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.
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’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.
|2015||Tableau||V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark||Solo|
|2014||Remain in Light||The Hole Gallery, New York, USA, USA||Solo|
|2014||On The Road||Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark||Solo|
|2014||Det Milde Vesten||m.gallery, Kandestederne, Skagen, Denmark||Group|
|2014||5 Danes||HURRA POP-UP, Venice, California, USA||Group|
|2014||ART & MERCHANDISING||Das KUNSTBURO, Aarhus, Denmark||Group|
|2014||Paperwork||HURRA POP-UP, Venice, California, USA||Group|
|2013||Murder One (working title)||V1 Gallery, Kodbyen, Copenhagen, Denmark||Solo|
|2013||Love is the Drug||Munch Gallery, New York, USA||Solo|
|2013||Everything Louder than Everything Else||MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmark||Solo|
|2013||Hit The Lights||Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, California, USA||Solo|
|2013||Sound On Print||Third Space, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2013||Zeigen - a show by Karin Sander||Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2013||Beers4||Byens Kro, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2013||Unten am Havn – Copenhagen meets Hamburg||Hamburg, Germany||Group|
|2013||Music on My Mind||Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus C, Denmark||Group|
|2013||See You at The Show / The Show / Afterparty||Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, USA||Group|
|2013||Den der Ler Sidst…||Copenhagen Ceramics, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2013||Berlin-Klondyke||Werkschau der Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany||Group|
|2013||Fan ATTITUDES: Images De l’adoration/Adoring Images||Rouen, France||Group|
|2012||Wintershow||Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark||Group|
|2012||Paper Match||Halmlageret, Carlsberg, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2012||RE-Cover||Alt_Cph 2012, Fabrikken for Kunst og Design, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2012||Exotica Tremens||Det Bla Hus, Bornholm, Denmark||Group|
|2012||Open Studios||ISCP International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York City, NY, USA||Group|
|2012||Devils & Dust||MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2012||Grand Opening||Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus C, Denmark||Group|
|2012||Multiples, Skulpturi||Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2012||Fokus videoart Festival||Kunsthallen Nikolai, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2012||Thank You for the Music||KIASMA Museet for Samtidskunst, Helsinki, Finland||Group|
|2011||Forever is a Slow Moment||Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Aarhus, Denmark||Solo|
|2011||Tomorrow is a Long Time||Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany||Solo|
|2011||There is a light that never goes out||Die Raum, Berlin, Germany||Solo|
|2011||Berlin Klondyke 2011 #2||ACLA – Art Center Los Angeles, USA||Group|
|2011||Enter 2011||Brandts Kunsthal, Odense, Denmark||Group|
|2011||Halleluwah||ABTART, Stuttgart-Mohringen and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2011||Backstage Rider||Mitte, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2011||Diktatur Charlottenburg||Babette, Berlin, Germany||Group|
|2011||Berlin Klondyke 2011||Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada||Group|
|2011||STING Telemark Kunstnersenter||Skien, Norway||Group|
|2011||Stodderpral||GalleriC7, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2011||Unfolding Book Objects||Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2011||Fokus videokunst Festival||Kunsthallen Nikolai, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2011||Beers3||Byens Kro, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2010||Sindet Har Ingen Tid (Time Out Of Mind)||Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark||Solo|
|2010||Falling and Laughing||Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark||Solo|
|2010||X-MAS 10||Gallery Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2010||Eagle & Eken||Transition, London, UK||Group|
|2010||Forarsudstillingen||Pakhuset, Nykobing Sjalland, Denmark||Group|
|2010||Go West||DUNK at Galleri Kant, Esbjerg, Denmark||Group|
|2009||Lost, Blue and other Songs||Aica Armenia; Subcultural Centre, Yerevan||Solo|
|2009||Electric Ladyland||DUNK Copenhagen, Denmark||Solo|
|2009||People in a Room||Spanien 19C, Arhus, Denmark||Group|
|2009||Chairs Missing||Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted, Denmark||Group|
|2009||The Party||Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2009||Over the Bridge||DUNK at Cirkulations Centralen, Malmo, Sweden||Group|
|2009||Forarsudstillingen||Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2008||Song with No Name, Solyst Artists in Residence Center||Jyderup, Denmark||Solo|
|2008||We meet under tables||Esplanaden 3, Copenhagen, Denmark||Group|
|2008||Through The Looking Glass||DUNK at SVG3, Glasgow, UK||Group|
|2008||Won’t get fooled again||Cafe Gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2008||John, I’m Only Dancing||The John Jones Project Space, London, UK||Group|
|2008||Into the Fold||Standpoint gallery, London, UK||Group|
|2007||Everybody knows this is nowhere||Spark, Copenhagen, Denmark||Solo|