Untitled (Adult Video)

1997

Object

Artist

Jack Pierson, American, Born 1960-
Born: Plymouth, MA
Work Locations: New York, NY

Object Info

Object: sculpture; sign; neon
Not currently on view
Object ID: 2001.839

Medium/Technique

Neon tubing, transformer, ed. 3/3

Credit

Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
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Dimensions

height: 32 in, 81.2800 cm; width: 32 in, 81.2800 cm; diameter: 32 in, 81.2800 cm

Department

Modern and Contemporary Art

Edition

3/3

Extended Info

“Adult Video” is a large circular neon sign. Enclosed in a red circle are the words “Adult Video” in purple script. Pierson’s works draw on collective knowledge of cultural and historical clichés and stereotypes. He uses language clues with strong connotations to suggest a narrative and invite his viewers to fill in the details. Pierson’s neon works exude an aura of celebrity and glamour, but the phrase “Adult video” – Often found on commercial signs in certain seedy parts of every city – also evokes notions of secret, inappropriate desires. By extracting the text from its original, lurid context and placing it in a gallery setting, Pierson trivializes its taboo qualities. At the same time, he asks viewers to contemplate their own uneasy reactions to the sign. (Haley J. Richardson in Companion to Light, Sound, and the Moving Image, Denver Art Museum, 2011, 68.)

Jack Pierson lives and works in New York and Southern California. He was born in Plymouth Massachusetts in 1960, and in 1984 he graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Pierson lives and works in New York.

Exhibition History

  • Cape Musee d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, 1996
  • Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany, 1997
  • "Jack Pierson: Multiples"—Edition Schellmann, New York, 1998
  • "Retrospectacle: 25 Years of Collecting Modern and Contemporary Art"—Denver Art Museum, 11/16/2002 - 08/03/2003
  • "BLINK! Light, Sound and Moving Image"—Denver Art Museum, 03/10/2011 - 04/30/2011