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29 May 2010

Launch for Luis Jacob's Album IV and Coalescent One

Luis Jacob
1 pm - 3 pm
In this Series

02 Mar. 2002
Book launch for Luis Jacob's Album

Art Metropole is pleased to launch Luis Jacob’s Album IV and an accompanying special photo edition titled Coalescent One.

Please join us on Saturday May 29, from 1-3 p.m. to meet the artist.

Album IV was published by Art Metropole on the occasion of the exhibition Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, where Jacob’s Album IV (2004-05) was recently acquired for their permanent collection. Published as part of a series of Album artist books, Album IV is presented as a full-colour volume in an edition of 1000 copies. This work consists of hundreds of images culled from a variety of books, magazines, and other publications. Through processes of visual association, these images compose an extended narrative around various themes: pregnancy and childbirth, the trepidation of first steps, the schooling of children, the erotic dimension of mentorship and leadership roles, the formation of bonds of friendship and clique groupings, the reinforcement of behaviour and accomplishments, and social participation, withdrawal or transformation. Using imagery excised from published sources, these topics weave to form an encyclopedic thesis on the pedagogical roots of social experience.

Coalescent One is a new black and white photograph produced by Luis Jacob in a limited edition of 16, available exclusively through Art Metropole. We are delighted to invite you to support the publication by purchasing this striking photograph. Each print will be accompanied by a copy of the new book, especially signed by the artist.

Coalescent One, 2007-10
b/w photography; signed, titled and numbered edition of 16 , image size: 22.9 × 20.3 cm (9” x 8”) $450

Also available at Art Metropole, other titles from the Album series include: Album (Art Metropole and Latitude 53 Society of Artists, 2001); Album III (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2007); Album V (Kultustiftung des Bundes, 2007); and Album VII (Samuso Space for Contemporary Art, 2008).

Luis Jacob was born in Lima, Peru, in 1970. Lives and works in Toronto.

Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based multimedia artist and curator concerned with notions of collectivity, and, increasingly, with acts of looking and meaning-making. Jacob studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto in the early 1990s, and he soon became immersed in local politics and club culture, as well as the art world, all three coming into play in his first decade of output, which often included experimentation with relational aesthetics. In 2005, Jacob showed Habitat at the Art Gallery of Ontario; this, among other things, piqued the interest of then-visiting Documenta 12 curators Ruth Noack and Roger Buergel, who included him in the 2007 event. Since then, Jacob has shown internationally and with great variety, focusing on found objects (his Album series, for instance, part of which is now owned by the Guggenheim Museum in New York) and the nature of the image. A touring retrospective of his work was hosted by Montreal’s Darling Foundry and Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in 2010 and 2011.


1: The crowd arriving at the launch.
2: Luis Jacob and guests.
3: Display for Luis Jacob's Coalescent One.
4: Luis Jacob and guests.

  1. Launch for Luis Jacob’s Album IV and Coalescent One
  2. Launch for Luis Jacob’s Album IV and Coalescent One
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