Jack Pierson | Twilight
Suite of Prints
June 2 - July 16, 2011
First Thursday Reception: June 2
6 - 9 pm
Ever since the early days of his career Jack Pierson has been attracted to images of Hollywood and fame, particularly that darkly glamourous period known as the end of the “golden era” of the studio system. Twilight, a portfolio of screenprints, combines two well-known aspects of Pierson’s practice: collaged imagery of Hollywood stars, such as Marilyn Monroe and Rock Hudson, and assemblages of letters that appear to be salvaged from marquees and billboards. In this case, the phrases composed by these monumental found letters act as unspecific captions to the collages, sparking the imagination to conjure up entire narratives based upon the briefest of suggestions. These images comment on the tendency of our society to continually ascribe our own narratives to the celebrities in our lives, in an attempt to identify with these - actually mostly unknown - figures. Pierson has exhibited internationally since the early 1990s and is represented by Cheim & Read in New York.