The man who learned
how to make time still
Interview by J.V.
(this text may be freely copied/adapted/published)
Question 1: You have been
as a Romantic style artist. What do you think about it?
Answer: My works may have similarities to Romanticism in
Anyway, I have said that if I have to be Romantic, I am modern,
in the sense that my contemporary romanticism springs up from my
recent escape of decades long active high-tech career. My style,
ever it is, romanticism if you want, was
born in the
of the 3rd millennium.
Answer: Just now I am completely worn
by high technology
and by the overwhelmingly flashy and aggressive era we are living
My works are spontaneous manifestos against all that. I have found
small and local things to be more valuable than the big, noisy and
the life-cycle of a leading-edge high-tech product can be less than
year. Many of the computer products I designed, were after ten years
museum, or practically they were garbage. Because of realizing
that, in my art there are no man
objects at all, instead I use eternal motifs. Anyway,
In hightech development
I learned to work very hard with commitment and concentration. Now I
that same intensity into creating something new in art.
Question 3: Does it mean that your art style is
Answer: My point of view is
new. Actually, the first "When time stands still" -exhibition was
by the gallery, because some people there considered that it was not
enough for their avantgardistic profile. It took some time before
my claim that I am the real avantgardist! I see myself as a
has already returned from urban, flashy, high-tech trip that many
and art spectators are still going to, or on their way. More than 30
I shuttled like a maniac, before I was able to see an eternal and
just 100 meters radius from my home door in Pispala. My inspiration
works come from that small area. I believe that in the future more
will be in a similar situation, and reject now so common
competing with real-life-media madness.
Question 4: I saw in your guest book an entry by
He viewed your art as a new ideology in strong words: "Urbanism and technology is
Your manifesto leads the way". Even writing so, he expressed
in his mind. How do you comment on that ?
Answer: Generally, I am
that especially young people take my exhibitions as a very modern
All their life they have lived with flashy TV and computer screens.
"deadly old fashioned" for them now! What this art student wrote is
and strongest statement of my art I have ever heard. Without saying
he likes it or not, he reacted spontaneously. I like that.
Question 5: You have said that in your art you do
for beauty, your work "Moment" as an example.
as many other works of mine, shows an object which is absolutely not
in the common sense of the word. The main aspect for me is emotion,
impact. I view the world in my works at a very instinctive level.
Question 6: You capture "when time stands still"
work "Solitudo" as an example.
of icon of my preferred spiritual world just now. Very often I look
the surrounding space through the reflection of a lake. I see remote
infinite sky and space together as an emotional image, rather than a
Question 7: Some people have seen Japanese or
philosophy and meditation in your works, for example in "Solitaire".
Answer: Normally I do not
elements in my works, and I often show meaningless objects. In "Solitaire"
you see only a stone. It looks lonely but proud and independent at
time. It has all the important, simple elements for perfect
that characterizes philosophy or meditation for me too.
Question 8: Your works "Recreo"
and "Sanctuarium" have been interpreted as religious.
Answer: Work "Recreo" is
or a relief. It is made of the bow of a broken wooden row boat. On a
bow is in vertical position, and the shape of it looks like a
Together with the picture in it "Recreo" is spiritual, or
religious without formal confession; an altarpiece if you want.
One vernissage guest noted about "Sanctuarium",
that only the missing Jesus from the beach in the image separates it
the religious fresco she had seen in the Mediterranean chapel. The
and colours of "Sanctuarium" gave her that impression.
the work represents an escape into the sanctuary and peace of the
even the waves look a bit wild.
In my works generally, I keep on searching for eternal
divinity, but maybe in philosopher Spinoza's way: "Deus sive Natura". God is
in my works, and Nature is God.
Question 9: What are your future artistic goals ?
Answer: To work hard. In
beginning of the year 2005,
am going to complete more than 100 new large works on canvas. Then
a complete museum-scale exhibition ready. That will express the
of my art in precise way. Come and see my latest exhibition, and
be welcome to propose good showrooms around
the world for it.
Born in Outokumpu, Kuusjärvi, Finland
Mobile phone: +358 44 3450257 (from Finland 044 3450257)
Home page: www.databooks.com/timojalkanen