Jacob Crook was born in St. Louis, MO in 1985. Crook works primarily in the intaglio printmaking technique of mezzotint, but is also an observational draftsman and painter. Crook completed his MFA degree in printmaking from Syracuse University in 2014 and also received a BFA with emphasis in painting from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 2009. Crook’s works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and are also displayed in numerous academic institutions and private collections. He currently lives and works in Starkville, MS as a Lecturer in Drawing and Design in the Art Department at Mississippi State University.
“As an artist I have always felt my task is not to create meaning, but to charge the air so that meaning can occur.” – Todd Hido
The quality of light cast into a space has the potential to bring poetry to the prosaic, magic to the mundane, and beauty to the banal. The light spilling through these nocturnal landscapes and vacant interiors serves as a sort of spotlight, transforming the scenes into empty stage sets either soon to be entered or perhaps long abandoned, suggesting the possibility of untold narratives that are just out of reach. My intent is not to tell a story directly, but to set the stage in such a way that viewers are compelled to consider the moments before and after the one presented based on their own associations with the imagery.