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John Isaacs

Lancaster, United Kingdom. 1968
cast from light and dark your shadow is no different from mine
2016. Polychrome on wood, gesso. 27 x 15 x 23 cm
Let the golden age begin
2016. Steel, wood, 24 carat gold leaf. 210 x 180 x 180 cm
What makes certain ( Diptych)
2016. Newspaper on primed raw canvas. 140 x 110 x 5 cm
Untitled
2016. Acrylic paint and gel medium on primed raw canvas. 240 x 190 x 5 cm
Untitled
2016. Acrylic paint and gel medium on primed raw canvas. 240 x 190 x 5 cm
Are we not the same you and I
2016. Bronze and 24 carat gold leaf. 113 x 9 x 9 cm
There is no story that is not true
2013. Patinated bronze. 152 x 51 x 21 cm
Detail view
The long way home
2015. Framed archival c-type print. 141 x 101 x 5 cm
The 13 corners
2015. galvanised steel, mild steel and newpaper. 200 x 65 x 95 cm
Votes for children
2015. Glazed ceramic, steel. 96 x 65 x 65 cm
Inconsolus
2015. Glass tube and transformers. Variable dimensions
Are we not the same you and I
2015. Bronze and gold leaf. 310 x 4 x 4 cm
On the as yet untitled road to peace
2015. White flag with crystals, chain and gold plated carrot. 160 x 110 x 5 cm
The cyclical development of stasis
2015. Terracotta, plaster, steel, glass, wood. 160 x 56 x 76 cm
Untitled
2015. Framed c-type print. 124 x 78 x 4 cm
The architecture of empathy
2015. Hand died and woven wool tapestry. 272 x 182 cm
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If I said you could fall in love would you believe me
2015. glazed ceramic, steel and copper. 90 x 70 x 80 cm
The forgotten temple
2013. Wax, oil paint, plaster, steel, glazed ceramic, 24 carrat gold leaf. 186 x 67 x 114 cm
Encyclopedia
2013. Steel, plaster, wood. 115 x 144 x 85 cm
A Perfect Soul - The Architecture of Empathy
Carved from statuario marble. 200 x 180 x 110 cm
L1001973
2013. Patined bronze, steel. Variable dimensions
Are you like me full of home full of fear
2013. Fabric, glue, cardboard. 190 x 160 x 12 cm
Encyclopedia
2013. Steel, plaster, wood. 115 x 144 x 85 cm
Ngoromgoro
2013. Glazed ceramic. 72 x 46 x 37 cm
Blood and tears
2013. Neon glass fittings, transformer. 180 x 180 x 8 cm
Everything is not enough
2012. Car door and neon. 275 x 170 cm
What lies behind what lies before
2012. Painted bronze, steel, car paint. 217 x 52 x 52 cm
Married to the same idiocy
2013. Ceramic, steel, shellack. 65 x 89 x 7 cm
What is it that there is something and nothing (Dyptich)
2012. C-print on aluminium, rubiq cube's colours. 240 x 179 x 3 cm
Things that can be are that which we know
2011. Glazed ceramic, steel. 75 x 10 x 120 cm
Walking in the poverty of our history in the making
2011. Taxidermized vulture, plaster, garbage bag and his content, steel structure. 230 x 120 x 120 cm
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2010. Plaster, resin, Damien Hirst's trousers. Variable dimensions
Everything given nothing love
2010. Glazed ceramic. 80 x 80 x 20 cm
Doubt
2010
Let the golden age begin
2010. Glass, neon light, electric transformers, flashing units. 180 x 170 x 12 cm
You can give everything you have to others, and lose nothing of yourself
2010. Glazed ceramic. 112 x 70 x 50 cm
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Pool of narcissus weeping (moving closer to a spiritual and transcendental god of a likewise sadness)
2010. Glazed ceramic, steel, brass, plastic, wood. 180 x 93 x 80 cm
The frightened gods of fortune
2010. Gold plate, wax, plaster, steel, wood, oil paint, latex. 120 x 80 x 105 cm
Are you like me full of hope and full of fear
2010. 24 carrat gold plated plastic. 170 x 50 x 50 cm
Everyone is making do with what they have but looking at you makes me want less
2010. Glazed ceramic, steel. 75 x 10 x 120 cm
Yesterday, today and tomorrow
2010. Digital print. 48.5 x 38.5 cm
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From a distance you look smaller...but I know that you are there
2009. Felt, fabric, glue, steel. 210 x 120 cm
People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
Steel, wood, plaster, vinyl, 24 carat gold plate. Variable dimensions
To do to you again what was done before
2008. Silicone reproduction elephant foot, car body filler, acrylic paint, vinyl. 104 x 42 x 42 cm
From a distance you look smaller... but I know that you are there
2008. Broze. 110 x 45 x 50 cm
What is it that there is something and nothing
2006. Archival inkjet photographic print. 110 x 141 cm
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Past error of judgement made real in the future lives affected
2009. Oil paint on lambda print, feathers, unique. 108 x 165 cm
Here is an empty kiss
2009. Glazed ceramic. 100 x 70 x 25 cm
Where is my world
2008. Glazed ceramic, human hair, steel, electrical appliance. 50 x 50 x 180 cm
Hanging on the stars
2008. seven 0.05 ct. diamonds and found lithoprint. 26.5 x 31 cm
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Broken dreams
2007. India ink on antique paper. 24 x 34 cm
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I know now what I knew before
2007. Indian ink on antique paper. 34 x 24 cm.

John Isaacs’ work produces altered modes of historic perception; approaching materials from a temporary understanding, the artist transforms oldness and newness into ambiguous categories. Simultaneously, Isaacs reverts the symbologies that are used by religious institutions or popular culture for establishing parameters of value and meaning, by liberating these signs from their regular references they can be arranged as a common ground where a truly human aspect manifests itself, the disposal and tendency towards transcendence.

The initial estrangement produced by Isaacs’ works concerns a shared essence between humans that the artist decides to sublimate but also to parody, using a great diversity of mediums and materials. John Isaacs employs language and referentiality for an adverse purpose, instead of reaffirming meaning; he cancels it in order to reveal the emotional dimension of things and their relation to the human body.

John Isaacs has participated in several solo shows and group exhibitions in international museums, institutions and galleries, such as: Young British Artists VI, The Saatchi Gallery, London (1996); Spectacular Bodies, The Hayward Gallery, London (2000); Disasters of War, KW, Berlin (2000); Minimal Maximal, Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (2001); Melodrama, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Palacio de los Condes de Gabia/Centro José Guerrero, Granada (2002) and MARCO, Vigo (2003); Mike Kelly’s The Uncanny, Tate Liverpool (2004); Les Grands Spectacles, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2004); In the darkest hour there may be light, The Serpentine Gallery, London (2007); Rockers Island: The Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang Essen (2007); Paul Thek in the context of contemporary art, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2007); Dream Time, Les Abattoirs, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Toulouse (2009); Freedom not Genius, Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection, Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin (2012); Alice im Wunderland der Kunst, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg (2012); Highlights from the Collection II, The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas (2012); The name is Burroughs − Expanded Media, Sammlung Falckenberg, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2013); A Brief History of the Future, Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels (2015); About Trees, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern (2015); Fleischeslust, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany (2015); The Thousand-Thigh Hospice: experiments in healing, CAN, Centre d’Art de Neuchatel, Switzerland (2015); Absurd builders, handymen utopia, Abbaye Saint André, Centre d’art contemporain, Meymac, France (2015); Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Musei Vaticani, Rome (2015); INCONSOLUS votes for children, Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (2015); The 13 Corners, Travesía Cuatro Guadalajara, México (2016); The inner skin – Art and Shame, Museum für Kunst, Architektur, Design, Marta Herford, Germany, John Isaacs, Archipelago, Galleria Poggiali, Milan, Italy, (2018); Da uno a Dieci, Galleria Massimo Minini, Brescia, Italy, (2018); Eat me, Kunstmuseum Trapholt, Kolding, Denmark (2018); among others.

John Isaacs lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

cast from light and dark your shadow is no different from mine
2016. Polychrome on wood, gesso. 27 x 15 x 23 cm
Let the golden age begin
2016. Steel, wood, 24 carat gold leaf. 210 x 180 x 180 cm
L1001973
2013. Patined bronze, steel. Variable dimensions
There is no story that is not true
2013. Patinated bronze. 152 x 51 x 21 cm
Detail view
You can give everything you have to others, and lose nothing of yourself
2010. Glazed ceramic. 112 x 70 x 50 cm
If I said you could fall in love would you believe me
2015. glazed ceramic, steel and copper. 90 x 70 x 80 cm
Things that can be are that which we know
2011. Glazed ceramic, steel. 75 x 10 x 120 cm
Married to the same idiocy
2013. Ceramic, steel, shellack. 65 x 89 x 7 cm
The long way home
2015. Framed archival c-type print. 141 x 101 x 5 cm
Everything is not enough
2012. Car door and neon. 275 x 170 cm
Votes for children
2015. Glazed ceramic, steel. 96 x 65 x 65 cm
Ngoromgoro
2013. Glazed ceramic. 72 x 46 x 37 cm
TravesiaCuatro_JohnIsaacs_33
2010. Plaster, resin, Damien Hirst's trousers. Variable dimensions
Are we not the same you and I
2015. Bronze and gold leaf. 310 x 4 x 4 cm
What lies before what lies behind
2012. Patined bronze, steel, car paint. 170 x 51 x 51 cm
What lies before what lies behind (Detail)
2012. Patined bronze, steel, car paint. 170 x 51 x 51 cm
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TRAVESÍA CUATRO AT FRIEZE NY | BOOTH 4D

Travesía Cuatro | Frieze NY | BOOTH 4D
ALEXANDRE ESTRELA, ELENA DEL RIVERO, JORGE MÉNDEZ BLAKE, MATEO LÓPEZ, JOSE DÁVILA, JOHN ISAACS, SARA RAMO
Mayo 3, 2018 – Mayo 6, 2018

 

EAT ME: TRAPHOLT MUSEUM, KOLDING, DENMARK | JOHN ISAACS

John Isaacs will be taking part in the exhibition Eat Me in the Trapholt Museum of Kolding, Denmark. This exhibition is about how we understand ourselves and the world through food. Food is the supreme metaphor of our time. We use food to comment on practically anything: our social problems, our cultural habits, our identities, our understanding of nature… We use food to set boundaries, refine our sensibilities and project our visions of the future.

The exhibition is on view till May 2, 2018.

STEDELIJK MUSEUM SCHIEDAM, THE NETHERLANDS | JOHN ISAACS

John Isaacs will be taking part in the exhibition Sticky Business The Temptation of Sugar in Art, in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam from September 16 to February 18, 2o18.

Food designer and guest curator Marije Vogelzang invited some twenty artists from this country and abroad, who shine a new light on the sugar, considerate the white poison, the major enemy of health.