ROBERT MORAT GALLERY presents new black and white photographs by American artist Bill Jacobson. In his new series titled "when is a place" shows blurred imagery.
These melancholic landscape images were previously taken in Virginia in 2018 and in the South of France in 2019. With these works, Jacobson returns to analog silver gelatin prints: the large-format, 100 x 115 cm photographs are produced by the artist in a traditional black-and-white darkroom.
New York-based artist Bill Jacobson became known in particular for his blurred portraits and urban landscapes, which in the 1990s addressed feelings of loss in the midst of the AIDS crisis. Subsequently, from 2003 to 2017, the work transformed and became sharply and clearly defined - for example, in his well-known "Place (Series)" from 2015, which the gallery presented in Berlin in 2018. Or the series "figure, ground" (2016), three paintings of which are in the exhibition, dealing with the outlines of human figures against the background of landscape images.
Before moving to New York in 1982, Jacobson (b. 1955, Norwich, USA) earned a BA from Brown University (1977) and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (1981). His work has been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and his work can be found in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and many others.