While working at punk music venues as a teenager in Copenhagen, Rose Eken developed a fascination with concert detritus. The objects she was made to clean up after an event—cigarette butts, drug paraphernalia, beer cans, discarded clothing, and lost cell phones—became emblems of punk rock culture, which she now reproduces in the form of hand-painted ceramic miniatures. Sculpting objects found in concert halls, kitchens, studios and similarly ubiquitous locations, Eken methodically replicates detritus often placing them very systematic in a grid, suggestive of scientific categorization. Her arrangements and sheer amount of production assume an anthropological quality, documenting and preserving the relics of a culture and celebrating a history in process. While Eken also produces embroideries, drawings, and sometimes even videos, she favors clay for its versatility and clumsy form, as shaping and firing warp the object along the way, resulting in unforeseen and unpredictable imperfections.
Rose Eken (b.1976, Denmark) lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2003. She has received critical appraise in US for her solo exhibition Remain In The Light at The Hole gallery in New York as well as her more recent solo show Tableau at V1Gallery in Copenhagen, which was acquired by and is currently on display at Aros Museum of Modern Art in Aarhus, Denmark. Eken is represented by V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
Rose Eken, Remain in Light, 2014. 600 objects glazed paperclay installation. Variable. Courtesy of The Hole Gallery NYC.
This exceptional Gala evening, staged by the duo André Saraiva and Alexandre de Betak,
opens the Paris Opera Ballet’s new season 16/17 last Saturday,
September 24th 2016. Under the leadership of Stephane Lissner, Director
of the Paris Opera, and Aurelie Dupont, Director of Dance, introduced
two contemporary works as well as the magnificent Defilé du Ballet at the Palais Garnier.
“Endless garlands of flowers curled around the borders of my note pads when I was a school girl. And thousands of roses were cut out from my mother’s gardening books. At the Academy of Arts, flowers as large as life were painted on my canvasses. There were always flowers. They flourished in the self-portraits of the eighties and grew bigger in the flower wallpapers made in the nineties.” Margriet Smulders is a Dutch photographer of floral still lifes. She attended the Radboud University Nijmegen from 1974 to 1983 and the Academy of Arts in Arnhem from 1979 to 1985. Many thanks to arpeggia for introducing us Margriet Smulders on the first Monday of 2013 :)
A Single Book Can Alter The Strongest Of Foundations
Installation artist Jorge Mendez Blakecreates a powerful brick sculpture titled “The Castle”. The intimidating wall, formidable and erect, loses its symmetry and forms a rift at the point where a book it inserted at its root.