Five New Pieces
The focus of Jack Pierson's practice has long vacillated between photography and found object-derived sculptures, like his lauded "word" wall-hangings. But, during New York City's lockdown, Pierson, working out of his Ridgewood, Queens, studio, created a series of five assemblages, breaking out of his old patterns in the process.
The five new pieces that Pierson completed—and that he's since designated as the entirety of "Five New Pieces," his solo show at Kerry Schuss Gallery—look to have been crafted with collage techniques, captivating viewers in monumental terms. Tacked to the wall with bank pins, the cardboard, cloth, and foil pieces hang with a lightness that belies their large scale. Pierson's long-standing interest in found material features prominently in the exhibition. In Blue (2020) [pictured], an unfolded LaCroix package and an Adidas shoebox build out from a centerpiece of crinkled blue paper. The gesture recalls Pierson's use of abandoned signage in his cryptic and lyrical "word" sculptures—only this time, the fragments are repurposed from within his studio.
Jack Pierson, Blue, 2020. Paper, cardboard, spray paint, bankers pins, 110 x 65 inches.