Thoreau Bakker is a Toronto-based contemporary artist, working primarily with three-dimensional (3D) media. He holds an honours B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Guelph, and a Master of Fine Art (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, disposable packaging, automobiles 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.