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Carsten Fock

Galerie Katharina Bittel/Galerie September

In two simultaneous shows mounted in Hamburg and Berlin, Carsten Fock presented his latest work in the form of all-over installations that group drawings, paintings, and wall treatments into coherent ensembles. The shows shared concerns but did not merely represent formal variations on a theme. It’s better to think of them as two separate, self-contained pictures—and this is precisely what characterizes Fock’s artistic perspective: having space come into its own as a picture and vice versa. “Earlier, my individual wall paintings functioned autonomously,” Fock has said. “Now, for the first time, the entire room has become something like a meta-picture.” Fock’s immersive meta-pictures do not, however, downgrade the individual works integrated within them to mere placeholders. On the contrary, these ensembles sustain and focus the specific qualities of Fock’s framed drawings and paintings.

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