Joakim Ojanen’s Ceramic Creatures Capture the “Essence of Being Human”

Molding movement and catharsis through clay at NYC's The Hole gallery

Joakim Ojanen‘s sculptural cast of oddball characters captures feelings of childhood, adulthood and the awkward transformation in-between. Through semi-human and semi-monster ceramics and paintings, the Swedish artist crafts an ensemble of adolescent creatures whose juxtaposing compositions evoke nuanced and often conflicting emotions. His new NYC exhibit, The Part You Throw Away, sees the artist more personally than ever before. On view now through 31 December …

Risky Business: The Teenage Brain

“Nothing—whether it’s being with your friends, having sex, licking an ice cream cone, zipping along in a convertible on a warm summer evening, hearing your favorite music—will ever feel as good as it did when you were a teenager,” says Laurence Steinberg, a professor of psychology at Temple University. From weak frontal lobes to enlarged nucleus accumbens and extra more dopamine receptors, adolescents’ brains are …