The ARKEN Prize 2008 went to the German multi artist John Bock. He is awarded the ARKEN Prize for daring to include the grotesque and absurd in his aesthetics. His works generate everything from curiosity to indignation.
In his speech to the artist ARKEN’s director Christian Gether said: "John Bock is given the prize for daring to include the grotesque, absurd and mad, staking himself in the work. Indirectly he exposes our own insatiable desire to create order and system in a world that is fundamentally chaotic. He criticises any and all scientific thought that has defined our perspective on the world in the past centuries. And he constantly explores the boundaries of art."
John Bock is represented in ARKEN's Collection with the installation Wühl um die Klumpen, 2002-2003.
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John Bock in ARKEN's Collection
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