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.

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Works

Tom Volkaert A Lovely Trick, 2018 Ceramics, Alluminium, Varnisch & silicone glue 40 x 40 x 197 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 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 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