Jussi Mantynen's Lynx Statue

2009
154 x 40 x 55 cm
acrylic on foamcoat, mdf-board, aluminium

Jussi Mantynen

In the room behind the Turku Art Museum Studio space is a Jussi Mantynen collection, a small room filled with animal sculptures. In your sculpture there is a cube on a plinth, cube is broken from the top, some round forming on the top of the cube. On the floor, leaning to plinth there are boards, papers and thrash. All this is painted black and white so that it resembles drawing or black and white photo. How does this work relate to Mantynen's room?

I found an old book from 1929 where his work was presented. In the book there were profound descriptions of his devoted working methods. As a former taxidermist he knew anatomy but he also spent long times following animals in nature and zoos. He also talked to hunters to get right feeling to the work. The text created almost a fictional character of artist devoting himself to his work. Interesting was the way how written text by descriptios drew the sculptures to diffrent level. Stone sculpture of Lynx was transformed to a transcendental creature.

I wanted to create very representative, pictorial work here. The studio space was filled with materials as they are. This room I wanted to be a contradiction to Studio and also to Mantynens stone and bronze works. I made a fictional sculpture of unfinshed lynx statue. It is a picture of work in progress. Everything in sculpture is fictional: It represents situation which has not happened, it depicts materials with materials of illusion, it is painted so that it looks like flat picture. It is opposite to Mantynens works and materials, but is by its form transsendential as original Lynx statue is by text.

I found interesting here to juxtapose two forms of abstraction: text and image. Even my sculpture is very pictorial it transforms to abstraction. This is ephasised in relation to surrounding Mantynens sculptures.