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Eros Unlimited

Eighteen 2020

Ceramic Love Songs

In Greek mythology, Eros is the son of Aphrodite, representing the erotic dimension of love. In Pla- to’s Symposion, he is rendered a somewhat abstract concept, expressing the desire to create and procreate, to extend our lives and selves in the material world. Compelling us to revisit this con- tested notion, particularly in the light of a global pandemic and great social and natural upheaval, Ceramic Love Songs presents an open-ended exploration of love, desire, sexual embodiment and eroticism through the perspective of Rose Eken.

Well-known for her meticulous still life objects in clay, Rose Eken presents a refreshingly punk take on the theme of Eros, exploring earthenware’s archaic function as vessels and carriers. Various jars, vases, bowls and containers recall antique artifacts but are glazed with lyrics from contem- porary pop songs. On one phallus-shaped vessel, PJ Harvey wonders whether desire is enough (Is This Desire, 2020). Others carry vignettes of disembodied hands wringing themselves, signing, and holding lifeless birds, evoking the death of innocence by the hand of love. Together, they make for a fragmented narrative of shipwrecked romances as well as a collection of fetish objects – tes- taments to the inseparability of physical and immaterial love.

Rose Eken (b. 1976, DK) works in various scales from miniature tableaus to monumental murals and installations in public spaces. Eken lives and works in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. Educated from Royal College of Art in London in 2003, Eken has exhibited extensively in- and outside Denmark ever since, most recently at Franconia Sculpture Park, MN, USA, Holly Golightly, Copenhagen, Denmark, Horsens Art Museum, Horsens, Denmark, Ragnarock Museum of Pop, Rock and Youth Culture, Roskilde, Denmark and Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France.

All works presented in this zine were exhibited in Eros Unlimited, Eighteen, Copenhagen, in the Fall of 2020 along works by Danielle Orchard (b. 1985, US) and Emma Kohlmann (b. 1989, US).

Text by Astrid Wang

 

 

 

 

 

AFTERBEAT

Horsens Art Museum 2018
‘…The working practice of the Danish visual artist Rose Eken (b. 1976) recalls comprehensive field studies in culture, history, memory and perception by an ethnographer. Spotting the potential of the immediate and the available, Rose Eken offers unique insights into our popular culture and the times we live in. Wit, personality and an acute eye for details are characteristic of her works and installations. They pique our curiosity and speak to most people. Afterbeat is Rose Eken’s first solo exhibition in a Danish museum and as the title suggests it is music culture that is the object of the artistic work here’…
by Henriette Noermark from the catalogue AFTERBEAT – read entire essay here: The Notion of The Crowd



RESISTANCE 2018
‘Slingshots, bolts and steel bearings, empty champagne bottles converted to Molotov cocktails, burner phones, balaclavas, cobblestones, spray cans, Keffiyeh scarfs, Dr. Martens boots, knuckle dusters, barbed wire, working gloves, an assortment of bats, pepper spray, a police scanner, a selection of folding knives, a crowbar, gasmask, lemons, busts of Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg, plyers, bolt cutters, a megaphone, flyers, the S.C.U.M Manifest, The Anarchist Cook book, The Process by Franz Kafka, poetry books by Michael Strunge, vinyl records from Rage Against The Machine, Iggy Pop and Nina Hagen Band, Boys Don’t Cry and Never Mind the Bollocks on cassette tapes. Tools for resistance and revolution, all created in clay for Rose Eken’s immersive new exhibition Resistance.’

PRESS RELEASE





Stillife with Flowers and Fruit 2017

Stillife with Flowers and Fruit, 2017
Stillife with Flowers and Fruit, 2017
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RE_Flower Arrangement in Black Vase, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 55x34x23cm 03
RE_Flower Arrangement in Black Vase, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 55x34x23cm 04
RE_Fruit basket, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 30x30x20cm 09
Fruit basket, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 30x30x20cm 03
glass 12x7cm dia
RE_Red Grapes with 3 leaves, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 26x22x14cm NEW
RE_Peaches, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 7x10x7cm 02
RE_Flower Arrangement in White Vase with Blue Flowers, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 48x25x25cm 04
RE_Flower Arrangement in White Vase with Blue Flowers, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 48x25x25cm 03
Flower Arrangement in White Vase with Blue Flowers, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 48x25x25cm 05
RE_Lemon with leaves_ 2017, glazed paperclay, 24x11x10cm03
RE_Plate with Oysters, Oysterknife, Lemons and Leaf, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 24x22x8cm 07
RE_Red apple and Pear_2017, Glazed Paperclay, 9x6cmdia01
IMG_6682
RE_Leeks, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 46x10x5cm each 01
RE_Radicchio, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 19x8x4cm
glass 12x7cm dia
9x7x4cm
RE_Water Melon Slice, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 18x9x6cm 02
Market_9
Market_1 copy

Kitchen Confidential 2017

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Ladys Handbag 2015

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Frokosten (The Lunch) 2015

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Pittsburg Can - Homage a Pollock, 2015 - ceramics


Homage a Pollock 2015

DUCO can - Homage a Pollock, 2015 - ceramics
DEVOE can - Homage a Pollock, 2015 - ceramics

Tableau

V1 Gallery

(Press)

Reviews: Art Forum / Artsy

Paper Clay, 2015
Tableau
RE4777
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
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Paper Clay, 2015
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Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015

 

Remain In Light

The Hole Gallery, NYC, oct, 2014


On The Road

Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, 2014

Murder One

V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, 2013

Photo: Freya Morales
photo: Freya Morales
curtesy of Rose Eken
photo: Vuk Srdanovic
photo: Jan Søndergaard
photo: Freya Morales
curtesy of Rose Eken
photo: Freya Morales
photo: Jan Søndergaard
curtesy of Rose Eken
photo: Jan Søndergaard
photo: Jan Søndergaard
photo: Freya Morales
photo: Jan Søndergaard


Love is the Drug

Munch Gallery, New York 2013

Everything Louder Than Everything Else

Everything Louder Than Everything Else, solo show 2012
Everything Louder Than Everything Else, soloshow 2012
Everything Louder Than Everything Else, installation, glazed paper clay (2012)

MOHS exhibit, Copenhagen 2012

Hit The Lights!

Unspeakable Projects, San Fransisco, CA, 2012


Forever Is A Slow Moment

Charlotte Fogh Contemporary 2011



Enter II

Kunsthallen Brandts 2011-12


Tomorrow is a long time (2011)

Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Photo: Christina Glob
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
The Spring Exhibition, Pakhuset Nykjøbing Sjælland, 22nd of May – 19th of June, 2010
The Spring Exhibition, Pakhuset Nykjøbing Sjælland, 22nd of May – 19th of June, 2010
The Spring Exhibition, Pakhuset Nykjøbing Sjælland, 22nd of May – 19th of June, 2010
X-MAS 10, Gallery Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, 10th of Dec. 2010 – 15th of Jan. 2011
X-MAS 10, Gallery Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, 10th of Dec. 2010 – 15th of Jan. 2011
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Song with No Name, Sølyst Artists in Residence Center, Jyderup, 18th of Sept. – 9th of October 2008


Papbar 2010


Falling and Laughing 2010


Pedalboards 2010


People in a Room 2009


Electric Ladyland 2009


Song with No Name 2008


Lost, Blue and other Songs 2009

 

 

 

 

 

AFTERBEAT

Horsens Art Museum 2018
‘…The working practice of the Danish visual artist Rose Eken (b. 1976) recalls comprehensive field studies in culture, history, memory and perception by an ethnographer. Spotting the potential of the immediate and the available, Rose Eken offers unique insights into our popular culture and the times we live in. Wit, personality and an acute eye for details are characteristic of her works and installations. They pique our curiosity and speak to most people. Afterbeat is Rose Eken’s first solo exhibition in a Danish museum and as the title suggests it is music culture that is the object of the artistic work here’…
by Henriette Noermark from the catalogue AFTERBEAT – read entire essay here: The Notion of The Crowd



RESISTANCE 2018
‘Slingshots, bolts and steel bearings, empty champagne bottles converted to Molotov cocktails, burner phones, balaclavas, cobblestones, spray cans, Keffiyeh scarfs, Dr. Martens boots, knuckle dusters, barbed wire, working gloves, an assortment of bats, pepper spray, a police scanner, a selection of folding knives, a crowbar, gasmask, lemons, busts of Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg, plyers, bolt cutters, a megaphone, flyers, the S.C.U.M Manifest, The Anarchist Cook book, The Process by Franz Kafka, poetry books by Michael Strunge, vinyl records from Rage Against The Machine, Iggy Pop and Nina Hagen Band, Boys Don’t Cry and Never Mind the Bollocks on cassette tapes. Tools for resistance and revolution, all created in clay for Rose Eken’s immersive new exhibition Resistance.’

PRESS RELEASE





Stillife with Flowers and Fruit 2017

Stillife with Flowers and Fruit, 2017
Stillife with Flowers and Fruit, 2017
Market_6
Market_4
RE_Flower Arrangement in Black Vase, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 55x34x23cm 03
RE_Flower Arrangement in Black Vase, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 55x34x23cm 04
RE_Fruit basket, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 30x30x20cm 09
Fruit basket, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 30x30x20cm 03
glass 12x7cm dia
RE_Red Grapes with 3 leaves, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 26x22x14cm NEW
RE_Peaches, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 7x10x7cm 02
RE_Flower Arrangement in White Vase with Blue Flowers, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 48x25x25cm 04
RE_Flower Arrangement in White Vase with Blue Flowers, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 48x25x25cm 03
Flower Arrangement in White Vase with Blue Flowers, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 48x25x25cm 05
RE_Lemon with leaves_ 2017, glazed paperclay, 24x11x10cm03
RE_Plate with Oysters, Oysterknife, Lemons and Leaf, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 24x22x8cm 07
RE_Red apple and Pear_2017, Glazed Paperclay, 9x6cmdia01
IMG_6682
RE_Leeks, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 46x10x5cm each 01
RE_Radicchio, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 19x8x4cm
glass 12x7cm dia
9x7x4cm
RE_Water Melon Slice, 2017, Glazed Paperclay, 18x9x6cm 02
Market_9
Market_1 copy

Kitchen Confidential 2017

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Kitchen Confidential_201718
Kitchen Confidential_201712
Kitchen Confidential_201721
Kitchen Confidential_201715
Kitchen Confidential_201717
Kitchen Confidential_201716
Kitchen Confidential_201727
Kitchen Confidential_201705
Kitchen Confidential_201707
Kitchen Confidential_201706
Kitchen Confidential_201709
Kitchen Confidential_201711
Kitchen Confidential_201723



Ladys Handbag 2015

ladies-handbag_2015_glazed-paperclay_-various-size-courtecy-of-v1gallery1
ladies-handbag_detail_2015_glazed-paperclay_-various-size_courtecy-of-v1gallery_3
roseeken_ladies-handbag_detail_2015_glazed-paperclay_-various-size-courtecy-of-v1gallery
thehole_aug2015_091
thehole_aug2015_093
thehole_aug2015_094
thehole_aug2015_095
thehole_aug2015_096
thehole_aug2015_097

Frokosten (The Lunch) 2015

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roseeken_frokosten_2015_gammel-dansk-26x75-cm
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roseeken_frokosten_2015_detail7_glazedpaperclay_installation-size-vaiable
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roseeken_frokosten_2015_detail_glazedpaperclay_installation-size-vaiable
roseeken_hommage-a-pollock_paperclay_various-sizes_2015
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Pittsburg Can - Homage a Pollock, 2015 - ceramics


Homage a Pollock 2015

DUCO can - Homage a Pollock, 2015 - ceramics
DEVOE can - Homage a Pollock, 2015 - ceramics

Tableau

V1 Gallery

(Press)

Reviews: Art Forum / Artsy

Paper Clay, 2015
Tableau
RE4777
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015
Paper Clay, 2015

 

Remain In Light

The Hole Gallery, NYC, oct, 2014


On The Road

Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, 2014

Murder One

V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, 2013

Photo: Freya Morales
photo: Freya Morales
curtesy of Rose Eken
photo: Vuk Srdanovic
photo: Jan Søndergaard
photo: Freya Morales
curtesy of Rose Eken
photo: Freya Morales
photo: Jan Søndergaard
curtesy of Rose Eken
photo: Jan Søndergaard
photo: Jan Søndergaard
photo: Freya Morales
photo: Jan Søndergaard


Love is the Drug

Munch Gallery, New York 2013

Everything Louder Than Everything Else

Everything Louder Than Everything Else, solo show 2012
Everything Louder Than Everything Else, soloshow 2012
Everything Louder Than Everything Else, installation, glazed paper clay (2012)

MOHS exhibit, Copenhagen 2012

Hit The Lights!

Unspeakable Projects, San Fransisco, CA, 2012


Forever Is A Slow Moment

Charlotte Fogh Contemporary 2011



Enter II

Kunsthallen Brandts 2011-12


Tomorrow is a long time (2011)

Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Photo: Christina Glob
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
The Spring Exhibition, Pakhuset Nykjøbing Sjælland, 22nd of May – 19th of June, 2010
The Spring Exhibition, Pakhuset Nykjøbing Sjælland, 22nd of May – 19th of June, 2010
The Spring Exhibition, Pakhuset Nykjøbing Sjælland, 22nd of May – 19th of June, 2010
X-MAS 10, Gallery Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, 10th of Dec. 2010 – 15th of Jan. 2011
X-MAS 10, Gallery Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, 10th of Dec. 2010 – 15th of Jan. 2011
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Kunsthallen Brandts, 12th of April – 3rd of May 2010
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Electric Ladyland, DUNK! Copenhagen, 7th of March – the 26th of March 2009
Song with No Name, Sølyst Artists in Residence Center, Jyderup, 18th of Sept. – 9th of October 2008


Papbar 2010


Falling and Laughing 2010


Pedalboards 2010


People in a Room 2009


Electric Ladyland 2009


Song with No Name 2008


Lost, Blue and other Songs 2009