at an exhibition titled, mixed pickles, in ruttkowski;68 gallery, you’ll find a 2-meter-long NIKE air max shoe made of wood and dressed with oil paint. examine a bit further and you’ll find the artist’s name, paa joe, inscribed above the laces. there isn’t a hole for a foot to slip into. instead, the entire mechanism opens in-half to reveal a nice, blue, resting place

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all images courtesy of ruttkowski;68 via artsy



this isn’t paa joe’s first coffin — it isn’t even his first NIKE-shoe-shaped coffin. paa’s idea of a final resting place is the belly of a lion or a fish or a chili pepper. in this case, it’s a shoe that he’s named: ‘ghanaian NIKE coffin.’ 

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alongside the NIKE coffin design: ruttkowski;68 gallery is featuring the work of mark jenkins, stefan marx, paintings by conny majer, and a DJ lars eidinger video-installation.

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