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Katinka Bock

With a sculptural practice in which the consideration of existing spaces is essential, Katinka Bock (b. 1976, Frankfurt am Main) explores how the passage of time is perceived. Rooted in western art traditions like process art, Arte Povera and site-specific art, Bock makes artworks using a formal language that is rather abstract and anti-monumental, also employing elements that situate them on a human scale in each given environment. Her pieces are often the result of simple gestures like folding, rolling and placing, but also include chance and the unexpected. Her research is translated through simple material like clay, sand, stone, chalk, wood and metal, and even water and air. In Atlantic, Personne (2012), she sketches a metaphorical landscape to which the title lends a figurative connotation. On a thin, sharply outlined layer of sand that is always adapted to the exhibition space, an indefinite stele, standing alone poetically evokes a human form facing the horizon. The sculpture Kalender (Calendar, 2018) emphasises the durational aspect of Katinka Bock's work. The work exists in several versions, each varying in colour and the quantity of unique, glazed ceramic cubes resembling cobblestones. This fifty-part iteration, glazed with bleu de Sevres glaze, forms a line along a wall which is altered on a daily basis, translating the advance of time into a movement in space. Each day, one stone is carried from one end of the line to the other, so that the sculpture moves slowly through the space during the period that it is exhibited.

Artworks

  1. Katinka Bock Atlantic, Personne, 2012

    Chêne, sable et colle
    Dimensions variables
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2012
    © photo : Kristien Daem pour Culturgest, Lisbonne

  1. Katinka Bock, "Dead Cactus", 2016, Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Katinka Bock Dead Cactus, 2016

    Impression noir et blanc sur papier
    45 x 30 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2019 – de l’artiste

  1. Katinka Bock, "Je te tiens", 2018, Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Katinka Bock Je te tiens, 2018

    Diptyque photographique noir et blanc
    31 x 41 cm chacune
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Donation 2019 – de l’artiste
    © Katinka Bock

  1. Katinka Bock, "Kalender", 2018 (détail), Collection Mudam Luxembourg. Vue de la présentation, "Les 25 ans de la Collection Mudam", Mudam Luxembourg, 21.11.2020 – 03.04.2022
    Katinka Bock Kalender, 2018

    50 cubes en céramique, bleu de Sèvres
    12 x 12 x 12 cm chacun
    Dimensions de l’ensemble : 12 x 12 x 600 cm
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2019
    Vue de la présentation Les 25 ans de la Collection Mudam, Mudam Luxembourg, 21.11.2020 – 03.04.2022
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi | Mudam Luxembourg

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