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Description - In Advance of the Institution by John Isaacs

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 188 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781904212164
ISBN-10: 1904212166
Format: Hardback
(230mm x 310mm x 20mm)
Pages: 188
Imprint: Other Criteria
Publisher: Other Criteria
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John Isaacs

Born in Lancaster, England in 1968 John Isaacs studied at Cheltenham College of Art, UK, Slade School of Art, London, as well as at Ecole des Beaux Artes in Dijon, France in 1990. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in the UK and internationally, including: 'Wonderful Life', Lisson Gallery, London, 1993; 'Young British Artists 6', Saatchi Gallery, London, 1996; 'Spectacular Bodies', Hayward Gallery, London, 2000; 'Century City', Tate Modern, London, 2001; 'The Uncanny', Tate Liverpool, 2004; 'Le Grande Spectacle', Museum of Modern Art Salzburg, 2005, 'A Perfect Soul', Museum 52, London, 2007. Isaacs lives and works in Berlin. Forthcoming shows include, 'Tomorrow we will wait for you', Christian Ertel & John Isaacs at Ferenbalm- Gurbru Station, and 'Paul Thek' at ZKM, both inKarlshure, Germany. 'Bronze' at Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago. 'History', at Travesia Quatro, Madrid.