UNKNOWN

The scientist within the artist reveals himself in 'Unknown'. Combining the compositions with self developed techniques, Jacob explores the unknown through the themes spirituality, science, originality and unknown images. The exhibition forms a complete installation with sculptures, two dimensional works, texts and a sound scape.

Making the unknown less frightening has always been an important facet of spirituality. It is also the case in Jacob's work My brother's demons, in which the hidden underworld is made visible.
Nowadays it is science that has taken over the explanation of the unknown. Science is perceived as the new spirituality. Science and spirituality work side by side in the artwork Break free entropy! (to dust thou shall return); there is no place for the unknown here. The unknown is being destroyed by a wrecking ball.
Jacob poses questions in this exploration. In the work It's Heaven! (how astronomers make us believe in the colorful universe), Jacob explores if there is such a thing as objective knowledge. The Tower of Babel suggests that knowledge has not and will not reach heaven.

The exploration of the unknown also raises other issues. Is it possible to make unknown works; how does originality come about?

The above questions and the resulting unrest are topical. Economic science has performed poorly before and during the financial crisis, with significant social implications. And the fraudulent and plagiarizing professor Stapel, psychology, turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. Will there be a revolution in the holy faith in science?

In Jacob's Interview with Unknown this question is treated with irony. Plagiary as the opposite of originality predominates, as is the case in the work The economist blames the scientist (as the artist lifts their cover). It questions also the certainty with which the scientist, for example, an economist, postulates his conclusions.

To think about the unknown is a paradox. Jacob considers images that we have never seen before as a visual expression of the unknown and therefor as a possibility to think about this paradox. In artworks as Unknown END, Prosperity and the sculptures Inconcrete Jacob creates unknown images. Not only unknown in imagery, but also in the techniques that are used. Construction and production thus contribute to the unknown images. Silkscreen offers a view behind the scenes of the production process.

The different artworks are tied together with an Industrial lounge, a sounscape with production sounds, a church choir and the beat of the wrecking ball of Break free entropy! The series of works in Unknown thus form an installation, existing of sculptures, two dimensional works, texts and soundscape.

Unknown images intrigue me. Such images do not necessarily correspond to abstract art. A geometric abstract painting can be much more familiar than a portrait with a twist.
Much of what we see is shaped by our perception and experience. Unknown images therefore pose a challenge; do we consider them a threat or an opportunity?

I paint with photos. The subject of the photos is not overly important, the photos are the paint of the artwork. To illustrate this; only if you look closely at Old man you'll notice that the work is composed of fruit and vegetables.

Jacob
Oostplein 114
Rotterdam
info@jacob.gd
www.facebook.com/jacob.artista

Represented by:
ZERP Gallery
Van Oldenbarneveltstraat 120 A
Rotterdam
Tel: +31 10 4363399
Mob: +31 (0)6 27823456
info@zerp.nl
www.zerp.nl

Alone with my thoughts
(various views and details)

Alone with my thoughts
2015, plexiglass, steel, diapositive
220 x 70 x 80cm

Inconcrete (Organ)
2015, concrete and mixed media
36 x 27 x 33cm

Inconcrete (Sharp)
2015, concrete and mixed media, 45x14x16 cm

Bert Frings and Jacob, Drawing deconstruction
2015, Fine art print, acrylic, pen, pencil

Bert Frings and Jacob, Drawing deconstruction
2015, Fine art print, acrylic, pen, pencil

Two trees (Inconcrete)
2015, concrete and mixed media
250 x 50 x 40cm

Inconcrete
2014, concrete and mixed media
47 x 17 x 16cm

Zigging your way back through the jingle
2014, Fine art print and acrylic
92 x 101 cm

Glance through my window
2014, C-print on dibond and plexiglass
85 x 85 cm, edition 7 + 1 AP

Unknown CON
2014, Fine art print and acrylic
120 x 127 cm

Plan (for the future)
2014, Fine art print and acrylic
88 x 126 cm

Unfinished business
2014, Fine art print and acrylic
92 x 106 cm

Inconcrete
2013, concrete and mixed media
44 x 15 x 16cm

Unknown ARC
2013, Fine art print and acrylic
138 x 72cm

Break free entropy!
(to dust thou shall return)
2013, concrete, wrecking ball and mixed media, dimensions variable

Silkscreen
2013, silkscreen stencils, wood, tape
428 x 299cm

The economist blames the scientist
(as the artist lifts their cover)
2013, Fine art print and acrylic
121 x 92cm

Inconcrete
2014, concrete and mixed media
33,5 x 31x 6cm

Inconcrete
2014, concrete and mixed media
43 x 18 x 14cm

Tower of Babel
2013, encyclopedia
dimensions depending on God's wrath

Inconcrete
2014, concrete and mixed media
45 x 14 x 16cm

Scale
2013, Fine art print and acrylic
124 x 92cm

Turning the page
2013, Fine art print and ink, 68 x 42cm

Inconcrete
2014, concrete and mixed media
47 x 17 x 16cm

Inconcrete
2014, concrete and mixed media
45 x 17 x 15cm

Inconcrete
2013, concrete and mixed media, 18 x 44 x 2,5cm

My brother's demons
2013, Fine art print and acrylic, 138 x 92cm

It's heaven!
(how astronomers make us believe in the colorful universe)
2013, Fine art print and acrylic, 84 x 138cm

Of unknown origin
2013, Fine art print and acrylic, 128 x 92cm

Sound of water
2013, Fine art print and acrylic
46 x 26cm

Unknown END
2013, Fine art print and acrylic, 92 x 162cm

Jacob naked
2013, Fine art print and acrylic
33 x 33cm and 33 x 33cm

Unknown SIL
2012, C-print and acrylic, 83 x 116cm

Prosperity
2012, C-print and acrylic, 257 x 180cm

Unknown territory
2011, C-print and acrylic, 125 x 400cm

Yawning nude
2012, C-print and acrylic, 131 x 125cm

Unknown PIN
2012, C-print and acrylic, 200 x 180cm

Glacier - Origin, Life, Meltdown
(while the lady has a last smoke)
2010, C-print and acrylic
180 x 174cm, 180 x 300cm and 180 x 300cm

Armadillo
(recycling Appel)
2010, C-print and acrylic, 132 x 125cm

Arachnophobia angel
2010, C-print and acrylic, 90 x 70cm

Old man
(follower of Rembrandt and Arcimboldo)
2009-2012, C-print and acrylic, 122 x 101cm

Dora and Pablo love to have kids
2009, C-print and acrylic, 100 x 150cm

Facing Monte Rosa
2009, C-print and acrylic, 47 x 63cm

Paso Doble
2008, C-print and acrylic, 180 x 219cm