Jaakko Pallasvuo @ American Medium, Oct 23 – Nov 29

, 20 October 2015

Jaakko Pallasvuo opens his first New York solo exhibition at Brooklyn’s American Medium with Pumpkin Spice, running from October 23 to November 29.

After recent spate of activity in London, including a solo show at Jupiter Woods and a book launch with Arcadia Missa, this most recent exhibition is introduced with a page-long third-person narrative of the banalities of Pallasvuo’s day: The coffee is pretty bad, and he didn’t get the student discount. Along with the artist’s signature sharing of his fears and insecurities—Jaakko is worried about flying, and worried about being among people there. Will they be mean? He feels slow and vague and NYC seems so vertical and sharp-edged.

Before the splattering of Pallasvuo’s thoughts is this poem by Ted Hughes. Nothing comes after.

“Nobody wanted your dance,

Nobody wanted your strange glitter, your floundering

Drowning life and your effort to save yourself,

Treading water, dancing the dark turmoil,

Looking for something to give.” 

See the exhibition page for details. **

Image courtesy Jaakko Pallasvuo.
Jaakko Pallasvuo, Scorched Earth (2015). Published by Arcadia Missa. Image courtesy the arist.