• Jack Pierson, Desire Despair, 1996, metal, plastic, Plexiglas, and wood. 116 5/16 x 56 1/4".

    Jack Pierson

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    March 12–May 18, 2008

    Curated by Richard D. Marshall

    Jack Pierson first came to broad attention in the early 1990s, when the art market was at its nadir and much of the freshest new art reflected correlative tempers of depletion, disappointment, and disarray. Almost twenty years after his first involvement with those “period” aesthetic derelictions, Pierson is certainly an art star, though his concerns remain pretty constant: stardom, loneliness, despair, desire, etc. Curator Richard D. Marshall wants to curtail the redundancy of dwelling on the artist's well-known themes in this monographic survey, which includes several of Pierson's word sculptures as well as photographs, drawings, and installations. “I'm not focusing on faded glamour, ‘on the road,’ gay hoboes, and longing for cute boys,” he remarks. “My interest is much more formal, and the focus is on the work's physical and formal qualities.” But don't cute boys have formal qualities, too?