Jake Troyli's Elastic Avatar: Exploring Visibility

SOUTH SOUTH , March 15, 2021

With an artistic language that he had been unconsciously nurturing throughout his childhood, Jake Troyli injects each of his works with the visual sociability that compels viewers to lean in for a closer inspection. His works invite a form of connection through the use of familiar visual references that set off flipping through one's memory rolodex while simultaneously producing a sense of unease. Troyli's use of poses from classical portraiture coupled with police batons, designer labels, champagne, and overalls create juxtapositions that bring to the fore questions around identity, otherness, performance, and representation. We caught up with Jake Troyli to chat more about his practice and thematic considerations.