Say It Back, Jake Poser
Say It Back is a body of work created in 2020 and 2021 that finds the artist, JAKE POSER, asking the question, “what do I really want?”
This body of work lives in two spaces: the literal, using words to communicate our truest thoughts, and the figurative, using collages of shapes and layers of gesso to make human forms.
Say It Back is Poser’s visual journal. The gesso work began when, while walking his dog Leo, he was inspired by a dead palm frond that he dragged back to his home studio. He cut and collaged pieces of the foliage to create a face, Spare. His infatuation with texture grew and he continued to collage, adding chipboard, gesso, and house paint. Poser made Spare, King and Queen (sold) and then grew to Forever (sold, on display).
Poser’s experiments with linework and typeface began in his sketchbook as quick doodles and love notes. These sketches grew in scale and made their way onto found vintage frames and larger formats. In dialogue, the linework informs and narrates the abstract gessos, and gessos animate the journal entries.
Hopefully, when people see this body of work, a spark of overwhelm will consume them, urging on their need to connect with others and give love. When someone tells you “I love you,” remember to genuinely and with strong eye contact, Say It Back.
JAKE POSER is a gay, Jewish, New York City-based artist and costume designer, creating for both live and filmed entertainment. Upon graduating from college, Poser opened his portfolio for sale to the Internet and his peers to fund his move to New York. What began as school projects and a private love affair with his sketchbook has grown into a collection of work that has quickly garnered attention. Poser is originally from South Florida and holds a BFA in Costume Design from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.