Matthew Isaacson

Like a child playing with Legos or Lincoln Logs, I am fascinated by the endless possibilities of stacking and building.  Considering the material of manufactured porcelain or glass tile, I repurpose its industrial function to a simple building block.  The concept of multiplicity inspires me to explore boundaries of gravity as the vertical forms spiral, creating futuristic cityscapes and architecture.  Tempted by their fixed shape but flexible configuration, I enjoy seeking equilibrium among my tiles on the verge of collapse.

I was born in Northern Michigan and grew up working on a large-scale industrial fruit-manufacturing farm, a background that continues to inform and inspire my work.  My current sculptural work focuses on complex installations of free-stacked ceramic and glass tiles, which often reference architectural cityscapes.

I received my BFA in Painting alongside a Minor in Music from Western Michigan University in 2004 and then received an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007 where I was awarded the Graduate Thesis Dissertation Scholarship.  I have also attended Pilchuck Glass School and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Now I live and work in Saint Louis as an Associate Professor and the Ceramics Coordinator at Saint Louis Community College at Forest Park.  I have exhibited locally, nationally, and internationally, including a solo exhibition at Duane Reed Gallery, the Luminary Center for the Arts, a group show at SPACE Gallery in Pittsburgh.  Recently I participated in the Xin Jiang International Sculpture Exhibition in China. Past residencies include the Luminary Center of Arts, Ox-Bow, and Sugar Maples Center for Creative Arts.

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