John Bock (b. 1965)

Lot 9: John Bock (b. 1965), Collage with Self-Portrait, 1995

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April 16, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Description: Collage, watercolor and magazine cut-out on paper
Germany, 1995
John Bock (b. 1965) - German performance artist
Monogrammed and dated in pencil lower right 'JB 95'
Dedication 'für Christoph' on the verso
Sheet size: A4
Very good condition
Provenance: Private collection Berlin
An erotic collage in the artist's typical reduced formal language; works on paper by John Bock fetch over 5,800 euros at international auctions

The present work on paper by John Bock (b. 1965) was created in 1995. Partly drawing, partly collage, the work depicts an explicitly erotic theme in Bock's reduced formal language. Due to the humoristic manner of representation the subject matter does not seem vulgar. The male nude is presumably a self-portrait of the artist. Bock, who is primarily known for his multimedia installations and performances, enjoys combining different materials and subject matter in whimsical collages, leaving their interpretation to the viewer.

The collage is in very good condition with minor creases partly due to the nature of the work. The work is monogrammed and dated in pencil lower right 'JB 95'. The verso bears the dedication 'für Christoph'. The sheet has an A4 format.

John Bock (b. 1965)
John Bock was born in Schleswig-Holstein in 1965. After studying business administration, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Since 1991, he creates environments from found objects, which he uses for his performances. Later he was increasingly drawn to the medium of film. In 1999, Bock participated in the Venice Biennale, an in 2002 in the Documenta 11 in Kassel. From 2004 onwards, he taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe as a professor for sculpture. Today, John Bock lives and works in Berlin. His works are in the collections of the MoMA in New York, the Castello di Rivoli in Turin, and the Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu, Japan. John Bock is represented by Anton Kern Gallery in New York and Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

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