Tommaso Corvi-Mora is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Jim Isermann and ceramics by James and Tilla Waters.
The gallery has been working with Jim Isermann since 1997. Through the decades Jim Isermann has continued his investigation in formal tropes culled from modernist art and design from the ‘60s and ‘70s. This life-long commitment to a specific sensibility has always been very earnest on Jim Isermann’s part and has stood for a heartfelt identification with it. For the current exhibition Jim Isermann has completed two paintings on CNC-milled MDF panels. The surface of the painting has been milled by a computer-controlled machine and has then been painted by the artist. The viscous, thickly applied painting in acrylic introduces warmth and imperfections to the crisp angularity of the milled surface.
James and Tilla Waters originally trained as fine artists, both studying painting: James at the Slade School of Art in London and Tilla at Bath School of Art and Design. They met in 1998, when they both became apprentices to the potter Rupert Spira. Since 2002 they have run their own pottery studio in Carmathenshire. The works included in the exhibition date from the last five years and include two basic shapes, the cylinder and the jug. Their surface decoration is redolent of European abstraction from the ‘50s to the ‘70s, both in choice of colours and themes. This is their first exhibition at Corvi-Mora.
The aim of the exhibition is that of creating a link between two different approaches to abstraction, highlighting their differences and affinities.