Jack Pierson

February 4 - March 19, 2005

Press Release

Danziger Projects, in association with Cheim & Read, is pleased to present the first U.S. exhibition of large-scale color pigment print collages by Jack Pierson. Mr. Pierson's "Self-Portrait" series was recently shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and his works are featured in the permanent collections of virtually every major museum of contemporary art.

Jack Pierson was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1960. After finishing at the Boston College of Art in 1984 Pierson moved to South Florida. In the late 1980's he returned north, settling in New York and Provincetown. Pierson frequently showed with Boston friends and colleagues such as Nan Goldin, Mark Morrisroe, David Armstrong and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. While those artists remained rooted in photography, Pierson branched into 3-D works and drawing, making a name for himself with a body of work that today includes photographs, word sculptures, installations, drawings, and artist's books.

Pierson's work explores the emotional undercurrents of everyday life - love, pain, desire, memory and mortality. His photos, photo derived paintings and collages are often colorful quests for beauty filled with tropical vegetation, brightly lit hotel rooms and the male figure. Like much of his work, including the "word" pieces (made from found plastic and metal sign letters), his photo collages compress narrative content while mining the past for meaning.

In this series of untitled photo collages made in 2001, Pierson cut up hundreds of his old photos in small geometric shapes, which he taped together in varied compositions. These images feature diverse shapes and colors that result in vibrant quilt-like patterns that recall hard-edge abstract painting. Pierson creates a dizzying array of color and content as he draws on the material residue of his own life. The intense visual pleasure of these images is at the core of Pierson's vision, which relentlessly examines the convergence of the sensual and the nostalgic.

Jack Pierson divides his time between his home and studio in the Southern California desert near Joshua Tree National Park and New York.

This special edition of photomontages was produced by Artland Editions and printed by David Adamson, a Tamarind certified Master Printer. Adamson's studio has become one of the leading printmaking studios in the country producing prints for some of today's most influential and exciting artists including Jack Pierson, Chuck Close, Robert Rauschenberg, Adam Fuss, and Jim Dine.