Untitled Projects: FREE BEER!
November 22nd, 2015
FREE BEER! is an homage to both Tom Marioni's mantra: that the act of drinking beer with friends is the highest form of art, and to the beer that made Milwaukee famous when Mr. Schlitz sent boatloads of free product to the thirsty victims of the great Chicago fire.
Oil on carved wood,
Courtesy of the artist
Conrad Bakker makes carved and painted sculptures of everyday objects and places them in consumer contexts and/or gallery exhibitions to reveal and critically comment upon the political economies and relational networks between persons and things.
Bakker has exhibited his work internationally, including Tate Modern (London), Galerie Analix Forever (Geneva), Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture (Stockholm), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (Chicago), Art in General, Artists’ Space, and Apex Art (New York City), Lora Reynolds Gallery (Austin), Contemporary Art Museum Houston, in mailboxes and on his front lawn. His work has been the subject of articles and reviews in Frieze, Contemporary, Flash Art, Art Forum, Art World Magazine, ArtUS, Art Papers, Sculpture, UOVO, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazine. Conrad Bakker has been awarded individual artist grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. Recent projects include: Untitled Project: Record Shop [Les révolutions de tous les jours] with Galerie Analix Forever for the Show Off Solo Show Art Fair, Paris, Untitled Project: Seasonal Economies at the BCA Center in Burlington, Vermont, Untitled Project: eBay/Cypraea moneta, an artists project for Cabinet Magazine and Untitled Project: Honda CB77 Superhawk for the exhibition Motopoétique at the Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon. Upcoming solo projects are scheduled for Fall 2014 with Station Independent Projects, New York and the SALTcontemporary exhibition program at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.