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Luis Jacob, Show Your Wound (detail), 2010–12, one of twenty-six C-prints, each 2 1/4 x 3 1/2".

Luis Jacob

Galerie Max Mayer

Luis Jacob, Show Your Wound (detail), 2010–12, one of twenty-six C-prints, each 2 1/4 x 3 1/2".

Caution: Exhibitions like this can be addicting. They can make you addicted to images, images of images, images within images, and details—in short, addicted to looking. And this seems to be the goal of Luis Jacob, a Peruvian-born artist based in Toronto. This was his first exhibition at Galerie Max Mayer, which opened a year and a half ago and quickly became a hot spot for young artists. The show not only aroused a craving for images, it used that craving to nurture an awareness of the process of seeing. And it did so with minimal means. Show Your Wound, a set of twenty-six carefully framed photographs taken by Jacob between 2010 and 2012 in museums around the world, was hung in a fixed row on the walls of the gallery’s two small rooms. The images are small, about the size of an iPhone screen. Viewers must get quite close to see the photographs, and are thus forced to widen

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