Since 2003, Colter Jacobsen has had a growing presence and gained importance in the Bay Area art scene. His photographs, drawings and installations are often evocative yet betray a certain sublime component. In Jacobsen’s work one can spot an influence from the first generation of Mission School artists, active in the Bay Area since the 90s. This influence manifests itself through Jacobsen’s predilection for using materials bought in thrift stores, lost personal items found in the urban environment, or recycled packaging with unusual details in order to create many of his installations and assemblages. Local writer Kevin Killian once pointed that many of Jacobsen’s works reveal the use of a very sophisticated gay semiotics.