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Jim Isermann

Professor Jim Isermann has just released a survey monograph published by Radius Books


“The domestic heart of Isermann’s design-oriented paintings, sculptures, and installations beats in ways not always immediately evident but nonetheless essential to the art’s success. Sometimes it sneaks up when least expected.”

-Christopher Knight

A comprehensive monograph spanning the forty-year career of Palm Springs–based, queer artist Jim Isermann (born 1955), this title shows the artist’s first twenty years of extensive, chronological research of postwar art and design filtered through popular culture and consumerism, followed by twenty years of site-specific public projects and a studio practice of labor-intensive painting, sculpture, and the occasional product design project. In 1980, there were no guidebooks to California design or what we now call Midcentury Modern. Isermann constructed his own timeline, object by object, from thrift stores, flea markets and swap meets, making bodies of work that included latch hook rugs paired with painting, stained glass window panels, and handsewn fabric wall hangings. By 1999, Isermann had his first computer, and so began the second twenty years of his career, with complex digitally designed patterns that found their form in commercially manufactured modules. Isermann continues to be inspired by the unpredictable, serendipitous moments that breathe life into his work.


Jim Isermann (b. 1955) is an American artist based in Palm Springs, California. Since receiving an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 1980, his artistic output has chronicled the conflation of postwar industrial design and fine art through popular culture. From functional installations to discrete objects, Isermann has maintained an unflagging belief in the beauty of utilitarian design. His current work is in formal dis- course with its site-specific architectural setting addressing pragmatic issues of function and materials.


Christopher Knight is art critic for the Los Angeles Times. He received the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, after being a finalist in 1991, 2001 and 2007. Knight also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Art Journalism from the Rabkin Foundation in 2020, and the 1997 Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism from the College Art Association, the first journalist to win the award in more than 25 years. Knight has appeared on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” PBS’ “NewsHour,” NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” and CNN and was featured in the 2009 documentary movie, “The Art of the Steal.”


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Julie Sadowski

Julie Sadowski Body Blocks
August 8 – September 4, 2021

Born: Boston, MA
October 25, 1987 10:15 AM

Sun: Scorpio 1° 40’
Moon: Sagittarius 8° 15’
Venus: Scorpio 18° 23’

It was not home and yet, in Julie Sadowski, she was. Born in Boston, MA in autumn of 1987, the maple trees on the eastern edge of the country had already caught flame with color, a stamp of decay that would deliver each leaf back into the earth. The sun, still low in the sky, had just crossed over into the sign of Scorpio. A nurse steadied Julie as she pressed one painted foot assuredly onto her birth certificate, leaving the other tucked deeply into the fold between worlds. There was no doubling back and no bowing out on the mysteries that crowded in before her arrival. Based on the omens at birth, it is likely that her life will be marked with startling synchronicities and inscrutable metaphors as these two worlds repeatedly attempt to make contact with one another. 

Julie’s creative impulses come like swift moving arrows shot from all different directions focused on the same target. These assorted aims stem, to a certain degree, from an unconscious desire to cultivate greater intimacy with the most remote parts of herself. Her engagement with the world is a dynamic conversation and, now and then, an interrogation. Sometimes she is the one in the hot seat. Frequently, however, she angles the light back into the shadowy corners of the external world. The truths she illuminates are often unsettling reminders of what exists in spite of and sometimes as a consequence of our attempts to render them invisible. 

As ‘Body Blocks’ opens on August 8th, the Sun, Moon and Mercury come together in the Sun’s sign of Leo. Despite the absence of visible light at a new moon, this configuration suggests that there will be no shortage of epiphanies, new awarenesses or solidifying truths. Through the set of images Julie presents, viewers find a similarly elucidating presence. Her message may be received the way the ear accepts the ringing of a bell— as the original sound fades away it leaves an even louder clarifying silence in its wake.

No Moon LA


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Yunhee Min

Vitreous Opacities, an exhibition of new works by Professor Yunhee Min, is on view from July 3 – August 14, 2021 at Vielmetter Los Angeles. The exhibition consists of new paintings on glass alongside standing works that explore Min’s interest in the interaction of poured paint on glass. The show’s title references an optical condition of ghost like flutters in ones’ field of vision as a result of floating objects in the vitreous body of the eye. Similarly, the shapes of the paint applied to the surface of glass create an illusion of floating forms in space generating its own optics with the likeness of the lens.

Vielmetter Los Angeles

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Lisa Williamson

Sculpture Lecturer Lisa Williamson has her first solo exhibition up at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in Los Angeles. For Amplifier, Williamson brings together a series of wall-based works that compress landscape and portraiture, architecture and time. The exhibition runs through July 17, 2021.

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

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Charles Long

Professor Charles Long’s solo exhibition is up at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, Los Angeles through May 28, 2021. In WORKLIGHT, a title obtained from a scrap of plastic the artist found while crossing an intersection on his daily bike ride to the studio, Charles Long presents a new body of assemblage works playing with the openness of consciousness (light) against the seeming limits of physical material (work).

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

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Anna Betbeze

Assistant Professor Anna Betbeze has an exhibition up at Nina Johnson in Miami though May 29, 2021. Forms Like Dreams is Betbeze’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and her first exploring photography. Through photographs and works on paper, paintings, drawings, and sculpture, Anna Betbeze probes the limits of images and experience.

Nina Johnson

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Jim Isermann

Jim Isermann Hypercube is up at Praz-Delavallade Los Angeles through April 10, 2021. Technically, a hypercube is an attempt to represent the 4th dimension. In these new works, Isermann sets out to describe the position of 2, 4 or 8 stripes on opposite sides of a cube in a rigid system of divisions and colors that result in asymmetrical compositions.


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Mark McKnight

Mark McKnight is opening a two part, two venue exhibition at Park View / Paul Soto, Los Angeles and Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, February 2 – April 24 and February 26 – April 3 respectively. Hunger for the Absolute comprises a selection of works from his recent monograph, Heaven is A Prison. In these photographs, the artist revisits the high desert landscape of his youth to depict a sexual encounter between two men. Shot with a large-format camera, his protagonists physically echo McKnight himself, and one an- other — Latinx, hirsute, and outside conventional European standards of beauty so often idealized even in the queer community. In McKnight’s visual world, natural landscapes and urban backdrops serve as lively stages for queer and Brown friends and intimates.

Paul Soto

Klaus Von Nichtssagend

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David Horvitz

David Horvitz, who received his BA from UCR in 2004, is attempting to exhibit the passing of time at Praz-Delavallade Los Angeles. Oceaean is open by appointment only through November 28, 2020.

Praz-Delavallade Los Angeles

I imagine I am looking into the eyes of someone looking at my eyes after my death, 2020


A clock that falls asleep, 2020


Air de LA, 2020

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