Pathology Building Phase Two (Southmead)

Untitled (0101) (silver), 2001. Installed for Dave Hickey's Beau Monde: Toward A Redeemed Cosmopolitanism, SITE Santa Fe Fourth Biennial


American artist Jim Isermann has been commissioned by Foreground to develop a major new work to animate the staff rest area and external break out space for phase two of the new Pathology facilities building at the new Southmead Hospital.


Jim Isermann’s practice divides into intensive studio work for gallery and museum exhibitions and design and commissioned projects that utilize industrial manufacturing processes that are then integrated into architectural situations. His work often erodes the distinction between art and design and employs vibrant, algorithmical patterns and repeating modules to create murals, wall hangings, furniture and sculptural installations. In the new Pathology building for Southmead Hospital, Isermann has selected the Staff Rest Area and external Break Out Space as the site for his new work. His work will combine a modular floor pattern and bespoke furniture for the exterior space together with wall patterns and specially selected furniture for the interior spaces to treat the entire staff area as a holistic artwork.

Jim Isermann

Jim Isermann was born in 1955 and graduated from California Institute of Arts in 1980. He lives and works in California. Selected recent exhibitions and projects include Untitled, walls and plaza commission, University of Houston Football Stadium, Houston, Texas (2014); Jim Isermann and B. Wurtz, Mary Boone Gallery, New York (2014); Paint Job, façade design, Craft and Folk Museum, Los Angeles, California (2013); Jim Isermann, Corvi-Mora, London (2013); I-block, colour integrated concrete block system, The Workshop Residence, San Francisco, California(2012); Petit Five, seating modules, Hagerty Hall, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2012); Untitled, temporary vinyl decal, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California (2010). His work is in private and public collections across the world including Le FRAC Poitou-Charentes, France; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Lose Angeles, USA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Netherlands.


Based in Frome, Somerset, Foreground brings new art to new audiences across the South West of England. We deliver an ambitious program that spans commissioning new temporary and permanent artworks in the diverse social and physical structures of communities, consultancy and development projects that explore the connectivity between the critical, social and economic aspects of contemporary art.


  • Commissioner

    North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

  • Produced by


  • Partners

    Vinci, Coda Architects

  • Supported by

    North Bristol NHS Foundation Trust