View of “Katinka Bock,” 2014.

View of “Katinka Bock,” 2014.

Katinka Bock

Galerie Jocelyn Wolff

View of “Katinka Bock,” 2014.

In Katinka Bock’s recent exhibition “Populonia,” everything was a matter of fluidity—fluidity not just of gaze, but also quite literally of water, which periodically flowed through two transparent tubes winding their way across the gallery floor. This German-born, Paris-based artist seems to possess an innate sense of space—of its equilibrium and vanishing points. And it was precisely such an exit, an unexpected perspective, that she found by piercing the back wall of the gallery to uncover another space, a storeroom one would not have known was hiding there. “I had the intuition that these spaces were communicating, but the plans were telling us otherwise,” Bock told me. “Finally the probe had us go through these layers of materials, coating, plaster, cinder block, until it hit that void, that backstage area. The limits of a space interest me enormously (walls, floor,

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