I paint figures, focusing on the little bits that obsess me...a little flab hanging over a waistband, ill-fitting shoes, overbites, noses, teeth, and flesh. Either through portraiture or busy tableaux, I create a world and vocabulary of characters that live and embrace their so-called faults.

Over the years, this work has developed into piles that are corpulent and visceral stand-ins for characters. Meat, junk, pasties, and genital-like fruit and vegetables are constructed into heroic yet pathetic towers. These piles also act as a sort of forensic evidence and cataloging of awkward sex, gross gluttony, ridiculous masturbation rituals, and endless humiliation and failure. 

The work is absurd, grotesque, and a bit brutal, but I try to bring the viewer in with lush and glowing surfaces, creating a disorientating and hilarious balance of revulsion and attraction.


 

 

Gregory Jacobsen
b. 1976 in Middlesex, NJ
lives in Chicago, IL

1998 BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017        Balm of Body, Spice of Flesh • Zg Gallery, Chicago
2014        Glistening Vivid Splash • Zg Gallery, Chicago
2012        Overwhelming Acrid Odor of Potential Paramour • Zg Gallery, Chicago
2010        Prostrate • Zg Gallery
2007        Palpitating Remains • Zg Gallery
2005        Glamorous Piles & Puffy Saddlebags • Zg Gallery
2003        Potatoland • Zg Gallery
2002        Sprawled Upside Down • Zg Gallery

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

SUPER Natural Aureus Contemporary, NYC
Para Natural World Zg Gallery, Chicago

2016

Destinesia • Stephen Romano Gallery, NYC
Rejected Prototype The Franklin, Chicago

2015

Dont Wake Daddy X • Fienkunst Kruger, Hamburg

2014

The New Bitch • Gitana Rosa, NYC
Suggestivism: Chronology • Copro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
               
2013       

Altars of Madness • curated by Jerome Lefevre and Damien Deroubaix • Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg / Confort Moderne, Poiters, France
Risque • curated by Nathan Spoor and Jeff McMillan • Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA
Gallery Poulsen 10 Year Anniversary • Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen
Art Dorks Rise • Space: Eight, St. Augustine, FL
The Dreadfuls • Curated by Ryan Standfest • Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI

2012       

Freak Wave • Musee de l'Erotisme, Paris
Don't Wake Daddy V • Feinkunst Kruger, Hamburg
Collecting is a Slippery Slope • Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle
Taboo • Last Rites, NYC

2011       

Chicago MDW Fair • participating artist with Zg Gallery, Chicago
Suggestivism • curated by Nathan Spoor • Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA

2010       

Ripe: Juicy Contemporary Still-Life • SPAC Gallery, Seattle
ArtParis • participating artist with Bongout Gallery, Berlin

2009       

Fleischelust • Bongout Gallery, Berlin
Gangbusters • Plane Space, NYC

2008       

Molluskkollectiv • Bongout Gallery, Berlin
Freak Wave • Gallerie Les Singuliers, Paris

2007       

Don't Wake Daddy II •| Feinkunst Kruger, Hamburg
Group • Zg Gallery Chicago

2006       

Bridge Art Fair • participating artist with Zg Gallery, Chicago
(Un)Natural History • Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Don't Wake Daddy • Feinkunst Kruger, Hamburg
Working Process • Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Art Chicago • participating artist with Zg Gallery, Chicago
Claw Your Face Off • Plane Space, NYC

2005      

The Animal Within • Catherine Edelman, Chicago, IL
New Batch • Plane Space, New York, NY
Art Chicago • participating artist with Zg Gallery, Chicago

2004       

Why Break The Spell? • Riverside Arts Center, Riverside, IL
Group • Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003       

Compendium • Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
Lurpious Showboat Follies • Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL

2002       

Brilliant • Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
12 x 12 • Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL
 
2001      

An Amuse-Bouche • Zg Gallery, Chicago, IL

REVIEWS/PUBLICATIONS

2017     

Chicago Tribune, July 20 • review by KT Hawbaker

2016      

BLISSS • feature

2012      

Freak Wave, vol. 3 • feature, published by Bruit Blanc, Paris
Art Ltd., Nov. '12 • review by Robin Dluzen
Still Damp • screenprint book published by Re: Surgo, Berlin

2011       

Suggestivism • feature, published by Grand Central & Ginkgo Press
Chicago Reader, June 30 • cover
Viande de Chavet, issue 1 • feature, published by United Dead Artists

2010       

Chicago Tribune, January 15 • review by Lauren Vlera
NewCity Chicago, January 14 • review by Jason Foumberg
M Magazine, January • feature by Linda Wellhausen

2009       

Seattle Stranger, April 9 • cover

2008      

Hi-Fructose, Issue 7 • feature by Nathan Spoor
Lifelounge (Australia), Issue 12 • feature by Katie Olson
Freak Wave: La Vague Scelerate • Olivier Allemane & Anne Van der Linden published by Orbis-Pictus Club, France

2007       

Chicago Tribune, December 14 • review by Alan Artner
Empty (Australia) Issue 10 • feature by Jess Scully
Artension (France) Issue 34 • feature by Martin Rey
Mollusk #3 • published by Bongout, Berlin, Germany
Perfect Sound Forever (online) • interview

2005       

Time-Out Chicago, September 22 • review by Madeline Nusser
Chicago Tribune, September 16 • review by Alan Artner
Chicago Sun-Times, September 16 • review by Margaret Hawkins
New American Paintings, no.59 • curated by Dominic Molon

2003      

Mouth to Mouth, issue 2 • interview with Julie Farstad
Chicago Sun-Times, December 19 • review by Margaret Hawkins
Chicago Reader, December 5 • review by Fred Camper
Chicago Tribune, November 21 • review by Alan Artner

2002       

Chicago Tribune, August 30 • review by Alan Artner

COLLECTIONS

Still Damp (screenprint book, published by Re: Surgo), Museum of Modern Art, NYC

AWARDS/GRANTS

2004        Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP)
2000        Experimental Sound Studio Artist in Residence