You’ll Want to Move in Slow Motion to Take in Aldo Bakker’s Dimensional Works

05.06.19 | By
You’ll Want to Move in Slow Motion to Take in Aldo Bakker’s Dimensional Works

Dutch Artist Aldo Bakker’s Slow Motion opened at the Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery in New York last week featuring 10 never before exhibited works. The stars of the show were Bakker’s chubby stools, notably Three Pair, Weight/Wait and 4PRTS, which were cast in stone, metal and Urushi.

Aldo Bakker’s Weight Wait in Urushi Ishimeji

The last materiality refers to a Japanese lacquer process that uses the sap of an urushi or lacquer tree found in Japan, China and Korea; this sap contains a resin that polymerizes and becomes plastic-like in air and moisture.

Bakker’s 4prts in Marble

Gallery co-founder Loic Le Gaillard commented that Bakker’s work was “powerful, elegant and filled with personality.”

Bakker’s Three Pair in Stone

Because these objects have such distinct, beguiling shapes, you’ll have to take multiple looks in order to grasp the form of each one.

Bakker’s Sitting Table in Urushi

Bakker’s Sitting Table in Stone

Aldo Bakker eschewed formal training and chose to study the oeuvres of rather idiosyncratic personalities, such as composer Luigi Nono, painter Giorgio Morandi, writer J. M. Coetzee and architect Carlo Scapa. His work has since been commissioned by the likes of Georg Jensen and Swarovski and exhibited at the MoMA and Cooper Hewitt in New York, mudac in Lausanne, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Photos courtesy of Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery.

Keshia grew up in Singapore and moved to the U.S. to attend Dartmouth College. When she was living abroad after graduation, a chance enrollment at the Architectural Association Visiting School led to her becoming enamored with door schedules and architectural écriture. She's particularly interested in design for aging, rural architecture, and Asian design heritage.