Rose Eken is a Danish artist who works in a wide array of media including video-installation, drawing, embroidery and ceramic sculpture.
Born in Copenhagen, in 1976, Eken studied at Edinburgh College of Art from 1997 to 2001 and graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2003.
Eken’s Hand-Painted Ceramic Works
Rose Eken’s artistic practice embraces the world of rock music and fan culture which are (re)constructed and visualized from the artist’s point of view.
During her teenage years, Eken worked at many punk music venues in Copenhagen, where she developed fascination with the things that the rock musician left behind including instruments, beer cans, cigarette ends, set lists, discarded clothing, and lost cell phones. She began to reproduce all those objects in the form of hand-painted ceramic sculptures.
Focused to details, Rose does not create faithful copies, but plays with size and proportions to distort actuality and create her own, particular world inspired by the aura, fragility and physical detritus surrounding a punk concert or a musical performance. Eken makes a show of the mess and the waste by sculpturing objects found in places such as concert halls, kitchens, and similarly omnipresent locations. Her miniature sculptures made out of cardboard include the replicas of every rock legends instrument from Jimi Hendrix’s guitar to John Bonham’s drum kit.
The sheer repetition and obsessive re-rendering are often present in her practice.
Rose Eken at V1 Gallery
Rose Eken’s latest large-scale ceramic installation, entitled Tableau, is composed of numerous ceramic objects – brushes, buckets of paint, box cutters, towers of tape, clusters of books and magazines, cigarette butts.
Tableau is the result of an extensive research and correspondence with the artist and the artists from different parts of the world. Through this interaction, the Danish-born artist received photos of their studios, working tables and tools of the trade, which served as a base for a fictional atelier in ceramics where every object refers back to a specific artist’s practice and working environment. Eken’s largest installation to date is mimicking our collective idea of what the artist’s studio should be, as well as challenges the idea of the atelier being a mystical and almost sacred place for creating art.
Tableau will be on view at Rose Eken’s solo show at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen from August 15th to September 19th, 2015.
Rose Eken’s work has been included in many individual and collective exhibitions in her native Denmark at Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus (2014; 2013; 2012); m.gallery, Kandestederne, Skagen (2014); GalleriC7, Copenhagen (2011); Galleri Kant, Esbjerg (2010); as well as abroad at The Hole Gallery, New York, USA (2014); Munch Gallery, New York, USA (2013); Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, California, USA (2013; 2012); KIASMA Museet for Samtidskunst, Helsinki, Finland (2012); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (2011); Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada (2011); Cirkulations Centralen, Malmö, Sweden (2009); Café Gallery, London (2008); and Standpoint Gallery, London (2008), among others.
The artist is represented by V1 Gallery in Copenhagen.
Rose Eken lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.