Poncho in Capitol Reef, Utah

Poncho in Capitol Reef, Utah

ABOUT

A student of conceptual artist Fritz Carraldo, and with a nod to Andreas Gursky, Nancy Pearce captures ordinary household products in bronze, transforming the everyday into the iconic. Pearce compresses the visual information and heightens the tactical by dramatically increasing an object’s weight, enabling viewers to assimilate and consume more than possible with our eyes alone. Modifications such as simultaneously dulling and heightening the object’s details, and the addition of a mirrored surface, flatten and enhance the archetypal and the ephemeral forms alike. The spectacle of consumerism, such as a 99 Cent Store plastic poop emoji -  appear elegant by utilizing highly polished bronze. The presented object is familiar yet mysterious, like something found in an archaeological dig. The customary becomes upended — the seemingly feminine shape of the “women’s” deodorant appears phallic whereas the strong shape of the “men’s” deodorant becomes feminine.  By portraying such heightened constructions of our shared existence — from dollar store to kitchen to bathroom — Pearce’s objects act as symbols of contemporary life.

Email: nancy@nancypearce.com

Phone: 310-754-9223