Visual ArtCurrently Hanging: Sculptures That Are in More Than One Place at a Time by Katinka Bock
by Jen Graves
on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 9:17 AM
JG / Courtesy the Henry Art Gallery
You can see this Katinka Bock sculpture at the Henry Art Gallery. The door was discarded by a Seattle school. Bock found it when she arrived in Seattle a week ago. Among the materials she brought to Seattle, rather than found, was the white ceramic slab in the picture, which in reality is snow-white. On the slab, you can make out the faintest print of an actual piece of paper, blank but clear and smooth.
Bock, German-born and Paris-based, figures out what she's going to make when she gets somewhere. She knows a little before she arrives. Here, she knew that she would be showing in the museum's north galleries. Artists for centuries have wanted northern light in their studios; it's known as the best light. The Henry's north galleries face due north. But there are no windows. It's like being inside a head with the mouth and eyes shut. In the school-door sculpture, a message is making its way from one room to another, tongue-like. Bock makes art that's in more than one place at a time.