JOHN BOCK, Odor-Heimer, 2013

JOHN BOCK, Odor – Heimer, 2013
16,5 x 17,1 x 4 cm
286 grams
cardboard box, four test tubes with different liquids/fragrances, magnetic lid, rolled up drawing in print, text in German and English
regular edition 400
published by Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, Germany

History of prices
Antiquariat Querido-Frank Hermann, Düsseldorf, Germany May € 30,-
Buchhandlung W. Koenig, Cologne, Germany May 2013 € 38,-


Extra information.
Apart from the regular edition of 400 on behalf of a solo exhibition at Kunstverein Hamburg six signed copies with unique drawings were for sale. Each cardboard box came with a felt pen drawing by John Bock made for the occasion.

JOHN BOCK, Odor – Heimer, 2013
unique series of 6 signed boxes
drawing on cardboard box, four test glasses with differents fragrances, magnetic lid, rolled up drawing in print, text in German and English
initiated by Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany, May 2013
not available

JOHN BOCK, Ohne Titel (Untitled), 2012

JOHN BOCK, Ohne Titel, 2012
ca 235 × 43 x 65 cm
various bike parts assembled
unique series of 4
signed, numbered
published by NBK / Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany   

History of price:
NBK / Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany – December 2012 € 6.200,-  

JOHN BOCK, Im Schatten der Made, 2010

JOHN BOCK, Im Schatten der Made, 2010

40 cm x 27,6 cm
signed, numbered
edition 100
published by Barbican Gallery, London, England                                       

Still from Bock’s film Im Schatten der Made (2010) styled after 1920s German Expressionist films.

History of price:
Barbican Gallery, London, England € 120,- / £ 90.- August 2012

JOHN BOCK, Lütte mit Rucola [with original drawing], 2011


JOHN BOCK, Lütte mit Rucola, 2011
32,7 x 26,5 x 5 cm
book, HC, unpaginated, cardboard pages, 66 pp.
with loose hand made knitted object
here with original ink drawing, signed, dated
published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, Germany
€ 560,- plus € 18,- Track & Trace EU registered mail


When opening this book a knitted hand made malleable object lies hidden inside the pages. In 2011 the introduction of this object book on the website of Buchhandlung Walther König was accompanied with the above beating heart. Very soon the animation was removed from the site.

The book is based on a film by John Bock. It is the story about an insane man who tries to find existential guidance through the humilation of another man – obviously having a financial debt – by pulling a tooth. By means of crazy diagrams attached to the human body and using the little girl Lütte as medium he believes to be able to find the right corrections and justifications. Drawing by artist on inner part of cover.

JOHN BOCK, Meech elasticity, 2004

JOHN BOCK, Meech elasticity, 2004
21 x 15 cm
artist’s book with pop up in center, 92 pp.
edition unknown, 30 copies signed, numbered
published by CCA, Kitakyushu, Japan
Collection Kees van Gelder, Amsterdam

History of prices, and offered by:
Buchhandlung Wien/Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany € 75,-

A collage of a pictorial diary with reproduced handwritten statements in Germanish English with collages of personal as well as found photos and printed matter. The cover “Bänsch – Kauferverhalten – 4. Auflage” is such an example of found printed matter. Colophon in English and Japanese.

JOHN BOCK, Gribbohm, 2001

JOHN BOCK, Gribbohm, 2001
30 x 24 x 1,2 cm / 11.8 x 9.6 x 0.5 inches
offset book with two double fold out pages, 116 pp.
German text, with English translation
edition unknown

History of prices, offered by
Barbar Wien/Lukatsch, Berlin, Germany € 80,- January 2013

John Bock’s stage-like walk-in sculptures constructed from fabrics and junk form the backdrop for his lavish semi-theatrical and semi-improvised performances. Referencing everything from rural life to various half-baked philosophies to the Vienna Actionists, a key influence on Bock, Bock’s performances blend topic fragments from the sciences, arts and the everyday into a volatile and enthralling mixture. The focus here is on the complex relationships between art and the social and between the social and the individual. Laid out in striking collage fashion. John Bock as Gribbohm traces 12 of Bock’s “lectures”, as he terms his performances, with copious illustrations and text by this artist who attempts to make sense of this world by creating one of his own devising. Mint condition.