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Jack Pierson, Mark Morrisroe & Brian Meola

Jack Pierson (born September 24, 1960, in Plymouth, Massachusetts) is a photographer and an artist. He studied at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. He was a boyfriend of famous American photographer Mark Morrisroe at the time Morrisroe lived in Boston. Pierson has made a name for himself with a body of work that includes photographs, collages, word sculptures, installations, drawings and artists books. His "Self-Portrait" series was shown in the 2004 Whitney Biennial and his works are collected by major museums worldwide. Jack Pierson’s “THE END OF THE WORLD“ opened on January 12th, 2013 at Regen Projects in Los Angeles. Brian Meola, artist and boyfriend, who works with Pierson to collect the displayed objects, described the process: “I’ve learned to understand the difference between just any sign letter and ones that are a part of a much richer history, that become even more than something lost or discarded. For example, the work A Triumph! contains bulb-lighted quotation marks and an exclamation point. Those were found in an abandoned heap behind an old sign company warehouse in Chicago. The factory had been closed for decades, soon to be torn down. These are some of the largest marquee letters Jack has found and used in his work. These most likely adorned the front of an old theater…” (Photo: Jack Pierson | VHI Contributors' Page S/S 11)

Jack Pierson currently divides his time between his home and studio in the Southern California desert near Joshua Tree National Park and New York. He has photographed many well-known celebrities and models, including Michael Bergin, Naomi Campbell, Snoop Dogg, Massimiliano Neri, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Sabato Jr.


Jack Pierson (born September 24, 1960, in Plymouth, Massachusetts) is a photographer and an artist. He was a boyfriend of famous American photographer Mark Morrisroe at the time Morrisroe lived in Boston. He is in a relationship with artist and collaborator Brian Meola. Jack Pierson currently divides his time between his home and studio in the Southern California desert near Joshua Tree National Park and New York. He has photographed many well-known celebrities and models, including Michael Bergin, Naomi Campbell, Snoop Dogg, Massimiliano Neri, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Sabato Jr.


Thursday Morning, Studio 7, Document (documentjournal.com), Spring/Summer 2013, Jack Pierson (Photographer), Victoria Bartlett (Fashion Editor/Stylist), John Tan (Casting Director) (http://models.com/work/document-thursday-morning-studio-7/145886)

























Pierson's practice embodies an array of media spanning from wall-drawings, word-pieces, installations, drawings, paintings and photographs. He is considered to be part of a group of photographers known as the Boston School -- David Armstrong, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Mark Morrisroe and twins Doug and Mike Starn, among others. All of them knew one another in the early 1980's and photographed their immediate circle of friends in situations that were, or appeared to be, casual or intimate.

Pierson first began making his Word Sculptures in 1991, utilizing found objects – mismatched letters salvaged from junkyards, old movie marquees, roadside diners, Las Vegas casinos, and other forsaken enterprises. The word sculptures create individual words or phrases that evoke a multiplicity of meanings.

Commissioned in 1997 by the artistic collective Bernadette Corporation, Pierson's video Past Life in Egypt is a collaboration with Ursula Hodel, who plays an outrageous and glamorous dominatrix in the video. At one point, her character sadly recounts her past life as a wicked queen of Egypt, in love with a much younger man and impervious to the suffering of her people. The narrative is at times humorous, sensational and spectacular, but is ultimately grounded in the haze of past memories and the regrets of a past life.

In 2003, Pierson published Self Portrait, a book of photographs by features 15 images of beautiful men, arranged to suggest the arc of a lifetime—beginning with a young boy and progressing to old age with men in various stages of undress; none of the images is of the artist himself.

In 2006, inspired by an earlier series of pencil drawings he did from an old postcard of a woman's face, Pierson produced a suite of twelve large-scale silkscreen paintings, all linearly graphic in black ink on diffused, off-white linen. Removed from its original and singular representation in a photograph, the portrayed woman's facade is variously multiplied by hand and then enlarged by the machine-like reproduction of silkscreen.

In a group of what Pierson refers to as "first page drawings", original texts from various female authors, already multiplied by machine to the printed word, are returned to the realm of the singular and hand written original. Pierson diligently copies the first page of books-penned by Barbara Pym, Jean Rhys, Sister Wendy and Marilyn Monroe, among others-on 11 x 14 inch paper.

Pierson's work is regularly commissioned for magazines and he has undertaken photography projects for several luxury fashion houses. Commissioned by the Italian luxury label Bottega Veneta, he photgraphed models Liya Kebede, Karmen Pedaru and Alexandre Cunha for the men and women’s 2012 spring/summer ad campaign along Coconut Grove, Florida.

For the project The Source, artist Doug Aitken filmed a conversation with Pierson, exploring the essence of his creative process.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Pierson

Mark Morrisroe (January 10, 1959 in Malden, Massachusetts - July 24, 1989 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was a performance artist and photographer. He is known for his performances and photographs, which were germane in the development of the punk scene in Boston in the 70's and the art world boom of the mid to late 80's in NYC. By the year of his death he had 2,000 pieces of work to his name. (Picture: Self Portrait (to Brent), 1982, Mark Morrisroe)

Born to a drug-addicted mother, Morrisroe left home and began hustling under the name Mark Dirt at the age of 15. His mother was a tenant of Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler, and Mark often told people he was DeSalvo's illegitimate son. When he was 17 years old, one of his disgruntled clients shot him in the back, leaving him with a bullet lodged next to his spine for the rest of his life. The experience had a profound influence on Morrisroe's art, which often incorporated images of young prostitutes and X-rays of his injured chest. Morrisroe attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he made friends with several soon-to-be-well-known artists, including Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Stephen Tashjian (aka Tabboo!, with whom he founded the drag duo "Clam Twins" at the famous Pyramid Club in New York), Gail Thacker and Pat Hearn. His boyfriend while he lived in Boston was Johnathan Pierson, who later changed his name to Jack Pierson. He graduated from the Museum School with honors receiving the coveted "5th" Year" Award. While attending, he performed as a drag character of his own creation named Sweet Raspberry and co-founded a zine called Dirt Magazine with his friend Lynelle White, distributing it in Boston nightclubs. This zine was composed of fake news and gossip about celebrities, bands and other famous people, mostly from Boston.


Self-portrait with Jonathan
Born to a drug-addicted mother, Mark Morrisroe left home at 13 and began hustling at 15. The entirety of Morrisroe's brief life was characterized by danger and poverty, and mythologized by him. Morrisroe died in 1989. He is known for his performances and photographs, which were germane in the development of the punk scene in Boston in the 70's and the art world boom of the mid to late 80's in NYC. His ashes are scattered in McMinnville on the farm of his last boyfriend, Ramsey McPhillips.



















His career as a photographer began when he was given a Polaroid Model 195 Land camera. He experimented with unusual development techniques, receiving generous support of supplies, film, and chemicals from the Polaroid Corporation. Within his close circle of friends he soon laid claim to the "invention" of what are called "sandwich" prints—enlargements of double negatives of the same subject mounted on top of one another—which yielded an elaborate pictorial quality, producing a very iconic painterly impression in the final result, which over time Morrisroe learned to use in an increasingly controlled way. Early on, the artist recognized the intrinsic value of prints—irrespective of the medium used to produce them—as pictorial objects that he could manipulate, color, paint, and write on at will. Thus, Morrisroe scrawled comments, biographical notes and dedications on the side of his pictures, which made them very personal pieces of art. His photographs were mostly portraits, and his subjects included lovers, friends, hustlers, and people who visited his apartment. He also often incorporated stills from Super 8 films. There are also a few photographs which incorporate landscapes and external shots.

Morrisroe died on July 24, 1989 from complications of HIV. His ashes are scattered in McMinnville, Oregon on the farm of his last boyfriend, Ramsey McPhillips. His fame has increased steadily since his death. He is considered a member of the "Boston School" and his work is found in many important collections including that of the Whitney and MOCA of Los Angeles. The estate of Mark Morrisroe (Collection Ringier) is currently located at the Fotomuseum Winterthur.

In the time from 1981 to 1984 Morrisroe shot three low-budget movies on Super-8 film: "The Laziest Girl in Town" (1981), "Hello from Bertha" (1983) and "Nymph-O-Maniac" (1984). These films were influenced by directors such as John Waters and Jack Smith.

"His work was exhibited by Pat Hearn Gallery from 1985 onward, including solo exhibitions in 1986 and 1988, His photographs have been included in two group shows at Artists' Space: Split Vision, in 1985 (curated by Robert Mapplethorpe): and Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, 1989 (curated by Nan Goldin). After his death, he was the center of the survey exhibition Boston School, ICA Boston 1995 (curated by Lia Gangitono). Solo exhibitions of his work have included Mark Morrisroe, 1959 - 1989, Neue Gesellschaft fur Bildende Kunst, Berlin; My Life: Mark Morrisroe, Polaroids 1977 - 1989, MOCA, Los Angeles (both 1997)"* { *Bio from Artists' Space catalogue: Mark Morrisroe From This Moment On (curated by Richard Birkett and Stefan Kalmar).
Mark Morrisroe: From This Moment On: Artists' Space 2011.
2010 Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
2011 Mark Morrisroe: From This Moment On: Artists' Space, New York. Curated by Richard Birkett and Stefan Kalmar).
2012 Mark Morrisroe. Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Morrisroe

Further Readings:

Mark Morrisroe by Stuart Comer, Beatrix Ruf, Thomas Seelig and Mark Morrisroe
Paperback: 516 pages
Publisher: JRP|Ringier; First Edition edition (March 31, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 3037641215
ISBN-13: 978-3037641217
Amazon: Mark Morrisroe

A luminous comet shooting across the late 70s constellation of photographers and artists that included Nan Goldin, David Armstrong, Jack Pierson and Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Mark Morrisroe produced an incredibly rich and various body of work in the brief ten-plus years in which he was active. He survived a fraught childhood and teen years as a prostitute (he was once shot by a client) to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where he made friendships with Goldin, Armstrong and others, performed in drag under the name Sweet Raspberry, cofounded the punk zine Dirt ("he sort of invented the Boston punk scene," Jack Pierson later recalled) and eventually graduated from the school with honors. Shortly after, Morrisroe moved to New York, acquired a Polaroid camera and began photographing. Most of his photographs are portraits--of hustlers, lovers, friends and of himself--or hand-painted photograms. Morrisroe is also famed for his X-ray self-portraits, which show the bullet lodged near his spine after his shooting. All of his output carries this reckless, go-for-broke character, and an edge of urgency and necessity. After his death (from AIDS-related illnesses), more than 2,000 Polaroids were found among his possessions. This first comprehensive monograph compiles photographs and ephemera from the early punk years to Super-8 films, photograms and the late self-portraits. More than 500 photographs are reproduced here, alongside essays and an extensive biography.
Born to a drug-addicted mother, Mark Morrisroe (1959-1989) left home at 13, began hustling at 15 and at 17 was shot in the back by a client. The entirety of Morrisroe's brief life was characterized by danger and poverty, and mythologized by him as such: his mother was a friend and neighbor of Albert DeSalvo (aka the Boston Strangler) and Morrisroe claimed to be his illegitimate son. Morrisroe died in 1989

Jack Pierson Desire/Despair: A Retrospective: Selected Works 1985-2005
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Rizzoli (November 7, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0847828964
ISBN-13: 978-0847828968
Amazon: Jack Pierson Desire/Despair: A Retrospective: Selected Works 1985-2005

Like Andy Warhol and Ed Ruscha before him, Jack Pierson expresses himself through a variety of media. Drawn to stardom, melodrama, loneliness, and emotional narrative as subjects for his art, Pierson infuses his work with literal and visual references to lost love, sexual longing, faded glamour, fleeting moments, and sentimental musings.This book will contain approximately 200 works organized into five sections that echo the prevalent themes in Pierson's oeuvre: Riches and Fame, Desire Despair, Rented Rooms, Another Time Another Place, and Ghosts. A subversive playfulness and an erotic undercurrent run throughout, especially in the photographs of men, including never-before-published celebrity portraits.Surveying more than twenty years of the artist's career, this beautifully designed volume marks a milestone for all fans of Pierson's art.

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