Photo: Jesse Untracht-Oakner
Jack Pierson’s word pieces tap into complex archetypal longings. Resembling marquees and an assortment of commercial signs that announce movies, plays, or peep shows, Pierson spells out words and phrases that transmit desire, such as “paradise,” “maybe,” or “lust.” APPLAUSE, a Limited Edition created to benefit the New Museum and Printed Matter, Inc., is a continuation of this theme. It is a finely crafted re-creation of the type of sign used in television studios to prompt audiences to clap at scripted moments. The sign flashes on and off in slow, pulsing beats, calling attention to the irony of mechanically inducing self-adulation while at the same time taking pleasure in the celebratory sense the single word evokes.
Aluminum, aluminum laminate, maple, plywood, Plexiglas, vinyl lettering, electrical components
10 × 25 × 6 5/8 in (25.4 × 63.5 × 16.8 cm)
Edition of 35
Courtesy the artist and Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York