Northbrook, IL, United States
About Jacob Fishman
Jacob Fishman is an artist, author, and engineer. The activities at Jacob’s studio are focused on the engineering, fabrication, and conservation of artworks that utilize neon, aswell as a wide scope of electronic devices. In the early eighties, a few years after opening his studio, Jacob, his wife, Petrie, and theircrew built ten original sculptures for Bruce Nauman. The team also built eight pieces for Dan Flavin. By the end of that decade, Jacob also engineered and fabricated Good Boy / Bad Boy, Nauman’s most complex neon to date. In the nineties, the studio produced work for Joseph Kosuth and Mario Merz plus more Nauman originals and exhibition copies, including the neons in the traveling Bruce Nauman retrospective. The nineties also saw Jacob’s studio producing dozens of neon sculptures, as well as offering workshops and releasing two neon videos.The new century started with the publication of The Neon Engineers Notebook, co-authored by Fishman and Crook, the second edition followed five years later. A Bruce Nauman solo exhibition, Elusive Signs, featuring 14 neons, all built by Jacob and his team, traveled through eight cities. Another Nauman solo exhibition, A Rose Has No Teeth, also featured several neons. The exhibition was presented at the Berkeley Art Museum, Castello di Rivoli and The Menil Collection.Recently, Jacob’s work expanded to include several more artists and institutions. Jacob and Petrie are also artists, creating their own original neon works.