(Photos: Claudia Prat, unless noted.)

(Photos: Clàudia Prat, unless noted)

Let’s face it, CBGB is long gone — even if organizers of this month’s CBGB Festival are trying to bring it back in the form of a LES club and, um, a microdistillery. But across the street from its old location, rock and roll can never die — thanks to some ceramic microphones, drumsticks and bottles of Jack.


The pieces of petrified punk, now on display at The Hole, were created by Rose Eken, a Danish artist who lives in Copenhagen. Using paperclay, she produces multiple variations of beer cans, Bic lighters — even Asprin bottles.

She explained the rock n roll relics at Friday’s opening. “In music there is always repetition in the process of learning: the rehearsals, playing the same scale over and over again,” she said. “This is the same idea: I repeat 10 different ashtrays or 10 different guitar pics, and they are always slightly different.”

(Courtesy of The Hole)

(Courtesy of The Hole)

Eken, who did a residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in Williamsburg a couple of years ago, told us the series springs from her teenage days working in a theater, doing lighting for bands. “Venues are made for people,” she said. “When no one is in there, there is a kind of suspension. The objects are, like, waiting for something. Or if something has already happened, there is still the lingering in the room.”

(Courtesy of The Hole)

(Courtesy of The Hole)

That struck a cord with Henriette Noermark, a curator and writer who attended the opening. “It’s a good story about a party that happens,” she said. “The cigarette butts remind me of all the conversation they might have had and I feel I would like to be there.”

“Remain in Light” will be on display through November 2, along with some large paintings and an installation by Bushwick-based artist Lance De Los Reyes.