ABOUT

Jeremy Bakker is a Melbourne-based artist who works across drawing, installation, sculpture, photography and video. His practice most often contrasts the widely shared desire for continuity and permanency with the more unstable nature of human experience: how apparently fixed forms are constantly reconfigured; how connections are often fleeting, and actions transient. Utilising a range of media and processes –­ including durational drawings that embed time in the accumulation of marks on paper, familiar objects that have been transfigured through different material states, and ephemeral site-specific installations – Bakker's work engages with ideas of time and presence as understood through a bodily engagement with the physical world.

 

The dislocation of travel – of being an outsider in new locales and cultural spaces – has often granted Bakker a productive ground against which to consider these themes. To this end, he has since 2012 regularly undertaken international artist residencies, including the Echigo-Tsumari Australia House Artist Residency, Niigata Prefecture, Japan (2012); DCR studios, The Hague, Netherlands (2016); AIR Krems, for RMIT Situate Austrian Art Residency exchange, Krems, Austria (2017); and the Courthouse Gallery and Studios residency program, Ennistymon, Ireland (2019). Recent solo projects have been presented as direct outcomes of extended residency periods, and include These Fleeting Few, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan (2012); With Holding, Kunstverein Baden, Baden, Austria (2017); and, Erratics, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Ireland (2019).

 

Bakker’s most recent works have turned attention towards digital media technologies, and consider how screen-based representations of nature and time might engender both intimacy and distance.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions: 

2019   Erratics, Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon, Ireland
2018   Unfathoming, BLINDSIDE, Melbourne
2017   With Holding, Kunstverein Baden, Baden, Austria
2013   Borrowed Time, for 'The Quiet Addition', Liquid Architecture, Spare Room, RMIT University, Melbourne
2012   These Fleeting Few, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2012   Minor Infinities, CONICAL, Melbourne
2010    i is another, Light Projects, Melbourne
2009   Resonate, West Space, Melbourne
2009   Alone Together, School of Art Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne
2008   Cluster, Bus Gallery, Melbourne

Collaborative Project:

2012   The Space Between Our Hands, with Ross Coulter, for the Echigo-Tsumari Snow Art Festival, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021   TarraWarra Bienial 2021 : Slow Moving Waters, TarraWarra, Australia
2019   Fly Me To The Moon, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
2018   Significant Velocities, Project Space, RMIT University, Melbourne
2015   (lt) x IDES, Two by Two, Melbourne
2014   Making Space, Foolscape Studios, Melbourne
2013   Pattern, Glen Eira City Council Gallery, Melbourne
2013   Complex Matter, Beam Contemporary, Melbourne
2012   Innovators 3, Linden Contemporary, Melbourne
2012   Ode to Form, West Space, Melbourne
2011    Immanent Landscape, Kurumaya Museum, Oyama, Japan
2010   Immanent Landscape, West Space, Melbourne, Australia
2010   Constellations, RMIT Gallery, RMIT University, Melbourne
2008   Wigga, Shifted Gallery Melbourne
2007   Art and Text, Podspace Gallery, This Is Not Art (TINA) Newcastle, NSW
2007   B & B, Gallery 124, Armidale, New South Wales
2005   Thai-Australian Contemporary Prints, 2005, Chiangmai University Art Museum, Chiangmai, Thailand
2005   Imaging the Land, CoFA Exhibition and Performance Space, COFA, Sydney

Residencies:

2019   Courthouse Gallery and Studios residency program, Ennistymon, Ireland
2018   Bogong Centre for Sound Culture residency program, Bogong, Victoria
2017   AIR Krems, for RMIT Situate Austrian Art Residency exchange, Krems, Austria
2016   DCR studios, The Hague, Netherlands
2012   Echigo-Tsumari Australia House Artist Residency, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
2011   Youkoubo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan
2011   Kurumaya Museum of Art, Oyama, Japan

Artist workshops:   

2012   Urada Elementary School, Urada, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
2011   Kurumaya Museum, Oyama, Japan

Awards/Grants:

2008   Siemens/RMIT Fine Art Award, RMIT University, Melbourne
2006   Jenny Birt Award, CoFA Exhibition Space, College of Fine Arts, Sydney

Publications/Reviews:

Borrowed Time, Eugenie Austin, Eyeline magazine, No. 81, 2014
Learning About "Snow" from Australian Artists, Fran Kitagawa, catalogue essay, The Space Between Our Hands, 2012
Disappearing Artworks and the Culture of Acceptance, Hiroki Sato, catalogue essay, The Space Between Our Hands, 2012
Here With You, runway magazine, Issue 22: SITE, 2012
A Warm Sun in the Heart of a Cold Place, Nicholas Croggan, catalogue essay, Ode To Form, Westspace, 2012
Minor Infinities, Dan Rule,  The Age, June 2012
Minor Infinities, Sam Barnes, exhibition essay, Conical, 2012
Undiscovered, Mark Feary, Australian Art Collector, April-June, 2010
The Time of My Life, Phip Murray, exhibition essay, Resonate, Westspace, 2009
Alone Together, published by S. Barnes 2009
Silence is Golden, Francis Johnson, The Age, Friday, June 20, 2008

Public Collections:

RMIT University, Melbourne

Boards/Committees:

2010—2012 West Space Gallery Programming Committee, Melbourne

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