One More Time, Motherfucker, 2020

In November 2020 I held a solo exhibition at Molotow Helsinki Concept Store. The title of the exhibition had a larger, or layered, meaning to it. For example it was a third exhibition to take place in the same place.

  • Exhibition invitation card
    Exhibition invitation card & arvertisement
  • Framed artwork on a floor
    All the works laid on the floor
  • Artwork on the floor
    Selecting works
  • Artwork on wall and floor
    Hanging the 1st painting on the wall
  • View from outside
    View from the parking lot: adjusting the paintings
  • Artwork on a wall
    The works on display at the 1st floor
  • Artwork on a wall
    Shorter wall, 1st part
  • Artwork on a wall
    Shorter wall, 2nd part
  • Artwork on a wall
    Longer wall, 1st part
  • Artwork on a wall
    Longer wall, 2nd part
  • Artwork on a wall
    Artwork in the corner
  • Artwork hanging on a rail
    Non-Helvetica artwork hanging on the rail
  • Artwork on a wall
    Works on display

The very first exhibition I had, took place in 2012 at Art Corner of Geezers the Shop. Later on they changed their name to Molotow Helsinki Concept Store and even moved into another location with a much larger store. Now equipped with a separate gallery space.

The theme for my exhibition is related to “Home of Art” project that took place at Kerava during the summer 2020. I painted three “Act” paintings there with the fill ins of the letters written with lyriclines from various songs. I placed few larger papers on the wall before I begun painting and once done, I removed the papers and framed them and hung ’em back to the wall. When the event was over, I took the paintings with me and reserved them for this exhibition at Molotow Helsinki Concept Store. These paintings were intended to set the tone for the exhibition on which I started to build the rest of the work. Since the gallery has plenty of wall space, I decided to go a bit overkill with my plan. The theme was revolving around selected songs combined with my graffiti lettering. But every since I did a series of Helvetica based paintings for my “Acton – Literally” exhibition at Make Your Mark -gallery in 2016, I’ve wanted to continue the theme at later point. During the summer of 2020 I finally came up with the idea how to do so yet keeping the paintings from “Home of Art” project in the spotlight: I “just” combined them. In other words basing works on updated version of Acton lettering done with Helvetica Bold and filling them with various song lyrics.

During a three month period I did about 40 totally new paintings for the exhibition and chose about twenty or so my older works that I felt comfortable enough to combine into the theme. I’ve never had an exhibition with so many works planned (and ready!) to set on display. Well, I never intended to put all sixty or so paintings on display but I took ’em all with me and made the final selection on the spot, building a set up based on the year and/or size of the works, having the “key art” on both sides of the first corner.

In total this was my largest exhibition by the number of the works presented. But also an exhibition with largest theme I’ve ever held. There are cross references between the presented paintings but also to the paintings I’ve done in the past, both on canvas and on a wall. I also wanted to add more depth to the theme by making small “hooks” to the illustrative work I’ve done for music business. Since many of the works have direct references to songs, I compiled a Spotify playlist with all the songs related to the exhibition. I even went as far as printed QR-codes and placed ’em on the walls of exhibition. I am not sure did anyone ever used ’em or even noticed them, but I personally love small details like this.

In a nutshell the exhibition is about repetition. Doing it over and over again. Both repeating my moniker as well as chosen elements of lettering type, keeping the element of music tightly glued all over it. For example “One more time, motherfucker” comes from Slipknot’s “People = Shit” song. Which also was the name of my main painting at “Home of Art” project, where I wrote the punchline below the piece. Since I sold the original work right after the event closed, I painted few smaller versions of the same subject. As well as did an A2 framed art print from the painting in order to have the three paintings somehow present at this exhibition. You get the picture. I won’t even go into the details of explaining the references in all 47 paintings that were finally chosen for the exhibition. I planned on doing that in the opening party of the exhibition if/when asked.

But not everything goes as planned. The corona pandemic that shadows everything in 2020 had a few surprises reserved for the autumn. In Finland the summer and early autumn looked pretty good when compared to how the corona virus spread around the world. But once the 2nd wave started to spread, the situation especially in Helsinki got way more serious than anyone expected. So, I managed to held the exhibition but it was safer to not have an opening party/vernissage. That on top of people being precautious about all social events meant that very few actually witnessed this exhibition.

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Client: Molotow Helsinki

2.12.2020