Nancy Pierson

Condeso/Lawler Gallery

The figure and in particular the portrait represent a vision of art that shifts message, method, and form, and requires more than formal analysis. Regardless of the level of technical and compositional virtuosity, perception travels beyond the surface planes and pigments to construct a narrative for the character to reside in. When impeccable technique is balanced anxiously with the most discomforting, penetrating psychological content, it is an exceptional moment indeed. In this exhibition, which included six large paintings and four drawings, Nancy Pierson presented a group of characters that disturb, repel, and finally seduce. These homely, strained, suspicious, and fearful faces are both ennobled and humiliated by the circumstances of their lives—the conjunction of inherent qualities and random, unforeseeable events. A fine line divides lunacy from sanity, the freak from the normal

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