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The chemistry between dr.Frank and me - Matea Bakula

Galleries Lumen Travo Gallery

Lijnbaansgracht 314
1017 WZ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6270883

Open Wed - Sat / 13-18 hrs

Exhibition 2 Jun — 15 Jul

Opening 2 Jun, 17-19 hrs


Sjoerd Kloosterhuis

About the exhibition:
The work of Matea Bakula, who graduated in 2013 from  the HKU in Utrecht in the Netherlands and who won the Startpoint Prize for Best European Emerging Artist in the same year, experienced a big change in the last year and a half. The artist is still making use of a wide range of materials, her preference for using materials that at first look inferior and that are having mendacious characters is still present as well, just as the fact that her work sometimes looks to be made out of other materials as they actually are. No, the change in her practise has to be found elsewhere.

Matea Bakula’s earlier works can be described as playful interventions in which she investigates the possibilities and limits of materials. This resulted in beautiful and strong works but in a way the artist was not as in control of the process as she is now; the materials seemed to be leading. Exactly this changed. Where her earlier works were often the result of a single intervention her more recent ones are created by a series of them. This makes her work more mysterious and it also allows Bakula to become more in charge as she was before.

In her new creating process Bakula is also looking beyond the aesthetics of the material she is using. She now almost works like a chemist or a physicist that is trying to find answers of the material’s secrets. She does not only want to know the qualities or limitations of the materials that she is using; she also wants to find out the reasons behind them. Bakula is looking for answers on questions like why certain material easily stretches or why another material spreads out in an oval or roundish way and is showing her version of the answers through her sculptures.

The two series of works in the exhibition relay on the act of movement. The artist brings the materials of both works to life without unfolding them from their intrinsic values, therefore allowing the materials to keep their substance. Bakula’s fascination and respect for chemicals like polyurethane foam and methylethylketon is clearly visible and it seems that the works are the result of a collaboration in which Bakula took the role of a choreographer who by putting it to an extreme is able to find the profound character of the materials.

About the artist:
Matea Bakula (Sarajevo, 1990) graduated from HKU Utrecht 2013. Recent shows include:
Work Title Festival, Les Brigittines, Brussels; Let us meet and let us meet again, Casco, Utrecht (both in 2016); Work Title Situation #3, Work Space Brussels, Brussels; I wish I never kissed that frog, Jeanine Hofland, Amsterdam (both in 2015); Matea Bakula, GAVU, Cheb, (Solo), Started, Czech Centres, Prague (both in 2014); Start Point Prize, Arti et Amicitiae , Amsterdam which travelled to KASK, Ghent and Dox, Prague (2013-2014); Formal Attire, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg and Best Of Graduates Exhibitions, Ron Mandos, Amsterdam (both 2013) among others. Matea Bakula lives in Rotterdam and has her studio at Das Spectrum Utrecht.


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