Blinn Jacobs: Multiples and Modules

Gig, Drawing to scale, ink, graphite on mylar, 11x 17 inches 2016.

Gig. Installation progress #1.

Gig. Installation progress #2.

I make multiple drawings to scale with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens on Mylar in order to explore the module shape, configuration and colors I might use. Then I can use a selected drawing as a guide for the installation. The process of doing site-specific pieces requires me to think how the space is inhabited, how the scale of the piece fits into the space, how a person will look at it in terms of their position in space, and how the lighting affects the piece. I consider not only the wall/window but also whether to incorporate the floor in the installation by leaving the remnants from cutting the ribbon on the floor.  Another consideration is how these remnants engage people visually or physically.

For the most part, I use traditional materials, but I use them differently from their intended use, which is always an interesting challenge. For instance, when I began thinking of making large-scale wall drawings, I looked for a material that would work in terms of scale, color and application.  I decided on curling ribbon, which I have used for all my wall and window installations.  This material adds an element of surprise when you move closer to the installed piece and corrugations can be seen.

                      Gig, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, Outside view.
                           Ribbon on window, 7.8h x 11.25w feet, 2016

Gig, Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT, Inside view,.
Ribbon on window, 7.8h x 11.25w feet, 2016.

Gig. Detail.

Gig, a window installation at Fred Giampietro Gallery made possible by an Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Arts Council of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Office of the Arts (COA).

For the first time, I used equilateral triangles as the module for the Gig installation.  The triangles are proportional to the window frame the shapes occupy.   This installation took me four days with one assistant.

In all my drawings and installations, when two colors of ribbon overlap, besides creating a moiré effect, a visual mixture of color happens, making a third color. For example, the orange and green creates a yellow. The possibility of viewing the installation inside and outside, including reflections, was the inspiration for doing it on windows.

 Twizzle, Dublin Biennial, Dublin, Ireland
Ribbon on wall, 9.5h x 17w feet, 2014.

Twizzle, Drawing to scale, ink, graphite on mylar, 11x 17 inches 2014.

I used a quarter of an octagon as the module for the Twizzle installation at the 2014 Dublin Biennial, Dublin Ireland.  It took me five days with two assistants to make the installation. 

Gig. Takedown.


Blinn Jacobs studied at the Yale School of Art as a special student for four years and received her MFA in painting from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993.

Her work has been in numerous one-person shows including the University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY; the Kunstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany; Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT; Paul Mellon Arts Center Gallery, Wallingford, CT; Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA; Chester Gallery, Chester CT and the Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT.   Many group shows include the Dublin Biennial, the Florence Biennale, the Faber Birren National Color Show and the Painting Center. In addition, she has installed eleven site specific installations.
Blinn has received awards from the Farber Birren Color Show, the Slivermine Arts Centert and twice from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. In addition, she has had seven fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and an international residency at the Oberpfalzer Kunstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany.
Her work is in private and public collections including the University of Wyoming Art Museum and the city of Schwandorf, Germany.
Blinn Jacobs lives and works in Branford, CT.
She is represented by the Fred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CT