Faculty Portfolio of Recent Work-Luis Jacob

Luis Jacob, “Spirits of the Grotto” (2012), public art at Dufferin underpass, Toronto.

Luis Jacob, “Spirits of the Grotto” (2012), public art at Dufferin underpass, Toronto.

03.City of Toronto Archives City Hall Conditions of Competition 1957

City of Toronto Archives, “Site of City Hall (from Conditions of Competition, City Hall and Square)” (1957), RG Reports, Box 9.

04.The Demonstration.2013

Luis Jacob, “The Demonstration” (2013), two-colour silkscreen print

05.Jack Chambers.photo study c.1970

Jack Chambers, “Untitled photo study” (c.1970)

06.Broken statue in Rome

Broken statue representing a theatre actor, photographed in Rome by Luis Jacob.

07.Sphinx.2015

Luis Jacob, “Sphinx” (2015), installation with sculpture and library of books, Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens, Toronto.

08.Sphinx.2015

Luis Jacob, “Sphinx” (2015), installation with sculpture and library of books, Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens, Toronto.

09.Sphinx.2015

Luis Jacob, “Sphinx” (2015), installation with sculpture and library of books, Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens, Toronto.

10a.Sphinx.2015

Luis Jacob, “Sphinx” (2015), installation with sculpture and library of books, Children’s Conservatory, Allan Gardens, Toronto.

I feel that contemporary artists are under constant pressure to conduct their practices in accordance with a cosmopolitan definition of art, privileging artistic languages that are legible within the art capitals – at the expense of the multitude of artistic languages spoken in the peripheries (that is, in most of the planet).

My work stems from an intuition that, as artists, the diverse places where we live and work are not incidental to the work we make.  I want to explore the conscious and unconscious ways in which these places shape our self-images and our cultures.

Toronto is the place I call home.  Researching the colonial relations between settlers (like me) and First Nations people allows me to grasp why life in this city is perceived to happen as if on a vacant lot.  Exploring the example of local artists like Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe, Joyce Wieland and General Idea, instructs me about their engagement with these questions of place, regionalism, nationalism and mediation.  Travelling to other places exposes me to artistic languages unfamiliar to me, and to the ways in which people in different contexts engage the reality of colonization, globalization and resistance.  Riding my bike around town, reading local narratives, auditing a course on the history of urban planning at the University of Toronto, attending a seminar on the history of Toronto filmmaking at the Bloor Cinema – these activities help me develop a more nuanced sense of the city I live in.

I have heard people say, “Toronto has no history.”  In my work I refer to this fantasy of ‘the blank canvas’ as a perfect allegory for the chasm in Toronto between the richness of local history and the pervasive vacancy of local memory.  I make work that ‘looks back’ at the viewer in an attempt to summon the spirits that haunt this place I call home.

Summer 2012 Grads

Alex Ross-Raymond

Alex Ross-Raymond

Yukiyo Kawano

Yukiyo Kawano

Toby Gonzalez

Toby Gonzalez

Wilson Hurst

Wilson Hurst

Terrilynn Quick

Terrilynn Quick

Susan Megur

Susan Megur

Renee Lauzon

Renee Lauzon

Michelle Welzen

Michelle Welzen

Matthew Whitney

Matthew Whitney

Linda King Ferguson

Linda King Ferguson

Josh Worman

Josh Worman

Kathryn Eddy

Kathryn Eddy

Jill Cook

Jill Cook

Jeanette Hart-Mann

Jeanette Hart-Mann

Cindy Pacyk

Cindy Pacyk

Winter 2012 Grads

Cathy Jones

Cathy Jones

Susanne Jaklin

Susanne Jaklin

Paul Benavidez

Paul Benavidez

Natalie Finkelstein

Natalie Finkelstein

Mildred Kennedy-Stirling

Mildred Kennedy-Stirling

Lauren Bartone

Lauren Bartone

Margaret Carsello

Margaret Carsello

Laura Alger

Laura Alger

Jeffrey Roth

Jeffrey Roth

Janette Hayhoe

Janette Hayhoe

Dawn Feller

Dawn Feller

Elisa Wiedeman

Elisa Wiedeman

Summer 2010 Grads

Cuba Ray

Cuba Ray

Sowsen Mahdi

Sowsen Mahdi

Tereza Swanda

Tereza Swanda

Sarah Gaudette

Sarah Gaudette

Renee Couture

Renee Couture

Roderick Vesper

 

Polly Gailard

Nick Patterson

Maggie McBrien

Maggie McBrien

Kevin Knopp

Lexi Ryckman

Lisa Ulik

David French

David French

Denis Hart

Denis Hart

Emily Lanctot

Emily Lanctot

Frank Page

Kate Renner

Kate Renner

Kathy Couch

Kathy Couch

Winter 2010 Grads

Ben Vitualla

Ben Vitualla

Michelle Salnatis

Michelle Salnatis

Ralph Hoeg

Ralph Hoeg

Susan Holt

Susan Holt

Sarah Bayne

Sarah Bayne

Tariq Gibran

Tariq Gibran

Leah-Anne Chambers

Leah-Anne Chambers

Leslie Crawford

Leslie Crawford

Luc Demers

Luc Demers

Marcy Rosenblat

Marcy Rosenblat

Kim Darling

Kim Darling

Holly Hill

Holly Hill

Blair Vaughn-Gruler

Blair Vaughn-Gruler

 

Angela Meron

Angela Meron