22 Mar. – 20 Apr. 2013
Future Gallery is proud to present Nu Painting by Finnish artist Jaakko Pallasvuo. This is Pallasvuo’s second solo show at the gallery.
“I started painting when I was 14 and continued until I was 21. my approach to the medium alternated between furrow-browed intensity and casual play. I was a severe young person.
I developed a crisis of meaning related to how communicative or important I imagined those canvases could be (not very). Then there was the issue of fitting a post-studio lifestyle in with egg tempera and yards of rough fabrics. Painting was closed-in and locked down. The surrounding discourse didn’t help: it seemed obsessed with material and structure to the point of being autistic, but also over-invested in a trivial history of the medium. Or perhaps it was the other way around, that I was not successful in making myself care.
At 22 I began the flight to other mediums, nations and realms online. this was a fruitful escape. I did not return to the easel. however, a certain way of seeing persisted. looking for light and contour, often over content. I began to draft more seriously in photoshop.
Nu Painting is a game. A blank .psd file is a level terrain. Layers are added and blank spots are filled with textures, 3D objects, faux-3D effects, simulated bruhsstrokes, colors and formless forms. The resulting file is stashed in a folder until a print has been ordered (chromaluxe or dye-sublimation). when the order has been placed the file is deleted.
The original file is sacrificed in order to create value. The printed matter now has a chance of attaining the status of a unique art object. Nu Painting becomes an old medium.”
– Jaakko Pallasvuo