Installation View

Installation View

Window With View of Gowanus Height

  • Mixed materials
Window With View of Gowanus Height

Oak Stump with Polypore

  • Mixed materials
Oak Stump with Polypore

Fly Agaric #5

  • Mixed materials
Fly Agaric #5

Gold Cap Cluster

  • Mixed materials
Gold Cap Cluster

Oak Stump With Red Banded Bracket

  • Mixed materials
Oak Stump With Red Banded Bracket

Patrick Jacobs

Patrick Jacobs’s (1971) super realistic, miniature sculptures are amazing. You view them through round glass lenses built intro gallery walls like portholes. The windows range in diameter from 2 to 19 inches. What you see are luminous landscapes, close-ups of grass and mushrooms and a pair of grungy apartment windows with a view that calls to mind the distances in Northern Renaissance painting.

They are confounding. Lighted from within, they look like some kind of unusually dimensional and vivid, fisheye photographs of real scenes. In fact, they are elaborate, three-dimensional constructions like miniature natural-history dioramas with hidden electric lights making them glow. Mr. Jacobs achieves his Pre-Raphaelite-like magic naturalism using mostly artificial materials like paper, plastic acrylic gel, hair and metal.

Curriculum Vitae:

Patrick Jacobs (California, USA, 1971)


1999 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, MFA
1994-97 University of Klagenfurt, Austria
1994/92 University of West Florida, BFA/BA

Solo Exhibitions:

2012 Patrick Jacobs: Telescopic Vistas, Zadok Gallery, Art Miami Context, Miami, FL Interiors: From Within Outward, The Pool NYC, Volta NYC, New York, NY
2011 Familiar Terrain, Patrick Jacobs, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Dioramas, Patrick Jacobs, The Pool NYC, Moretti Fine Art, London, UK
2005 Patrick Jacobs, Fundacia “La Caixa” (9th Cycle of Interventions at the Vestibule; Transport to Summer). Curated by Chris Gilbert & Cira Pascual Marquina, Lleida, Spain
2003 Celebrity Appearance/Cancelled Show, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY
2001 Patrick Jacobs, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013: Patrick Jacobs & Paolo Ventura, Galerie Brandt, Amsterdam
2013 Journey Forth: Contemporary Landscape Between Technology and Tradition, Wendi Norris Gallery, San Francisco, CA (Upcoming) On Time/Grand Central at 100, MTA Arts for Transit Gallery,New York, NY
2012 Otherworldly, Des Mondes Irreels, Musée des Beaux-Arts Eugène Leroy, Tourcoing, France American Dreamers: Facing or Escaping Reality in Contemporary Art, The Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy 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 Collective: Artists of Extreme Interest, Calvin-Morris Gallery, New York, NY, PAN Amsterdam with Galerie Brandt, Amsterdam
2011 Otherworldly: Optical Delusions & Small Realities, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY Subjective/Objective, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2010 Instructions Not Included, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY There’s No Place Like Here, The College at Brockport, SUNY, Brockport, NY Other People’s Fiction, Kenise Barnes Gallery, Larchmont, NY The World We Live In, the Worlds We Create, Like the Spice Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Powers of Ten: The Relative Size of Things in Universe, Fulton–Montgomery Community College, Johnstown, NY Cream No Sugar, Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY Obsessions, curated by John Zorn, MEM Gallery, Osaka, Japan
2008 Pierogi et al, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2006 I ♥ the Burbs, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY
2003 Not to Scale, Dorsky Gallery, curated by Euridice Arratia, Long Island City, NY Superstructures: Architecture in the Artists’ Imagination, Artscape, New Haven, CT Pierogi Presents, curated by Joe Amrhein, Bernad Toale Gallery, Boston, MA Exotic Representation, Bertha & Karl Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
2002 Viewfinder, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK Boomerang, Collector’s Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
2000-01 Tipping Point, White Columns, New York, NY ArtForum Berlin, (Pierogi), Berlin, Germany Verging on Real, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY Minimal Provocation: 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 Museum of the Arts Arts, Bronx, NY


2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2010 Vermont Studio Center Artist Grant Award
2010 Giovani Collezionisti 2nd Place: Roma, The Road Contemporary Art (The Pool, NYC)
2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship
2001 Rema Hort Mann Foundation

Grant Residencies:

2011 Bad Wiessee, Munich, Germany
2010 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2001 AIM (Artist in the Marketplace), Bronx, NY Collections: Rema Hort Mann Foundation West Collection, Pennsylvania Museum of Arts & Design, New York University of Maryland, Adele H. Stamp Student Union Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Selected Bibliography:

2011 – 2012: Patrick Jacobs’ Otherworldly 3D Dioramas of Brooklyn Apartments, Priscilla Frank, Huffington Post, July 23, 2012.
Patrick Jacobs: Through a Lens, Darkly, Hilarie M. Sheets, ARTnews, Critic’s Pick, Summer 2012.
Use Your Illusion, Hilarie Sheets, ARTnews, April 19, 2012.
Review: Volta, Patricia Buffa,, March 12, 2012.
American Dreamers: La realta fa schifo? E io ne invento un altra, Gaia Rali, La Repubblica, March 7, 2012.
Top 10 Exhibitions in Brooklyn in 2011, Benjamin Sutton, L Magazine, December 21, 2011.
Patrick Jacobs: Familiar Terrain, Ken Johnson, The New York Times, Art In Review, February 10, 2011.
Patrick Jacobs Takes a Look at the Vision Thing, Will Heinrich, The Observer, Art Review, February 9, 2011.
Patrick Jacobs: Familiar Terrain, Ken Johnson, The New York Times, Last Chance, February 19, 2011.
Patrick Jacobs’ Keyhole Pastorals, Bejamin Sutton, The L Magazine, January 27, 2011.
Patrick Jacobs: Familiar Terrain, Charles Schultz, Brooklyn Rail, ArtSeen, March 2011. Interview with Patrick Jacobs, Charlie Nissen, Charles&, October 28, 2011.
A Peephole Perspective on Tiny Worlds, Carol Kino, The New York Times, Arts & Leisure, p. 20, June 12, 2011.
A Small World After All, Kristin M. Jones, The Wall Street Journal, Arts & Entertainment, June 9, 2011.
Irresistible Illusions and Other Worlds, Edward M. Gomez, Sculpture, pages 43-47, September 2011.
Artists Create Surreal Miniature Worlds, Allison Meieer, Hyperallergic, June 21, 2011.


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