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Ron Isaacs

Claes Oldenburg once declared the harder he looked at a thing, the more mysterious it became. That notion is my muse.



I could use real objects to make assemblages, installations, or collages, but that’s too direct. My basic technique of building elaborate relief constructions of Finnish birch plywood and painting them in trompe l'oeil fashion has its own deep satisfactions of process and problem- solving, but it also serves as a means to understanding the objects. Trompe l'oeil ("fool the eye") could be a gimmick to show off technical skills - a fairly shallow if entertaining enterprise – but for me it’s a way of expressing my love of the visual world. I would hope that whatever technical skill I have might be seen as being in the service of my personal vision and not as an end in itself. 

That an object made of one material can take on the outward appearance and "reality" of another is of great importance to me– and perhaps part of the reason that historically, making art became allied with making magic.)

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Ron Isaacs, In Gray, 36"x 11.5"x 2", Birch plywood construction, 2013


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