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b. 1960, USA

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.

Jack Pierson Featured Artworks

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You Weren't There by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork painting
Jack PiersonYou Weren't There, 1991Collage on canvas
213.4 x 137.2 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
George M. Cohan Statue, Times Square by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork print
Jack PiersonGeorge M. Cohan Statue, Times Square, 1997Type C Print
61 x 50.8 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
INQUIRE WITHIN by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork sculpture
Jack PiersonINQUIRE WITHIN, 2020Metal and wood
134.6 x 185.4 x 8.3 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire
Selfportrait #1 by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork photography
Jack PiersonSelfportrait #1, 2003Pigment print
137.2 x 111.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
At Dawn by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork sculpture
Jack PiersonAt Dawn, 2016Metal
46 x 65 x 3.75 inches
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
NATIVITY by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork mixed media
Jack PiersonNATIVITY, 2014Oil, paint, sand and wax on canvas
40.6 x 30.5 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
THE LEGEND by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Jack PiersonTHE LEGEND, 2009Metal, ceramic, felt material
71.1 x 114.3 x 3.8 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
More Than This by Jack Pierson contemporary artwork works on paper
Jack PiersonMore Than This, 1992Oilstick on paper
17 x 14 inches
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery

Jack Pierson Recent Exhibitions

Jack Pierson Represented By

Cheim & Read contemporary art gallery in New York, USA Cheim & Read New York
Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea Kukje Gallery Busan, Seoul
Xavier Hufkens contemporary art gallery in St-Georges, Brussels, Belgium Xavier Hufkens Brussels

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