Jim Isermann's Untitled (0205), 2005
When in Chicago a few weeks ago I took in Jim Isermann's Untitled (0205) at the
excellent Museum of Contemporary
(MCA). Situated in the lobby on massive white walls the faceted white
panels play with light and space, the two most common aspects of experience art.
I've seen a lot of Isermanns
and I always enjoy them, but somehow this one struck a slightly different but
good chord, it was like a visual iceberg. It is bit colder and as uniform as
, but soo different in effect because I kept thinking about Rem Koolhaas'
buildings and their use of disorientation to heighten the viewer's level of
One could just say, "you had to be there," for most of these kinds
of installations but I think there is a greater need for this sort of space
that presents physical questions. These days museum lobbies seem to host a lot
of the most interesting work. For me it's like a little ginger to cleanse the
palette before more sushi. The process of getting prepared to look at work is
an interesting subject in itself for art and for those that think that minimalist
(is it even abstraction, or simply refined forms?) is a rejection of engagement
with the world couldn't be more wrong.
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