Joakim Ojanen's Anthropocene

Dec 01, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018Ruttkowski;68 gallery, Cologne

Joakim Ojanen, who we interviewed in May 2017 issue, is currently having a solo show with Ruttkowski;68 gallery in Cologne, Germany. Anthropocene is his debut show with the gallery and a fourth solo showing this year after Paris, Stockholm and New York.

For this exhibition, Ojanen created a series of new canvases and new ceramic sculptures, along with his first ever life-size bronze sculpture. In the making for last couple of month, the centerpiece of the exhibition welcomes visitors as they enter the gallery. Depicting one of his droopy  characters, with big head bowed down, the bronze follows Ojanen's ongoing body of work that draws inspiration from artist's personal experiences and moments in life. Done in ceramic and oil on canvas, the rest of the pieces range from more teenage/adolescent appearing youngsters of all sizes and shapes, as well as portraits of their wacky pet friends.

The new canvases are using much more detailed brush work, achieving even finer feel of texture, something the artist is very focused on. Further on, some of the new ceramic pieces are including unglazed sections, accenting the fingerprint marks, and again, the unconventional texture. Naming the show after a scientific term for an epoch that marks the beginning of human impact on Earth, Swedish artist adds almost humorous importance to his peculiar universe of gloomy characters and creatures.

Click here to read our recent interview with Joakim Ojanen. 

Photos by Nils Müller

The show will be on view through January 14, 2018.