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Conrad Bakker,

Conrad Bakker makes carved/painted sculptures and paintings 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), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago (Chicago), the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Art in General, Artists’ Space, and Apex Art (New York City), and in mailboxes, ebay auctions, 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. 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: 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). 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). Conrad Bakker lives and works in Urbana, IL where he teaches at the University of Illinois and directs the MFA Studio program.