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Jan de Cock

Jan de Cock, Denkmal 2, Astillero, Ascorreta 2, Pasajes San Pedro, Donostia-San Sebastián, 2004. Installation view, Manifesta 5, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain.

While there have been several opportunities to see Jan de Cock’s sculptures and photographs over the past few years, the twenty-eight-year-old Belgian’s particular brand of site-specific art first made an international splash last summer at Manifesta 5 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain. For that remarkable installation, de Cock took over an abandoned ship-building warehouse, erecting a large structure that, as is typical for his work, mined the fecund territory between art and architecture. Part sculpture, part building, de Cock’s supersized piece filled the interior of the warehouse space and spilled out onto the roof, literally blurring the boundaries between inside and outside. As one walked around—and through—the soaring structure, its walls and exposed beams snapped in and out of visual alignment, creating compelling vistas and strange spaces, which had a strong

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