Aldo Bakker is a designer on the borderline between applied design and art. From the late 1980s, Aldo Bakker (1971) has been working step by step on building an impressive body of work. For Bakker it all starts with the form. Familiar objects always assume surprising new forms in the hands of this exceptional designer. He gained fame through his experimental forms that blur the boundaries between visual art and design. He established his name internationally in 2010 with the Copper Collection, a series of everyday products in an unusual version realized in copper. In 2016 he held his first major retrospective in Belgium.
Now he is back in Amsterdam: on 14 and 15 September, Aldo Bakker will present his latest work in a solo exhibition at WOW Serieuze Zaken. Here the emphasis is on his art sculptures. The showpiece, Bakker’s latest work Tree is central here. This work is surrounded by four elegant sculptures that distinguish themselves by influences of basic form structures from nature. Recognizable figures reduced to their plastic simplicity, giving them a certain courteous and even stately attitude. An example of classic beauty. His work does what good art is capable of: it initiates the imagination and opens up new ways of looking.
Art critic Hans den Hartog Jager reflects on Bakker’s work, with great attention to form, material and context. Hans den Hartog Jager: “Aldo Bakker does not follow the laws of traditional design. Familiar objects take on surprising new forms. His designs require a different way of looking, thinking and feeling. He seduces the spectator to use through well-considered, often voluptuous forms and seductive materials. His objects in porcelain, copper, wood or metal invite you to touch, examine and use. ”
Opening times: Saturday 15 September 12:00 – 18:00.
This exhibition was realized in collaboration with Pearl Lam Design, WOW Amsterdam and Het Parool.