Henry Art Gallery University District
Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 4 2014
Katinka Bock: A and I: Katinka Bock is an up-and-coming European sculptor whose sculptures are quiet and subtle in appearance, but internally busy with activity, sort of like shy people. They're art that's in more than one place at a time. A puzzle of black, square ceramic tiles laid on the floor is a map of a school hallway in France, where Bock placed a layer of raw ceramic on the floor, put carpet over it, let everybody walk on it as usual for a while, and then cut the ceramic into squares and fired them. On display, the rough black surfaces show the traces of the footfalls. They echo with forms and curves related to bodies but distant from them, too, and the squares are scattered in a different pattern each time they're shown, so that other time and place is always alluded to, but never reassembled precisely. This is Bock's first solo exhibition in the United States.