press release

The MCA presents a major installation of the Los Angeles-based artist Jim Isermann for its upcoming lobby wall project. This untitled work is a reconfiguration of a project the artist created for the New York gallery Deitch Projects in September 2005 and comprises a wavy network of vacuum-formed plastic tiles. Isermann has, over the course of a twenty-five year career, quietly established himself through paintings and sculptures that examine the increasingly blurry boundary between art and design. In doing so, he joins artists such as Jorge Pardo, Tobias Rehberger, and Pae White in redefining considerations of aesthetics and functionality. While his influences include Op art and modernist interior design (particularly mid-century figures such as Herman Miller or Charles and Ray Eames) his work also evokes a wide range of sculptural and architectural precedents ranging from Renaissance structures to the work of artists such as Donald Judd and Ellsworth Kelly. This work in particular combines the mass-production logic of industrial design to the dynamic aesthetic effect of abstract painting or minimalist sculpture. The project utilizes five types of concave, quadrilateral-based pyramids whose slight differences in base shape are perceived as an undulating flow of formal distortion and harmony.


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Jim Isermann