Patrick Jacobs

Inspired by his love of Renaissance landscape paintings, Brooklyn-based Patrick Jacobs constructs contemporary studies based on the Renaissance idea of painting as a “window on the world.” To create these hyperreal miniature worlds, he meticulously casts, paints, and positions every blade of grass and flower petal of the dioramas-a process he equates to “building a painting”-before they are embedded in the gallery’s walls. The resulting three-dimensional “paintings” portray an expansive view onto green fields with mountains or snaking rivers in the distance. As the glowing portals invite viewers into his fictional spaces, the use of a concave lens creates the illusion of depth-distorting the environs’ scale as it edges toward the lens itself.

Oak Stump with Red Banded Brackets Oak Stump with Red Banded Brackets
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Patrick Jacobs

Oak Stump with Red Banded Brackets
Diorama viewed through 2in window.
Styrene, acrylic, cast neoprene, paper, ash, talc, hair, starch, polyrethane foam, acrylite, vinyl film, wood, steel, lighting, BK7 glass.
11.25 x 14.75 x 9.25 inches
2013
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