Home Sick, 2011

Home Sick, 2011

Sterling silver, bronze, porcelain, cast iron, sheet lead
24 castings each approx. 1 ¼ ” x 2 ½” x 2″
Chair 32.5″x16.5″x17.5″; Bags @ approx. 11″x5″x3″

Home Sick, a retrospective installation, presented a complete collection of forty-eight pair of metal dental casts, each resting on an individual porcelain niche-shelf. The casts chronicle the falling out and growing in of a pair of siblings’ teeth over a seven-year period. The sister’s collection of teeth, cast in silver, is called Tooth for a Tooth; the brother’s, cast in bronze, is called Cheek by Jowl. The teeth are souvenir relics serving as a memoir and memorial of childhood from a mother’s perspective. The maternal self-portrait, Dear as Salt, a cast iron chair standing askew with one leg lifted on two cast iron lunch bags, accompanied the collection of teeth. The installation closed with two piles of sheet lead plaques that record the siblings’ days spent home sick in the course of a year.


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Soft Touch, 2006

Soft Touch, 2006                                                                                                         

Cast iron, cast porcelain, painted wood                                                                Installation dimensions variable; blocks @ 12″x12″x12″

Twelve iron casts of a small girl’s hand rest on foot square painted wood blocks. Each hand touches a plain female peg doll, slip cast in porcelain and jointed with white embroidery thread. The installation reflects on moments of reversal when a daughter’s strength surpasses that of her mother.

Soft Touch premiered at Soho20 Chelsea as part of “Soft Touch/Wondering Eye”, a collaborative exhibition with the artist’s father, R. Darrel Bock, who offered a selection from his life’s work in art photography on the surrounding walls.The “Soft Touch/Wondering Eye” exhibition catalog, with introductory essay by Zofia Burr,  may be downloaded at: http://monicabock.com/soft_touch.pdf

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Without Irreverence at Soho20, May/June 2013

Tue, May 21, 2013 – Sat, Jun 15, 2013

SOHO20 CHELSEA GALLERY
547 West 27th St. Suite 301
NEW YORK, NY 10001
T. 212.367.8994
F. 212.367.8984
info@soho20gallery.com

Free admission (all visitors, all hours)

Opening Reception May 23, 2013 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Press ReleaseMailer

SOHO20 Chelsea presents “Without Irreverence,” new ceramic sculpture by Monica Bock. In To the Light House, Virginia Woolf suggests that, “A mother and child may be reduced to a shadow without irreverence.” Woolf’s novel of reconciliation, built on memories of familial loss and regeneration, is the initial inspiration for Monica Bock’s recent sculptural work using hand-altered glazed porcelain slip castings of a mother-daughter pair of early-twentieth century style dollhouse figures. Striking poses based on iconic temple acrobats, sky goddesses and divas, or succumbing to the weight of their own skins, Bock’s mothers and daughters dance en masse and gather in small conversations across the gallery walls, at once bound by and set free from the consequences of their intimacy.

 

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Separation Anxiety at Pelham Art Center, February/March 2012

My Postpartum Miniature and portions of Don’t Forget the Lunches included in Separation Anxiety at the Pelham Art Center through March 31, 2012. A number of other wonderful artists making art about the emotional complexities of childhood and childrearing…

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SIGHT unSEEN vol.2, June 25, 2011

Guest Curator Gallery Tour Featuring Women Artists Exhibiting in Chelsea.

Saturday June 25th, 2-4pm

Tour starts promptly at 2:00pm at

Postmasters Gallery, 449 W 19th Street

Led by artist and curator Jennifer Wroblewski.

Featuring gallery talks by Martin Aguilera of Cheim & Read and Monica Bock of SOHO20 Chelsea.

Join SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery and curator Jennifer Wroblewski for SIGHT unSEEN vol.2, the second in an ongoing series of gallery tours through the Chelsea arts district of New York City. SIGHT unSEEN encourages the examination and discussion of art by women and hopes to share with the public the myriad of provocative, inquisitive, and engaging works by women artists. This month’s tour will feature works by Sally Smart, Jessica Rohrer, and Louise Bourgeois.

Jennifer Wroblewski, born California, 1973, is a visual artist, curator, and professor. Her work consists of monumentally scaled drawing and drawing installation projects which explore the relationship of the expressive mark to written language, the relationship between performance and product, and historical aspects of drawing technique and language.

Wroblewski’s curatorial interests include the relationship between motherhood and art-making and the ways in which artists navigate this fraught terrain.
Her drawings and curatorial project were included in the feminist art survey The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art. In 2009/2010, she curated the exhibition Mother/mother-* at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn.
This tour is FREE and open to the public!

The tour will commence at 2pm at Postmasters Gallery, and  culminate at SOHO20 Chelsea just before 4pm for a reception with light refreshments and a brief talk by artist Monica Bock.

Other galleries featured in the tour include Cheim and Reid and P.P.O.W.

To RSVP and receive a complete list of galleries and addresses please email the gallery at soho20@verizon.net or call 212.367.8994

SOHO20 Chelsea is a 501(c)(3) organization that has been promoting the work of women artists through exhibitions and public events since 1973.

 

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Home Sick: Solo Exhibition, May/June 2011

Home Sick Announcement w/ Tooth for a Tooth detail

May 31 – June 25, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday June 2nd, 6pm – 9pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12noon – 6pm.
Soho20 Gallery Chelsea
547 W 27th St., Suite 301 New York, NY 10001 • 212.367.8994
www.soho20gallery.com
soho20@verizon.net

With her work in sculpture and installation, Monica Bock records and resists the loss to which bodies are subject. She conflates sacred, scientific and domestic imagery in work that is often based on castings of the body and of found objects. Her work employs ephemeral substances such as salt and soap, as well as apparently durable materials such as porcelain and cast iron. Recently, her work has focused thematically on the ordinary extremes of maternal life, as witness to both its intimacy and its alienation.

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