Northwestern University

Thu 9:00 AM

NUPOC Gallery Features Paintings by John Jacobsen: Of the Flesh, but Not the World

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Teaching Skeleton (oil on panel) by John Jacobsen

When: Thursday, December 6, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:45 PM  

Where: NUPOC, Suite 1100, 680 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free to all

Contact: R. J. Garrick, PhD   312.503.5700

Group: Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Program (NUPOC)

Category: Fine Arts

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John Jacobsen, PhD, artist and engineer, paints representational works from life, memory and imagination. This exhibit includes 4 paintings done at NUPOC and 5 figurative paintings and drawings of live models completed at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts (Chicago). Observing life and studying anatomy are centuries-old strategies for painting convincing illusions - to create bodies that are “of the flesh, but not the world.”

Dr. Jacobsen spent more than 6 months painting anatomical models, prostheses and orthoses at NUPOC. Dr. Jacobsen observed, "P&O artifacts represent a meeting of the human organism, with its animal origins and the engineered world. Limbs lost, or never present, can be augmented in capability, at times far beyond their baseline functionality." P&O engages in the intensely human endeavor of building devices that replace or extend the function of bodies that are challenged by trauma, age or genetics.

Dr. Jacobsen maintains a regular studio practice that focuses on figurative art based on observation and imagination. At the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, he works to further develop his technique with painters that include Andrew S. Conklin, Steven Assael and Larry Paulsen. Dr. Jacobsen melds a creative life in both art and engineering. 

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