Weekend notes: Luis Jacob's "Album IV" launch at Art Metropole
It's a reasonably quiet weekend in the city as most of the Contact shows come off the walls in prep for whatever's next, but one event I'm hoping to make is the launch of Luis Jacob's book "Album IV" at Art Metropole. Jacob, a Toronto artist with a burgeoning international reputation ("Album III" showed at Documenta in 2007, to raves) recently had the honour of "Album IV" being acquired by the Guggenheim in New York following its inclusion in its show "Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance" (the book was published by Art Met in an edition of 1000 after it was chosen for the exhibition, which runs to September of this year).
In any case, it's a de-personlaized scrapbook comprised of found images from books, magazines and wherever else that cobbles together a surprisingly coherent record of a life lived, from birth through infancy and childhood and on to adolescence and adulthood, all underlied with a quiet suggestion of norms, structures and social codes. It's being launched alongside a new edition of photographs by Jacob, called "Coalescent One." The launch is Saturday, May 29 at 3 pm, Art Metropole, 788 King Street West, 2nd floor.