b. 1960, United States

Jack Pierson Biography

Pierson’s sculptures embody a fine juxtaposition of paradoxical and contradictory narratives. They are dreamy yet theatrical, subtle but sultry, bold yet not overstated. Composed of a collection and assembly of salvaged letters from Las Vegas casinos, old movie marquees, and other exhausted businesses, the word sculptures form individual words or phrases that exude thought and emotion. These works seem to hint at tales of faded glamour, nostalgia for impetuous romance, and rash pursuit of stardom. Whilst the color and motifs in the works powerfully recall the American culture and the American dreams of fame and fortune in their reference to once dazzling road-side signs, the individual letters are now in a state of decay and Pierson’s works are marked with disillusionment, ultimately expressing an autobiographical narrative of his own unfulfilled journeys and sentiments of disappointment. Like reading fragments of the artist’s emotional diary, his works reveal elements of the familiar, unexpected, and private. Despite the sculptures having readable text, Pierson’s works reflect the dual notions of evocation and denial of context. Pierson at once alludes to and subverts his references, leaving us to ponder in our own associations and sensibilities.

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Trust by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Jack Pierson Trust, 2010 Silkscreen, archival pigment print and collage
76 x 102 cm
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Desperate by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, photography, print
Jack Pierson Desperate, 2010 Silkscreen, archival pigment print and collage
76 x 102 cm
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INQUIRE WITHIN by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork sculpture
Jack Pierson INQUIRE WITHIN, 2020 Metal and wood
134.6 x 185.4 x 8.3 cm
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Selfportrait #1 by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork photography
Jack Pierson Selfportrait #1, 2003 Pigment print
137.2 x 111.8 cm
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NATIVITY by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork mixed media
Jack Pierson NATIVITY, 2014 Oil, paint, sand and wax on canvas
40.6 x 30.5 cm
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THE LEGEND by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Jack Pierson THE LEGEND, 2009 Metal, ceramic, felt material
71.1 x 114.3 x 3.8 cm
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