebabs of wrath

Loose bowel vibrato

Mussolini upside down martini

Norwegian gnome pornography

Offhand voodoo

Perverted parrots breathing heavily

Quick revolutionary tribunals

Reggie Nalder

Sock puppets scared shitless

Throbbing thong up my thumb

Unidentified assless objects

Viscous adieus

World Wide Wrinkly Sack

X-rays of injured eels

Yodeling while orgasming

Zombie powder eggnog

Åländsk vaselinbatong

Ähtärin ahteripuisto

Önnön ölö köökkö pörömmön

Blah Blah Blah Blah Art Blah Blah Blah Blah

"All truly great art is optimistic. The individual artist is happy in his creative work.
 The fact that practically all great art is tragic does not in any way change the above thesis."

Upton Sinclair

"I can very well do without God both in my life and in my painting, but I cannot, suffering as I am, do without something which is greater than I am, which is my life, the power to create."

Vincent van Gogh

"My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all."

Oscar Wilde

"Beauty has as many meanings as man has moods."

Oscar Wilde (The Critic as Artist)

"That's what art is. It's like somehow somebody got it just perfectly right, and something very close to it is like... meh."

Wes Craven (Still Screaming: The Ultimate Scary Movie Retrospective)