Joakim Ojanen - “Year of the Dog”
June 16, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Opening Reception: June 16, 2018, 5 - 7 p.m.
Richard Heller Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave. #B-5A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
In his new body of work, Ojanen expands into more complex motifs and materials. In “Flower Eyes, Yin Yang Shirt, and Polka Dot Dress,” a young woman in a yellow, bell-shaped, dress plaintively holds a vase containing a wilted thistle. Her eyes pop out of her head and morph into delicate flowers. Her dress, also surrounded by flowers, features a cave-like hole, which reveals a pair of bare feet that straddle a small detached head. Ojanen has also created two large-scale bronze sculptures for the show. In “Bossy Bird Claimed My Nose In The Park,” a drunk and queasy park denizen awakens to find his extended Pinocchio/Giacometti nose has been taken over by a nesting bird.
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