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 in venues that include: Tate Modern (London), Galerie Analix Forever (Geneva), Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture (Stockholm), Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (Lyon), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (Chicago), the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, in mailboxes, ebay auctions, and on his front lawn. His work has been the subject of numerous articles and reviews in publications that include: Frieze, Contemporary, Flash Art, Art Forum, Sculpture, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The New Yorker magazine. 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: Honda CB77 Superhawk for the group exhibition Motopoétique at the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon. Untitled Project: The Crystal Land for Station Independent Projects (New York City). Salt 10: Conrad Bakker, Untitled Project: Robert Smithson Library & Book Club for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City) and the Wright Museum, Beloit College. Untitled Project: Still Life / Style Leaf at Devening Projects (Chicago), and Untitled Project: Cabin [Thoreau] for La Littorale #6 Internationale Biennale D’Art Contemporain, Anglet Côte-Basque (France).
Books he is currently reading – Richard Sennett — Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation and Art Production beyond the Art Market? edited by Karen van den Berg and Ursula Pasero