18 Wooster Street
Jim Isermann seamlessly covered three contiguous walls of the 18 Wooster Street gallery with an expansively curving wall system and adapted his modular design to the gallery facade. For this 2,700-panel project, Isermann used five types of concave, quadrilateral-based pyramids, whose slight differences in base shape were perceived as undulating rivulets of disruption.
Isermann focuses on the exchange of visual information between high art and postwar industrial design. While his influences include Op art, “supergraphics,” and midcentury interior design, Isermann is an artist more in the tradition of a Renaissance architect—using simplicity, elegance, industry, and economy to chase utopian ideals of harmonious form and mathematical proportion.
Informed by these ideals, Isermann straightforwardly approaches a new project using a minimal palette of industrial color and the most economical and efficient materials. Without mystification or waste, Isermann adapts the formal language of artists like Donald Judd or Bridget Riley to the utilitarian prescriptions of contemporary design. Here, Isermann selected vacuum-formed plastic components for their smooth opaque finish, light weight, and affordability.
While many contemporary artists mine the reservoirs of American design history for direction in their fine art practice, Jim Isermann has long been at the forefront of these concerns. Through wall hangings, handwoven rugs, fabric-covered sculptural cubes, and vinyl-patterned murals, he embraces the possibility of utopia in all its aesthetic and functional forms.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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