Painter Jeff "Weirdo" Jacobson: candy-colored triangles peppering the gloom
Seattle painter Jeff "Weirdo" Jacobson serves up disorienting blends of the festive and lugubrious in "Ambiguous," his exhibit of new work at Vermillion, up through July 7, 2012.
With their mix of the lugubrious and the festive, the paintings in "Ambiguous," Jeff "Weirdo" Jacobson's new show at Vermillion, affect their viewers in a most unusual way. Take "Soulless," a portrait (shown above) of a pale, tattooed young man solemnly offering the viewer a pomegranate. Tiny candy-colored triangles fleck his surroundings, while a tangle of internal organs, tethered by an umbilical cord to his right shoulder, floats indecisively behind him. What to make of the way this confetti-sprinkled gloom entangles harlequin-bright artifice with dark anatomical precision? Hard to say, but it's in good company — especially with a small item titled "The Rubicon" that's nothing but an eye opened wide in alarm. But, yikes, what an eye!
4 p.m.-midnight Tuesday-Thursday and Sundays, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, through July 7, Vermillion Gallery, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle; free (206-709-9797 or www.vermillionseattle.com; Jacobson's website: www.weirdocult.com).
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