Volta Basel

10.Jun - 15.Jun 2019

GALERIE VON&VON is pleased to present Paul Jacobsen, former assistant to Rudolf Stingel, Jeff Koons and Sean Scully in a multi-layered, impressive solo show at VOLTA Basel 2019 (booth #D11). Discover the studio-fresh works that will be presented at the booth here.

Jacobsen was a lead painter in the studios of Jeff Koons and Rudolf Stingel and works at the intersection of nature and technology in a multimedia oeuvre. He makes a shocking visual statement with the booth design as a total work of art.

The visual axis and eye-catcher of the installation is a massive double-X construction of charred wooden beams above and below. These are both held and divided by four walls, which display four charcoal flags between them. The charred, wooden axes frame the larger drawings and are complemented by smaller drawings on both side walls. The X-axis is also extended by the centrally placed video in the back wall.

Jacobsen is a critical free spirit who wraps subtle warnings in weighty symbols that are strongly linked to his personal beliefs of a new, utopian and nature-based world order after the collapse of technology and an invented revolution.

Paul Jacobsen

Paul Jacobsen, who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, was an assistant for Jeff Koons, Sean Scully, and Rudolph Stingel. In his series "Studies in Movements," he addresses the black flag, which is considered an authoritarian symbol representing the absence or resistance to a nation state. The artist has an increasingly critical view towards politics. Even though society is far from egalitarian, Jacobsen believes that a new, dark, chapter has recently begun in America's history, which is expressed through his video work in addition to his charcoal drawings. In Jacobsen's current works, the artist focuses on the motif of flags, the fabric abstracted into a distinctive, dark shape that seems to wave in the wind. Symbolically, Paul Jacobsen's works address the loss of values and the accompanying dwindling charisma of the national flag. His works on paper prove to be both a provocation and a haunting memorial.

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