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Jack Pierson, Hang On to Your Ego No. 3, 1997, acrylic lacquer on canvas, 84 × 112".

Jack Pierson

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Jack Pierson, Hang On to Your Ego No. 3, 1997, acrylic lacquer on canvas, 84 × 112".

Jack Pierson’s recent show, presented in collaboration with Cheim & Read, brought together ten works the artist created between 1997 and 2002. Although the artist calls these pieces “paintings,” they are, in fact, amalgams of painting, photography, and film; Pierson took photos and video stills and enlisted a billboard-production company to print the pictures on canvas using acrylic lacquer. There are grainy renderings of the surface of water, a swarm of jellyfish, brilliantly pink flowers, Courtney Love’s shiny, lipstick-besmirched mouth. Most explicitly erotic is a series of close-ups of the lips of a man in the throes of ecstasy, derived from performance-art documentation of the guy masturbating. (This video was also on view, albeit coyly placed behind the gallery’s front desk.)

These are not seamless renderings; rather, they exhibit red, green, blue, and yellow rasters. As a

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