Connection

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Since acquiring a studio space in Liverpool last December, Jacob has embarked on an on-going series of work, which he has subsequently titled ‘Connection’. It takes the form of a series of large oil paintings that depict interior viewpoints within the bus on which he travels to and from his art studio. On his journey(s), he observes the other passengers who will try and isolate themselves within the public, often crowded, circumstances, through the social ‘security’ of their mobile phones or other handheld devices.  With often limited means, Jacob attempts to discretely capture these people on paper, whilst being aware that his gaze may be caught in the act of invading the invisible social barrier that technology has created for them. Therefore, unlike a mere fly on the wall, he is implicated in the subject matter; he is one of the passengers who are all involved in this game of trying to avoid the gaze of everyone else. These quick, shaky drawings later become the subject matter for his paintings, which, when viewed together, attempt to convey this stealthy interchange of fleeting glances within the bus. There is a telling irony in the title, ‘Connection’, in that the device that is primarily designed to aid connectivity actually creates a disconnection between people.

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