Bill Jacobson

Thought Series

Curated by Julie Saul

October 22 - November 28, 1998

The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our third solo exhibition of new work by Bill Jacobson: Thought Series. Expanding upon his past series: Interim Portraits, Interim Couples and Songs of Sentient Beings, Jacobson poetically explores the body with close-up portraiture of the face and the body's landscape, as well as new nature photographs of water. No longer blurring the images beyond our recognition, but still challenging the optic sense, his subjects now appear through subtly lit atmospheres, texturally similar to that of graphite drawings. In this show the simultaneity of exhibiting both nature and body together reflects Jacobson's continuing fascination with the universal spirituality. He states:

It is a world of dark fragments: faces, hands, snippets of gesture, stretches of skin, and through a different subject, but in the same spirit, the series includes images of the surface of a lake, depicted fairly close-up and without horizon. While there are no people in these landscapes, an equivalence hopefully becomes clear: like nature, we too are ever-changing, natural beings constantly in flux, reflection the passage of time, aging, coming together and letting go, moving always towards death and rebirth.

Thought Series is being held concurrently with the publication of Jacobson's first monograph entitled 1989-1997 (published by Twin Palm Press). A story by Klaus Kertess will accompany the 49 plates. A limited edition of 50 copies, boxed, signed, and numbered, include an original print.

Jacobson is currently exhibiting at the John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, England, in a group exhibition on the theme of Masque and a touring group show organized by the Hayward Gallery, London, entitled Secret Victorians which will travel to Colchester, Bristol and Birmingham in Great Britain and then to the Armond Hammer in Los Angeles.

The Rupertinum in Salzburg, Austria has just opened a mid-career survey of Jacobson's work which will run through early December.

Jacobson's work is included in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, The Hallmark Collection, Princeton University Art Museum and the George Eastman House in Rochester.

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