Thomas Bakker 1969, The Netherlands
His temporary installations consist of pictures, projected slides, video and 16mm film fragments. He combines and connects these images with sculptures and everyday objects, sharing the process of production and exhibition making with the intent to question the status of the sketch and the final piece. The projected image is a key element in his work. It enables him to juxtapose, contradict and combine film; the ephemeral with sculpture; the physical, the absolute. He relates with the motives and practices of artists that use the process of transformation and (re)location as their main source of inspiration or as conceptual and material resource.
“I treat the exhibition space as my studio to create a synthesis between the excitement of being in a new place and the informal attitude that comes with getting to know it… walking around aimlessly and exploring. This paradox of curiosity and indifference works for me both as an artist and a visitor.”
excerpt from interview with artist Michiel Huijben 11-02-2017
Bakker earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1998 from AKV|St.Joost in Breda and his MFA in 2002 from the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, where he majored in sculpture and new media.
Bakker’s work has been shown at Post-CS Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; Middelheim Museum, Antwerp (Belgium) LOOP Video Art, Barcelona (Spain); Neue Galerie, München (Germany); Glasgow Sculpture Studios, Glasgow (United Kingdom) and at several art initiatives in and outside of the Netherlands. He established the artist initiative Club Solo in Breda in 2014.