Jacob Rochester’s production of works is clear enough to explain where the Connecticut-born but Los Angeles-based artist’s inspirational landscape stems from. The difference in formats and techniques explains how Rochester experiences at first hand a culture of references that continuously dialogue with each other, devouring stories that are layered to create imagery ideal for describing the contexts of large metropolises and mass society in general.
Thus references to sport appear, basketball in particular – for the NBA he has also created a collection of NFT – but also supercars, old technological devices and lots of Nike, a brand with which Rochester has collaborated on several occasions.
The importance of the symbols and subjects that Jacob Rochester depicts is fundamental to understanding the artist’s style; in this way it is also easier to understand the artistic choices, such as that of excluding the background in many of his works. The white that makes the subjects look as if they have been photoshopped is a tool to bring out the power of the image and colour, another element that characterises street culture.
Dennis Rodman, Air Jordans and African-American culture, everything is connected and represented visually on canvas or through the texture of a rug. Each subject is a conduit for an inner, personal experience of the artist, which appears sharp or like a flash with blurred contours.