The industrialists have all but emerged into privateers a digitalis manifesto of software coders, the fantasy of virtual reality, and robotics which all but now rules. The weird thing is the minimalist still fits but has an element of a cult following. It is ‘design’ that brings it kudos the ultimate questions of abstraction seem less relevant breaking down forms, minimalism is beautiful, symbolic, and abstract.
Although the curates Henry Coleman, Rupert Norfolk see the world as more abstract. I would prefer to say that it is more fragmented less a whole, less fair, and chaotic; a collage of bits that have no form that leave people in a world that is uncertain of understanding and what their destiny will be.
The artist Jim Isermann is a modernist practicing in this post modern world he brings a little stability more certainty in form. The work is minimalist; an industrial modular object replicated, designed. In turn the created modular form can then be fitted together to make isometric cubes that are fixed together one on top of the other.
They are created from polyethylene which is used commercially in urban street furniture around cities of the world. He has been constructing and designing these types of objects for some time now to form variations of the modular. Despite the fact that contemporary life no-longer adheres to a modernist utopian outlook minimalism seems to have survived to become ironically decorative in the sense of design.
I always liked the minimalist Sol Lewits drawings and preparatory work and in a way to me the end form did not really matter it was just the business end that was simple and offered no answers or questions as form followed function. I was keen to see the drawings and preparatory work of the artist but alas they were not in the show may be next time. This did not mean the sculpted designs were not worth visiting. Although they adhere to the minimalist identity they reminded me of play building blocks made into moulded elements used in toys which in part relates to the material itself. Also on a large surface a relief on the wall a repeated pattern that related to the sculptures in red, blue and yellow.
For those who are fans of minimalism then this is number one on the list of exhibitions to see. These abstractions will be running from 22nd June to 10th September 2016 at the Bloomberg space in London.