Joakim Stampe (SE). Hello Darkness, My Old Friend I've Come to Talk With You Again

Exhibition Time: 13 06 2024–14 07 2024
Opening: June 13  |  18:00
Meno Parkas Gallery (Rotušės sq. 27, 44279 Kaunas, Lithuania)

On Thursday, 13 June, 6 pm, we invite you to the opening of Joakim Stampe's (SE) solo exhibition "Hello Darkness, My Old Friend I've Come to Talk With You Again" at the Meno Parkas Gallery (Rotušės a. 27, Kaunas).

Joakim Stampe's new exhibition emerges as a personal archive whose visual philosophy finds common ground with the times we are all living in. Stampe explained that when he turns on the light in his dark studio, the large black rubber sheets are there, leaning against the wall, looking back at him like big black holes, hence the title of the exhibition 'Hello Darkness, My Old Friend I've Come to Talk With You Again' Stampe continues, 'I find it difficult to leave its blackness and go back to normal canvas, there is a tone of enigma in the black-grey material that captivates me when I try to start a communication with the large black rubber sheets'.
The air or oxygen that slowly transforms the chemically black rubber tone into a silvery grey is also used as a veiled material against the green plants that Stampe cleverly places in sewn-on black rubber pockets. The plants can be circulated, watered or exchanged by their rulers and owners. They articulate a compositional freedom in which the interpreter becomes an immediate co-creator. Stampe formulates an organic attitude to both art and life, where nothing is predetermined, but everything can change.
In his artistic work, Joakim Stampe has a passion for finding and using new and unexplored materials. He has made a name for himself by consciously expanding the range of materials used in his artistic work, be it performance art or art objects. Stampe invents and renews his own immediate world of materials, objects and ways of working with them. In this way, his work is highly intuitive and imaginative, although it often has a story to tell. Whether it is about his personal background, contemporary politics or both, he creates poetic images, conceptual but always with an emotional spirit.

The exhibition is part of Meno Parkas Gallery‘s project „Art Line. 2024“. The project is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.