Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Art of DIY; EXHIBITION

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Art of DIY; EXHIBITION

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Byline: NICK HACKWORTH

John Bock

Institute of Contemporary Arts

PRIME among the many pleasures offered by this show is the amusingly undignified spectacle of watching fellow visitors disappear head first into small tunnels, leaving their bottoms wiggling momentarily in the air.

For his first major UK exhibition German artist John Bock, 39, has built a labyrinthine DIY cultural theme parkcum-assault course out of acres of chipboard, MDF and tinfoil. Rather than fill it with his own artwork, he has curated a show of his own favourite works and cultural artefacts, from pieces by Martin Kippenberger and Mike Kelly to an unfortunate video of The Cure's greatest hits.

The selection is a sophisticated melange of the absurd, the revolting and, just to be contrary, the mildly tasteful. Of particular importance to Bock is the work of the Viennese Actionist, a group of artists who, in the Sixties and Seventies, blended group sex, paint and blood into tasteful art performances. …

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