Artist

Jacob Rowan
Jackson, Mississippi

Jacob Rowan typically begins each drawing with words in mind. He will read a poem or story that captures his attention over and over again, contemplating how to respond to it visually. He uses ink and graphite, and occasionally nontraditional materials such as coffee, to create his minimal abstract pieces. The work has the clean feel of a graphic novel, with illustrated spaces that resemble landscapes and architectural structures. There is also a science fiction quality to the drawings, with their desolate and void depictions of space, and geometric combinations of lines and shapes that feel like the face of a circuit board. The compositions have a wonderful sense of balance and motion. Each piece features a circular hinge as the focal point, on which the rest of the drawing rotates. Jacob’s work touches on the five senses–sight, sound, touch, and smell–distilling them down to a simple visual language. For instance, the work smells from the coffee grounds and pungent scent of the Sumi ink. The smell is gone when the pieces are framed, but Jacob says it stays in his memory as he creates the work. The notion of sound and how to represent it visually is also a theme in Jacob’s art, evident in the piece Chorus. Although the drawings are inspired by literature, the work stands alone to create its own narrative, told through its careful compositions, intimate sections of detail, and modern aesthetic.

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Babel
by JACOB ROWAN


Ink artwork on illustration board
One-of-a-kind
Signed on front
2015

41" h x 11" w x 1" d
1 lbs. 0 oz.

$900


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This piece is inspired by the tower of babel and the connection between language and technology. Circuitry imagery transitions into Kanji-like characters as it moves upwards through the drawing. Graphite lines and powder overlay the ink and ranges from almost invisible to metallic silver depending on the light. 

This piece on illustration board is framed in a silver speckled frame with conservation glass. The frame dimensions are 41"H x 11"W x 1"D. It is wired and ready to hang.  

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