Jacob Wonch, a name, and an identity placed on me at birth. Currently located in Detroit, He is working within the mediums of image and object production to bring awareness to structures of American capital. Jacob’s work deals with topics of spectacle in relation to identity and visual representations influencing how we understand ourselves today. Currently working at a Non-Profit thrift shop run by the National Council of Jewish Women, it informs him on how, what and why people consume commodities while also giving him perspectives on basic economic structures of small business and Non-Profits in America. Anticipating graduation at the College for Creative Studies with a BFA in Art Practices. Jacob has shown work at a number of gallery’s including High Octane in Detroit, MI studio-e gallery in Seattle, WA, U245 gallery in Detroit, MI and The Attic in Detroit, MI

Untitled Spectacle, Variable size, Ink jet print on fine art paper, 2019

Untitled Spectacle, Variable size presented as a landscape, Ink jet print on fine art paper, 2019

KINK, 201, 29in x 20in T-shirt Medium cotten tee, ink, 2020

Seperation, 2.5 ft x 2.5 ft x 7 ft, Retail rack, Hanger, Plaster, Soy based ink, Cement blocks, Industrial straps,  Inkjet print on fine art paper, 2019

Encapsilated within a Xerox Machine, 7in x 5in, charcoal rubbing on newsprint, portrait of artist, 2019

We are so far down the rabbit hole of memetic decay; we are separated completely from the source. All that is left to interpret is the reproduction. Observing the state of American capital in relation to image production and social media has created a synthetic idealization of life and behavior. All I know, and all I am is a copy. Nothing I make is original, it comes from the practice of looking and interpreting the world around me. What I produce is the regurgitated organization of the life I’m told to live. Forced stories of consumption and better lives, I indefinitely dream of living, presented through advertisements. The only images I know to love are the ones presenting a spectacular life that I could live after bending at the will of the ideology around me.

My work recontextualizes the systems and games we are all so familiar with. Acknowledging the tools of advertising through the combination of formal photography and sculpture, presenting a lifestyle and hiding a product. They aren’t selling you anything but the illusion your life will be transformed through participation in their game. My photographs operated within the same language as contemporary “pure” photography used in highbrow ad campaigns. This work informs the structures of retail, a frame used as a medium of sale and commerce, creating a liminal space. Paired finally with security mirrors, a tool of observation that are traditionally used to observe a customer but can also be used to understand how oneself operated in reference to the structures of retail and the advertisements that inform them. All I can hope my art does is confronts the viewer with themselves in anticipation they can realize how human they really are.