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Isaacson's Work Featured in Two Solo ExhibitS

May 03, 2012

Matt Isaacson exhibit  
This work by Matt Isaacson is on display at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. The exhibit opens May 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Isaacson, coordinator of ceramics, instructor and director of the Gallery of Contemporary Art at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park, has a solo exhibition running through May 11 at the Luminary Center for the Arts in its site-specific installation space, and another exhibit will open May 18 at the Duane Reed Gallery, both in St. Louis.

The Luminary exhibit, called "Cherry Dance," consists of hundreds of maraschino cherries suspended from a monofilament grid. The piece was conceptualized from the artist’s childhood experience of working and living on a 1,500-acre industrial fruit manufacturing farm in Northern Michigan. The primary crops were several varieties of cherries and apples to produce concentrate, along with an abundant production of various colors of maraschino cherries.

The installation will fill the space with the fruit’s sensory sugar high, the preserved, sweetened cherries aging over the course of the exhibition. Pulling various strings around the space will set the grid of cherries in motion, creating a kinetic work that echoes the exuberance of childhood, as well as engaging unstable questions of economy, memory and preservation.

"Cherry Dance" is on view noon-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday  through May 11. The Luminary is located at 4900 Reber Place. Call 314-807-5984 for more information. Its exhibitions are presented with support from the Missouri Arts Council and the Arts and Education Council.

Isaacson was also awarded a six-month residency at the Luminary Center, to begin in July and run through December. The residency will provide a small studio space to produce new works, a small monthly stipend and 24/7 access to the facilities.

“The intention of the residency, in part, is to help promote and build Forest Park’s exhibitions and gallery programming by further tapping into the local and international pool of artists, and to create a new model and platform for a gallery internship program,” Isaacson said.

The Matthew Paul Isaacson exhibition at the Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Ave., is a site-specific installation as well.

“This body of work now has five years of attention and investigation that delves into a post-minimal futuristic landscape," he said. "By using industrial manufactured porcelain tiles and fabricated stainless steel as my primary materials, I created possible architectural wonders that incorporate reflections of my images in my mind through simple repetitious patterns. Stacked tile forms become a metaphor for DNA structures, possible blueprints of the genetic instructions used in the development and functioning of all living organisms."

Isaacson said influences of Op-Art and Minimalism are prevalent as he strives toward a meditative essence while making.

"When grouped together, they begin a contemplative conversation," he said. "This simple act of playful stacking combined with a focused intention of balance and order sit on the verge of potential chaos."

The opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 18. The exhibit will run through June 23. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, email info@duanereedgallery.com or call 314-361-4100.

Isaacson has been at STLCC-Forest Park since 2010. He earned a master’s degree in fine arts, specializing in ceramics, from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Western Michigan University. He can be reached at misaacson@stlcc.edu.