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Artist Alexander van Bakel

Alexander van Bakel

Artist Alexander van Bakel’s series Paradise Found offers the ultimate escape in a completely rational solar system where a cube of fixed proportions serves as a standard unit; a cosmological constant from which all planets are constructed. On each planet’s surface endlessly iterating structures reminiscent to Piranesi’s imaginary carceri (prisons) entangle the spectator into a promise for a potential future.

Alexander van Bakel initially enrolled to become an engineer at the technical university of Delft; however he felt that the educational method there was too restraining. The next year he enrolled to study art history at the University of Leiden, and switched again the following year to the Utrecht School of Arts. He eventually settled in Amsterdam at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. His previous studies had provided him with sufficient theoretical knowledge as well as the technical skills to develop his ideas further at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. It was in his second year that the foundation for his current project was laid, when he begun to apply these technical skills and theory to his ideas and work.


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