Isaac Pool is an artist who makes performances, photographs, sculptures, videos, and texts. Pool images sites of embodiment and provisional glamours; he has held positions as a character actress, pet empath, and object choreographer. As a teenager, Isaac performed in Detroit nightclubs using video projections, trash costuming, and cheap audio software under the name RENTAL. Beginning in 2008, Pool performed as feminist anti-hero and celebutante Sally Johnson and retired the character with the 2013 film A Alternatives, featuring a wardrobe by BCALLA and soundtrack by Samuel Consiglio and Colin Self. Recent performances include The Knockdown Center, Judson Memorial Church, and La MaMa (all NYC). Recent exhibitions include La MaMa Galleria, NYC; Green Gallery, Yale, CT; and Mindscape Universe, Berlin. His first full length book of poems in print, Light Stain, is available from What Pipeline, Detroit. Alien She, an ebook dedicated to Mark Aguhar, is available from Klaus eBooks. Pool holds an MFA in Fine Art from Parsons the New School for Design (2013) and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Electronic Art from Wayne State University (2010).
statement, fall 2017
I'm engaging with textures of gender and the psychic attachments that shape a subject. Throughout the work, a materialist sentimentality stutters with anxiety over the misperformance of politics and form. I'm dealing with my own ambivalence toward the things I'm supposed to want as a white, gay artist. I'm bored but into it, queer but not necessarily liminal, punk but cute.