Come Alive for a Few Seconds
Anya Tish Gallery. Houston, TX, USA, November 20 - January 16, 2021
Anya Tish Gallery is thrilled to announce Come Alive for a Few Seconds, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition of artist, Hedwige Jacobs. “Everything I do starts from a drawing” says her latest body of work, she creates enchanting animations derived from her drawings, where silhouettes of human figures ...”come alive for a few seconds”.Article by Chris Becker for Houston CityBook
In a simple black and white palette of Jacob’s drawings, animation and video installations, figures scurry about like tiny ants and reconfigure themselves in endless variations drawn from everyday interactions. The artist is interested in the way the characters respond to one another and how they exist in the world. She seems both overwhelmed as well as inspired by the vastness of humanity and says, “It’s about isolation. We’re all alone, but we’re all together”.
Jacobs voices: “My drawings are made with simple materials (pencils, pens and markers on paper) and investigate how we live and interact as a society. In all of my drawings, I draw upon a lexicon of imagery that I have been developing over the past years...The works are imbued with lively human interaction and with environments that are suggestive of an event or place, yet these are left as starting points, fragmented moments in an unending narrative.”
As a part of her exhibition, Jacobs created an intimate installation covering domestic furniture—rocking chairs, television, curtains, lamps, side tables, slippers—in a black and white, hand-drawn, woven pattern. The imperfectly drawn weaves wander and meander across surfaces, unconsciously creating visually dynamic abstract and organic forms. "It's like a path", Jacobs says of her affinity for the woven pattern and describes the objects as "ingredients for a homey feeling". With these obsessive drawings, she is touching on the overabundance of choices and obsessiveness of our lives as consumers.
Hedwige Jacobs is a Dutch artist, born in Singapore, who currently lives and works in Houston, TX. She holds a BFA from the Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, Netherlands, and an MFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Jacobs’ work has been shown at Women & Their Work, Austin, TX; Box 13 ArtSpace, DiverseWorks, Lawndale Art Center, and Sawyer Yards in Houston, TX; the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, TX; Friedman Benda Gallery and The Drawing Center in New York, NY; DAiS at Galeri Utama and ION Art Gallery in Singapore. Additionally, her work can be found in museums, private and corporate collections such as: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; The Netherlands Embassy in Singapore; Ernst & Young and VSB in The Hague, The Netherlands, and Wellington Management, Boston, MA. Recently, she was a part of a public art installation at The Discovery Green Conservancy in Houston, TX.
Glasstire Five-minute tours: Hedwige Jacobs at Anya Tish Gallery, Houston
Article by Molly Glentzer for the Houston Chronicle
If I Could I Would Cover Everything With My Drawings
Women & Their Work, Austin, TX, USA, January 19 - February 28, 2019
“Everything I do starts from a drawing” says Hedwige Jacobs. In her newest body of work, Jacobs presents a series of stations, each a separate work, and each emerging from her drawing practice. For Jacobs, drawing is at once an honest and direct mode of communication and a way of making sense of the world.
In her Corner Room installation, Jacobs covers domestic furniture—rocking chairs, throw rugs, television, curtains, lamps, side tables—in a black and white, hand-drawn, woven pattern. The weaving starts at one point on the object, encapsulating it and ending with a knot, which allows the weave to suggest new visual relationships and perhaps a cognitive dissonance for her viewer. With these obsessive drawings, she is touching on the overabundance of choices and obsessiveness of our lives as consumers. These imperfect weaves wander and meander across surfaces, leaving the viewer off-balance and in an ambiguous, yet familiar, space.
For The inside of envelopes, Jacobs includes a series of drawings made on the insides of envelopes she's collected for over a decade. These drawings demonstrate her wide lexicon of imagery as a draftsperson: they form a personal language that is continuously growing and evolving, what she calls her "alphabet," or pattern language, which includes figures, homes, cut patterns, and woven designs.
In graduate school, Jacobs began animating her drawings, bringing them to life for a few seconds. These drawings are a fragment of a larger, open-ended narrative, or a moment in time. She is fascinated by how people behave in public spaces and relate to each other, unconsciously creating visually dynamic abstract and organic forms. In her interactive video installation based on the Tiny drawings series, the viewer will be able to participate in the projection, sharing space with the drawn figures and other viewers.
If I could, I would cover everything with my drawings, Hedwige Jacobs invites viewers into an almost meditative state of observation, finding pleasure in unexpected encounters unassuming materials, and common places. In her drawn surfaces, video installation, and cut patterns, figures move about, hover on the edge of the impossible, and reconfigure themselves in endless variations drawn from everyday interactions.
The BIG Show
Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA, September 15 - November 11, 2018
Peeking Inside! Sharing Space? The Space Within
BOX 13 ArtSpace, Houston, TX, USA, May 26 - July 21, 2018
AMoA Biennial 600: ARCHITECTURE
Amarillo Museum of Art, 2200 S. Van Buren Street, Amarillo, TX, USA, July 14 - October 1, 2017
Drawn To The Inside
Tank Space, 1824 Spring Street, Houston, TX, USA, March 11 - May 6, 2017
The BIG Show
Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX, USA, July 22 - August 27, 2016
SITE Houston 2015
Site specific installation exhibition inside the Silos at Sawyer Yards November 6, 2015 - January 30, 2016
Reviews in the Houston Chronicle (Jan 20), Houston Chronicle (Nov 5), Houston Press and The Leader
Friedman Benda Gallery, New York, USA, October 30 - December 20, 2014
New York, NY -- Apocryphal Times is an exhibition that presents the work of eleven international artists who grapple with the ultimate-elusive concept of time. Striving to grasp time’s essence, these artists were invited to reflect on traditional temporal notions and to create narratives that defy, fictionalize, or capture ‘time’ as we know it. Organized by Thorsten Albertz, gallery director at Friedman Benda, and artist Tamara Kostianovsky, the exhibition will be on view from October 30 through December 13, 2014.
Through sculptures, performative works, installations, and drawings, the artists in the exhibition demonstrate a common preoccupation with clocks, memory, ruins, the aging body, and anxiety about the future. Informed by the power of history, myths, scientific theories, and personal experiences, the selection of works ultimately challenge the idea that ‘time’ is what keeps everything from happening at once.
Literal attempts to mark the passage of time are seen in Aili Schmeltz’s meticulous “hour glass” drawings, where charcoal lines intermittently mark and discount time, and with Jessica Lagunas’s presentation, where her own greying hair is incorporated yearly into discrete works, creating an ongoing personal calendar of ageing.
Reflections of the past figure prominently in the show as a number of artists delve into the collective or personal histories to re-interpret, dispel, or propose new constructs; Cesar Cornejo's elongated skulls made out of tiny bricks simultaneously refer to the sculls of pre- Columbian nobility of the Paracas Culture of Ancient Peru and to the construction materials of shanty-towns that surround Peru's capital today in Lima. His work addresses social issues and time as a continuum where parallel realities coexist.
Tamara Kostianovsky is inspired by the anthropomorphic myths of Mother Earth in South America; her world maps made of dehydrated meat integrate the body with the land in works that reflect on the history of colonization, displacement, and migration. Valerie Hegarty's recreation of her parents’ room captures the vanishing memories of her childhood, translating feelings of remembrance and loss into extant reality.
Julien Salaud creates a "Grotte Stellaire;” a dark dome within which he draws images reminiscent of Paleolithic Cave Paintings with cotton threads illuminated by black light. By doing so, he brings together the cosmological, the animistic, and the religious in a mysterious work that makes us think of the role of magic as a way that early humans ordered their world. In 2012, a similar work was presented at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France.
Conceptual constructs of time, or time in our consciousness, are explored by a final group of artists; Alaskan-born Mark Lawrence Stafford uses common construction materials to explore the effects of time and consciousness on the landscape. Through images of glaciers, mountains and ocean waves, he conjures patterns that lie between consciousness and cosmos, while reclaiming the notion of the “American sublime.” Syrian-born artist Diana Al-Hadid intervenes on a gallery wall - using gypsum and her signature “frozen drips” to create a site- specific work suspended between decay and construction, which defies gravity and time as it appears to float in space.
Hedwige Jacobs makes drawings that capture the collective experiences of isolation, inertia, and desperation prevalent in modern societies. The artist presents a group of drawings that mirror our existence while striving to find the essence of a wider temporal and spatial awareness in our ordinary lives.
Leaps into the realm of the unknown include New York-based Lars Fisk's futuristic sculptures. Imagining a future for common objects while blending transportation concerns with cosmologies, Fisk shows a vehicle conflated into a ball – both strangely familiar and completely alien. The digital prints of Spanish artist Juanli Carrion postulate further on peripatetic projections of time with thousands of layered images of ‘ruins’, generated by a computer.
The Drawing Center, New York, USA, July 11 - August 24, 2014
100th Feature Exhibition A5 & Fred Lives Here/ Woven Chair
Affordable Art Fair, Singapore, May 23 - 25, 2014
Luck of the Draw
DiverseWorks, Houston, TX, USA, May 16 - June 14, 2014
Swimmers, short animation projected on building
Changing Rooms, Fort Canning Park, Galeri Utama, Singapore, 2012