Nominated by Northern Illinois University “I want the viewer to have the same feelings while looking at my work as they do when their brother-in-law takes them into the garage to show them the 1996 Ford Mustang that he just bought.” Jake Racina is an interdisciplinary artist and musician who strives to make work that is impressively unimpressive. Working with a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, video and performance, Racina projects a sense of humor intended to be just foreign enough to cause a pleasant disruption in the viewer’s visual language. By romanticizing the tacky, wavering between cool and uncool, the tone is distinctly all his own, highlighting themes of failure, importance, self-awareness, objectivity and banality. Jake Racina is a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University. Image: Swearter, Saw Dust, Wood Glue, Wood, Metal, Hinges.