Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Miami
In the protean empire of weeds, strange events are unfolding, casting everything in an unearthly light. A conflicting atmosphere of bliss and discontentment reigns as a quiet struggle for survival ensues. As the herbaceous brood continues down its path of fragile existence, their vegetal minds assume the task from the day they sprout. “Behold these spiny stalks and toothy leaves,” they declare with post-emergent flamboyance, “look on our caps and laurel crowns of seeds!” But, the longing for love and happiness commingles with an unbearable fear of loneliness and chronic disease. Fibrous tissues, cords and membranes swell with perverse desires, while tendrils, felted pink with webbed mycelia, ache for meaningful intimacy. In the manic effort to comfort each other (sometimes through the aid of psychotropic drugs), they stroke each other tenderly or weep in muted desperation, persisting in the hope that their seeds will one day be sown. This menagerie of anti-heroes may seem deluded, yet its very ordinariness becomes synonymous with the journey for something greater. Swaying gently in the warm breeze of the celestial landscape, it ponders the answer to the question that has no answer. All that remains is an impenetrable and melancholy silence.
— Patrick Jacobs
With his diminutive dioramas, Patrick Jacobs’ work reminds the viewer that extraordinary beauty can reside in even the most banal of scenes, those places and objects that are often overlooked or unwanted. With a fusion of influences, these quiet compositions, offer a magical or hallucinatory view of the mundane. The reality has been de-familiarized, and the uncanny has supplanted the commonplace. These miniature sculptures are viewed through round glass lenses that range in various diameters; what you see are luminous landscapes, close-ups of grass and mushrooms that call to mind the distances in Northern Renaissance painting. Jacobs’ work blurs the boundaries among the traditional medias of painting, sculpture, and photography. With the use of paper, styrene, acrylic, vinyl, neoprene, wax and hair, among other materials, his work transcends to the supernatural and evokes in us a sense of mystery and beauty.