Luis Jacob A Dance for Those of Us Whose Hearts Have Turned to Ice, and Other Works

until December 2, 2007

Tues to Fri 10 a.m.—5 p.m.; Sat 12—5 p.m.; Sun 12—5 p.m.
(Closed Mondays and Statutory Holidays)


The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by Toronto artist Luis Jacob.  This exhibition features the Vancouver premiere of work from a new series of video installations—A Dance for Those of Us Whose Hearts Have Turned to Ice…—that Jacob produced for Documenta 12, which took place in Kassel, Germany, from June to September 2007.  His work received a positive critical response.

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 Quebecoise 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.

Also included in the exhibition is Album III, a work that consists of hundreds of photographic images collected from a variety of books, magazines, and other publications. These images are montaged together within plastic-laminate panels to form an “image bank” that creates a visual narrative through processes of association and visual puns.  Album III was published as an artist-book by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne.

The exhibition will also feature new work especially produced for Jacob’s exhibition in Vancouver.

Luis Jacob is an artist, curator, writer and educator.  His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across Canada at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Articule (Montreal), Artspace Gallery (Peterborough), AKA Gallery (Saskatoon), The New Gallery (Calgary)—and internationally at Documenta 12 (Kassel, Germany), Het Wilde Weten (Rotterdam), Longwood Art Center (Bronx), New Langton Arts (San Francisco), Gallery Hippolyte (Helsinki), among others.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Canada Council for the Arts.