b. 1965, Gribbohm, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
John Bock works with sculpture and performance to produce immersive universes that vary widely in scale and material. Some are constructed from found objects, others from materials like fabric, metal, food, and clothing. The recurring symbol of an astronaut—or, as Bock calls him, “a little man in space”—expresses the scientific, political, technological, and philosophical concerns that converge in his collaged objects, “lecture” performances, and films. Bock’s work has been exhibited widely including exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; as well as the Yokohama Triennale, Documenta, and the Venice Biennale. Bock’s work was featured in the New Museum’s inaugural exhibition, “Unmonumental” (2007-08).