New York

Jim Isermann

Josh Baer Gallery

Los Angeles–based artist Jim Isermann works according to the dictates of his own taste. Neither issue nor idea-oriented, he comes close to being an artist of pure sensibility. His objets d’art and furniture have a look informed by the biomorphic abstraction of the ’50s and the Op art of the ’60s, and by those movements’ ability to inject futuristic optimism into the American home. Isermann’s installations are not self-conscious exercises in recontextualization (design carrying the ideological baggage of art), but efforts toward remembrance and preservation. Isermann is a nostalgic Candide, rescuing an earlier design vision from the tides of fashion, not only because he finds it beautiful, but also because it is, for him, a blueprint for the best of all possible worlds.

The original models of Isermann’s remade period pieces can be found in thrift stores. Discolored and damaged survivors

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