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Kathryn Jacobi: Music

Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver BC – Jan 25-Mar 4, 2007

Emmet Gowin - Assemble Buildings and Munitions Storage, Hawthorne Army Depot, Nevada (1988)

Kathryn Jacobi, The Yellow Room (2005), oil on canvas, diptych [Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Jewish Community Centre, Vancouver BC, Jan 25-Mar 4, 2007]

Kathryn Jacobi is a multi-talented artist with a keen sense of historical reference. She has been described as a “conceptual realist” for her informed use of a number of artistic styles, techniques and themes. Her work has variously focussed on singers, dancers and still life imagery. A unifying theme in her work has been the idea of the “diva” as a metaphor for mankind striving to reach the perfect note.

Jacobi’s exhibition at the Jewish Community Centre is comprised of paintings of musicians. While many of the musicians are adult, several are of children making music. The central image in the show, “The Yellow Room,” depicts a young child practicing the violin. The painting, like several others in the exhibit, suggests the thriving continuum of European culture as transmitted through its music. Although the figure is bathed, Vermeer-like, in a wash of sunlight falling through the window, the acid-green shorts and yellow soccer shirt belie the centuries. Its currency is further suggested by a break in the image where a contemporary diptych separates the feet.

Kathryn Jacobi divides her time between Santa Monica, California and Sechelt, BC. Her paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums, universities, and galleries in Berlin, Denmark, Madrid, Toronto and Vancouver, as well as throughout the United States. Solo exhibitions include such prestigious galleries as the Kunst pa Kalvo in Jutland Denmark; the Fresno Art Museum in California; Judische Gallery, Berlin; the Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles; and the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. Jacobi has exhibited with the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver since 1993.

Mia Johnson 

 Tue, Nov 7, 2006