I was born in 1969 to a college art history professor and his wife. I grew up in Kennebunkport, ME. I have lived in NYC, Amsterdam, and outside of LA. I live in a science fiction post-pandemic junk drawer. Ik ben een vuilnisman. I weld and join materials together to create humorous deconstructions out of everyday objects. My pieces are essays about otherness, not otherness done in a dadaist style. I am concentrated on the space between language and action. I take a gestural approach to conceptual art making. I have done over 115 group shows in my career.
My name is David Isakson, but my friends call me Izzy. I am neuro divergent. By way of an artist statement, I'd like to provide a text I used for an upcoming book.
Specifically, how does disability inform your work?
Ultimately disability informs all of my work or as little as none of it. As I get older, I realize I am never separate from my own consciousness, it is the filter of everything I experience as a world. My work is about cognition, but my cognition is flawed or enhanced, I hear things that other people don't hear, and I feel things, that other people barely notice. I would say that most of the metaphors in my pieces, have to do with the way I hear understand and process information, screens, and keyboards. I am sensitive to changes and fluctuations in the social and political zeitgeist. It is unique to me, but I am one of probably tens of thousands of assemblage artists. I use language to point at the errors and anomalies I hear and understand.