This week on Artebella, Curator Stacey Reason has selected four artists to address the theme of “retreating”.
JAKE FORD is a artist that has an eerily accurate sense of observation and analysis on human social behavior and the underlying psychological motivations. His studio practice is heavily informed by a theoretical underpinning that comes to life through wearable soft sculpture.
Annihilating boundaries at the risk of crossing normative social behavior is at the crux of Jake Ford’s recent work. The charismatically colorful soft sculptures capture the viewer’s peripherals, demanding attention. They hardly sit quietly in the gallery, even when they are not activated by a performance where the artist literally wears the work on his body and acts out playful (provocative) movements. Ford’s interest in how social and consumer industries have hijacked personal identity and subdued human connectivity takes the form of these organic dyed masses that interact with next to you in the gallery or scuttering away in shy retreat.
Curator’s Statement: For me, the word “retreat” conjures a mental image of soldiers running from a loosing fight, a sense of urgency and survival. But I also think of retreating as pulling into something as a haven or as a reflective attempt to understand oneself. Retreating is not always a reaction against something negative, but a proactive attempt to achieve an internal alignment.
These artists are chosen to show the action of retreat in four different ways: retreating within oneself, retreating within identity, retreating within consciousness, retreating within home. Individually, they use different forms of artistic production to explore aspects of contemporary life that may seem at first quotidian but when isolated become uncanny. Collectively they encompass the idea of retreating within this context. – Stacey Reason
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At a Glance:
Name: Jake Ford
Hometown: Georgetown, IN
BFA in studio arts from the University of Louisville