October 25 – November 22, 2008
Opening reception: Saturday, October 25, 6-9pm, with live musical performances!!
The Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, is pleased to present Alone Co., a solo exhibition of the work of San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen. The show will include a number of new drawings, photographs, sculptures and a video, interspersed with discarded snapshots, newspaper obituary clippings and other ephemera.
Culled from his collection of abandoned photographs and other printed matter, Jacobsen creates meticulously detailed, naturalistic pencil drawings, which are produced as a kind of encounter with another artist or artwork. Specific pieces in the exhibit reference the Velasquez painting The Supper at Emmaus, while another grid painting depicts every color mentioned in David Goodis’ Dark Passage. Jacobsen will also display a book of photographs having to do with twos, called Double You, and a grid of every page from Jean Genet's Querelle, with blind contour drawings of a sailor couple. The overarching theme of sight and blindness is apparent in each work, whether it be Jacobsen’s signature pencil drawings or the discarded ephemera he so delicately preserved. As Kevin Killian writes, “just as impressive as Jacobsen’s draftsmanship is his brilliant infusion of old-school, Mission school, DIY junk assemblage with a sophisticated gay semiotics.”
Colter Jacobsen was born in 1975 in Ramona, California and currently lives and works in San Francisco, CA. His work has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe, with recent exhibitions at Corvi-Mora, London, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, and Murray Guy Gallery in New York City.