American Resource Center presents Shawn Jacobs
American Resource Center on the campus of The University of North
Carolina at Pembroke is pleased to announce the opening of a new art
exhibit, Abstract Reality.
"This is a
collection of paintings by Lumbee artist Shawn Jacobs, a young man of
28 years whose capacity for creative thought and artistic expression
is obvious from his works," said Resource Center Director Stan
Knick. "It is also the first time in recent years that we have
had an entirely abstract art exhibit."
Jacobs has been
painting seriously for about 10 years. He was a student of well-known
local artists and teachers DeLora Cummings and James Locklear, but his
abstract work is a considerable departure from either of their more
In Abstract Reality,
viewers can see what Jacobs calls "expression in pure form."
What exactly this means may differ in interpretation from one viewer
to another, but it is clear to any patient viewer that a great deal
of thought and feeling, as well as creative energy, went into these
On the surface,
it may seem to the casual viewer that there is a constant way of presenting
the artistic expression in this exhibit of abstract paintings. But on
closer examination, it becomes evident that there is just as much diversity
from piece to piece in Abstract Reality as there has been in our more
In My Sleep"
For example, in
"Dacrygelosis" (oil/acrylic/aluminum) there is a kind of light-hearted
feeling that evokes thoughts of spring. "Awake In My Sleep"
(acrylic) is a tense but beautiful explosion of color. "Psychentonia"
(mixed media) is a dark and almost ominous mixture of textures and hues.
And "Afterthoughts Of An Addict' (oil/acrylic) has an autumnal
quality which is reminiscent of swirling leaves in a November wind.
Jacobs says: "This
is another point of view from what we usually see; this is my reality."
some of the works may seem less accessible than others to some viewers,
certainly the reality which Jacobs expresses in Abstract Reality reaches
far into the soul of art, deep into the heart of the human condition,"
Dr. Knick said. "Taken as a whole, Abstract Reality dramatically
demonstrates that Shawn Jacobs is a young artist with a bright future."
will be on display in Old Main Building through March 2004.
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