Tom Volkaert

Tom Volkaert

Tom Volkaert, °1989, Antwerp, Belgium

Tom Volkaert assigns an important role to coincidence. While there exist detailed recipes for glazing ceramics in the oven, he refuses to use them and allows a metaphorical invisible warm hand to continue moulding his sculptures inside the oven. Whatever goes ‘wrong’, whatever crack or hole might appear, he considers an added value. On top of that, he often incorporates ready-mades or found objects into his sculptures, as a way of staying connected to his local surroundings. He often reuses broken parts of previous works, as a way to reconnect to his own art, and of representing himself as an artist. In a way, all his works are distorted self-portraits.

For Volkaert, there is no distinction between his art and his life. The ready-made parts of his works are always local. The speed with which he chooses to assemble and glaze his ceramics, is a symbol of his artistic practice, but also of his generation. This speed, and the seemingly careless production of his works, is typical of a society in which the abundant availability of consumer objects is directly proportional to their short lifespan.

Artworks

Tom Volkaert
A Lovely Trick, 2018
Ceramics, Alluminium, Varnisch & silicone glue
40 x 40 x 197 cm
Courtesy Base - Alpha Gallery

Tom Volkaert
Beach Umbrella In The Form Of A Face (Self Portrait) , 2018
Glazed Ceramics, Sand dust, Varnish,Lacquer paint, Silicone glue, Cement & Kneed epoxy
⌀ 50 x 153 cm
Courtesy Base - Alpha Gallery

Tom Volkaert
STATTA STACK (Bring Down Power) , 2018
Glazed Ceramics, Silicone glue & Lacquer paint
45 x 45 x 178 cm
Courtesy Base - Alpha Gallery

Tom Volkaert
BIG BERTHA FLOWITZER, 2017
Ceramics, Hydrograins, Silicone, PU foam & Epoxy
145 x 40 x 40 cm
Courtesy Base-Alpha Gallery

Tom Volkaert
RICK RUSTIC, 2017
Ceramics, metal & plant
84 x 42 x 21 cm
Courtesy Base-Alpha Gallery

Tom Volkaert,
Studies for>> Infinite Tears of Joy<<, 2016
Pencil on Paper,
Courtesy Late Nights

Tom Volkaert,
Studies for>> Infinite Tears of Joy<<, 2016
Pencil on Paper,
Courtesy Late Nights

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