Rose Eken

Rose Eken's (b. 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark) ceramic installations and miniature sculptures demonstrate a combination of meticulous craftsmanship and a more immediate do-it-yourself approach. They appear recognisable and leave evidence of lived life. Morning coffee, cigarette butts, potted cactuses, make-up and other handbag essentials. Although created in the same dimensions as those objects they imitate, once burned, a displacement of form occurs. A détournement closer to our idea of the object than the actual object. They are more aligned with the notion of alienation rather than the banal or the trivial. The everyday in this sense becomes bound up with the potential opening onto new meanings. Recent exhibitions include Pogo at Mads Nørgaard (2019), Aftermath at Horsens Art Museum (2019) and Resistance at V1 Gallery (2018).

ROSE EKEN

Born 1976, Copenhagen.
Works and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark.

EDUCATION 

Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

2021
TBT, Eighteen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Egg and Ash, Rose Eken, Sidse Carstens, Camilla Reyman, C4 Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark

2020
Billboard Festival, Istanbul Biennial 2020, Istanbul, Turkey
New Domestics, Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota, United States
Look Both Ways, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
T!NG, Janus – Vestjyllands Kunstmuseum, Tistrup, Denmark 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020
What makes Nancy so great by Sidney, OUTPOST, Copenhagen, Denmark

2019
Rose Eken – New Works, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
POGO, Mads Nørgaard Paa Strøget, Copenhagen, Denmark

2018
In Residence – Rose Eken, MOCA Tucson, Arizona, United States
Resistance, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2017
The Show, Huset i Asnæs, Asnæs, Denmark
Kitchen Confidential, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

2016
CAN, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Artefakt, Hjorts Fabrik, Bornholms Keramik Museum, Bornholm, Denmark 

2015
Afterbeat, Horsens kunstmuseum, Horsens, Denmark
Tableau, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2014
Remain in Light, The Hole Gallery, New York, United States
Friday’s Child, Politikens Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark
On The Road, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark

2013
Murder One, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Love Is the Drug, Munch Gallery, New York, United States

2012
Everything Louder than Everything Else, MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmark
Hit The Lights!, Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, California, United States

2011
Forever is a Slow Moment, Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Aarhus, Denmark
Tomorrow Is A Long Time, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
There is a light that never goes out, Die Raum, Berlin, Germany
Art Copenhagen, Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Aarhus, Denmark

2010
Sindet Har Ingen Tid (Time Out Of Mind), Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Falling and Laughing, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Eros Unlimited, with Emma Kohlmann and Danielle Orchard, Eighteen, Copenhagen, Denmark
Norman Fucking Rockwell, V1 Gallery II, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
FED LER, group show at Gl. Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark
Art Herning, V1 Gallery, Herning, Denmark
Today’s Special #7, curated by Ariane Mercier Beau, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2019
MINE III, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Birds, CHART Art Fair with V1 Gallery, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
Work Hard Play Hard, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Paris – Londres, Music Migration (1962 – 89), Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France
8.Marts, Collaborations, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ting og Sager, Mariagerfjord Kunstforening, Hobro, Denmark

2018
European Ceramic Context 2018, Bornholm Art Museum, Gudhjem, Denmark
Interdimensionale 1, Gammelgård, Copenhagen, Denmark
D7 Retrospektiv / The Star Show, Projektrummet D7, Copenhagen, Denmark
On Booze, Koldinggade 12, Copenhagen,Denmark.
TABLES, POTS AND PLANTS – A song for Matisse, Volta 14, V1 Gallery, Basel, Copenhagen 

2017
New Wave, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, United states
Aloud, Transformer Gallery, Washington DC, United states
Horses, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Look at Me!, a curatorial experiment with the collection Hansen-Schmidt, Kupferstich-Kabinen der
Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Dresden, Germany
Bean Bone, Market Art Fair, V1 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
ENGROS – skulptur på Grønttorvet i Valby, Copenhagen, Denmark 

2016
Black/White’ish, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
Nyt Kapitel, Svends Bibliotek i Museumsbygningen, Copenhagen, Denmark
No Man is an Island – The Satanic Verses, Aros Museum of Contemporary Art, Aarhus, Denmark
Bokkunst, Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway
WHEN THE DARKNESS COMES, IT’S ALL GOOD, Varbergs Kunsthall, Göteborg, Sweden
Love Is the Drug, PopUp at Unspeakable Projects in New York, New York, United States
100 Kvinder på Kro (BEERS), Huset for Kunst og Design, Holstebro, Denmark
50x50x50, Kastrupgaard, Copenhagen, Denmark
CHART Art Fair, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015
Debut, with Anika Lori & Fryd Frydendahl, ApArt, Copenhagen, Denmark
CHART Art Fair, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art Herning, V1 Gallery, Herning, Denmark
Mallorca with Søren Behncke, Format Art Space, Copenhagen, Denmark
ALAC, The Hole Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
Art Cologne, V1 Gallery, Germany

2014
Det Milde Vesten, M. Gallery, Kandestederne, Skagen, Denmark
5 Danes, HURRA! POP-UP, Venice, California, United States
ART & MERCHANDISING, Das KUNSTBÜRO, Aarhus, Denmark
Paperwork, HURRA! POP-UP, Venice, California, United Sates
Volta10, V1 Gallery, Basel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Art Herning, V1 Gallery, Herning, Denmark
NADA New York, The Hole Gallery, New York, United States
CHART Art Fair, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
NADA Miami, The Hole Gallery, Miami, United States

2013
Sound On Print, Third Space, Copenhagen, Denmark
Zeigen – a show by Karin Sander, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark
Beers4, Byens Kro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Unten am Havn – Copenhagen meets Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Music on My Mind, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
See You at The Show / The Show / Afterparty, Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, United States
Den der Ler Sidst…, Copenhagen Ceramics, Copenhagen, Denmark
Berlin-Klondyke, Werkschau der Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
Fan ATTITUDES: Images De l’adoration, Adoring Images, Rouen, France

2012
Wintershow, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
Paper Match, Halmlageret, Carlsberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
RE-Cover, Alt_Cph 2012, Fabrikken for Kunst og Design, Copenhagen, Denmark
Exotica Tremens, Det Blå Hus, Bornholm, Denmark
Open Studios, ISCP International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York City, NY, US
Devils & Dust, MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmar
Grand Opening, Charlotte Fogh Gallery, Aarhus, Denmark
Multiples, Skulpturi, Copenhagen, Denmark
Fokus videoart Festival, Kunsthallen Nikolai, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thank You for the Music, KIASMA Museet for Samtidskunst, Helsinki, Finland
Art Copenhagen, Charlotte Fogh Contemporary, Aarhus, Denmark
ArtPadSF, Unspeakable Projects Armory Show, New York, United States
The Armory show, New York, United States
Overgaden Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark 

2011
Berlin Klondyke 2011 #2, ACLA – Art Center Los Angeles, United States
Enter, 2011, Brandts Kunsthal, Odense, Denmark
Halleluwah, ABTART, Stuttgart-Möhringen and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, BerlinBackstage Rider, Berlin, Germany
Diktatur Charlottenburg, Babette, Berlin, Germany
Berlin Klondyke 2011, Odd Gallery, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
STING! Telemark Kunstnersenter, Skien, Norway
Stodderpral, GalleriC7, Copenhagen, Denmark
Unfolding Book Objects, Overgaden – Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Fokus videokunst Festival, Kunsthallen Nikolai, Copenhagen, Denmark
Beers3, Byens Kro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Zoo Art Fair La Flaca Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

2010
Eagle & Eken, Transition, London, United Kingdom
Forårsudstillingen, Pakhuset, Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark
Go West, DUNK!, Galleri Kant, Esbjerg, Denmark

2009
People in a Room, Spanien 19C, Aarhus, Denmark
Chairs Missing, Ringsted Galleriet, Ringsted, Denmark
The Party, Beaver Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
Over the Bridge, DUNK, Cirkulations Centralen, Malmö, Sweden
Forårsudstillingen, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008
We meet under tables, Esplanaden 3, Copenhagen, Denmark
Through The Looking Glass, DUNK! at SVG3, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Scotland Won’t Get Fooled Again, Café Gallery, London, United Kingdom
John, I’m Only Dancing, The John Jones Project Space, London, United Kingdom
Into the Fold, Standpoint Gallery, London, United Kingdom 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
Horsens Art Museum
Museum CLAY
Vejen Art Museum
The Danish Art Foundation for Visual Arts
The City Council, Copenhagen (Københavns Kommunes kunstsamling)
Tvillingehallernes Billedskole, Copenhagen
Royal College of Art Collection
The Madame Tussauds Art Collection

COMMISSION
2018 Museum Ragnarock, Roskilde
2017 Møllevang Tandpleje, Aarhus2014-16 Skt. Anna Gade School, Frederiksbjerg, Aarhus, Denmark
2014-16 Skt. Anna Gade Skole, Frederiksbjerg, Aarhus

RESIDENCIES
2020 – CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
2019 – Bedstuyarts Residency, Brooklyn, New York, United States
2015 – Statens Værksteder for Kunst, lerværkstedet, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 – CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
2013 – Point B Worklodge, New York, United States
2012 – ISCP- international studio and curatorial program, Brooklyn, New York, United States
2012 – Can Serat, Barcelona, Spain
2012 – The Danish Art Workshops, Ceramic, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011 – Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2010 – The Danish Art Workshops, Ceramic, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009 – Aica Armenia: Subcultural Centre and Gallery One, Yerevan, Armenia
2009 – Institutionen San Cataldo, Scala, Salerno, Italy
2008 – S·A·I·R Sølyst Artists in Residence Center, Jyderup, Denmark
2007 – Backstage Berlin – Kultur hinter den Kulissen, Berlin, Denmark
2007 – Braziers International Artist workshop, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
AFTERBEAT, Exhibition Catalogue, Horsens Art Museum, 2018
ARTEFACTS ROSE EKEN 2012-2018, BookLab 2018
RESISTANCE, Exhibition Zine, Trojan Horse Press and V1 Gallery 2018©
Kitchen Confidential, Charlotte Fogh Gallery 2017©
Tableau, Catalogue, V1 Gallery 2015©
Murder One, Artist book/zine, published in connection with soloshow at V1 gallery, 2013©
Introducing Rose Eken by Stéphane Malfettes, ArtPress NO. 399/2013, p. 72-75
REworks 2012, REprint 2012©
Autels Psychedeliques by Stéphane Malfettes, Mouvement dec. 2012 p. 82-85
REmake/REmodel, Rose Eken 2008 – 2010, Reprint 2011©
Gemmebogen (The Book of Secrets), artistbook, a collaboration with author Cecilie
Eken, Leporello, a collaboartion with author Lars Frost, Forlaget Arena©, 2010
Friendly Fire; Interviews with ten contemporary artists, Magasinet Øjeblikket
Cakes, Embroidery and Cardboard Guitars. Rose Eken Takes on the Theatre of Rock, Rachel
Potts: Garageland, Art, Culture and Ideas, issue7, ed. Cathy Lomax, nov. 2008
Song with No Name, artistbook/catalogue, REprint 2008©
Alt_cph 2007, Rose Eken og Julie Boserup, Mikkel Niemann, Kabinetryk©
Meine Höhepunkte Mit Rosemarie, artistbook, Limited Edition, Kabinetryk©, 2006
Kolonihave 7A, exhibition catalogue, 2006
Peripheral Visions, exhibition catalogue, 2005
Cork Film Centre Memphis, exhibition catalogue, Flaca, London, 2005 Daydream Nation, Rose Eken og Julie L. Boserup, Kabinetryk©, 2005 The Flaca Annual, Edition 2004, Flaca London.
Kvinden Adskilt i Hoveddele; Drawings illustrated by prose, Jens Blenstrup, Brøndums Forlag ©, 2003
A Small Town Hero Never Dies…, artistbook, Limited edition, Rose Eken©, 2001 Essential Classics, artistbook, limited edition, Rose Eken©, 2001

Rose Eken

Rose Eken's (b. 1976, Copenhagen, Denmark) ceramic installations and miniature sculptures demonstrate a combination of meticulous craftsmanship and a more immediate do-it-yourself approach. They appear recognisable and leave evidence of lived life. Morning coffee, cigarette butts, potted cactuses, make-up and other handbag essentials. Although created in the same dimensions as those objects they imitate, once burned, a displacement of form occurs. A détournement closer to our idea of the object than the actual object. They are more aligned with the notion of alienation rather than the banal or the trivial. The everyday in this sense becomes bound up with the potential opening onto new meanings. Recent exhibitions include Pogo at Mads Nørgaard (2019), Aftermath at Horsens Art Museum (2019) and Resistance at V1 Gallery (2018).