Mike Jacobs - The Cyclical Stops In The Disenchantment Sectors Of Terrestrial Life,

Respect The Ride

Mike Jacobs - Look Up

Mike Jacobs - Overhead Confusion Script Seeding The Sky

Mike Jacobs - Tessellating The Tesseract

Mike Jacobs - 45, 45, 90 Right On 7th And Van Buren

Mike Jacobs - Journey From The Death Of A Friend

Mike Jacobs - The Duration Between The Smallest Increment And The Greatest Expanse

Mike Jacobs - I Need To See More Than Three Dimensions

Mike Jacobs - Traveling Into The Valley Of The Sun

Mike Jacobs - Escaping Infinite Regress In The Absence Of Absolutes

Digital Process

September 20th – November 9th, 2019

Mike Jacobs is in our current show Digital Process, a two-person show featuring new works by Mike Jacobs and Travis Rice. These two artists highlight the shift occurring in art making today through the use of cutting-edge technology. They explore our post-digital world where instead of exclusively working with paint and canvas they integrate bytes and pixels. Both artists use digital tools to create exquisitely crafted works of art that cut through the visual noise of our everyday.

Mike Jacobs deploys a post-digital, multimedia image-making processes, combining deconstructed photographic imagery and painted geometry to investigate the technical systems, visual culture, and scientific paradigms of optics that influence normative strategies for activating perception, exploring illusion, and depicting space throughout the history of art.

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b. 1977

Mike Jacobs received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2000. He lived and worked in Cincinnati, Ohio as an artist and Industrial Design Model Technician until 2016. Jacobs later earned his MFA from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University in 2019. While at ASU Mike was the recipient of grants, awards, and scholarships from the Martin Wong Foundation, Arizona Artists Guild, the Gayle J. Novak & Robert D. Cocke Award in Painting, and the Gerry Grout Visual Arts Scholarship. He has exhibited his work nationally at the FotoFocus Biennial, Cincinnati, OH, the Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ, Untitled Art Projects gallery, Los Angeles, CA, the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA,  and internationally at the ARTE Galería, Quito, Ecuador. Jacobs is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. 

In his practice, Mike Jacobs deploys a post-digital, multimedia image-making processes, combining deconstructed photographic imagery and painted geometry to investigate the technical systems, visual culture, and scientific paradigms of optics that influence normative strategies for activating perception, exploring illusion, and depicting space throughout the history of art.

He entered into this discourse by considering the increasing speeds of information in our collective culture that have resulted in a fragmentation of our analog thought process. To compensate, we have an exchange of linear streams of understanding information for the limitless nonlinear web of the virtual network. We experience this all the time by looking at the internet and searching from one hyperlink to the next, starting as a specific search and ending with as many random associations as possible. We continually interface with the operations intrinsic to our smartphones, computers, including the use of programs like photoshop and illustrator. Digital tools connect us to the systems of the virtual that benefit us in creative processes, image capture, accessing knowledge, and supplementing memory.   

The implication of this interaction raises many questions and it’s easy to run off with a dystopian outlook. We have been socialized to be afraid of a future laden with artificial intelligence. The reality is that society is already in the virtual/digital paradigm we were taught to fear. Inspired by these ideas, I wanted to reexamine what it means to embrace the interaction of the digital process and the virtual space to develop form and imagery as a counter-intuitive approach to understanding how we might connect and structure our own analog intellect to commune with the external processing of digital systems. 

EDUCATION
2019
MFA, Arizona State University – Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Tempe, AZ
2000
BFA in Painting, University of Cincinnati – Design Art Architecture and Planning Program, Cincinnati, OH
 
AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
2019-2018
The Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship in Painting
2019-2018
Gayle J. Novak & Robert D. Cocke Award in Painting
2019-2018
Scholl Family Scholarship
2019-2018
ASU School of Art Special Talent Award
2018-2017
Arizona Artist Guild Scholarship
2018-2017
Gerry Grout Scholarship
2017
ASU School of Art Special Talent Award
2017-2016
ASU School of Art Special Talent Award
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019
The Machine Mind / MFA Thesis Exhibition, ASU Grant Street Studios, Step Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015
The Shadows Of Ideas, Invision Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2011
Images and Objects, 1305 Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2006
Scenes From The Floating World, Focus Art Gallery, Covington, KY
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019
Psychogeografik, RAE space for contemporary art Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany
2018
FotoFocus Biennial, Wide Angle, Photography Out of Bounds, Alice F. and Harris K.Weston Art Gallery
2018
Phoenix Art Now II, Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ
2018
Bridged, + ARTE Galería, Quito, Ecuador
2017
ASU Annual Summer Juried Show, Harry wood Gallery, Curated by Sara Cochran, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
2017
Shape Shifters, Vision Gallery, Chandler, AZ
2017
Inverse Conversations V, Mesa Art Center, Mesa, AZ
2016
Ohio, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2016
Eleven, The Eric Fiscal Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2016
Parables Of the Virtual, Art Complex 1101, Tempe, AZ
2016
The New Grad Show, ASU Harry Wood Gallery, Tempe, AZ
2015
60 Americans, Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, New York, (Curated by Noah Becker, Terrence Sanders, and Alexander Venet)
2013
5th Annual Group Exhibition of Emerging Contemporary Art, Art Voices Magazine, Untitled Art Projects Gallery, LosAngeles, CA (Curated by Terrence Sanders)
2012
Usual Suspects, Thomson House Shooting Gallery, Newport, KY
2012
Surreal Solon IV, Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art, Baton Rouge, LA (Curated by Casey Weldon)
2010
PAC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2007
Thank You, Kraufthaus Gallery, Cincinnati,OH
2005
The Blast / Album Of The Year, Greenwich Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2004
First Ever Show, Black Floor Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2004
The Blast / Talkin’ Trash Exhibition, Southgate Art Gallery, Newport, KY
2003
Massive / Active International Sculpture Center Group Sculpture Exhibition, Mock Bee Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2003
Uninstructed, Publico Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2003
In Dependence, SS Nova, Cincinnati, OH
2003
Nice And Light, Mac’s Farm and Sculpture Center, Blue Ash, OH
2003
Sell The Seat Of Life, Southgate Art Gallery, Newport, KY
2002
No Comply, SS Nova, Cincinnati, OH
2002
ELC MJ, Red Topp Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2002
Massive / The State Of Sculpture, SS Nova, Cincinnati, OH
2002
Red Topp Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
 
LECTURES, PUBLIC SPEAKING, AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2019-2018
Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Record Art Core Color Theory
2018-2017
Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Record Intro to Drawing
2017-2016
Teaching Assistant, Instructor of Record Art Core 2D Design, Instructor of Record Art Core Color Theory
1996-1998
Studio Assistant to Terrance Corbin, University of Cincinnati – Design Art Architecture and Planning Program, Cincinnati OH
 
PUBLICATIONS
2017
Inverse Conversations V, show catalogue, 2017 pg. 46/47
2015
Sanders, Terrance. 60 Americans, Art Voices Art books, 2015
2014
Sanders, Terrance. The Viewing Room, Art Voices, Spring 2014. pg. 67
2013
Sanders, Terrance. The Viewing Room, Art Voices, December 2013
2013
Sanders, Terrance. The Viewing Room, Art Voices, June 2013. pg. 31
2011
Alan. Images & Objects: New Work, City Beat, September 2011. pg. 17
2009
Studio Visit, Open Studio Press, vol 5, no. 1, Spring 2009. pg. 80
2003
Bauer, Marilyn. Sculpting a New Image, Cincinnati Enquirer, September 2003. pg. E7
2003
Leffler, Laura. Nice & Light, Art Spike, July 2003. pg. 9

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