~Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
And yet, Jacobs’ technical skills allow him a freedom not often afforded other artists. Upon closer inspection, one realizes that Jacobs plays with distortion of scale, both with the foreground and the background as it edges toward the lens. One has the sense that one has an ant’s-eye view of the foregrounded natural objects, while also having the ability to levitate above and beyond, seeing far off into the distance. Each scene created by Jacobs is eerily devoid of activity, allowing the viewer to be serenely conveyed through the portal of Jacobs’ artistic practice.
In a time where many contemporary artists focus on abstraction, conceptual art, or performance, Jacobs has spent more than the last decade on figurative representation of relatively pretty natural elements (if one could refer to yellow dandelions and Fly Agaric mushrooms as such). However, Jacobs’ deceptively unassuming environments are subtly starting to feature some disconcerting subjects. The newest crop of oculi currently on view at the Pierogi Gallery features oozing slime molds in neon yellow, construction orange and Pepto-Bismol pink, and white puffy fungus balls. It is almost as if Jacobs is revealing a bit of his hand to his viewers, forcing one to confront the fact that he is portraying an entirely non-natural, non-existent place.
Thanks to Susan, Joe, and Jen at Pierogi Gallery for their help. All photos, courtesy the Artist and Pierogi Gallery, unless otherwise noted.