Jake Shapiro depicts fictional collaged worlds that question cultural and social norms. He makes two-dimensional and three-dimensional works using various mediums to produce a spectrum of representation and abstraction to put the real and imaginary in conversation. He takes inspiration from authors and filmmakers like Octavia Butler, Kurt Vonnegut, Yorgos Lanthimos, and Ted Chiang, and his own fictional narratives are largely informed by daydreaming. In his daydreams he disassembles and reassembles, omits things, and introduces fantastical elements. It is the action of disrupting that allows him to see better.
Shapiro was born and raised in Berkeley, CA. He has had solo exhibitions at Metal Haus Gallery in Oakland and Erica Tanov in Berkeley. He received the Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship and the Martin Wong Painting/Drawing scholarship and was the recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Award in 2022. Shapiro is currently an MFA student in Art Practices at San Francisco State University entering his final year.
Residency: June 2023 - September 2023
Art Exhibition: Friday, September 15 & Saturday, September 16 & Tuesday, September 19