jacob t. middleton / cow.




work

  1. breaking character
  2. cruising rhyolite
  3. performitory
  4. purple plushy catwalk
  5. holly haus
  6. chronicles out west
  7. at journey’s end
  8. made in asherton
  9. intakes/outtakes
  10. a sanctuary
  11. topdog/underdog
  12. drowning
  13. the tempest



about

  1. cow. represents a catalogue of work, a collection of whimsies, and the chronicles out west conceptualized by jacob t. middleton.
  2. the studio is interested in creating work at a variety of scales that investigates performance, explores bad taste, embraces low culture, and questions existing typologies.
  3. jacob t. middleton is a Texas native currently based in New York City. he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and has studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Design for Stage & Film. his work has been featured by Texas Architect Magazine, ISSUE by UTSOA, and Archisource. professionally, jacob is an architectural and broadcast set designer at Clickspring Design. previously he has collaborated with dots, Overlay Office, Magic Architecture, and Hannah Levy, among others.



contact

  1. email: jmiddleton(at)utexas.edu
  2. instagram
  3. linkedin
  4. academic portfolio

drowning

a play by María Irene Fornés

“Drowning, tells its story swiftly, in a handful of pages, sketching a love affair from the first moment of desire to the bitter end. All the characters, including [Pea,] the jilted lover, are described in the script as potato-heads with bodies “like seals or sea lions” and shiny, oily flesh covered in warts. Their revolting exterior brands them as unlovable and oddly makes the story feel more universal: their repulsiveness makes them vulnerable and draws empathy.” -- Paul David Young

Drowning’s scenery seeks to understand the psyche of the play’s characters and reflect that into the architecture of their world. Intentionally disregarding  María Irene Fornés’ note on the physicality of her characters, this production renders a space where outcasts deliberately choosing to live in exile might find themselves. The production calls into question what might happen if/when one chooses to leave their own purgatory.

project information
location: New York University, Shubert Theatre; New York, New York
date: 2021
type: scenic design, unproduced


credits
project team: jacob t. middleton



conceptual collage; preliminary ideas exploring character, mood, and architecture



1/2” scale model; scene one



1/2” scale model; scene two



1/2” scale model; scene three

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