Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jack Pierson

New York artist Jack Pierson, who was born in Plymouth and became affiliated with the Boston School photographers while studying at MassArt in the early 1980s, exhibited his recent “Abstracts” at Cheim & Read in New York last month. These works continue from his series of sculptures built from the plastic and metal lettering of old advertising signs. In the past, he spelled out words: “Fame” or “Desire/Despair” or “Last Chance Lost” or “the crippled beggar knew a priceless secret.” The new sculptures, some hung on the walls, some freestanding, are dubbed “Abstracts” because the recycled letters don’t spell out anything. Instead resemblances to jewelry, that were always there but less pronounced, come to the fore. Pierson’s materials continue to offer a stylish nostalgic poppy fizz combined with the delicious melancholy of rusty American ruins. You may find yourself developing a crush, though the feelings may not run deep.

Jack Pierson “Abstracts,” Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th St., New York, Oct. 8 to Nov. 14, 2009.

Pictured from top to bottom: Jack Pierson, “Abstract #10,” “Her Ancient Solitary Reign,” “Flourish,”and “Abstract #15.” All courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York.


Blogger Donald Frazell said...

Great blog, just had an article about grants in LAs culturemonster and mentioned that you were the only blogger to get one, deservedly so. I am going to mention you to a fellow cartoonist of yours named William Wray who has a blog and worked on Ren and Stimpy, and Mad magazine, people with applied art skills have much better sense than "fine" arts majors, nothing more worthless than a MFA.

Love the Bearden article, saw a show of his prints here about 15 years ago, but he is greatly underated. My exwife does a very similar style, my current one developing a magazine for young women fighting the fashion and ad industries terrible image issues. Created by men who truly dont like women at all. Certainly physically.

The Albright portrait is excellent, dont usually like that style, but his full use of color over the entire canvas, from folk art and the icons of Byzantium, are great, very Russian and Vrubel like. Mixed with Hogarth and ashcan.

Congratulations, I will be following you. Off to my crusade against fine art schools and saving the Simon Rodia/Watts Towers.

Art is needed again, time to put aside childish things(Obama and all great thinkers)

art collegia delenda est
Donald Frazell

December 15, 2009 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger william wray said...

I'm over artist's doing the lost and found thing, but these are pretty good. Still it's just to easy to do mwhen much of the strength of the work was created by others and natures corrosion.

December 15, 2009 at 3:17 PM  

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