Upstairs: Erika Hock

Erika Hock was born in 1981 in Dshangi – Dsher, Kyrgyzstan, grew up in Lingen (Ems) and now lives in Cologne. She studied at the art academies in Münster and Düsseldorf and presented her artistic work in solo exhibitions at the Salzburger Kunstverein and the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg and participated in group exhibitions at the Kunstverein in Braunschweig and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, among others. In her sculptural works, she combines elements of Modernism (Art Deco) with elements of Postmodernism (Sottsass), pointing out a way in which the achievements of both epochs can be analysed and made fruitful for the present. On a narrative level, she combines the intimacy of private furniture with the illuminated public of an exhibition. Here too, the contradiction creates both humour and rhetorical exaggeration. Erika Hock likes to set spots – or here: the glaring lamp light – and stage the objects like movie stars. She thinks with the trained eye of a cinemagoer or director.

For her exhibition in the Kunsthalle Lingen, Erika Hock will relate existing sculptures to new works.

Kunsthalle Lingen would like to thank the State of Lower Saxony, the district of Emsland, the city of Lingen (Ems) and the Heinrich Kampmann Cultural Foundation for their generous support.