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Karola Pezarro & Aris de Bakker


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AKUNZO statement
The body of work of Akunzo (Karola Pezarro & Aris de Bakker) consists mostly of ephemeral, site-specific projects, in which natural materials are used. The projects of Akunzo have a strong commitment to the environment. They are a reflection on the site or the history of the site, or have to do with the concern about the future of the planet. Akunzo usually uses natural materials from the vicinity of the site such as earth, branches, shells or seeds and they add unnatural elements related to the subject of the work. The projects are multi-interpretable and sometimes with a little humor. The artworks often prove to be a landmark and in many cases visitors can enter the work. The experiences of the observers are important to Akunzo, among others, that the visitors get an new view on their environment and can give their own meaning to it, and maybe become more aware of their relation to the landscape.

Statement describing the current practice of Karola Pezarro
At the foundation of my work lies a strong sense of wonder about the fragility of life, wonder about the working of one’s memory, about the visible and the invisible. About how you remember your history, how you renew it and imagine it. These questions form the basic tones of my body of work. All of this is regularly conveyed by means of all kinds of elements that branch off from the whole. Sometimes, these are patterns that remind one of bloodstreams, but it could just as well be bundles of cables or city plans. Or other structures. So I often use branched or lace like structures as a metaphor for physical roots and memories, fanning out thoughts, and a fascination for nature.
My work consists of sculptures, drawings, embroidery, video works and installations. I like to use textile materials as well as metal, wood, plaster, and so on. The choice of material depends on the concept. In commission I made fences, walls, floors, ceilings, seats. Sometimes with a recognizable detail, often with a function in everyday life.

- www.karolapezarro.nl -

Statement describing current practice of Aris de Bakker
My work is essentially about the transience of life. I try to create a constant tension between the malleability and impermanence of everyday life. For that I like to use natural materials, that slowly or rapidly will change. My work consists mainly of short-term projects, made of temporary materials such as ice and wax. For the projects I make geometrical forms, structures or gardens. Then these forms, structures or gardens melt, burn or change in a relatively short time, depending on the material that they are made of. Display of this process of change or disappearance is an important part of the art work.

- www.arisdebakker.nl -