The myth of Elvis according to Markku Laakso

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The myth of Elvis according to Markku Laakso

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Markku Laakso is a Finnish visual artist. You can read more about him here:

http://www.markkulaakso.com/info_eng.php

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He made a series of unique Elvis paintings. Some information on these:
Laakso’s paintings depict both clothed and nude characters. The figures in traditional Lappish dress, both boys and girls, are a reference to the artist’s northern heritage, while the ambiguous Elvis appears as the subject of adoration and critical examination at the same time.

The two male figures of Elvis and Lappish boy are the artist’s alter egos; the latter may also be construed as a self-portrait.

Clothing in Laakso’s work is tantamount to costuming, as roles are assumed through wear. Dress also typecasts the characters and juxtaposes them. The traditional Lappish dress is indicative of a heritage perceived as natural and unspoiled, yet it also speaks of Laakso’s personal longing for the past.

The Elvis figure hitting on the Lappish girl can be seen as a modern symbol of Western urban culture, as an intruder and potential threat. On the other hand, when Laakso steps into Elvis’s skin, he brings his childhood idol closer to the present world that comprises our everyday sphere of experience. Clothing and camouflage may thus be interpreted not only as a process of self-comprehension but also as a role-playing game that allows one to break away from everyday reality.

The Defence of the Sampo (1896) is one of Akseli Gallen-Kallela’s best-known national romantic and symbolic paintings. In Markku Laakso’s painting of the same name from 1999, Väinämöinen has been replaced by Elvis. On the surface, the Elvis character seems out of place but its rationale can be found in a longing for faraway places and a hero cult. A myth consisting of an endless number of stories has arisen around both the king of rock and the Nordic “golden era”.

The truth behind all these myths is something we may never know – or even want to know.
Markku Laakso / Gallery Heino 2007. ISBN 952-5636-03-8



What are your thoughts about them?


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Wow... I thought I had seen it all.....




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This is something! Thanks for sharing.



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Quirky but interesting. I like this one. Thanks for sharing.
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To fully appreciate these works you have be familar with Finnish nature, culture and mythology.

For example, google "The Defense of The Sampo". (Sorry, I can't send you a link with my miserable tablet)



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Albert Goldman wrote:To fully appreciate these works you have be familar with Finnish nature, culture and mythology.

For example, google "The Defense of The Sampo". (Sorry, I can't send you a link with my miserable tablet)
Great hint. Thank you!

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Thanks for the link!

I have book about his work that has also a brief introduction in English. Here is a short quote:

EDIT: Sorry, it's the same text as in the first link. :facep:

Anyway, I'm very fond of his work.
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Hmm.


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Refreshingly different.


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I´m a Finn...but I´m not too fond of this. The guy is clearly a good painter but...no thanks.



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Scarre wrote:I´m a Finn...but I´m not too fond of this. The guy is clearly a good painter but...no thanks.
Do you prefer Kaj Stenvall's paintings about ducks? The basic idea is quite similar.



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Albert Goldman wrote:
Scarre wrote:I´m a Finn...but I´m not too fond of this. The guy is clearly a good painter but...no thanks.
Do you prefer Kaj Stenvall's paintings about ducks? The basic idea is quite similar.

To give an idea:

Kaj Stenvall's Putin:
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Ducks:
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Albert Goldman wrote:
Scarre wrote:I´m a Finn...but I´m not too fond of this. The guy is clearly a good painter but...no thanks.
Do you prefer Kaj Stenvall's paintings about ducks? The basic idea is quite similar.
His ducks have been around for many years...but no...don´t care much for those either.



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I kind of like the way Laakso mixes & plays with the two mythologies (popular culture and national mythology). In the last picture (which was also used in a novel cover a while back), a version of a national romantic painting The Defence of the Sampo (1896) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Elvis doesn`t have a sword since he don´t need it: he`s a Kung Fu fighter after all!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4in%C3%A4m%C3%B6inen#/media/File:Gallen-Kallela_The_defence_of_the_Sampo.jpg




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Not really my thing.

Having paintings of Elvis in weird scenery and strange landscapes puzzles me.



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Davelee wrote:Not really my thing.

Having paintings of Elvis in weird scenery and strange landscapes puzzles me.
It puzzled me as well. Now I see it as two different worlds that meet. Old life - Modern Life. Myths and reality. Etc...

Perhaps it has to grow on us, don't know. It sure is thought provoking for me. And that's what art is about...

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Scarre wrote:
Albert Goldman wrote:
Scarre wrote:I´m a Finn...but I´m not too fond of this. The guy is clearly a good painter but...no thanks.
Do you prefer Kaj Stenvall's paintings about ducks? The basic idea is quite similar.
His ducks have been around for many years...but no...don´t care much for those either.
Laakso's Elvis paintings are not new either. I prefer Laakso.

Different strokes for different folks.



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Timo wrote:I kind of like the way Laakso mixes & plays with the two mythologies (popular culture and national mythology). In the last picture (which was also used in a novel cover a while back), a version of a national romantic painting The Defence of the Sampo (1896) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Elvis doesn`t have a sword since he don´t need it: he`s a Kung Fu fighter after all!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4in%C3%A4m%C3%B6inen#/media/File:Gallen-Kallela_The_defence_of_the_Sampo.jpg
The painting was used in the cover of Johanna Sinisalo's Sankarit (2003), a postmodern novel, where old mythological heros from Kalevala are portrayed as the athelets and popular singers of the contemporary society. Interestingly, few years earlier another important Finnish author Rosa Liksom published a novel Kreisland (1996), a postmodern novel that plays with Lappish mythology and with the tradition of Lapp literature. The name of the novel refers to Graceland and at the same time to crazy land.

So Elvis is alive and well in Lapland! At least in Finnish art and literature.



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That`s right! Should we go on?



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Albert Goldman wrote:
Timo wrote:I kind of like the way Laakso mixes & plays with the two mythologies (popular culture and national mythology). In the last picture (which was also used in a novel cover a while back), a version of a national romantic painting The Defence of the Sampo (1896) by Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Elvis doesn`t have a sword since he don´t need it: he`s a Kung Fu fighter after all!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A4in%C3%A4m%C3%B6inen#/media/File:Gallen-Kallela_The_defence_of_the_Sampo.jpg
The painting was used in the cover of Johanna Sinisalo's Sankarit (2003), a postmodern novel, where old mythological heros from Kalevala are portrayed as the athelets and popular singers of the contemporary society. Interestingly, few years earlier another important Finnish author Rosa Liksom published a novel Kreisland (1996), a postmodern novel that plays with Lappish mythology and with the tradition of Lapp literature. The name of the novel refers to Graceland and at the same time to crazy land.

So Elvis is alive and well in Lapland! At least in Finnish art and literature.
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The Putin ones are as creepy as Putin himself.



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Timo wrote:That`s right! Should we go on?
Why not? Do you have other examples?

And let us not forget Ujo Elvis (2003) by Mauri Kunnas, the most popular children's author and illustrator in Finland. A story of a shy mail man (a dog) who afraid to sing in public. You can find the cover picture by using the magic of Google.