Petra Gut Contemporary presents former Stern art director
for the first time in Switzerland
Archaic and seemingly raw landscapes, rugged cliffs, magic vastness, graphic structures of water, desert, clouds and ice. For four years former Stern art director Tom Jacobi travelled through seven continents and created a view of the world in its essential materiality with his large format landscapes.
The gallery PETRA GUT CONTEMPORARY presents for the first time in Switzerland the trilogy »Awakening«, which consists of the series »Grey Matter(s)« (2014–2015), »Into the Light« (2015–2017) and »The Light Within« (2018). At first shady and mysterious, then cool and clear, finally contemplative and inviting – each of the three groups of works emits an individual atmosphere, which Jacobi deliberately produces and consistently pursues using only natural light.
With his trilogy Tom Jacobi has created an homage to nature and planet Earth, his style and approach are putting him in the tradition of landscape photography by Ansel Adams or Sebastião Salgado. The trilogy distinguishes itself by being photographed in colour, even though colour is mostly excluded from his work. Jacobi finds countless nuances within the spectra of grey, white and bronze to form an achromatic cosmos, which he himself describes as the “absence of the juggler colour”.
Within the oeuvre »Awakening« the photographer also establishes a connection between our planet and the evolvement of the human soul. While part one and two represent aspiration for enlightenment, the artist sees an end to this pursuit in the third series, when he moves the source of knowledge within the protagonists.
About Petra Gut Contemporary
Petra Gut Contemporary was founded in 2015 in the heart of Zurich and currently represents international emerging and established artists with the focus on photography, conceptual and minimal art in different medias.
Petra Gut Contemporary will host an opening reception on July 29th from 6 – 8 pm, with an exclusive Q&A and guided tour with artist Tom Jacobi.
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Opening Hours: Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 6 pm | Saturday: 11am – 4pm or by appointment