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Artists as Writers: Jacob, Luis

Artist Biography

JACOB, Luis (1970 - )

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Biography

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.

Biography from Canadian Art. Photo of Luis Jacob by Christopher Dew from the Summer 2011 issue of Canadian Art.

Writing by Luis Jacob

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

  • Writings about his own art
  • Writing about art
  • Interviews
  • Writing about Toronto

Luis Jacob: Writing about his own art

Mattress Raft at Nathan Phillips Square (brochure produced for public art installation at Toronto City Hall, with Adrian Blackwell, Cecilia Chen, Christie Pearson, and Kika Thorne).  1996.

artist statement in “trans” (London: University of Western Ontario, 1998)

“Made in Mexico / Made in Venezuela” brochure text (Toronto: Art Metropole, 1999)

“The Pedestrians”, Mix Magazine (Toronto), Spring 2000

artist stament in “Les Commensaux: When Art Becomes Circumstance”, edited by Patrice Loubier and Anne-Marie Ninacs (Mont real: Centre des arts actuels SKOL, 2001)

artist statement in “House Guests: The Grange 1917 to Today”, edited by Jessica Bradley and Gillian MacKay (Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario, 2001)

artist statements in “Pro-F orma: Language/Text/Visual Art” edited by Jessica Wyman, (Toronto: YYZ Books)

Luis Jacob: towards a theory of impressionist and expressionist spectatorship. by Luis Jacob et al. Kunstverein in Hamburg. 2009.  Available at OCADU Library.

Luis Jacob: Writing about art

“7A*11D Performance Art Festival”, Lola (Toronto), November 1997

“Recent artist-run culture in Toronto”, Cube#3-4 (Montreal), November 1997

“Philip Grauer: Baby Pictures” brochure text (Toronto: Mercer Union, 1998)

“Anda Kubis” (Toronto: Lonsdale Gallery, 1998)

“Do It Yourself”, Lola (Toronto), Summer 1998

J.D.s years, 1980s queer zine culture from Toronto. 1999. Available through the OCADU Zine Library.
A catalogue of zines published in Toronto's queer community between 1985 and 1991.

“Art Market”, Lola (Toronto), Winter 2000-01

“After 1000 Gracias” with François Dion in Fin de Siecle (Montreal, Optica, 2000)

“c/o La Ciudad: working in Mexico City”, Art Nexus (Miami and Bogotá) , Volume 3, Number 41; and FUSE Magazine (Toronto), Volume 24, Number 1, 2001

“Deeds / Abstracts” in Open Letter (London: Eleventh Series, Number 5, Summer 2002)

Funkaesthetics. by Jacob, Luis; Piper, Adrian; Wendt, Pan. Justina M. Barnicke Gallery. 2009. Available at OCADU Library.

Commerce by artists. Art Metropole, Toronto: 2001. Read at OCADU Library.

"Golden Streams: Artists' Collaboration and Exchange in the 1970s." Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto: Mississauga, 2002 [General Idea, Image Bank, Banal Beauty Inc., New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver]  Read online from the CCCA.

“Don’t Let This Come Between Us: Anarchism and Relational Aesthetics in Contemporary Art”, Tart Magazine (Winnipeg), Issue 12

Disordered Painting: Impure Abstraction and Blank Expression in the Work of Eric Glavin.  Catalogue essay in Eric Glavin: Radiant City.  Oakville Galleries.  2005.  Available at OCADU Library.

“Flashlight” in idea&s (Toronto), Autumn 2005, Volume 2 Number 2

Flashlight: public art and the mothership connection in uTOpia: Toward a New Toronto, edited by Alana Wilcox and Jason McBride. Coach House Press. 2005.  Available at OCADU Library.

The List: 10 things conceptual artist Luis Jacob can’t live without. Toronto Life. March 24, 2011. Read online.

Essays in Seeing and believing. Black Dog Publishing. 2013. Available at OCADU Library.

Will Munro: history, glamour, magic. Art Gallery of York University. 2013. Available at OCADU Library.

A Play of History. Canadian Art. September 6, 2017. Read online.
Jacob: “Historical continuity is the Achilles heel of Toronto artmaking.” I wrote these words eight years ago. Today I wonder: What does this mean?

Luis Jacob: Interviews

Interview with Luis Jacob. by Phil Anderson. ArtToronto.ca. n.d. Read online.

From Forms to Formations: A Conversation with Luis Jacob by Michael DiRisio. Modern Fuel. n.d.  Read online.

DAN GRAHAM INTERVIEWED BY LUIS JACOB. C : International Contemporary Art, 12/2005. Read online through OCADU Library.

“Face the Arts Interview”, Toronto Life Online, November 2006

Anarchy at documenta. C: International Contemporary Art. .95 (Fall 2007): p14.  Available online through OCADU Library.

“Queer ar t/Queer Anarchy: An Interview with Luis Jacob” in Realizing the Impossible: Art against Authority, interview by Alan Antliff, edited by Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland (Oakland: AK Press, 2007)

Wildflowers of Manitoba. Noam Gonick and Luis Jacob. Illingworth Kerr Gallery. 2008. Exhibition catalogue includes interviews with the artists.

“From Local Light To Art Star: An Interview With Luis Jacob,” by Oswald Phills, Grapevine (Toronto), Volume 3, Issue 3; April/May 2008

A Generation Between: Luis Jacob Interviews AA Bronson. Sky Goodden, ARTINFO Canada | May 03, 2012.  Read online.

Interview. I heart your work. November 14, 2014. Read online.

Luis Jacob: Writing about Toronto

Flashlight: public art and the mothership connection in uTOpia: Toward a New Toronto, edited by Alana Wilcox and Jason McBride. Coach House Press. 2005.  Available at OCADU Library.

The Ward, Toronto: A Blank Space. Canadian Art. December 23, 2015. Read online.

A Play of History. Canadian Art. September 6, 2017. Read online.
Jacob: “Historical continuity is the Achilles heel of Toronto artmaking.” I wrote these words eight years ago. Today I wonder: What does this mean?