Jaakko Mattila – Works on Paper
Publisher: Garret Publications
Contributors: Jaakko Mattila, Tomi Moisio, Göte Nyman, Jean Ramsay, Mike Watson
Design: Ellaveera Björk
Printing: Göteborgs Tryckeriet, Gothenburg
Binding: Cloth bound hardcover
Dimensions: 245 x 295 x 30 mm
Works on Paper collects for the first time the watercolours and etchings from abstract painter Jaakko Mattila. The artist monograph presents over 300 images of formal explorations and commissioned artworks from a 12 year period. Accompanying the works are colourful interpretations from scholars in the fields of psychology, art history and art criticism, along with the artist’s own words.
The book opens with what Mattila calls “a mistake”, that of a coloured dot and a drip of paint running from it. The mark on paper, signalling new possibilities for the artist, would prove to be the foundational element in a series of variations and artworks – on light, colour, shadow, and fragile forms. Each with their own power “to tell us about life, space and hope.”
Concise essays and an interview with the artist provide insight into Mattila’s works, with contributions from art historian Tomi Moisio, psychology professor Göte Nyman, and art critics Jean Ramsay and Mike Watson. They touch a spectrum of topics, from abstract notions of perception to the scientific-like processes of printmaking.
Mattila’s interests in art history and system-based experimentation emerge from these texts with links to 20th-century painters, such as Albers, Klint, Duchamp and Malevich. The latter of whom Mattila played homage to with his 2008 etching titled Grey Square – an aquatint he made by layering hue after hue until achieving a desired state of non-colour.
Mattila’s paintings and prints, with their deep wells of colour and light, bring with them a sense optimism.“[A]s if drawing water from a well”, writes Ramsay, “Mattila’s art seems to be synonymous with emerging from the deepest lightless crevasses of pitch black to the warm sun of white light.”