Luis Jacob (born 1970 in Lima, Peru; lives and works in Toronto, Canada).
Three-channel video installation; 426 x 365 x 240 cm.
“Jacob’s work explores the relationship between sculpture and dance, and takes its inspiration from two seemingly disparate art historical sources—the sculpture of British artist Barbara Hepworth, and the choreography of Quebecois artist Françoise Sullivan. Sullivan’s performance of Danse dans la neige in 1948 was a seminal event in the history of modern dance in Canada. A Dance for Those of Us Whose Hearts Have Turned to Ice… pays homage to this legendary work of modern Canadian art.”
—”Luis Jacob: A Dance for Those of Us Whose Hearts Have Turned to Ice, and Other Works,” Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, 2007.
“On a chilly day in a snow-covered park, performance artist Keith Cole dances in solitude and silence. Costumed in a fur hat, woollen body suit, and long black skirt, he executes an enigmatic series of movements. He bends, sways, stalks, kneels, sweeps his arms across the snow, and whips a pair of T-shirts around like signal flags. On either side of his image, which is projected onto a wall of the gallery, video monitors show two women signing in different languages of the deaf. Their gesticulations knit into Cole’s and, like his, seem to describe a mysterious narrative.”
—Robin Laurence, review of “Luis Jacob: A Dance for Those of Us Whose Hearts Have Turned to Ice, and Other Works,” by Luis Jacob, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Vancouver, The Georgia Straight, November 21, 2007.