JOAKIM DERLOW

Born 1990

“A curious branch peeps in through the flap of a tent, foliage wraps around a bush in an unreadable mess and unrelenting rain turns hair into untamed worms. In my quest to capture the essence of things, only drawing can communicate what I have actually seen.

Drawing encloses the objects in an environment that gives them their contours and features. My lines guide the viewer to what I see. The things, their behaviour and intentions are seen with the same eyes, and I present a possibility for what has happened, is happening, will happen – which charges the drawing with a narrative.

With this insight, I work with a format of stories that come to me through sensory impressions formed by everyday life or dreamlike ideas. My pencil reworks these impressions into lines, which are then manifested on the paper in a world of black and white.

Whether the result is a finished illustration or a rough sketch, the visual elements are permeated by this underlying process.” […]

Joakim holds a degree from Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2016). He also studied at Serieskolan in Malmö and Nyckelviksskolan in Stockholm.

Photo portrait: Joakim Derlow

Joakim Derlow Den Tänkande Handen teckning utställning

Joakim Derlow

Joakim Derlow participates in the scholarship competition and exhibition with seven drawings created 2015–2019.

1. 'Entropy', ink on paper
2. 'Rear view (page 1 and 2)', ink on paper
3. 'The Hidden and The Eye', ink on paper
4. 'Untitled (Path)',ink on paper
5. 'Untitled (fast and visceral)', ink on paper
6. 'Reed', ink on paper
7. 'Nap (for wet spirits)', ink on paper

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THE SELECTION COMMITTEE'S MOTIVATION:
The hidden, the concealed, the screened. With relentless black without gradation, Joakim Derlow draws a world that asks more questions than it answers. A cycling holiday to Pompeii ends in an unexpected attack. An antique mug shatters and turns into a trap. An eye looks out from the weathered face of a sculpture, as if it had just happened, while nature reaches towards the motifs, at once enveloping and threatening.

1. ENTROPY
Ink on paper, 2016. Original size 56x76 cm.
2. REAR VIEW (PAGE 1 AND 2)
Ink on paper, 2018. Original size 29x42 cm.
3. THE HIDDEN AND THE EYE
Ink on paper, 2016. Original size 27x20 cm.
4. UNTITLED (PATH)
Ink on paper, 2016. Original size 44x32 cm.
5. UNTITLED (FAST AND VISCERAL)
Ink on paper, 2019. Original size 23x30 cm.
6. REED
Ink on paper, 2015. Original size 27x20 cm.
7. NAP (FOR WET SPIRITS)
Ink on paper, 2015. Original size 23x18 cm.