Catcher in The Eye

The Catcher in the Eye Project was essentially an ongoing performance from 1995 to 1998. The inspiration for the performance character I worked with came
from Holden Caulfield in the all time American classic Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.
The act of shooting phonies, that Holden feels is a righteous one, is in this performance done with a camera and a flash instead of a gun as he suggests.

You can see more images from this series, if you visit THIS page!

The Project can also be seen in the Fall 2012 Edition of 1814 Magazine, see more HERE or in above Slideshow

 

Catcher in the Eye

The above selection of images, are from the project “Catcher in the Eye”, that essentially was an
ongoing performance from 1995 to 1998. The inspiration for the performance character I worked with,
came from Holden Caulfield in the all time American Classic “Catcher in the Rye” by JD Salinger. The act of
shooting phonies, that Holden feels is a righteous one, is in this Performance done with a camera and flash
instead of a hunting rifle as he suggests. It was also this suggestion that Mark David Chapman took literally
and with a handgun shot and killed John Lennon.
At the time when most of these photos were taken, I was more or less living at the Gershwin Hotel,
with my girlfriend Lynne Packwood who was from Liverpool and the in-house interior designer for the
renovations of the former half-way home.

Andy Warhol Influence

In the mid-nineties, there was an Andy Warhol revival with exhibitions of his influence on Popular Culture
along with several films about, or related to him.
The Gershwin Hotel was the center for most Warhol related events in New York City,
Billy Name was the Artist in Residence, Richard Bernstein had his huge pop art portraits of Picasso in
almost every room, there was a real Campell Soup Can in a plexi-glass box by the elevators with Warhol’s
signature and Andy was at one of the many parties held in the hotel, contacted by a Gypsy Psychic Lady
with a Crystal Ball. The only way for me to feel that I could take an active part of what was going on around
me, was to become part of my surroundings, taking shield behind my camera and with the flash exposing
the truth, to interact and communicate while catching eyes in the dark.
Shooting and Catching my Darlings on the film in my camera.

The Performance

Many rolls of film were shot at each attended event, but rarely did more than a couple of images come
out per roll. The images are the results of the actual performances. I would, if people asked why I was
taking pictures of them, show them my printed images in a small portfolio (this was the time before digital
cameras) made as a conversation piece/ice breaker. Not all understood the art part in sticking a huge flash
into someone’s face in the dark, so with the book, I had proof that I actually took photos and some of them
came out ok.

Anton Perich & NIGHT Magazine

Anton Perich, who had taken photos at Max’s Kansas City and Studio 54, was when he first
came to New York from Croatia also a young outsider, with a different way of looking and photographing
his surroundings. His magazine NIGHT had in the late 70’s been the Facebook of the Studio 54 scene–with
images of all the kids, stars and regulars–was housed in the clubs offices. The images I was producing when
I met Anton had a similar energy and was soon published in NIGHT. We soon became good friends, held
release events for NIGHT at many of the nightclubs where my photos was taken and several of the clubs
even started to take out whole page and back-cover ads in the magazine. The NIGHT Magazine offices was
soon moved to a room at the Gershwin Hotel, that also dedicated a whole floor to NIGHT with pages and
photos out of the magazine as wall paper.

The Exhibition – Empire State Building

The series of images in this issue of 1814 was first shown in April 1997 on the 80 th Floor of the Empire State
Building. The very thin and thick negatives and chromes were scanned and printed digitally on oversized
40”wide canvas, with many of the people in the actual photos, in the space at the opening event. This in
line with what I thought Warhol would have done at that time and inspired by the fact that Anton had
been doing digital prints with his homemade painting machine since the mid 70’s. The opening for the
exhibition “Catcher in the Eye”, included a fashion show by a Swedish Designer, DJ’s, open bar, Drag Queen
Security Guards and a pretty good view over New York City.

 

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Candidate for local political party Ærø Plus
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Copenhagen Night of Culture 2016 at The Danish Parliament

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TILBAGE TIL FREMTIDEN

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Tilbage til Fremtiden – Et Skoleforløb

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ÆRØ DOG DAYS – ART AND MUSIC FESTIVAL ON THE ISLAND OF LOVE

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New Art and Music Festival on Ærø

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Copenhagen under Water was an installation and performance produced on November 25th.

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Interview about political perspectives, by Stem 2015

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Alternative Election Video

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Jacob’s official Election Video was made by Jonathan Grevsen Kronborg.

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DJ Triangle Lover is Jacob’s current DJ Alterego.

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Interview on Mette’s MIx

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Jacob was in the legendary Copenhagen TV show “Mette’s Mix” talking about his adventures and plans to become the Minister of Culture in Denmark.

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Political Electric Car Action

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On December 18th 2014 Jacob collaborated with The Danish Organization of Electric Car owners in a
Political Activist Action in front of the Danish Parliment.

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www.jayfugmik.com – The Website

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In 2004 Jacob created a website collecting his work and project going back 10 years.

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Jacob was in January 2015 elected to be a candidate for the new Danish Political Party “The Alternative”.

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3D CO2 Painting Sculpture

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On October 10th 2014, the 3D CO2 Painting was hung on Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen.

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Officially Amazing – Guinness World Record

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Largest Parade of Electric Cars over the Oresund Bridge Details »

Youtube Channel

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Go to Jacob’s Youtube channel HERE, where for example the above image is a still from the Wall Street Project video anno 1999

Mashup Culture

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The Mashup Culture blog is jam packed with stories, images, videos and music compiled, curated and mashed up since 2007

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Mind Blowing Inspiration

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Inspiration is constant and all over.

Some are  collected on the Pinterest Board called “Mind Blowing”, go see it HERE

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Since September 11th 2011, Jacob has been working an several projects that deals with the issues relating to the historical event. PTSD is the initials for “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” that was the diagnosis that was given to a large group of people who experienced the day up close and personal.

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THE END

There is no “THE END” – there are only new beginnings!
Everything must Burn down, to raise up again.

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Portraits

A selection of Portraits by Jacob

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Same Eye Selfportraits

The “Same Eye Selfportrait” project was first shown in the exhibition “Through Danish Eyes” in New York 1999. They are all photos of Jacob taken by his mother, digitized and rearranged pixel by pixel.

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New Orleans

Jacob had read “A Confederacy of Dunces” as a young man and after 911 in New York, he moved to New Orleans to get over what had happened. He started the to document the Big Easy as if he was in the shoes of Ignatius Reilly.

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American Pictures 2000

Post NYC 911, Jacob has been documenting the decline of America during his many visits all around the country. His perspective is inspired by Jacob Riis and Jacob Holdt, who documented America in the 2oth century to open the eyes of what was going on in the country.

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Intimacy & Distance

In 2005, Jacob participated in an exhibition at Copenhagen’s Photographic Center called “Intimacy“, where a selection of the photos was also features in NIGHT Magazine

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ÆRØ

 

Jacob’s family on his fathers side are from the small island in the south of Denmark called Ærø.
Jacob has been taking pictures for photo books, guidebooks and exhibition projects there since the early 90’s.

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Copenhagen

Taking pictures in Copenhagen is an ongoing project that will never end.

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[FE]male Icons

[FE]male Icons are a selection of images that were shown at Copenhagen’s Photographic Center in connection to the “World Out Games” 2009.

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Max’s Kansas City

Jacob has worked with Yvonne Sewall Ruskin and Max’s Kansas City since 1998, producing several exhibitions and events relating to the legendary Cultural Mecca.

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Neke Carson

Neke Carson is one of Jacob’s great inspirations in art and performance. In connection to Copenhagen Photo Festival in 2011, Neke’s work was exhibited at DAMP Gallery as part of The Triangle Project Part 8.

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Victor Bockris

Victor Bockris is an author and photographer that Jacob has had the honor and pleasure to curate.

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Marcia Resnick

Marcia Resnick is one of Jacob’s inspirations in photography and he has had the honor and pleasure to curate her work several times since 1996.

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Empire State of Mind

Empire State of Mind was the title of the series of exhibitions in connection to Copenhagen and New York Photo Festival in 2010.

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Grounded – Was Man Meant to Fly?

Grounded – Was Man Meant to Fly? was an International Collaboration Art Project that started in 2005 and was exhibited in New York at ABC NO RIO in 2008, as part of The Triangle Project Part 3. The initial plan was also to produce a book, but this is still to come.

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Anton Perich

The “Andrea Photograms” series was shown at the Copenhagen Photo Festival 2011 and at the NIGHT exhibition at Munch Gallery in early 2012.

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Istanbul

Since 2005, Jacob has been documenting Istanbul as part of The Triangle Project and Skanbul Connection.

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The Triangle Project

The Triangle Project was started in 2006. The main intention of The Triangle Project is to create relationships, collaborations, interaction, exchange, awareness and new perspectives between creatures all over the universe.

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Catcher in The Eye

The Catcher in the Eye Project was essentially an ongoing performance from 1995 to 1998. The inspiration for the performance character I worked with came
from Holden Caulfield in the all time American classic Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger.
The act of shooting phonies, that Holden feels is a righteous one, is in this performance done with a camera and a flash instead of a gun as he suggests.

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CO2 Green Drive/CO2 E – Race

The CO2 Green Drive/CO2 E – Race Project is an ongoing and worldwide series of Art, Climate & Technology events designed to promote Green Growth and Global Sustainable Change.

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NIGHT Magazine

Jacob has contributed to NIGHT Magazine since 1996.

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Confrontations

The ongoing Confrontation Project is inspired by the photos Jacob’s mother took of him as a child. Basically they are selfportraits where Jacob mirrors himself in the people he is shooting.

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