Los Angeles

Jim Isermann

Richard Telles Fine Art

In two shows, two blocks apart, 12 years of Jim Isermann’s multicolored work was on display. “Highlights,” a miniretrospective at Sue Spaid Fine Art, showcased chairs, rug hookings, a clock, a lamp, a stained-glass window, two wacky bean bag chairs, and some bold geometric paintings. Isermann’s work has the overwhelming flavor of homemade, handcrafted Op Art, probably because he made everything himself (except the chairs). In this survey of eleven works, the variety of materials suggested a frenetic manufacturing.

Though these pieces border on craft, their high quality, size, and careful fabrication gives them an industrial air. Untitled, 1989, is an eight-foot-square wall-piece, half painting and half rug-hooking. The acrylic yarn matches the enamel paint, and the design flows almost seamlessly among the different surfaces. The hooked-rug half is bi-level and the red shape in the foreground

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