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John Bock: Koppel

John Bock: Koppel Description:

The textured crazy and highly energetic world of John Bock comes alive in Koppel which documents of the young artist s surrealist performances from the past two years of them from Documenta Video stills artist texts photos and sketches reveal the humor and found object curiosity that drives his zany work

Rating: 3.45 out of 5

John Bock: Gribbohm

John Bock: Gribbohm Description:

An ascending star on the international art scene John Bock s stage like walk in sculptures constructed from fabrics and junk form the backdrop for his lavish semi theatrical and semi improvised performances Referencing everything from rural life to various half baked philosophies to the Vienna Actionists a key influence on Bock Bock s performances blend topic fragments from the sciences arts and the everyday into a volatile and enthralling mixture The focus here is on the complex relationships between art and the social and between the social and the individual Laid out in striking collage fashion John Bock Gribbohm traces of Bock s lectures as he terms his performances with copious illustrations and text by this artist who attempts to make sense of this world by creating one of his own devising

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

Fischgrtenmelkstand. Artist, John Bock

Fischgrtenmelkstand. Artist, John Bock Description:

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Rating: 3.71 out of 5

John Bock: Klutterkammer

John Bock: Klutterkammer Description:

With wooden covers and beautiful interior design mimicking a personal sketchbook or exercise book Klutterkammer documents an exhibition of the same name held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London which was conceived by Bock as a fantasy compendium of his artistic affiliations

Rating: 3.30 out of 5

John Bock: Maltreated Frigate

John Bock: Maltreated Frigate Description:

This sophisticated artist s book with custom cut cover and partially exposed binding documents John Bock s action Maltreated Frigate the height as well as the culmination of this rising German artist s performative work Here Bock s vision comes to life in a multitude of color illustrations composed and collaged by the artist The libretto printed in its entirety explodes in linguistic fireworks and tumbles down the printed page solid in its earthiness and ready to be constructed into a jumble of bizarre and whimsical neologisms vivid testimony to the artist s zest for expression Maltreated Frigate was performed as a spectacle in scenes a collision course of rock opera Theater of the Absurd animated sculpture and puppet show This raucous volume invites the reader to accompany the artist and his protagonists along their tour de force stream of consciousness action It is a violent ride on a machine from hell steered by an idiosyncratic inner logic

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

John Bock: Skipholt

John Bock: Skipholt Description:

In the German performance artist sculptor and video artist John Bock spent two weeks in Iceland producing Skipholt a film based on the lives of early explorers and the mythic fear of shipwreck As he treks through the wintry landscape with a bizarre range of props to face up the facts of DEADWHITE Bock performs the explorer s destitution in his wonderful language of slapstick absurdism evoking the obsessions of Scott and Shackleton and Captain Ahab s mad pursuit of Moby Dick This artist s book which accompanies Skipholt is published on the occasion of Bock s exhibition at Kunstraum Innsbruck Designed in the manner of a mountaineer s journal or explorer s sketchbook it reproduces video stills alongside drawings created for the book a familiar Bockian weave of pseudo scientific aesthetic and social commentary

Rating: 3.55 out of 5

When Humour Becomes Painful

When Humour Becomes Painful Description:

From Dada to Fluxus through Sensation to today humor is at the heart of much of the most beloved and least comfortable art out there Humor s ambivalence its ability to shift between the utopian and the destructive and its refusal of absolute values distinguish many of those twentieth century movements that continue to exert an influence This catalogue of work from more than artists including Bruce Nauman and Jake amp Dinos Chapman parses humor s mechanisms in works that seduce us with a laugh and then stop us in our tracks with more painful or uncomfortable themes Deconstructions of the male artist persona by Vito Acconci and Jurgen Klauke use wit to confront taboos head on which connects them with the more recent work of John Bock and Klara Liden Among classic pieces included are Joseph Beuys s Capri Batterie and George Maciunas s Flux Smile Machine

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood

The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood Description:

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Rating: 3.33 out of 5