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 dialogue today. It balances on the edge of reality and dream, the abstract and the realistic.
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