Umbrous

Know Where / Nowhere / Now Here

44 x 31.5"  Mezzotint  2014

Jacob Crook

Artist Statement

“As an artist I have always felt my task is not to create meaning, but to charge the air so that meaning can occur.” – Todd Hido

The quality of light cast into a space has the potential to bring poetry to the prosaic, magic to the mundane, and beauty to the banal. The light spilling through these nocturnal landscapes serves as a sort of spotlight, transforming the scenes into empty stage sets either soon to be entered or perhaps long abandoned, suggesting the possibility of untold narratives that are just out of reach. My intent is not to tell a story directly, but to set the stage in such a way that viewers are compelled to consider the moments before and after the one presented based on their own associations with the imagery.