Twisting our preconceptions about the supposed purity and boundlessness of nature, John Isaacs presents in this large edition – ‘From a Distance You Look Smaller… But I Know That You Are There’ – a noose carved from wood. Snapped away from its life-bearing trunk and roots, the branch is instantly symbolic of the fragility of life. It is at once unsettling and powerless; the threat of death looming, yet severed.
Cast in bronze, the noose appears before us as a defiant totem, challenging our complacency in preserving the natural world around us.
See John Issacs working on selected editions, watch the video on our blog.
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.