Thursday, November 2, 2017

Walking around with my mind open


I once scanned and printed a 500-page Finnish thesaurus because
I love words and language. It doesn't make me a writer. There's an undeniable joy in finding the right words and discarding the fillers.
I don't want my drawing or song titles to have extra words. What I'm left with has to feel right.

I love looking at empty buildings at night because of the way they feel. It doesn't make me an expert. Most of the time it has nothing to do with the actual history or purpose.

I love random articles on Wikipedia because I never know what I'm going to discover. It doesn't make me a nerd. One thought leads to another and my mind is busy. You don't always have to find anything specific.

Why are you here and what are you looking for? I guess I don't know.

One thing I do know: I don't want to end up in a
literal-minded dead-end.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Favourite images from Japanese horror films


Kwaidan (1964)
Onibaba (1964)
Jigoku (1960)
Kuroneko (1968)
Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan (1959)
Ring (1998)
Pulse (2001)
Grudge (2002)
Premonition (2004)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Favourite images from Italian horror films


Black Sabbath (1963)
Zeder (1983)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
The Beyond (1981)
Suspiria (1977)
Inferno (1980)
Blood and Black Lace (1964)
Kill, Baby, Kill (1966)
City of the Living Dead (1980)
The House with Laughing Windows (1976)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Stanley Kubrick Interviews


In Kubrick's view: "The emotions of people are far more similar than their intellects. The common bond is their subconscious emotional reaction. Watching a film is like having a daydream. It operates on portions of your mind that are only reached by dreams or dramas, and there you can explore things without any responsibility of conscious ego or conscience."

Mind's Eye: A Clockwork Orange, John Hofsess 1971

"I don't think that any work of art has a responsibility to be anything but a work of art. There obviously is a considerable controversy, just as there always has been, about what is a work of art, and I should be the last to try to define that. I was amused by Cocteau's Orphée when the poet is given the advice: Astonish me. The Johnsonian definition of a work of art is also meaningful to me, and that is that a work of art must either make life more enjoyable or more endurable. Another quality, which I think forms part of the definition, is that a work of art is always exhilarating and never depressing, whatever its subject matter may be."

Modern Times: An Interview with Stanley Kubrick, Philip Strick and Penelope Houston 1972

Stanley Kubrick Interviews, Gene D. Phillips

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dark, strange and beautiful


It's what I hear in most of my favourite songs - The Swan of Tuonela, Gnossienne, Strange Fruit, Oraison, Fire Walk with Me. You're trying to understand those strange feelings and that's beautiful.

Complexity deserves respect. Enchanting artists need time and space.

I've always been good at drawing but finding my own voice took 15 years. I wasn't even drawing during that time. I only had ideas for music and then one day in 2014 a new wax drawing and new feelings suddenly came out of me. I had become more experienced as a person after studying many things that had nothing to do with drawing. Developing this new technique and using wax crayons was just one part of it.

My love of things that are hard to explain deepened. I felt the strength and the force. I wasn't afraid of being different anymore after years of confusion, guilt and excuses.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

My worst nightmare


"Explain every step you take."

There's a gun to my head. Explain, explain, explain.

Might as well pull the trigger. I can't live like this.

I wish people would spend more energy on exploring interesting things without worrying. Without apologising. Without this crushing sense of emptiness.

Oppressive authorities are everywhere. Even sneaking up on you when you are alone.

The fact that we exist on this planet is a miracle. How would you express your gratitude?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top 30 favourite B&W films


1924 Sherlock Jr.
1926 Faust
1928 La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc
1932 Vampyr
1932 Freaks
1932 The Old Dark House
1933 Duck Soup
1950 Rashomon
1951 Strangers on a Train
1954 La Strada
1955 Ordet
1955 Les Diaboliques
1960 Les Yeux sans visage
1960 La maschera del demonio
1960 Psycho
1961 The Innocents
1962 Carnival of Souls
1962 Cape Fear
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane
1962 Lolita
1963 8½
1964 Dr. Strangelove
1964 Onibaba
1965 Repulsion
1968 Kuroneko
1968 Night of the Living Dead
1977 Eraserhead
1980 The Elephant Man
1989 Tetsuo
1994 Ed Wood

Favourite films top 50

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Irreplaceable dialogues between


Mystery and birth

Identities and models

Solitary discovery and the wisdom of others

Facts and emotions

Imagined points of view and actual points of view

Tasks and impulses

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What am I trying to do


Freely explore the possibilities of black-and-white wax and photography.

Satisfy the hunger for strong and suggestive images.

Look for distinctive and exciting ideas instead of worrying and
hectoring.

Do things my own way and produce works about the world as it is.

Invite everyone to experience something unusual.

Say that I am tired of speeches. All of them.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Akka - Hag


Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ten important things


Animated visualisation
Seduction of shapes
Emotional fantasy
Unexpected harmony
Lack of self-censorship
Bold observation
Arousal of the unconscious
Search for strong individual ideas
Sensitivity and complexity of the essential
Absorption and release of energy

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Yö - Night


Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Captivated by the inner world


I'm a person who talks about ideas. It's what I am and it makes me feel alive. This is not some extra thing or weird exception. I simply started doing this.

The inner world starts talking when you start improvising. It has been listening for your entire life. This is not just the babble of some superficial addiction. This is a voice intensified by experiences. Let it communicate and get out of the way.

A haunting image turns into something else. A word you overheard once a long time ago suddenly appears. A phrase or a fragment finds a new meaning.

I haven't forgotten or sold my own way of being.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Aihe - Motif


Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Playing around with creative ideas affects my world view


If you google the word art, you will find plenty of arty graphics and hobby art. I could never just do something like that. I wouldn't be satisfied. Those are just some of the typical results.

Another thing I could never do is say I'm outside politics. We create politics, but it doesn't have to be typical politics.

I'm an observer inspired by the chemistry found in the body and the environment. I have to feed the subconscious and face creative problems without fear or apologies.

My works are suggestive. It's one of the reasons why I keep going back to my favourite images. I think the world needs strong images. The richness of these images is more important than any final explanation.

When you defend art, you are defending the warm connection with other people. That connection is complex and it is under the surface.