Works

This is a work named Eichenpfahl 40 cm reinda (Oak tree 40 cm inside) by German artist John Bock made in 2004. The materials are Metal, fabric, cement, lamp, mixed media and video 30:00 minutes, and the dimensions are 117 by 106 by 164 inches.This is a sculpture named Untitled by German artist John Bock made in 2004.  The materials are metal, fabric, and the dimensions are 49 1/2 by 86 1/2 by 27 1/2 inches.This is a sculpture named Untitled by German artist John Bock made in 2004.  The materials are metal, fabric and mixed media, and the dimensions are 51 by 27 3/4 by 28 inches.This is a painting titled Die Reinheit und der Sex (The Purity and the Sex) by artist Bendix Harms made in 2003. The materials are oil canvas, and the dimensions are 70.5 inches by 56.5 inches. This is a painting titled Langeliebe (Long Love) by artist Bendix Harms made in 2003. The materials are oil canvas, and the dimensions are 78.75 inches by 70.5 inches. This is a painting titled Der Fütterer (The Feeder) by artist Bendix Harms made in 2003. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 76 inches by 82 inches. This is a painting titled Last Exit Bleckede by artist Bendix Harms made in 2003. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 89.5 inches by 82 inches. This is a painting titled Volk, ne? (People, huh?) by artist Bendix Harms made in 2002. The materials are oil on canvas, and the dimensions are 74 inches by 82 inches.

Press Release

John Bock, Bendix Harms
October 16 –
November 13, 2004

Anton Kern Gallery is proud to present John Bock’s fourth exhibition at the gallery. The show is part of a series of curatorial projects that build upon the idea of collaboration. For his current solo exhibition at the ICA in London, he invited artists with similar interests in ‘action’ (Vito Acconci, Joseph Beuys, Paul McCarthy, Andreas Slominski, Robert Smith, Paul Thek, Rikrit Tiravanija, among others) to take part in the exhibition. Following this format John Bock has invited German artist Bendix Harms to be part of this exhibition.

 

John Bock is well known for his lectures, which often involve fantastic stage-ˇlike environments and self-sewn costumes. For this show Bock will build human size metal cubicles in which visitors can interact with his action/sculptures. The new work continues his exploration of quotidian objects and the possibilities of how to relate to them. In a dreamlike but conscious manner, John Bock creates situations that guide viewers into a labyrinth of proposals that yield no conclusions.

 

Dogs, mushrooms, cars and a girlfriend populate the thickly painted canvases of Bendix Harms. The artist uses his life story as an entry point to the work; for Harms, a position of critical distance is a useless trap. His knowledge of art history merges with personal history in paintings that recall turn-of-the-century German portraiture.

 

“I want to talk about subject matter in which everybody can react, not in a democratic sense but like a synapse. Hurrah or repulsion - like staggering into a room where 20 faces stare at you and after 20 seconds it’s clear with whom you would get along and with whom you definitely would not ” - Bendix Harms

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