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Katinka Bock, Horizontal Alphabet (black), 2016

Commissioned by the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) at Fort Saint-Jean, Mucem, Marseille

Mucem, Marseille
august 25 2017 • august 25 2019
  • Katinka Bock, Horizontal Alphabet (black), 2016, FNAC 2016-0433). Commissioned by the CNAP. View at the Fort Saint-Jean, Mucem, Marseilles, Salle Casemate, 2017
    © Katinka Bock / Cnap / photo : François Deladerrière

  • Katinka Bock
    Etude pour une œuvre monumentale à protocole Horizontal Alphabet (black), 2016
    CP FNAC 2016-0383 (1 et 2)
    Commande à l’artiste
    Centre national des arts plastiques
    © Katinka Bock / Cnap / photo : Yves Chenot

Spread across the floor of the Salle Casemate (Pillbox Room) at Fort Saint-Jean, Horizontal Alphabet (black) was commissioned by the Centre national des arts plastiques (Cnap) and is made up of rectangular black ceramic brick paving stones.

Many works by the German artist, Katinka Bock bear witness to the special attention she pays to the human scale: that is true also for Horizontal Alphabet (black), where the size of each brick is determined by a handprint or footprint.

This artwork is based on repetition but also on human diversity: nothing is ever identical. She takes mankind’s individuality and universality as her starting points. The hand, foot, thumb and femur are all body measurements that once were (or still are) used as units of measurement. There is no standard brick. Depending on region, country or culture, these units of measurement differ to varying degrees, according to tradition, common practice or fashion.

Installed in summer 2017, Katinka Bock’s ceramic bricks are destined to disappear over time. Meanwhile, visitors should take care to avoid walking on the artwork, at the risk of crushing someone.

Horizontal Alphabet (black) (FNAC 2016-0433) is part of a series of commissions sponsored by the Cnap which consists of inviting artists to design an art installation for a public space, mainly outdoors. Its installation on one site for a short duration (one to three years) enables it to be moved around the country. Cnap keeps all the instructions, making it possible to recreate the work at each new site.

Katinka Bock was born in 1976 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She lives and works partly in Paris and partly in Berlin. She has won the Ricard Foundation Prize (2012) and Villa Medici award (2012/2013) and her work has recently been exhibited at the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle (USA), MAMCO in Geneva (Switzerland), KIOSK in Ghent (Belgium) and MUDAM in Luxembourg.


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Dernière mise à jour le 22 Mar 2018
salle Casemate du fort saint jean
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône (13)