Bill Jacobson: Into The Loving Nowhere
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Bill Jacobson: Into The Loving Nowhere

Catherine Clark Gallery
248 Utah StreetSan FranciscoCA 94103
Free Admission
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Though seemingly formal and abstract, Jacobson’s work reflects on his experience of living through the HIV/AIDS crisis, and his experience of loss and precarity in that moment. Jacobson writes that “I received my MFA during the early years of HIV/AIDS in San Francisco. Watching my friends become ill and die, I was unable to make photographs for nearly seven years. Instead, I spent my time collecting thousands of old photographs from flea markets, antique stores, and my own family albums. Many of these were diffused or faded, which paralleled my internal experience. When I started taking photographs again in 1989, these found images inspired extended bodies of work created over the next fourteen years.” By defocusing his photographic images, Jacobson shifts the point of reference away from what/who is in front of the camera to what sits on the periphery or in the recesses of both eye and mind. Both dreamlike and hazy, they suggest what we remember rather than what we see. The act of defocusing inherently eliminates information, implying not only a lack of detail, but also loss in the deepest meaning of the word. Jacobson notes that “the Interim Couples in the exhibition, dating back to the mid-1990s, were a direct response to the end of my first long term relationship. The Untitled color works, by comparison, were created after a 1999 trip to India, in which I became interested in both color and how we recall the movement of bodies, including our own, through urban environments.” Open Tue – Fri 10:30am – 5:30pm, Sat 11am - 6pm

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