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Katinka Bock

Hysteros
09.21.07 - 10.14.07
Exhibition — Espace EDF Bazacle

Katinka Bock, Hysteros, 2007

Ebène, câbles, aimants

Courtesy galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris

© Printemps de septembre, photo Philippe Migeat

Katinka Bock, Hysteros, 2007

Ebène, câbles, aimants

Courtesy galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Paris

© Printemps de septembre, photo Philippe Migeat

Born in 1976 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
Lives and works in Paris, France and Berlin, Germany.
 

The examples of power play expressed in Katinka Bock's work are those at work in nature. She handles the evolution of all things, the growth cycles of plants as much as the currents of a river, all forming the slow powers which inform her installations and sculptures. These latter are thus subject to their rhythm and flow, and are part and parcel of a process that links them to the world by way of its primary forces.

 

The huge block of ebony that is on view at the Printemps de Septembre festival is thus kept in its state of precarious equilibrium by a device which joins it to a floating tree dragged along by the river Garonne's current. The merry-go-round of forms conjuring up objects washed up by the river thus revolves thanks to the energy produced by the turbine activated by the current. The artist turns these forces into a metaphor of those which constitute society's authority. She uses them with humility, aware that she is presenting relations of power that reverberate well beyond the natural realm.