Jacob Crook (American)

A Mississippi State Department of Art faculty member is one of five artists being honored nationally with a purchase award from the prestigious Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print Biennial.

Crook, assistant professor of art and printmaking at Mississippi State University, works primarily in the intaglio printmaking technique of mezzotint, invented in 1642. Crook’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts in Russia, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among others. His works also are displayed in academic institutions and private collections.

“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,” Crook said. “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,” he added.

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