Jakup Auce (Brooklyn, 1979) lives and works in Brussels.
The sculptures, paintings, photo’s and prints of Jakup Auce can be seen as characters; as agents in an unsettling play about sex & gore, about licit and illicit drugs, about the rough, the tough, the dirty and the slick that is a part of life but that we prefer to hide behind a mask of socially acceptable behaviour. The quasi- shallow post-pop approach in Auce’s “portraits” reveals what one could call the depth of the surface. Whereas traditionally a portrait aims to grasp the essence of its subject as a unique and autonomous being, Auce portrays a reality in which identities are more fluid. Which still leaves one question: who is Jakup Auce?
Auce studied at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels and the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht. He has exhibited at, amongst others: In Extenso, Clermont-Ferrant (F) (solo), Trampoline Gallery, Antwerp (solo); Nosbaum&Reding, Luxembourg (solo); ImageTextMusic Gallery, London; The Island, Brussels and Komplot, Brussels.