ArtJunk
No. 25—2022

Ruttkowski;68

Ruttkowski;68 Frédéric Platéus ArtJunk

Lichtstr. 8–24
50825 Köln

Di–So: 11–19 Uhr

T +49 (0) 221-16 99 36 47

E

www.ruttkowski68.com →

Facebook →

Instagram →

Exhibitions

Keep the fire burning

Thomas Wachholz

Info: Thomas Wachholz presents his second solo exhibition Keep the fire burning at Ruttkowski;68 in Cologne. Wachholz’s works are inspired and influenced by the style, form and precision of industrially manufactured everyday objects, explicitly the matchbox. As an object of everyday use, the product cannot be reduced to its function; as a carrier of emotion, it is inscribed with a meaning of individual memory, nostalgic collection and personal reference. With two large size wall paintings, the gallery becomes the canvas itself, the visitors their active creators. Framed by opaque colour fields, the striking surface in the center invites visitors to participate and leave their traces by igniting matchsticks on the surface. The performance creates a dialogue between artist, medium and visitor that allows the artwork to arise in the interaction. In the mundane act of lightning a match, a drawing emerges from the everyday gesture which hereby becomes both, a tool and an object of contemplation. Wachholz’s new bronze works such as The Kiss, refer to the reaction of two matches lit simultaneously. They take up the element of connecting different roles, surfaces and energies throughout the exhibition. It is within this framework, that commonly created art can evolve through the participants activation of the artist’s work.

Ruttkowski;68 Köln Thomas Wachholz ArtJunk

Two o’clock at night

Jeehye Song

Info: Jeehye Song presents her first solo exhibition Two o’clock at night at Pop;68 in Cologne. Dealing with the aesthetic ugliness of everyday situations, this young artist portrays what arises from personal perception – able to transfer her own moments of perplexity, darkness and their processing as irritation. Upon a closer inspection, what at first glance looks like perfection in aesthetic composition, soft colors and humorous figuration, is covered with a veil of loneliness and absurdity. Song depicts mostly only one, sometimes two persons who find themselves in precarious situations; drowning, dejected, physically injured. After the challenging period of the past two years, in which isolation was an unavoidable companion, the artist pointedly aligns us with the current zeitgeist. Domestic situations create a kind of familiarity, providing clear visual symbols as well as indeterminable elements of disturbance that demand engagement on a personal level. Through a playful approach, the artist generates an acceptance of the uncertainty of the paradox, that allow for differently perceived realities to coexist. The works celebrate the contradictory nature of this coexistence within their dreamlike appearance and turn the contemplation to a walk through one’s own mental images. Location: Pop;68, Bismarckstr. 68, 50672 Köln.

Ruttkowski;68 Jeehye Song ArtJunk

Events

Two o’clock at night

Sa — 25. Juni 2022 17:00—20:00 Uhr

Jeehye Song

Info: Jeehye Song presents her first solo exhibition Two o’clock at night at Pop;68 in Cologne. Dealing with the aesthetic ugliness of everyday situations, this young artist portrays what arises from personal perception – able to transfer her own moments of perplexity, darkness and their processing as irritation. Upon a closer inspection, what at first glance looks like perfection in aesthetic composition, soft colors and humorous figuration, is covered with a veil of loneliness and absurdity. Song depicts mostly only one, sometimes two persons who find themselves in precarious situations; drowning, dejected, physically injured. After the challenging period of the past two years, in which isolation was an unavoidable companion, the artist pointedly aligns us with the current zeitgeist. Domestic situations create a kind of familiarity, providing clear visual symbols as well as indeterminable elements of disturbance that demand engagement on a personal level. Through a playful approach, the artist generates an acceptance of the uncertainty of the paradox, that allow for differently perceived realities to coexist. The works celebrate the contradictory nature of this coexistence within their dreamlike appearance and turn the contemplation to a walk through one’s own mental images. Location: Pop;68, Bismarckstr. 68, 50672 Köln.

Ruttkowski;68 Jeehye Song ArtJunk