Patrick Jacobs was born in 1971 in California. He received his MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. He now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Jacobs’ works consist of meticulously created, three-dimensional dioramas installed through a circular glass lenses. The combination of the negative focal length of the lenses and sculptural foreshortening creates the illusion of seemingly infinite depth within the limitations of a shallow space. Re-creating landscapes through tiny patches of earth, Jacobs draws you into a surreal reality.
His works intentionally blur boundaries between the traditional artistic media of painting, sculpture and photography. Jacobs draws inspiration from sources as diverse as historical landscape painting and contemporary chemical companies’ home and garden pest control brochures.
Selected exhibitions include shows at: the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; MEM Gallery, Osaka, Japan; Ronchini Gallery, London; Museum of Arts & Design, New York; and Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn.
In my work, the imaginary becomes real through an act of sheer will.
– PATRICK JACOBS, 2012