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PIERSON, Jack

PORTRAIT-PIERSONBorn in 1960 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Lives in New York and Wonder Valley, California.

Jack Pierson makes photographs, word sculptures, installations, drawings and artist’s books which explore the emotional undercurrent of everyday life, from the intimacy of romantic attachment to the distant idolising of others. Many works register as melancholic, their beauty speaking to nostalgia for dreams left unfulfilled. Using friends as models, Pierson has consistently engaged star culture through his work, whether the stars are from the screen, stage, or art world. Refusing cynicism or irony, Pierson relates to his viewers by seeming to admit his own attraction to the fantasy life depicted in his art works.

He has had recent solo exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Cheim & Read, New York and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Pierson is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Jack Pierson presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2009: Jerusalem at the Atelier de Mécanique.