Bill Jacobson

New Year's Day

October 17 - November 29, 2003

The Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce our fifth solo exhibition of new work by Bill Jacobson. Entitled New Year's Day, the eight large scale color photographs which comprise the show depict images such as urban street scenes, rural landscapes and figures in darkened spaces. As diverse as these out of focus pictures appear to be, they share a dream-like feeling of stillness, and a somber tonal quality in which there is an equality between darkness and light. Consistent with Jacobson's earlier work, these photographs suggest a time of quiet introspection in which we reconcile the ending of a particular moment in life and the rebirth of another. Not unlike Walter Benjamin's flaneur, they evoke an existential journey through the world, of looking outward while simultaneously looking inward.

Jacobson's work is included in numerous international public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain in Lyon, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, and his MFA from the San Francisco Institute of Art. He has also exhibited widely, and his full CV can be viewed on our website at

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