Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Senseless crimes against frames

Let's get rid of these completely. Starting next year.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The power of the single image

In my art the image is the thing. The thing you possibly fall in love with because it made you stop and go under the surface. This powerful experience is made stronger when you develop a relationship with the image.

This power does not just emerge from something that is shared, mentioned or commercialised. It is not just information. The powerful image is something you keep going back to. You appreciate both the ideas and the meaningful moments it has given you.

The hunger for ideas is genuine and universal. Artists can set an example by not feeling embarrassed about their wandering curiosity. They are not following constantly the same exact logic. Elements within the image can simultaneously feel familiar and foreign.

I don't know exactly where the ideas come from, but I always face the real challenge when I'm awake and fearless. When I'm not cynically reluctant or jaded and lethargic. I seek these powerful experiences and no one else can do that exploration for me.

Friday, December 8, 2017

I don't want you to be bored with black and white

I have never had a list of black and white techniques and I never will.

Black and white is about shapes and it is filled with possibilities. That's all I need to know. I will never know everything about black and white. It's the same with darkness and light. They are not just what you think they are. I will try different things within these limitations as long as I can.

Different people have reacted to my works and there's one word
I keep hearing: dark.

My works are more than that. They are suggestive and emotional.
I'm not going to avoid darker ideas, but I'm not going to focus on them either. There are things we don't usually talk about, not just because they're dark, but because they're hard to explain.

I want you to see more than just the surface or cliches of black and white.

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

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.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Tuntureilla - On the Fells (New album)

Electronic classical.
Music, production and image by Rinta-Perälä.

Strong folk moods from the first album "Rinta-Perälä" (2012) combined with haunting, dreamlike melodies and experimental sounds.

piano, pipe organ, strings, voice, choir and kantele (Finnish national instrument)

8 tracks, 32 minutes.

Tuntureilla is my fifth album.

My previous albums:

Rinta-Perälä (2012) 10 tracks

Häiväusko (Whisper Faith, 2014-2015) 10 tracks

Utukorva (Mist Ear, 2014-2016) 10 tracks

Pyhitetty ikkuna (Hallowed Window, 2016) 8 tracks

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Saatanallinen - Satanic

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Istuva - Sitting

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Kiinnitys - Attachment

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Valaistu - Illuminated

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kylä - Village

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Auringonlasku - Sunset

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Why am I doing this

Creative work is more fun than fun.

I feel less lonely and anxious.

I want to achieve variety and intensity within limitations.

I want to show you that I actually care about these things.

I am exploring and arriving at my own emotional truth.

I want to show you what is in my DNA.

My hunger allows me to do this no matter what.

Being surprised by useful knowledge feels great.

This is my second chance after my mental breakdown.

I am trying to understand feelings I can never fully understand.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Huippu - Top

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Ostettu - Bought

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Aseita - Weapons

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friday, June 9, 2017

Haavoittunut - Wounded

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Amme - Tub

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Luita - Bones

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rajaviiva - Borderline

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Paistetta - Shine

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Välissä - Between

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Pakkomielle - Obsession

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Defending art

In these times we have to draw attention to things that are not boring under the surface. The warm connection with other people will be so much better. Give it time and let it grow.

What does this feel like? Does it feel interesting? I prefer these questions to perpetual self-pity or selfishness. I can understand the occasional "I don't know what to say right now." It can be a good sign along with sudden feelings of embarrassment. We are dealing with strong sensations that are hard to explain. I find this exciting. What is less exciting is always defending yourself with "I don't know anything about it." Defending art doesn't mean you have to become someone else.

We all know how to create mood. We are all capable of appreciating complicated images. It takes courage to take a step from typical examples into something else. It may not be a massive leap but sometimes you have to throw yourself forward. I don't want to be bored to death by things that immediately come to mind.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Raivokas - Rabid

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Questions for people who know themselves incredibly well

What is the last thing that genuinely made you stop and ask, what is this?

Does the union of freedom and full potential fill you with excitement?

What kind of mind would you like to have?

Do you secretly crave something you can still take seriously?

Are you embarrassed to admit how much you dare to feel?

What are the best things we do as a species?

What does it mean to be sensitive?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Fantasia - Fantasy

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Purkautuva - Erupting

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Favourite composers

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
- Requiem
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)
- The Nutcracker
Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907)
- The Death of Åse
- Lyric Pieces
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)
- Nocturnes
- Clair de lune
Jean Sibelius (1865 – 1957)
- Andante festivo
- Sydämeni laulu
Erik Satie (1866 – 1925)
- Gymnopedies
- Gnossiennes
Louis Vierne (1870 – 1937)
- Andantino
- Feux follets
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
- Symphony No. 8
- String Quartet No. 2
Olivier Messiaen (1908 – 1992)
- Oraison
Bernard Herrmann (1911 – 1975)
- Vertigo
- Psycho
- Cape Fear
Riz Ortolani (1926 – 2014)
- Don't Torture a Duckling
- Cannibal Holocaust
Ennio Morricone (1928)
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- A Fistful of Dynamite
- A Lizard in a Woman's Skin
- The Black Belly of the Tarantula
Jerry Goldsmith (1929 – 2004)
- The Omen
- Alien
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933)
- Kosmogonia
Angelo Badalamenti (1937)
- Twin Peaks
- Fire Walk with Me

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Sivuja - Pages

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Ristiriitainen - Contradictory

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Your mind has a need to tell

Image by Rinta-Perälä

As I'm waking up I'm trying to catch myself. Each day I know I'm capable of doing things, but I don't know what I'm capable of discovering.

I'm so fortunate to have creative problems. I don't have to explain every step I take. Invaluable sensations will show the way. I'm challenging myself without even noticing.

I haven't made notable discoveries in comfortable places. Comfort alleviates. It can conceal everything when your mind is filled with frustration and fear. A mind like that will not accept mysterious nutrition.

Your mind has a need to tell. Unexpected emotional connections develop between things and their hidden harmonies begin to appear. You will be shocked at how much your mind likes imagining different points of view.

I'm awake and alive, but I can't truly explain why. Challenging is beautiful. I know I will be doing things because I want to have ideas.

I am not null.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Joustava - Elastic

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Maalari - Painter

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ohjaava - Steering

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tunnusteleva - Feeling

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Karkea - Coarse

Wax crayon. Rinta-Perälä, 2017.