The name of the exhibition, Riiko Sakkinen Painted Himself Into a Corner, refers to the familiar drawing by Carl Barks of a distressed Donald standing in a corner in Disney's Donald Duck comics. In his image, Sakkinen paints in red.
The exhibition features a series of new paintings from the past four years, including a large-scale monochromatic painting 57 Varieties, which consists of fifty-seven red parts. Influenced by the modernist tradition, colours and observation, the piece was nominated for the Carnegie Art Award 2014 prize. The name refers to a historical catchphrase by the world’s biggest ketchup manufacturer Heinz, that has come to mean anything that is comprised or mixed from a lot of parts or origins. The various reds originate from the shades of, for instance, blood, Campari, Coca Cola, socialism, love, Santa Claus and Manchester United.
Riiko Sakkinen (b. 1976, Helsinki, Finland ) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2002 and has lived in a small village of Cervera de los Montes in Toledo, Spain since 2003.
Sakkinen is a multidisciplinary artist who works with paintings, drawings, objects and ceramics. His work has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in Europe, USA and Asia, e.g. the Museum of Modern Art in New York, León Museum of Contemporary Art MUSAC, Beijing 798 Biennale in China and the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland. The works of Sakkinen are represented in the collections of e.g. MoMA, Helsinki Art Museum and Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma.
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