Opening Reception: Friday, March 30, 2012, 5:00-7:00 pm
James Kelly Contemporary is pleased to present our first
exhibition of photographs by Bill Jacobson. The main gallery
will feature eight images from his recent Place (Series); in the
rear gallery there will be a small selection of earlier work made
between 1995 and 2008.
Jacobson sums up his work as follows: “Inherent throughout my
practice is the dialogue between absence and presence, the
constant fading of history, and the vagaries of perception. In
each body of work there are references to our individual and
collective memories, and the various ways we hold on to some
images while, over time, are letting go of others. For the past
two and a half years, during two residencies at MacDowell and in
my Brooklyn studio, I’ve been working on a new group of
photographs titled Place (Series). They are the result of
inserting rectangles of various sizes and surfaces in both
constructed and natural settings. Ideally, they question what is
‘real’ and what is ‘abstract’, while suggesting that the notion
of place, and the act of placing, come from choice, and desire.”
Bill Jacobson (b.1955, Norwich, CT) has been making photographs
for nearly forty years. Prior to moving to New York in 1982, he
received a BA from Brown University (1977) and an MFA from San
Francisco Art Institute (1981). His work is in the collections
of the Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria
and Albert Museum, and many others.
He has had six residencies at MacDowell Colony since 1994, and
has also been to Yaddo, The Edward Albee Foundation, and Blue
Mountain Center. Fellowships were awarded from the Aaron Siskind
Foundation in 1995 and the New York Foundation for the Arts in
1994. Three monographs have been published of Jacobson’s work:
bill jacobson 1989-1997, Twin Palms Publishers (Santa Fe) 1998;
Photographs, Hatje Cantz Verlag (Stuttgart) 2005; and A Series of
Human Decisions, Decode Books (Seattle) 2009. Copies will be
available at the gallery.
An overview of Jacobson’s photographs since 1975 can be found at
www.billjacobsonstudio.com, and images of the exhibition will be
available on the gallery website www.jameskelly.com. Highresolution
images for press are available upon request.
James Kelly Contemporary is located at 550 S. Guadalupe St.,
Santa Fe, NM 87501. Gallery hours for the duration of this show
are Tuesday through Friday from 10:00-5:00 p.m. and Saturday from
11:00-5:00 p.m. Monday is by appointment.
Please contact the gallery by phone at 505.989.1601, fax at
505.989.5005, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The artist will be in attendance for the opening at James Kelly
Contemporary, on March 30 from 5-7 pm.