Interview With Luis Jacob
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Luis Jacob, Yes, Album. Toronto-based artist Luis Jacob has emerged in the last decade as one of the most influential artists in Canada. Jacob’s work takes as its subject the semantics of existence, perspective and social interaction. Inspired by a complex personal history and often deriving from research, his work encompasses photography, sculpture, video, installations and performance. Jacob is used to bringing together improbable referents, notably in his Albums, which are collections, of various images cut from published sources and assembled in plastic-laminate sheets. Imbued with a strong sense of “visual rhyming,” the Albums use “existing cultural elements to expressively create new meaningful statements.” Timothée Chaillou: In your work, what happens when two pictures are joined or juxtaposed? Luis Jacob: The “Albums” (2000-ongoing) consist of hundreds of images that have been excised from books and magazines, and assembled in plastic-laminate sheets to form narrative “image banks.” The experience of reading an Album entails perceiving relationships between images that criss-cross various sheets in many directions. Each viewer creates narrative links between individual images by means of visual rhymes––when something in one image rhymes with something else in a different image––producing what Ruth Noack and Roger Buergel call a “migration of forms.” The visual forms (colours, shapes, iconography) in one image begin to rhyme with those in adjacent images. This rhyming creates narrative sequences in the Album, as it seems to the viewer that a given form is “migrating”––appearing, reappearing and transforming––from image to image across several sheets. There is also a kind of “migration” that occurs at a higher level: in the interplay and correspondence between the forms of the artwork and the forms of the viewer’s life-experience. T.C.: Do you recycle, appropriate or steal the images? L.J.: When I make an Album, I am recycling images that already exist,...
|Auteur :||Timothée Chaillou|
|Titre :||Interview With Luis Jacob|
|Revue :||ETC, Numéro 94, octobre-novembre-décembre 2011, janvier 2012, p. 33-40|
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