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Patrick Jacobs was born in California. He intentionally blurs boundaries between the traditional artistic media of painting, sculpture and photography in his works. At the same time his dioramas, viewed through glass lenses, present the viewer with a spatial and perceptual conundrum; we are drawn into a space at once determinate and infinite, natural and contrived, prosaic and otherworldly.

Jacobs draws inspiration from sources as diverse as historical landscape painting and contemporary chemical companies’ home and garden pest control brochures, such as Chevron’s Ortho Books. Recalling the Claude glass, an optical device popular in the 18th century used to frame the picturesque, the lenses invoke the invisible eye of the wary homeowner searching an otherwise vacant domestic landscape for imagined interlopers. Ortho, Greek for “correct,” further alludes to the unending quest to control any divergence from the norm, as well as the manipulation of our sense of perspective. With such a fusion of influences, these quiet compositions offer a magical view of the mundane. Here, reality has been de-familiarized, and the uncanny has supplanted the commonplace.

Each work consists of a meticulously constructed, three-dimensional diorama installed within the wall and viewed through a circular window of glass lenses. The combination of the negative focal length of the lenses and sculptural foreshortening creates the illusion of seemingly infinite depth within the limitations of a shallow space. The result is a distorted reality corrected only when seen through the lenses. Though artificial, these worlds are nevertheless strangely real and tactile.




1999 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA
1994-97 University of Klagenfurt, Austria
1994 University of West Florida, BFA
1992 University of West Florida, BA

Patrick Jacobs, TAG, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Come Closer to Me, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Patrick Jacobs, Exchiesetta, Polignano a Mare, Italy
Patrick Jacobs: Telescopic Vistas, Zadok Gallery, Art Miami Context, Miami, FL
Interiors: From Within Outward, The Pool NYC, Volta NYC, New York, NY
Patrick Jacobs: Familiar Terrain, Pierogi, Brooklyn
Patrick Jacobs: Dioramas, The Pool, Moretti Fine Art, London, UK
Patrick Jacobs, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Patrick Jacobs, Fundacia “La Caixa,” (9th Cycle of Interventions at the Vestibule; Transport to Summer)
Curated by Chris Gilbert and Cira Pascual Marquina (February 24–March 27)
Patrick Jacobs, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

MINDSCAPES, bo.lee Gallery, London, UK
The Neo-Victorians, Hudson River Museum of Art, Yonkers, NY
Natural Wonders, Brandywine Museum of Art
A Sun that Never Sets, McLain Gallery, Houston, TX
Diorama. Inventing Illusion. Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
Provisional Landscapes, Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Real Estate: Dwelling in Contemporary Art, The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, Collegeville, PA
Double Down, Pierogi, New York, NY
Nature, Castor Gallery, New York, NY
Vitel Tonne, The Pool NYC, Palazzo Cesari-Marchesi, Venice, Italy
Dioramas, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Naturalia, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
Escape Routes, The Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Small Scales: Lands of Enchantment, The Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT
Another Better World, The Bascom Arts Center, Highlands, NC. Curated by David Brown
CAPP at Ten: The Shape of Remembering, The Stamp Gallery, University of Maryland, MD
Smoke and Mirrors: Sculpture and the Imaginary, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, FL
Not Really, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Pierogi XX, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
MADE, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
Journey Forth, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA
Journey Forth, Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
On Time/Grand Central at 100, MTA Arts for Transit Gallery, New York, NY
Otherworldly, Des Mondes Irreelsm Musée des Beaux-Arts Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing, France
American Dreamers: Reality and Imagination in Contemporary American Art, Strozzina (Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina), Florence, Italy (9 March–15 July)
Eureka!, Blueleaf Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Modus Vivendi, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
Organic Intuitions, The Pool NYC, Bolsa Mexicana de Valores, Mexico City, Mexico
End of Days, Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY
Great Photographs: Scape, Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York, NY
The Obsessions Collectives: Artists of Extreme Interest, Calvin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (June 7–September 18)
Subjective/Objective, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Instructions Not Included, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Other People’s Fiction, Kenise Barnes, Larchmont, NY
The World We Live In, The Worlds We Create, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Powers of Ten: The Relative Size of Things in Universe, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, NY
Cream No Sugar, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Obsessions, MEM Gallery, Osaka, Japan. Curated by John Zorn
Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Winter 2008-09, Muriel Guepin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (December 3, 2008–February 1, 2009)
I 2003
Not to Scale, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Program, curated by Euridice Arratia, Long Island City, NY
(April 27–June 30)
Superstructures: Architecture in the Artists’ Imagination, Artspace, New Haven, CT. May 3–June 8
Pierogi Presents, curated by Joe Amrhein, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
The Armory Show 2003, New York, NY
Exotic Representation, Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
Viewfinder, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
The Armory Show 2002, (Pierogi booth), New York, NY
Boomerang, Collector’s Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
Tipping Point, White Columns, New York, NY
ArtForum Berlin (Pierogi), Berlin
Verging on Real, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
Minimal Provocations: The Art and Influence of Robert Blanchon, The Betty Rymer Gallery,
Chicago, IL
Foreign Body, White Columns, New York, NY
Paper Veins Biennial, Here Art, New York, NY
Wunderkammer: Wonderworks, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Artist in the Marketplace, Twentieth Annual Exhibition, The Bronx Musuem of the Arts, Bronx, NY

2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2010 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant Award
2010 Giovani Collezionisti and Place: Roma, The Road Contemporary Art (The Pool, NYC)
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship
2001 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Recipient

2016 MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH
2011  Bad Wiessee, Munich, Germany (July)
2010  Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (September)
2000 AIM (“Artist in the Marketplace”), The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx,NY

Schwendener, Martha. “30 Must-See Artists at the Armory Show,” The New York Times, March 8, 2018
Lin, Kemy.”Miniature Landscapes Through the Looking Glass,”Hyperallergic, February 18, 2015
Volk, Gregory.”Three Sections for Patrick Jacobs,”Patrick Jacobs, January 2015
McQuaid, Cate.”Toying with our tendency to trust photographs,”The Boston Globe, February 25, 2014
Hodara, Susan. “At the College of New Rochelle,a Show Meant to Provoke Double Takes,” The New York Times, February 2, 2015
Tupponce, Joan. “UR Exhibit offers a Different Perspective on Landscapes,” The Richmond Times Dispatch, January 24, 2015
Shiornoiri, Yayoi. “Patrick Jacobs: ‘Come Closer to Me’ at Pierogi Gallery,”, January 19, 2015
Roth, David. “Contemporary Landscape at Wendi Norris,” Square Cylinder, August 2013
Delaunay, Monique. “Journey Forth: Contemporary Landscape Between Technology and Tradition at Gallery Wendi Norris,” SF Art Enthusiast, August 2013
Cheng, DeWitt. “Journey Forth,” Visual Art Source, August 31 2013
Frank, Priscilla. “Patrick Jacobs’ Otherworldly 3D Dioramas of Brooklyn Apartments,”
Huffington Post, July 2012
Sheets, Hilarie. “Patrick Jacobs: Through a Lens, Darkly,” ARTnews Critic’s Pick, Summer 2012
Sheets, Hilarie. “Use Your Illusion,” ARTnews, April 2012
Buffa, Patricia. “Review: Volta,”, March 2012
“American Dreamers: La realta fa schifo? E io ne invento un altra,” Gaia Rali, La Repubblica, March 2012
Balestrieri, James. “New Wine in New Bottles,” American Art Collector, October 2011
Johnson, Ken. “Patrick Jacobs: Familiar Terrain,” The New York Times, February 17 2011
Heinrich, Will, “Patrick Jacobs Takes a Look at the Vision Thing,” The New York Observer, February 8, 2011
Sutton, Benjamin, “Patrick Jacobs’ Keyhole Pastorals,” The L Magazine, January 27, 2011
“Cultivating Talent,” New York Magazine, page 122, May 2001
“Kurt Strahm/Patrick Jacobs,” The New Yorker, January 29, 2001
Cotter, Holland, “Kurt Strahm and Patrick Jacobs at Pierogi,” Last Chance, The New York Times,
February 2, 2001
White Columns, Time Out New York, Issue 268, November 2000
Cotter, Holland, “Picking Out Distinctive Voices in a Pluralistic Chorus,” The New York Times,August 18, 2000
Wei, Lily, “Wunderkammer: Wonderworks,” New York Reviews, Flash Art, October 2000
Rema Hort Mann Foundation
Al and Loralee West Collection, Philadelphia, PA
Museum of Arts & Design, New York
University of Maryland, Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Portland Museum of Art