UNTITLED BOOK by Joakim Ojanen
14.5 x 18.5cm, 48 interior pages, full colour printing, cardstock cover with sticker affixed, perfect bound, first edition of 300, hand numbered, 2014.
We're overjoyed to have a new book in from Sweden's Joakim Ojanen. We published a black and white zine of his work throughout imprint Museums Press back in 2011, and here he is in 2014. Its a beautiful format; undersize A5, full colour throughout with that offset printing smell and the colours are incredible. Joakim's work has developed from a warped yet subtle cartoon style to an idea of Edvard Munch meets Phillip Guston in contemporary, with ceramics thrown in. The book also features a short and interesting piece of writing, titled 'New Masks', on the work of Joakim, by Christina Anglada.
His paintings depict oddities and reflective crowded scenes. There is an element of surrealism in there, an element of sadness but of course, Ojanen's dark humor, almost at himself, and you of course. Pop culture is reference with familiarities in there, but its certainly bleak at times, showing us what we are and what we could become. The ceramics are like no other. Some of them stand close to a metre tall, in his trademark vibrant smudged colours but with a glazed gloss. These mean a large kiln and an even larger work ethic. Here is an artist who has worked hard, with much joy, to find his feet and become a bright young artist soon to be known very, very well.
This book, if you haven't guessed it already, is highly recommended for art, comic and ceramics fans alike. Get it for your mum, I guarantee she'll appreciate it too.