Colter Jacobsen Limited Edition Project

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Title: Drawn Inward (ere hypocrisies or poses are in, my hymn I erase. So prose I, sir, copy here.)
Double-ended cedar pencil
Offset printed poster
Certificate of authenticity
Custom-made wooden box with drilled text
Edition of 150
Created in Fall 2011 in collaboration with Printed Matter for the 2011 New York Art Book Fair

Colter Jacobsen created this double-ended pencil with two erasers on either end and mirrored text featuring the palindrome drawn inward. It comes with a certificate of authenticity, a double-sided poster, and a wooden box with drilled text that reads, “Give me a sentence which no intelligence can understand.”

Text from the back of the poster:


At his small sanded white pine table in his cabin at Walden Pond on which he kept an arrowhead, an oak leaf, and an Iliad in Greek, Henry David Thoreau worked on two books at once. In one, A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers, he wrote: Give me a sentence which no intelligence can understand. In the other, Walden, or Life in the Woods, he wrote three such sentences, a paragraph which no intelligence can understand: I long ago lost a hound, a bay horse, and a turtledove, and am still on their trail. Many are the travellers whom i have spoken concerning them, describing their tracks and what calls they answered to. I have met one or two who had heard the hound, and the tramp of the horse, and even seen the dove disappear behind a cloud, and they seemed as anxious to recover them as if they had lost them themselves.

— The Concord Sonata by Guy Davenport from his book of stories, A Table of Green Fields


Colter Jacobsen was born in Ramona, California and had a Mormon upbringing there. He later moved to San Francisco and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has worked as a care-giver for the blind and disabled. He is a 2010 SECA award winner from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He is represented by Jack Hanley in New York and Corvia Mora in London.

More about Colter Jacobsen can be found here.

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