Apart from his versatile use of different colors and materials as well as his successful combination of abstraction and figuration, another characteristic that comes to the fore in David Bade’s work is social engagement. Life in all its complexity is prominent and is regularly reflected in his 'Catch of the Day'. The artist comments on both life and society with a good dose of everything: humor, criticism and compassion.
For Bade, being is a form of knowledge transfer and an experiment in shared processes. When creating installations and public artworks, he often encourages public participation. As a co-founder of IBB/Instituto Buena Bista on Curaçao and AYCA/All You Can Art, the artist ensures these public aspects are even more emphasized at these venues.
For VOLTA 2019 in New York, together with Kers Gallery from Amsterdam, Bade intends to exhibit a number of artworks that not only form an installation, but also act as a social action. The plan is to visit a local school, give a presentation, talk to the school kids and invite them to visit the fair. There, they will sit for a class/group portrait that Bade plans to make on the spot. The method stems from the artist’s usual practice of engaging in a conversation and an encounter, and the result is not necessarily portraits of photographic likeness but narrative, imaginative and anecdotal ones.
During this particular workshop, the social engagement aspect will be taken one step further as the sitters will receive the final painting as a gift. As a result, the young people will not only have paid a visit to the art fair, but also received a memorable impression of both art and artistry.