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JAAKO PALLASVUO
LARGELY ABANDONED CONVENTIONAL TITLES (BLUEBERRY-ACAI EDM + OMEGA-3)
2 MAY - 31 JUN 2014



JP: I'm embracing the void
JP: I decided that my practice will be like subsuming all trends
JP: surfing all the waves
JP: ikea or h&m
JP: that's how i think about the painting project
JP: it's like the ikea art section

Style is more important than giving these objects an excuse for being. Enjoy my drop shadow. "Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn." Nu Paintings are not about networked culture, not about the (im)materiality of image objects, not about the market, not about the gesture. These are paintings that have not been touched by the artist. These are surfaces with varied arrangements of sublimated color. These are non-figurative surfaces for the home, the office and the institution. Intense and interchangeable photo wallpapers back the work up. A hundred years from now, one will be able to see the work for what it is. Unclouded by excess knowledge of current methods of image production. When there is no novelty, an essence will shine through. All old things are beautiful.

Nu Painting is an unoriginal concept. Digital paintings, nostalgic/ironic, finding the limitations of imitative software, circulated online: ugly, but knowing. Poster Company and PaintFX could be mentioned, since I ripped them off. Tobias Madison did it too, she says in a slightly accusatory tone and I'm like 'lol yah i know'. The difference is that mine are printed bigger and I'm better at it 'cos I'm better at painting. I'm dead serious and I'm putting my heart into it. My mood is darker and more sombre. I'm a bad boy. I'm the Edgar Allan Poe of digital painting. Painting is declared dead at least once a decade. Nu Painting is to painting what chess is to war. No casualties. The key is to think seven moves ahead. Clean aerial visions instead of freezing panicked nights in the trenches. Post-brushstroke painting. Post-studio painting. Post-paint painting.

1. "Beauty is truth, truth beauty,-that is all."
2. "Relax, it's just a game."

Jaako Pallasvuo (b. 1987 - Finland, lives and works in Helsinki and Berlin) uses the web as an integral part of his practice, as a source of material, a subject, and a platform for actualizing his work. Since the age of 16, Pallasvuo has been uploading works into various Internet platforms, and accepts the lack of control over their circulation. He is particularly interested in the Tumblr culture and the meme phenomenon, as well as the relationship between identity and virtual self-representation. Other themes in his works include ethnographic and anthropological cinema, ’80s and ’90s culture, and what he calls “generational experiences”. Pallasvuo’s work does not conform to a single style—he says that the would “gladly sacrifice cohesion if it means that I can explore larger fields of knowledge.” His recent influences include Joan Jonas, Sturtevant, Lee Lozano, and Alex Bag. - Artsy.com

 
 
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