Strongly influenced by cinema and architecture my site-specific installations show a constant research into narrative and space. My temporary installations are assembled from pictures, projected slides, video and 16 mm film fragments and combined with everyday objects and their surroundings. I use the exhibition space as a 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 disinterest works for me both as an artist and a visitor. The result however is always presented in a clear and formal way. I clean up and let the space show itself and my work.
The projected image is a key element in my work. It enables me to juxtapose, contradict and combine film, the ephemeral with sculpture, the physical, the absolute. I’ve always had this desire for spatiality. To build a choreography with objects combined with recordings of video and 16 mm film. Within this approach the exhibition space plays a leading role because through recording it’s architecture, I can (re)animate time and build a bridge between the moment of making and the moment of viewing the work.
My filmic installations and lens-based sculptures are always exhibited in natural light conditions so that the physical and the ephemeral remains in a precise balance. I prefer the spectator to lose themselves in a place, not necessarily departing from the cinematographic experience. In the movie theatre you’re supposed to forget where you are. I have this ambiguous desire… on the one hand I like to transport the viewer but on the other hand I don’t want them to completely flee the scene.
I combine the process of production and exhibition making with the intent to question the status of the sketch and the final piece. Through my performative actions within the installations I share the reflection on my position as an artist. I see the filmed material as an extension and instant (re)presentation of my thinking. I relate with the motives and practices of artists that use the process of transformation and (re)location as their main source of inspiration or even as conceptual and material resource.
Besides my own practice I feel the need and urgency to connect and organize exhibitions with and for other artists. Examples are the exhibition Parkplatz and artist run space Club Solo.
Thomas Bakker earned his Bachelor’s degree 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 the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Neue Galerie München (Germany), Glasgow Sculpture Studios, (United Kingdom), LOOP Video Art, Barcelona (Spain) and at several art initiatives and residencies in and outside of the Netherlands. He established the artist initiative Club Solo in Breda in 2014.