Thoreau Bakker is a Toronto-based contemporary artist, with a current focus on three-dimensional (3D) media. He holds an honours B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, and a master’s degree (MFA) from OCAD University.
His MFA thesis questioned Walter Benjamin’s generalizations about aura and the mechanical reproduction of art, in the context of recent 3D technologies like 3D printing and Virtual Reality.
Current visual interests include neo-pop and mass-produced objects, of both aesthetic and utilitarian natures: toys, product packaging, etc. Current academic interests include the relationship between contemporary art and research, our definition of knowledge and the ways we acquire, synthesize and share it.