Paul Jacobsen, American Language (The Screen) detail, 2011. Graphite on paper, camera obscura projection of flag.
Paul Jacobsen: Artist Talk at Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc.
Utopia, Counterculture, Mind Control and Painting
Tuesday December 20th at 6:30PM
524 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Utopia is commonly ascribed to those “far out dreamers” of the counter culture but Jacobsen argues that actually we are now living within a continuing Utopian project (industrial capitalist civilization). And historically when those “dreamers” have stood up to question the “nowhere” to which we are headed they are met with great forces of control. Some tactics used by the corporate state include police brutality, imprisonment, smear campaigns, assassinations and most importantly for this talk mind control.
The words government and mind control turn out to be a redundancy, this is illustrated by the word government’s Latin roots; gubernatio; direction | control; management and –ment, stem of mēns (“mind”). With that in mind it is not so surprising that there is evidence of government operations to do just that starting in 1950′s America and some would say continuing to this day. Jacobsen will discuss these issues and how possibly his painting practice has anything to do with this.
Paul Jacobsen’s second solo exhibition with Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert, Inc. is now currently on view until December 23rd 2011.