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  • View of “Katinka Bock,” 2021. Wall, from left: Alex Pompeii, 2021; For your eyes only, parte pelo todo, 2019. Floor: Aal und aal (Eel and Eel), 2021. Photo: Jose Maria Soroa.

    View of “Katinka Bock,” 2021. Wall, from left: Alex Pompeii, 2021; For your eyes only, parte pelo todo, 2019. Floor: Aal und aal (Eel and Eel), 2021. Photo: Jose Maria Soroa.

    Katinka Bock

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    The tympanic bone, a concave dome on a whale’s skull, houses the giant mammal’s inner ear. With this relatively small, resonant chamber, whales both maintain their sense of equilibrium and intercept far-off sonic transmissions from across the ocean. Le navigateur (all works cited, 2021), the ceramic centerpiece of Katinka Bock’s exhibition “Segment with unknown radius,” was modeled after this bone’s unusual shape. Dangling in the center of the gallery, it resembled a giant disintegrating bean skewered on a copper rod and doused in a thick glaze of bottle green, the color of algae or sea glass.

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