Category Archives: Psychology

Psychological portrait

It’s time to post some art done in “old school” medium; The Graphite pencil.

Between 1997 – 1999 in my teens, I spent a considerable amount of time doing small psychological portraits.
I had a perfectionist obsession with an 0.3 mm mechanical pencil with HB softness leads.

That was before I learned the digital medium. Even before I learned to illustrate with an airbrush.

I did some pretty amazing stuff with my trusty old 0.3 mm back then 😉 It was the tool of my choice!

Usually i took a sheet of A4 photocopy paper, with a fine grain (to give the HB leads a little something to bite in to).

With such a fine tip, I developed a technique to lighten the strokes to a minimum. I lifted the paper off the table to apply the lightest pencil strokes possible. I did not use an eraser or smudge the paper with anything. I wanted it to be clean. To me, Cleanliness was next to Godliness!

As I was zoning out and shading an area, pass by pass darkening it, impurities such as a dust speckle, or the grain of the paper caused slightly darker details. I took these “errors” as sort of hints, and started to plot what they represented to me. I started to see shapes of immense detail… I managed to tap in to my creative subconsciousness. I started to refine those details and instinctively rotated the pen between my fingers to find the sharpest edge of the 0.3 mm tip. That way I could reach dents in the paper grain, and make areas darker, where need to be.

As I continued finishing the piece, the complex shapes started to connect, creating dynamics and content.
It seemed that the grain of the paper continued the shapes to an immense level of detail. Some people (with sharp eyesight) have experienced that mesmerizing effect.

I did this piece yesterday, with the very same exact 0.3 mm mechanical pencil 🙂 I’m happy I still have the precision, patience and light touch to create with this challenging style! Spending some 15 hours with an area of 115 mm x 125 mm may sound crazy to some, but hey, Art is! I’ts quite beautiful original IRL (In Real Life).

One might say that the face is realistic, and the “hair” is abstract, even tough I see it the other way around. I see the face as simplified to very few contours of flowing shape, and the shading in the face is a subtle hint to it’s form. To me, the hair is the “tangible” part 😀 It took most of my time creating it.

This kind of a piece has some timeless feeling to it. A hybrid of some Art Nouveau, Classical, Cartoon and Graffiti style… Somehow, I see it alive and breathing. The present, without abandoning the past…

Maybe someone would like to plot the hidden message in the graffiti style lettering from the abstraction?


Theme changed, Exhibition in Berlin.

I got bored of the old look. Welcome misty, underground look!

You are welcome to see “FocusPocus-videoparadox” (and me)  in Berlin, Germany at  EMERGEANDSEE 2011 Media Art Festival (June 3rd – June the 5th).

 

This Painting revolves around understanding false authorities, and the institution of accusations.

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Cheers!


A piece of stone

This was the first time I sculpted stone. I love when the shapes start to show me content. Then I just continue refining it.

Ponders

The piece of stone (Russian marble)  is the same, its just missing material in certain places. In a way, I did not give the shape to it. I merely removed shapes from it. Consequently, the art is in the shape removed, leaving the stone in place. Say, a brick has little value, until labor refines it and brings in to context (a building or a sculpture).

Bringing the content out of the vague formal dynamics of the shape is a very calming process. It finds the meaning of something formerly undefined, and (in a way) gives elements to allow free interpretation. I think that art is something everyone has the right to understand from their own point of view. I love, when a piece of art speaks for itself, without the necessity of someone else’s interpretation.

What kind of emotions and  thoughts does it awaken in you?


FocusPocus-videoparadox

It has been a while since my last post, but we’ve been busy arranging our installation “FocusPocus -videoparadox“.

It all started with a media art piece we (me & my wife) suggested to the Pixelache media art festival committee. After our installation was selected to the Pixelache programme, we started the endeavor to realize the idea to a finished installation.

Media art meets street art.
FocusPocus-videoparadox creates a seamless illusion of a never ending dive, in to a phantasmagoric world of connections.

Big Picture. We can see only a part of it at a time. It’s contemporary visual language provides ample elements for interpretation.
That who seeks shall find.

Enter the rabbit hole.

Upon setting the installation up at the exhibition space, we noticed that our projector was not bright enough compared with the ambient light of the room. Fortunately, we got black canvas from the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, witch was also part of Pixelache Festival.

Our installation was finished in time. The “founder” of Pixelache, Juha Huuskonen liked the piece, and even Golan Levin congratulated me about it. Next year we’ll suggest a mind blowing interactive piece to the festival, so stay tuned… (Edit: my son was born, so other projects were prioritized lower)

After the Pixelache festival, our installation was invited to another exhibition, “Philosopher’s Choice” at the Kerava Art Museum. This time we used a better (brighter) video projector, beefier audio equipment and had time to paint the walls of the exhibition room black, and cover the ceiling with black cloth.

We also exhibited some shots of the video as photographic prints. The piece is a series of images from FocusPocus -videoparadox, tinted with vibrant colors. The detail goes as small as the naked eye can see.

The series of images works as an introduction to the installation room, but can be presented solely as well.


A surreal sculpting doodle.

Sorry about the image quality.

This is an AD (Art Director) from hell. The money is there for size comparison, but in a way it serves the idea 😉

Yeah, I know. It’s not smooth and perfected, and our camera is outdated.

My wife doesn’t think it’s realistic. I think it’s the content, not the form. I mean, someone could have that kind of features and proportions, right?

Somehow this guy ended up looking  like a mix of John Lennon and Octave Parango (from 99 francs).

Anyway, I had to post something. I’m busy with a big project, and I can’t publish anything about it, yet!


Who nose fear?

Fighting Smells Foul.

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It ended up describing how violence and fighting smells like; Fear, Sweat, Aggression, Blood, Desperation… An image of surreal tendency.

Sometimes I like to stop painting, when it doesn’t contribute to the content anymore. If you could describe the content of a piece verbally, why make an image out of it? Sometimes I like to move on to unexplored areas.

Generally, images done from reference photographs rarely create “new” ideas, most of the time they are interpretations.

Me, I like to explore.


LoudSpeaker

This is a polymer clay sculpture that was born without a reference or a plan. I like to create straight on, usually without sketches. I like to experiment with different materials and styles. This cartoony style reminds me of the times studying animation in Turku Polytechnics Arts and Media Department.

It describes a person who stands on a pedestal and speaks loudly. It’s earhole is connected to the mouth, so it speaks what it is told to. It is a spokesman, a loudspeaker.

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