Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Bite 81: Jack Pierson - Last Chance Lost, 2007

Last Chance Lost, 2007, metal, neon, wood, and plastic, 122 x 8 x 61 cm
Jack Pierson creates word sculptures by combining found objects - old neon letters, harking back to old Las Vegas hotels and casinos. 

Each letter has its own story to tell and Pierson highlights this by bringing them together into words and phrases redolent in meaning and ambiguity. Letters slanted and mismatched appear as if coincidentally forming words, heaped together in The Boneyard, lit up for no one in particular, stripped of previous hollow purposes.

Last Chance Lost evokes the loneliness and inevitable failure behind the bright, flashing lights of Las Vegas casinos - where there never seems to be a last chance, until it's lost.

Currently on view in the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at LACMA, Los Angeles.