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BOOKS (2009-2010)

(An exctract from an essay by Timo Valjakka)

As film and literature have taught us, a portrait does not have to be limited to the model’s face. What else is Karjalainen’s lavish photowork Books (2009) than a self-portrait in 12 parts? The books that he has made unreadable with baroque coats of paint are his personal selection of works about politics, philosophy, the visual arts and cinema that have shaped his identity as an artist. While Books contains references to such artists as Ellsworth Kelly, it can also be seen as a kind of toolbox for the contemporary artist and viewer. The rainbow colours that cover the books are in turn derived from the famous colour wheel of the Bauhaus master Johannes Itten.

While every successful work is based on a broad awareness of theories related to art and the world, this can never be their true subject. Successful works such as Books also remind us that the artist has to be able to abandon this knowledge in order to present his views and ideas as concisely and as clearly as possible.

book_cloud Cloud of Unknowing (2009), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_colours Colours In Art (Itten) (2009), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_history The History of Painting in 1000 Color Reproductions (2010), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_failed Failed States (Chomsky) (2009), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_sculpting Sculpting in Time (Tarkovsky) (2009), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_design Design As Art (Munari) (2009), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_artintheorhy Art in Theory 1900-2000 (Harrison & Wood) (2009), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_crime Crime and Punishment (Dostojevsky) (2009), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

books_devils Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions (Berlinski) (2010), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

Englands Hidden Reverse (Keenan) (2010), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec

Love Is A Black Lion (Rumi) (2010), 50x37,5 cm, digital c-print, diasec