Jim Isermann, is an prominent American artist whose work has chronicled the conflation of post-war industrial design and fine art through popular culture. Critic Dave Hickey has described Isermann as “a California artist with Bauhaus tendencies, Minimalist agendas, and formalist precedents in the Abstract Classicism of John McLaughlin and Frederick Hammersley.”
Jim Isermann’s paintings with their eye-popping color and dimension- stretching matrices—are surprisingly contemplative. Recalling ancient Greek architecture and Buddhist mandalas more readily than Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings or the subdued emotions of Agnes Martin’s grids, each of Isermann’s works is based on a system of squares within squares, which are stretched or condensed as the shapes make their way around the canvas and return to a square. Wholly self-contained, they seem to embody the beginning, middle, and end of an imaginary trip—whether roller-coaster ride or metaphysical journey—in one fell swoop.
Jim Isermann (b. 1955 Wisconsin) is based in Palm Springs, California. His elegant psychedelia has graced the walls, floors, and ceilings of galleries, hotels, universities, stores, and museums over the past twenty- five years. His museum solo exhibitions include: “”Plug In”, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands”; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs; “Hammer Projects”, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; “Logic Rules”, The RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island; Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Camden Arts Centre, London; “Vega”, Le Magasin – Centre d’art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; “Fifteen: Jim Isermann Survey”, Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Diverse-Works Artspace, Houston; The University of North Texas Art Gallery, Denton, Texas; Santa Monica Museum of Art, California; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (curated by David Pagel);
Isermann’s works are included in numerous public collections around the world, most notably the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Menil Collection, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.