Frank Verkade explores the malleability of the human form through speculative body objects. The custom-made works are shaped using the body, which functions as both the origin of their form as well as the site on which they manifest. The designs reflect upon future symbiotic anatomies, connecting the human, animal and botanical kingdoms. Dominant in their shape and fit, the handmade objects force the wearer to explore undiscovered experiences and postures. Evolving in shape and scale they grow from an extension of the body into cultivated anatomies of their own.
About SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 2019 Body Control Museum Arnhem, Arnhem (NL) 21 Grams CODA, Apeldoorn (NL) 21 Grams BeCraft, Mons (BE) Schuit - A Captain's Garment KunstRAI, Amsterdam (NL) 21 Grams Galerie Handwerk, Munich (DE) 2018 21 Grams Arts & Crafts Museum Hangzhou Hangzhou (CH) Innovation OBA, Amsterdam (NL) 2017 In No Particular Order Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (NL) Publiekslievelingen Museum Arnhem, Arnhem (NL) 2016 For Play, Shaping Sexuality MU Artspace, Eindhoven (NL) Paradise (solo exhibition) Gallery Four, Gothenburg (SE) Hair! Hair in Fashion and Art Central Museum, Utrecht (NL) 2015 Vous-Avez dit Bizarre? Saint-Etienne Design Biennale Cite du Design, Saint Etienne (FR)
GRANTS Talent Development Grant, Creative Industries Fund NL collections Museum Arnhem, Arnhem (NL) SUPPORTED BY Creative Industries Fund NL