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Katinka Bock 'Radio Piombino'
20 April 2018 until 8 July 2018
The Common Guild
‘Radio Piombino’ is an exhibition of new, sculptural works by artist Katinka Bock. Bock works with a range of materials,
including natural substances, such as copper, lead and clay, and found or given forms. Her materials are often altered
through natural processes and the effects of time – heat, moisture or sunlight, for example – such that the potential of
becoming or disintegrating seems constantly present. Her sculptures appear as the result of events, at times seeming
precarious and at others immutable.
Bock often takes the peculiarities or context of a given space as a starting point for her work, and her project for Glasgow
taps into the nature of 21 Woodlands Terrace as a domestic building and the history of Glasgow as a major port, a place of
exchange and transaction. Prior to the exhibition several parts of these works inhabited the city of Glasgow and its environs.
Copper oxidised; fabric was exposed to the elements; ceramic forms ‘lived’ with city-centre residents and businesses, or
were secreted in the woods above Loch Lomond. Bock gathers these elements in their transformed state, looping the
references of geological, industrial, meteorological and personal history into her working materials, seeking to reflect the
systems that produced the materials, place and people. ‘Radio Piombino’ re-imagines 21 Woodlands Terrace as a landscape
of sculptural elements that turn the building into what Bock terms a “poisoned body”.
Katinka Bock is a Paris-based, German artist. ‘Radio Piombino’ is the first presentation of her work in Scotland and follows
her only previous project in the UK, ‘Mesonya’, with Siobhan Davies Dance (London) in 2017.
Katinka Bock’s exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of talks and events.