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Critic Dave Hickey describes artist Jim Isermann as "a California artist with Bauhaus tendencies, Minimalist agendas, and formalist precedents in the Abstract Classicism of John McLaughlin and Frederick Hammersley." Using a multicolored assortment of vinyl decals in complex geometric patters, Isermann has created a mural along the Hammer Museum's lobby staircase. Isermann's vibrant, algorithmic arrangement of adhesive tiles marries the populist reach of handcrafted kitsch with the dramatic architectural impact of large-scale public murals.

Biography Jim Isermann was born in 1955 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and lives and works in Palm Springs, California. Recently he has had solo exhibitions at Corvi-Mora, London (2002); Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles (2001); Feature, New York (2001); the RISD Museum, Providence (2000); Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany (2000); Camden Art Centre, London (1999); and Magasin Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France (1999). In 1998 the survey Fifteen: Jim Isermann was organized by David Pagel for the Institute of Visual Arts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Isermann has also participated in group exhibitions, including Crisp at the Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York; Patterns at Kunsthallen Brandts Kl├Ždefabrik, Denmark; The Magic Hour: Art and Las Vegas at the Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria; and Beau Monde: Toward a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism, Site Santa Fe, Fourth International Biennial Exhibition, New Mexico.

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Jim Isermann
Kurator: James Elaine