Jack Pierson, ‘Existentialism’, 2000, Phillips

Overall: 42 x 166 x 4 in. (106.7 x 421.6 x 10.2 cm.)
Largest: 42 x 32 1/2 x 4 in. (106.7 x 82.6 x 10.2 cm.)

Cheim & Read Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2005

About Jack Pierson

Jack Pierson works in photography, sculpture, installation, painting, bookmaking and drawing, but is best known for the re-appropriation of commercial signage and large-scale vintage lettering, which he uses to create evocative word-sculptures and installations. Calligraphic, brightly colored, with references to both Minimalism and Pop, Pierson’s signage fragments reference the distinctly American road-side decay of old highways like Route 66. Despite his sly sense of irony and humor, Pierson’s work has always been imbued with a sense of longing, loss, melancholy, and disillusionment.

American, b. 1960, Plymouth, Massachusetts, based in New York, NY; Southern California