Patrick Jacobs (b. 1971, Merced, CA) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobs studied at University of Klagenfurt, Austria and University of West Florida before receiving his MFA Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
A kind of pseudo-science or homespun natural phenomena characterizes Patrick Jacobs’ work, whose protagonists are typically at odds with an increasingly anxious and paranoid world. Only in their futile attempt at transcending their reality and achieving the impossible do they succeed.
Jacobs produces miniature sculptures of hyper-realistic environments embedded into walls and viewed through glass portholes. Viewed at close range, his works are lit from within, revealing themselves with fisheye luminosity. Working with materials like paper, plastic, acrylic gel and metal, Patrick Jacobs constructs three-dimensional landscape dioramas.
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2018 The Neo-Victorians , Hudson River Museum of Art, New York, USA (forthcoming)
Natural Wonders , Brandywine Museum of Art, Chadds Ford, USA (forthcoming)
2017 Dioramas, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Patrick Jacobs + West Collection, 16th & Chancellor Street, Philadelphia, USA
2016 Escape Routes , John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, USA
MacDowell Colony Fellowship , Peterborough, USA
2015 Come Closer to Me , Pierogi, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Pink Autumn , The Art Gallery, University of West Florida, Pensacola, USA
2014, Patrick Jacobs: Come Closer to Me, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2013, Dream No Small Dreams, Ronchini Gallery
2012, Interiors: From Within Outward, The Pool NYC, Volta NYC, New York (solo)
American Dreamers: Facing or Escaping Reality in Contemporary Art, The Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy
2011 Otherworldly: Optical Delusions & Small Realities, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY