Lecture: Concept Over Craft
Lecture by Gijs Bakker
Wednesday, March 4th, 19:00
California College of the Arts
Design and Craft Lecture Series Spring 2009
Since the beginning of Gijs Bakker’s career in 1965, Bakker has sought to free himself from the heavy tradition of the jewellery field, seeking independence both artistically and economically. Without clients and commissions, Bakker could experiment, giving full attention to the concept, and become radical. Bakker was able to reach this freedom by having two directions in his career – experimental jewellery and industrial design.
The natural outcome was a conceptual approach. Bakker developed his own criteria for his work, asking: what is the meaning?, what does it say in the political and social context of today?, and, who is it for?
The limitations within craft, being oriented towards material and technique, do not align with Bakker’s attitude. For Bakker, it is always the concept which dictates the material and the technique to visualize the concept in the most ideal way, based on his subjective opinion, of course.
San Francisco campus, Timken Lecture Hall
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
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CCA’s new college-wide Design and Craft Lecture Series brings artists, designers, and theoreticians from around the world to lecture and participate in academic life on campus. Its founding curator is Professor Donald Fortescue, chair of the Furniture Program.
The Design and Craft Lecture Series is funded by the Wornick Endowment Fund.
Generous support for CCA public programs in San Francisco has been provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.