John Bock's Im Schatten der Made (In the Shadow of the Maggot) show currently on view at Anton Kern Gallery thru August 25th: (the title alone is quite a mouth full; the German language is so exhausting to speak and pronounce properly). John Bock's take on 1920's German Expressionist film/work I felt was quite humorous, quirky and outrageous at times (I'm assuming that's the artists intent). It was a genius idea to "resurrect" the subject of German Expressionist films which, hasn't been popular since it's last big hurrah in the late 1920's when F.W. Murnau was directing German stage actor Max Schreck. Though Bock's ridiculously quirky film makes me laugh and has it's moments boring me to tears; the film manages to keep me watching and wondering "what's gonna happen next?". The props and costumes from "the film" that were displayed in the movie room kept me entertained and intrigued. The adjacent room displays a funny looking contraption that I've yet to figure out its use and/or purpose. Siehe die Maggot before August 25th. - Madame J.
Janice Pena Art Blog