Michael Isaac

Michael Isaac

Through ‘constructions’ the Artist explores both the conceptual and physical properties of a set of given dimensions. References to architecture, and an interest in the verb ‘building’ evoke a practice centered in the aesthetic of laboring and construction. Reclaimed materials, including waste commonly associated with building sites, retain histories of past applications. The use of these waste materials can be considered a rethinking of materials rather than simply the recycling of thrown away objects. In lavishing attention to the discarded, a different form and function is evidenced in the labor and time given over to the making of the work, which becomes the main event for the artist. By documenting the time and labor taken with these materials via the collection and the physical act of making, the journey becomes an integral part of the artists practice. The final outcome then acts as a visual synopsis of the endeavor undertaken in the collecting, caring and re-presenting of materials. The internal and external of each construction are space to be negotiated in relation to the viewer and the location of the work. We may become conscious of its declared dimensions of space opposed to its material presence.