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Mi sono voluto fare un autoritratto
User Spotlight: Jacob van Loon
Jacob van Loon is so inextricable from Tumblr’s art community that I spent a solid 5 minutes confirming that I hadn’t written about him before now. He’s one of the platform’s true fine artists, not only in the professional sense but in the scope and sophistication of his work.
Van Loon’s acknowledged influences alone warrant attentive viewing. Architecture and design are both the most obvious and most referred-to, with design invoked specifically for its emphasis on communication. The complexity of the ideas and relationships being communicated do, of course, far exceed our space here. But one of the most important points is clear, and worth noting: within van Loon’s ongoing experiments mingling formalism with organicism—and structure with deconstruction—there is a deeply affirmative and hopeful core.
Part of that position seems inspired by van Loon’s Chicago home. The midwest has traditionally fostered a kind of sharp, concentrated speculation in art, with many Detroit and Chicago artists obsessively gravitating toward themes of irruption, overcoming, and creative destruction. Chalk much of that up to post-manufacturing anxiety perhaps, but Jacob’s thematic and objective incorporation of these tensions seems to point toward something past the aesthetic chaos of late capitalism. Van Loon’s art seems to envision a novel, uncanny mode of production, something beyond the input-output mechanics of standard economies. It’s a semblance of something just beyond, while nevertheless remaining rooted in the drives and momentum of a cautiously optimistic humanity.
Jacob’s other social media info can be found right here.
Illustrator & Artist:
Juan Esteban Rodríguez
Do I get the gold chariot or do I float through the ceiling?
Do I divide and fall apart? Cause my bright is too slight to hold back all my dark.