Jacob Gils

Movement & Limit to Your Love

ProjectB Gallery

Jacob Gils´ photographs, analogue and digital in origin, embody a strong awareness of perfect technique and composition.
Initiated by a wish to break away from controlled predefined photography the artist employed a distinct technique by transferring Polaroids onto Watercolor paper and a conscious dividing of the photo into multiple fields. The new take on photography let to the unique expression seen in Limit To Your Love. The blend of motive and technique creates an expression that is organic and sensuous to the eye.

The layering of multiples in his other series Movement generates engaging interpretations of iconic structures. Fragmented, draped and distorted they demand the onlooker to not only look at them, but also to get closer and pay attention to the details as they never reveal themselves from a distance.
A first glance the multi-point visual puzzles appear unfocused and shaken, but are in fact many different very in-focus photographs of the same thing selected and carefully layered, so they in the end give us the illusion of being on the go – in movement. The layering often also creates a translucent second shape and results in a photographic style that resembles impressionistic paintings, but at a closer inspection reveals the details of modern photography.

The Dane confronts both Danish photography and in a broader sense Western photography and art. He questions his own artistic allegiance as well a that of the photographic genre and his art represents a social phenomenon that is at the very heart of contemporary art...
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As an artist, I am currently interested in exploring predefined theoretical as well as technical boundaries – the potential of the photographic media. It is important to me to feel challenged creatively and technically when I shoot. That motivates me.
In my Movement photos, I am using multiple exposure as a technique to achieve the final expression. By doing this, moving my camara around the selected motive, I intend to infer and illustrate a critical stance – to push the focus away from snapshot photography and other photographic genres that we have seen a lot in the industry and towards creating a more expansive visual vocabulary where the energy within the chosen object or the site, is emphasized. The layering of frames also provides me to accentuate a notion of the specific motive photographed. Be it the green landscape or the bright red London phone booth. The less know and the very well known. The photos connect technique and narrations about urban life, hidden structures and our understanding hereof to allude to a new and different story.

My hope is to provoke the imagination of the viewer so they can create their own personal stories about the themes based on their experience with the piece.
In Limit To Your Love, my work with Polaroids on watercolor paper started in 2011, I have chosen to focus on one thing only. Looking at the images one will see the human body, but what is even more noticeable, is the white patches - elements of distortion as I like to call them. To me they represent a break from the daily life that we are...
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