- In Advance of the Institution
John Isaacs — In Advance of the Institution
In Advance of the Institution can be described as a textbook for John Isaacs’ ‘world view’, a view which emphasises that: “The common thread in all of the varying definitions of language is the concept of rifts between individual people, animals, even inanimate objects and how these gaps may best be bridged.” Compositing numerous sourced texts, by writers such as H.G. Wells, Freud, Jung, Einstein, Adam Smith, and The Bible, alongside reproductions of Isaacs’ work, In Advance of the Institution constructs an intriguing and engaging lateral narrative that underlies the difference and similarities between ideas, objects, and the actions of individuals, in relation to social constructs.
Although John Isaacs is generally regarded as a sculptor, his praxis incorporates a range of different mediums – from found object constructions, to video, and photographs. This range emphasises his world view that buried under the surface of our apparent isolation from one another lies a universal connection – from the physical functioning of the bodies we inhabit to the dreams, successes and failures of the individual and society. In that sense, In Advance of the Institution entirely encapsulates and reflects Isaacs’ practice, and with 86 pages of text and full colour reproductions, this publication stands out as an exceptionally interesting piece of art in its own right.
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John Isaacs was born in Lancaster, UK in 1968 and studied at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Dijon in 1990; completed a BA in fine art at Cheltenham Art College in 1991, and an MA in sculpture at London ...
John Isaacs was born in Lancaster, UK in 1968 and studied at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, Dijon in 1990; completed a BA in fine art at Cheltenham Art College in 1991, and an MA in sculpture at London Slade School of Art in 1993.
He has exhibited extensively on an international level. Exhibitions include Wonderful Life, Lisson Gallery, London, 1993; Young British Artists 6, Saatchi Gallery, London, 1996; Spectacular Bodies, Hayward Gallery, London, 2000; Century City, Tate Modern, 2001; Minimal Maximal, Kyoto National Museum of Art, Japan, 2001; Voices from the ID, Beaconsfield, London, 2002; Mike Kelley - The Uncanny, Tate Liverpool, 2004; Les Grandes Spectacles, Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2005; Murdeme Collection, Serpentine Gallery, London, 2006-2007. Isaacs was guest lecturer at The Getty Foundation Los Angeles in 2005 and had his third solo show with Museum 52 in October 2007.
July 6, 2016
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
6 July – 24 August 2016
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October 17, 2013
Viewing Room at the Crypt, All Visual Arts
All Visual Arts presents Viewing Room, curated by Joe La Placa and Mark Sanders, this exhibition brings together 36 contemporary artists that have been represented or affiliated with the organization since its advent in 2008. Artists include John Isaacs, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Tom Ormond, Tim Noble & Sue Webster.
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May 30, 2013
Glasstress — White Light/White Heat, Contemporary artists and glass
Collateral Event of the 55th International Art Exhibition – LaBiennale di Venezia
Glasstress: White Light / White Heat will open at the preview of the Venice Biennale on 31st May at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti on the Grand Canal and at the Berengo Centre for Contemporary Art and Glass accompanied by dynamic performances from Alice Anderson and Cai Guo Qiang.
The show presents the newly commissioned work of some of today’s most important contemporary artists, most of whom will be working in glass for the first time. Artists include Fiona Banner, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin, Paul Fryer, John Isaacs, Michael Joo, Tim Noble & Sue Webster and others. The exhibition is co-curated by Adriano Berengo and James Putnam.
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- April 19, 2013 The Hand That Rocks The Cradle
October 30, 2012
Freedom Not Genius: Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection
10 November 2012 – 10 March 2013
“Collecting is like stuff washed up on a beach somewhere and that somewhere is you. Then when you die, it all gets washed away again,” Damien Hirst.
Work by John Isaacs will be in The Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli exhibition displaying selected works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme collection.
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October 10, 2012
Metamorphosis — The Transformation of Being
9th – 14th October 2012
All Visual Arts, 33 Portland Place, London W1B 1QE
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November 1, 2011
OPENING: The closest I ever came to you
Opening: 17th November 2011, 6-9pm
Exhbition open until 21st January 2012
Aeroplastics contemporary, Belgium
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February 1, 2011
Out of Print Book Series launch
10th February 2011, 6-8pm
Artists such as Damien Hirst, Itai Doron, Michael Joo, Sue Webster, Rachel Howard, John Isaacs, Josh Cheuse and Olivier Garbay have selected a book which has influenced their work, shaped their thinking or encouraged them to create.
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June 30, 2010
Berlin Pillar of Art 2010
The third in the series, Berlin Pillar of Art project is an initiative first set up by Art Below’s Ben Moore whereby 14 foot high pillars in the districts of Berlin Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg are adorned with works by selected artists.
Exhibiting artists are as follows: Jonathan Monk, Jason Dodge, Uwe Henneken, John Isaacs, Saâdane Afif, Evgeni Dybsky, Wolfgang Ganter, Yudi Noor, Sophie Holstein, Stefan Rinck, Haralampi Oroschakoff, Ilona Kalnoky, Charlotte Dualé, Stephan Balleux, Melissa Frost, Isabelle Graeff, John Kleckner, Alejandro Moncada, Sergio Roger, Yukiko Terada, Clémence Seilles, Ludwig Kreutzer and Jeremy Shaw.
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- June 23, 2010 Art Barter - Berlin
January 13, 2010
Tears Welling Up Inside
John Isaacs opens a solo exhibition, Tears Welling Up Inside, at Wendt + Friedmann Galerie in Berlin. The exhibtition runs 16th January - 6th March 2010.
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- December 7, 2009 That's All Folks!