Jacob Goble – Studio Visit – Tuesday May 25th, Brooklyn, NY
Studio Fuse is pleased to announce a group visit and discussion with artist Jacob Goble.
Jacob Goble is a painter whose current work rotates between painting, sketching, taking source photos and producing a book of geometric drawings. While many of his paintings use a photographic reference as source material, he also works from direct observation, memory and imagination, sometimes employing all the techniques together. In non-adherence with his sources, Jacob edits and fills in detail, building relationships, emphasis, composition and color based on his own preferences and memory of his subject. Currently, Jacob is working on a book of transmutative geometric shapes, a project started as a challenge to find incarnations of non-repeating forms. Each page starts with a grid of simple arches or triangles, and each shape on the grid becomes more graphically complex as it is “read” left to right and top to bottom.
One of the challenges Jacob faces in his work is the apparent separation between his drawing practice and his painting. This is an issue for many painters who enjoy different modes of working. Some of Jacob’s recent paintings attempt to bridge this gap, such as an oil painting of an open drawing book and another painting which depicts a triangular shape like those used in his sketch books. While these paintings employ forms similar to those in the drawings, they seem less a meshing of ideas and more like portraits of the sketchbook or symbol.
Jacob’s work often abuts figuration in incongruous ways. His paintings of inanimate objects , alone or in groups, serve more as portraiture than as still life. In his images of people, there is a level of removal from the figuration. As in Bertha’s Christmas Vision, the subjects are not actual people, but a weathered plastic nativity scene. As another example, the painting of the girl in the fur hat seems like both a jab and a nod to Alex Katz in its simplification and stylization.
Participants discussed the stillness of the paintings relating them to fleeting time. Many of Jacob’s paintings seem to be images of objects or groups of objects that exist together only in a finite instance.
Looking at the paintings entitled I Have Shoulders and Bee Box, the group considered Jacob’s decision making in terms of composition and manner and discussed how these aspects may relate to other painters and to minimalist tropes like the grid and stack.