Through October 7
Ron Isaacs, Visitor, 2009; acrylic on birch plywood; 50 1/2 x 30 x 4 in. Courtesy of Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee.
Kentucky artist Ron Isaacs creates elegant works of art that, at first glance, appear to be assemblages of vintage garments, natural forms, and objects from daily life. A master of trompe l’oeil, Isaacs constructs his compositions from numerous pieces of Finnish birch wood, then he deftly paints them in acrylic to mimic a variety of materials. The sculptural still lifes presented in KEEPING are surreal and lush, prompting the viewer to appreciate the mastery of technique as well as to ponder the juxtaposition of objects. The familiarity of items in Isaacs’ works are bound to stir memories as they engage you with their ethereal beauty.