Delicate and flowing, the architectural sculptures by Ron Isaacs at the Tory Folliard Gallery leap off the wall with astounding clarity as if a breeze had passed through the space, awakening our senses to the beauty and mystery found in what is shown and what is absent.
Built upon many layers of structure and meaning, these refreshing sculptures carved from birch plywood combine the nostalgia of vintage clothing with subtle morphing images of nature. Uniting seamless construction with intricately painted details, Isaacs presents the viewer a glimpse into the future while graciously nodding at the past.
Merging the boundaries between two and three dimensional artwork there is an effortless balance that presents itself consistently through the artists vision as the viewer is asked to ponder the ideas of identity and how we became the people that we are.
Through nature or nurture are we made up of the stories of our past or the potential of the future?
Each garment in the exhibition is a narrative in its own right, acting as a catalyst for this discussion, highlighting and hinting at a hyper reality, one where there is a rebirth of beauty in the forgotten and discarded. With a dreamlike quality Ron Isaacs’s artwork bridges the gap between disciplines and reveals the potential to touch the ephemeral in all of us.
Currently on display at the Tory Folliard Gallery, Ron Isaacs: Harbinger runs through April 14th.