From America at large!
Based in New York City, US
We talked with one of a kind Ryan Bock (Bockhaus) about his art journey, rituals avant creation, and much more. "Don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly” he quoted Kafka and so he does
1 - “Clowns in Office”; 2 - Chess set “Ode to Duchamp: a liar”; 3 - "Gesundheit"
A: Please, tell us a bit more about yourself. What brought you into art?
R: I’ve been drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil. My grandmother is an artist and I
was inspired by her at a very young age. The rest is history !
A: What inspires you the most?
R: History, film, politics, life.
A: Do you have any specific rituals while working (creating)?
R: Yes! Marijuana and music are necessities. Rituals may vary dependent on what I am trying to evoke at that moment in time.
A: What would you recommend to someone new to art (an artist or just an admirer), what to begin with?
R: Start at the very beginning! And that’s art history. This way you will gain a firmer grasp for contextualizing contemporary work. We are nothing if we do not know history, where we came from and what came before us.
A: Your top 3 adjectives related to art?
R: Horrible, ugly and bad!
A: The best angle to look at art is from..?
R: Wherever you’re standing/sitting
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A: The perfect phrase to start any conversation about art is:..?
R: “This absolutely horrendous! Don’t you agree?” Starts a conversation every time.
A: Must-read books to help us talk about art (or do we even need them)?
R: Yes, we need books! As many as you can stomach. As soon as I learn to
read I’m going to read them all.
A: If you could change one thing in the art world - what would it be?
R: Oh, man. This is a huge question…. How much time do we have? I’d change everything.
But I guess to keep it brief… I would like for things to be more merit based than they are currently.
A: Please, share your favorite quote (not necessarily related to art)
R: “Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”