Haw Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of two related series by New York-based Bill Jacobson. Place (Series) + Lines In My Eyes together showcase the celebrated photographer's newest bodies of work, completed between 2009 and 2014. A 92 page monograph, recently published by Radius Books (Santa Fe), will accompany the exhibition and be available for sale at the gallery.
For Place (Series), Jacobson inserts rectangles of various sizes and surfaces within both studio-based and natural settings. The subsequent photographs question the notion of what constitutes an image, as well as what is ‘real’ and what is ‘abstract’. Through their peculiar manner of construction they suggest the creation of place, and the simple act of placing, as manifestations of choice and desire. On the surface they differ from Jacobson's earlier defocussed imagery; yet they are connected through underlying concerns with memory, perception and the dialogue between absence and presence. While Place (Series) involves interventions by the artist, Lines In My Eyes is more about direct observation of the built world. Both touch on something deeply human in their exploration of the impulse to construct space, image and the physical world around us.
Jacobson received a 2012 grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In addition, a number of the images were made during residencies at MacDowell Colony (2009 and 2010), Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2013), and Bogliasco Foundation (2014).
Spanning a career of over 40 years, Bill Jacobson has published four previous monographs, and exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe. His work is in numerous museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Guggenheim Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Whitney Museum of American Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Nelson-Atkins Museum; Victoria and Albert Museum; and many others.