Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Salt Lake City, UT
Gary Jacobson’s anthropomorphized animal sculptures live within a mysterious narrative shaped by his subconscious that alternates between humor, empathy, and malice.
While each vignette exists independently from the next, Jacobson connects them to one another through their scale and materiality. Mud, recognizable settings, and loosely rendered sculptures create a dream-like world in a state of flux that feels both familiar and foreign.
Jacobson’s manifested subconscious thoughts present the viewer with a frozen instant in which an action or conflict is at a tipping point, yet deprives us of a conclusion. This act exploits our desire to fill in the elusive details surrounding these individual moments, much in the same way we attempt to remember our dreams after waking.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.