MATT JACOBS

Don’t Worry. I Won’t Hurt You. I Only Want You to Have Some Fun.

Matt Jacobs

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About: My work centers on a visual curiosity in the everyday experience. How is this made? Have I seen this before? What is its function? Why does it look this way? I habitually view commonplace objects through this lens to better understand them. Asking these questions prompts me to generate work that investigates the exchange between the maker and the made. My work lives in the overlap between sculptural object-hood and painterly expression. I’ve inherited interests in both fields: from sculpture, a love for the endless potential of utilitarian materials, and from painting a fascination with surface and color.
Photographer: E.G. Schempf
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Matt Jacobs is an artist living and working in Kansas City, Missouri. The thing that I really enjoy about his work is his sense of play that comes through not only in the titles but the actual materials used to create his pieces such as inflatable toys, tic tacs, buckets, and brightly colored enamels. In many pieces Jacobs uses juxtaposing materials almost as a means to test the limits of the materials itself. An example of this is in his “Don’t Worry. I Won’t Hurt You. I Only Want You to Have Some Fun” in which he balanced cinder blocks 9 feet high and stuffed pool toys through the openings implying gregarious ornamental decoration of a fun day at the pool. Jacobs is the master of balancing objects by shape, form, and color. He has a great archive of studio photos on his website which is worth a look through, as well as his past installations and drawings.