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Urhütte (Primitive Hut)

© John Bock

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© John Bock

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© John Bock

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

© John Bock

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

John Bock

German, born 1965

Urhütte (Primitive Hut), 2008

unique video and diverse materials

running time: 78 minutes; walls 1 and 2: 86 x 101 1/2 x 38 inches (218.44 x 257.81 x 96.52 cm); wall 3 (includes sawhorse and film reel): 112 x 121 x 61 inches (284.48 x 307.34 x 154.94 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

Charles Clifton Fund, by exchange, 2012

2012:21a-j

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Provenance

Anton Kern Gallery, New York;
June 19, 2012, purchased by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo

Class

Installations

Work Type

Installation (visual work)

Information may change due to ongoing research.Glossary of Terms

The German artist John Bock creates sculptures, installations, and films, many derived from his absurdist lectures and live performances that reference, as well as critique, cultural politics, Abstract Expressionism, experimental music and film, architecture, economics, philosophy, and science. Named after the “primitive hut” described by the Roman architect Vitruvius as the primal architectural structure, Urhütte (Primitive Hut) consists of a seventy-eight-minute film documenting one of Bock’s performative lectures, as well as a sculptural installation element of three movable-partition walls used as the stage in the performance, plus residual props. The video is divided into several segments, each one dealing with a specific working process that the artist employs, such as the making of an improvisational “painting” using Pepto-Bismol and other colored fluids. Connecting to the Albright-Knox’s history of collecting works by mid-century Abstract Expressionists and the boom in experimental film and video that occurred in Buffalo during the 1970s, Urhütte pays homage to painters such as Jackson Pollock, as well as Structuralist filmmakers like Stan Brakhage.

Label from DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012, August 21, 2012–January 6, 2013

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