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John Isaacs — You Said You Would Always Be There

¥1,469,280¥1,469,280
OC6336
220 x 125 x 135 mm (9 x 5 x 5 inches)
Bronze sculpture
Edition of 3
Signed and titled on the reverse
Published by Other Criteria
Only available at Other Criteria New York

John Isaacs challenges us to reconsider the supposed ideal, everlasting nature of our world. In this bronze edition, ‘You Said You Would Always Be There’, a skull emerges mysteriously as if from a fragment of wood carved by the hands of Mother Nature herself. At once menacing and magical, its appearance takes the guise of a brittle Memento Mori, its deterioration personified into something which life has once touched, but has now departed.

Isaacs puts into question our complacency in preserving the world around us. Life – in all its incarnations – is fleeting and, while we are aware of our own transience, this skull is a reminder of the parallel fate of the natural world around us.

Cast in bronze, this skull is signed and titled on the reverse by the artist, in a limited edition of 3.

See John Issacs working on selected editions, watch the video on our blog.

John Isaacs

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.

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