Paintings: Urban Landscapes / 2007-2012.
Esa Lukala brings diverse and strongly cultural code of semiotic from each city’s street view. His painted marks over the photograph, sometimes coloured area – sometimes a rhythmical expressive stroke, reveals and covers, to birth the artist’s own answer of his remembrance, the atmosphere and the moment which prevailed at the moments of photographing and act of painting.
A mark, any kind, is an evidence of existence, but it also needs a basis, a history, where it can be seen on. The urban landscape is full of history, marks: from the architecture to the small visual marks on the wall of house. For somebody the mark on the wall is ‘a tag’, to another it’s a graffiti, to another it’s a calligraphic or decorative mark and to another it’s just a cock up. For Esa Lukala a mark is a possibility and a basis of expression and a medium. The art works are the outcome of the power of artist’s expression, where different moods intertwine to each other’s – to create new landscapes of artist.