Xavier Hufkens

Jack Pierson

Fame, 2010
Metal, paint, vintage light bulbs
123,8 × 226 × 123,8 cm | 48 3/4 × 89 × 48 3/4 inches
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Jack Pierson uses photography, drawing and sculpture to explore the complex emotional narratives surrounding historic and contemporary icons and iconography, and often creates work that can be read as a melancholic hymn to the subject of art and creation, fame, immortality and the passage of time. Delving into his own subconscious, the ideas and references explored in his work are deeply personal and spring from the artist’s inner intellectual and emotional world. Yet Pierson succeeds in transforming these private impulses into works of art that are, on the one hand, rooted in time and yet, on the other hand, seem to transcend it. His word sculptures are constructed from found objects – mismatched letters salvaged from junkyards, old movie marquees, roadside diners, Las Vegas casinos, and other abandoned enterprises. The letters are either arranged in abstract groupings, or combined to create individual words or phrases, and evoke a multiplicity of meanings. Pierson’s photographs and drawings also share a similar sense of specificity and plurality. The beauty of his work lies in its openness – each viewer brings his own interpretation to the work, one that is generated by their own memories and desire. His work is regularly commissioned for magazines and he has undertaken photography projects for several luxury fashion houses. Pierson’s photography can also be seen in a number of acclaimed books, including Desire/Despair, a survey published by Rizzoli of work made by Pierson between 1985 and 2005.

  

Recent solo exhibitions include the CAC - Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Spain (2009), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2002) and the Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona (2007). A retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, in 2008.


Jack Pierson was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1960. He lives and works in New York and Southern California.

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(Torse d'Athlete en Marbre), 2010
Folded pigment print (edition of 3)
210,8 × 157,5 cm | 83 × 62 inches

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Or For Mercy, 2009
Folded pigment print (edition of 3 + 2 AP)
210,8 × 157,5 cm | 83 × 62 inches

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(Pyramid, Pink), 2010
Pigment print (edition of 3 + 3 AP)
57,2 × 76,2 cm | 22 1/2 × 30 inches

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(Ancient Morning), 2010
Folded pigment print (edition of 3)
157,5 × 210,8 cm | 62 × 83 inches

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(Early Blest), 2010
Folded pigment print (edition of 3)
144,8 × 108 cm | 57 × 42 1/2 inches

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(God Is Love), 2010
Folded pigment print (edition of 3)
144,8 × 108 cm | 57 × 42 1/2 inches

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Last century, 2012
Plastic, metal and wood
154,3 × 231,8 × 15,4 cm | 60 3/4 × 91 1/4 × 6 1/8 inches

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Fame, 2010
Metal, paint, vintage light bulbs
123,8 × 226 × 123,8 cm | 48 3/4 × 89 × 48 3/4 inches

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Nazimova, 2010
Wood, metal and plastic
61 × 228,6 × 7 cm | 24 × 90 × 2 3/4 inches

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Untitled (Picasso), 2012
Collage on canvas
221 × 109,2 cm | 87 × 43 inches

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Automatic drawing #4, 2011
Graphite on paper mounted on linen
35,9 × 27,9 cm | 14 1/8 × 11 inches

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Automatic drawing #1, 2011
Graphite on paper mounted on linen
35,9 × 27,9 cm | 14 1/8 × 11 inches

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Desperate ?, 2009
Metal, plastic and wood
47 × 288,3 × 14 cm | 18 1/2 × 113 1/2 × 5 1/2 inches

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Abstract #15, 2008
Plastic and metal
97 inches | 246,4 cm. diameter

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Exhibitions

2014

Jack Pierson
Folded Photographs

2012

Jack Pierson
Jesus and Nazimova

2011

Group exhibition
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real…

2008

Jack Pierson

Publications

Jack Pierson, Jesus and Nazimova

includes a text by Elisabeth Lebovici
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2012
ISBN 978-94-91245-04-6

Jack Pierson

essay by Enrique Juncosa
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2008
ISBN 978-9-081291-23-1