John Bock

Klappdiagramm, 2013

4500* Euro

John Bock (*1965, lives in Berlin) initially studied Business Administration before continuing his education under Franz Erhard Walther at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg until 1997. It was already during this time that he developed the format of lecture performance, which continues to shape his work today. These actions somewhat misleadingly perhaps referred to as "lectures" unite Dada and absurd theater, the grotesque with self-irony and always directly involve the audience. Sometimes it becomes part of the actions, but often it becomes a mirror of his own presence. "His lectures are the attempt to re-define the world between drollery and absurdity. And this repeatedly produces moments of truth, which are concealed in playful seriousness," commented Peter Packesch, Director of Kunsthalle Basel, on the occasion of Bock’s exhibition there in 1999. That same year Bock participated in the Venice Biennale, and three years later, in 2002, in documenta 11 in Kassel.

His solo exhibition at Kunstverein Hamburg is accompanied by an edition of 5 unique works that combine different materials and everyday objects. They look like technical equipments in which single parts may lead to a chain reaction.