Jacob Love - Bare Faced Love
Bare Faced Love (Love is Love, People Like You Love, Love Too Beautiful To Hide)
Hand signed edition of 60
Giclee, magical foil detailing
Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. I use the word “love” here not merely in the personal sense but as a state of being, or a state of grace - not in the infantile American sense of being made happy but in the tough and universal sense of quest and daring and growth.
― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
“The words used in these posters were adapted from slogans written by young people at LGBT youth groups in Kent. I condensed down what they were saying into messages that spoke of universal notions of love, so that they became almost abstract, reflecting the vaguely optimistic but hollow slogans of politics and advertising. These statements though are self evidently true and come with no strings attached. The poster designs themselves contain gay symbolism and I used fluorescent and metallic inks to recall disco, acid house and other gay movements from the past to echo the sense of optimism, political literacy and hopefulness which I saw reflected in the young people’s statements. In times of fear we can draw hope from the strong history of queer culture creating spaces for love to happen in the face of hate. For me Pride is a celebration of our capacity to love and be loved, something we all have in common, so it is important the work carries a positive and uplifting message for everyone.”
Jacob’s practice deals with how the queer experience is embodied and disembodied via physical, digital and chemical states. Through photography, moving image, design, installation and gogo dancing he likes to challenge the binary of mind/body and make work that embodies and engages both. Jacob studied BA Art at UWE and received an MA from Goldsmiths, where he now teaches. Jacob has exhibited a wide range of work both in the UK and internationally, including a 2013 solo show at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay art in New York. His current project is a film : Queering Hormones, Queering Love, working with the British Film Institute, funded by Wellcome Trust.