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in Sala Barna, Barcelona, 14th to the 31st of July, 2003
30th Anniversary exhibition of Grupo Batik Art
Works from "When time
stands still"-original art collection
All the works are unique photo
installations/reliefs. There are no copies of them.
The wood material was collected from
the photo locations.
All the images are created using
pigment colours on acid-free water-colour paper base
(colours should last more than 200
years without noticable fading).
The man who knows how make time still
Timo-Olavi Jalkanen - "Romantic post-tec"
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Question 1: You have been characterized as Romantic
style artist. What do you think about it?
Answer: My works may have similarities to Romanticism from art
history point of view. To be more accurate, I have said that if I have
to be Romantic, I am "Romantic post-tec", in the sense that my
contemporary romanticism springs up from my very recent escape of
decades long active high-tec career. My style was born in the beginning
of 3rd millennium.
Question 2: So in your "previous life" you worked as a
computer and microprocessor designer in high-tec companies around the
world, including Nokia Corporation, and you met personally people like
Bill Gates. Do you miss that life? What did you learn from there?
Answer: In high-tec
development you learn to work hard, with commitment and concentration.
Now I direct that intensity on art. I really do not miss the life I
just escaped. I am completely worn out by technology and by
overwhelmingly flashy and aggressive era we are living in, generally.
My works are spontaneous manifestos against all that. I have found
quiet, small and local things to be more valuable than big, noisy and
global. Moreover, the life-cycle of a leading-edge high-tec product can
be less than a year. Many of the computer products I designed were
after ten years ready to be set up into historical museum. Because
of realizing that, in my art there are no man made objects at
all, instead I use eternal motifs. I have passed through a long urban
culture journey, and now I have found something new.
Question 3: So does it mean that your works and your
style is also "something new" ?
Answer: From my point of view
my art is absolutely new kind. Actually, the first "When time stands
still" -exhibition was almost rejected by the gallery, because some
people there considered that it was not modern enough to their slightly
avandgardistic profile. It took some time before they accepted my claim
that I am the real avandgardist! I see myself as a forerunner who has
already returned from urban, flashy, high-tech trip that many artists
are still going to, or on the way. More than 30 countries I had to
shuttle like a maniac, before I was able to see new, eternal, and
sublime world just at the 100 meters radius from my home door. All my
inspiration and works come from that area. I believe more artist will
in a similar situation in the future.
Question 4: You have said that in your art you do not
search beauty -- work "Moment" used as an example.
Answer: "Moment", as
well as many other works of mine, shows an object which is absolutely
not beautiful in common sense. The main aspect for me is the emotion,
not elegance. I view the world in my works at very instinctive level,
and I believe many spectators do the same in my exhibitions.
Question 5: Also you have said that you capture "when
time stands still" -moments -- work "Solitudo" used as an example.
Answer: "Solitudo" is
kind of basic image of my preferred spiritual world just now. Very
I look at the surrounding space through the reflection of a lake.
I see remote and infinite sky and space together as an emotional image
rather than a landscape image itself.
Question 6: Some people have seen Japanese or
Zen-Buddhist philosophy and meditation in your works, for example in "Solitaire".
Answer: Normally I do not
have many elements in my works, and I often show meaningless objects.
you see only a stone. It looks lonely but proud and independent at the
same time. It has all the important, simple elements for perfect
existence. Maybe that characterizes certain philosophy or meditation.
Question 7: Your works "Recreo"
and "Sanctuarium" have been interpreted religious.
Answer: Well, "Recreo" is an
installation or relief. Its made of the bow of broken wooden rowboat.
a wall the bow is in vertical position, and the shape of it looks like
primitive temple. Together with the picture in it "Recreo"
spiritual, or anciently religious without formal confession; an
altarpiece if you want.
One vernissage guest noted about "Sanctuarium",
the missing Jesus from the beach in the image separates it
from the religious fresco she had seen in the Mediterranean chapel. The
waves and colours of "Sanctuarium" gave her that
impression. Anyway, for me the work represents an escape into the
sanctuary of the scene, even the waves make it look a bit wild.
Question 8: What are your future artistic goals ?
Answer: I am going to complete
what I have started -- finalising quite a many new larger works. In the
end of 2003 I hope to have more than 100 major works ready. Then I am
able to provide a complete exhibition in museum scale. That should
express the ideology of my art in more precise way. Be welcome to
propose good showrooms around the world.
Born in Outokumpu, Kuusjärvi, Finland
Lives and works in Tampere, Finland
He has been working on "When time stands still" -theme
since the beginning of the year 2000.
He has had exhibitions in several galleries in Finland.
Barcelona exhibition shows the first "When time stands still"-works
His works are in several private, corporate and public collections
(e.g. UPM-Kymmene, Tampere Technical University, Epson)
tel. +358 44 3450257
Sala Barna, San Eusebio, 57. 08006
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