In November, ikono introduces the work of Jakob Roepke. While the Echo format is usually based on a single artwork from the past resonating throughout history in later re-interpretations, direct or in-direct references, in Interiority – Jakob Roepke after Various Artists we will offer the viewer the possibility to “connect the dots” between very diverse figurative, thematic or historical influences in the painted collages of this contemporary artist.
In an exciting sequence of juxtapositions, reminiscences and comparisons between artworks from different epochs, medium and style, Jakob Roepke’s works will be alternated with images from major artists of the past as well as neglected or even “trivial” source materials.
Jakob Roepke began producing his small painted collages in 1996 and has since created over 1300 separate pieces. While each miniature is an individual work, the series build up networks of reoccurring motives, situations and themes.
In each collage Roepke continually reinvents scenes for his tiny protagonists. Isolated in seemingly lonely domestic spaces, he throws them into ever changing and unexpected situations. Drawing upon art history, popular culture and the surrealist tradition, each piece is left open to a wealth of contextual interpretations.
His tiny collages seem to reference the uncertainty and adversity of 21th century life; yet while the scenes hover between hopelessness and destruction, Roepke’s central figures always seem on the verge of tipping the fight in their favour.
Jakob Roepke lives and works in Berlin.