The fifth volume in Jack Pierson's famed Tomorrow's Man
series associates archival material and works by contemporary artists in a
collage-like design to produce an exploded vision of the current visual
landscape, draped in vintage homoeroticism and glamour.
The fifth volume in Jack Pierson's celebrated Tomorrow's Man
artist book series mixes imagery from all spectrums of the visual
landscape into a single mediation on the world around us. Combining
archival material together with contributions by emerging and established
artists, Tomorrow's Man 5 continues on where the
earlier volumes left off.
Contributions by Dietmar Busse, David Carrino, Jeff Davis,
Florence Derive, David Dupuis, Gareth McConnell, Jack Pierson, Samoa,
Clement PJ Schneider, Janet Stein, Paula Stuttman, Richard Tinkler, Jordan
Tomorrow's Man 5 comes in five different covers, randomly
Tomorrow's Man is a series of artist's
books by Jack Pierson. The title comes from an infamous bodybuilding
magazine from the 1950s and '60s. Reappropriating
the publication's title as well as its retro bodybuilding aesthetic,
Pierson takes viewers on a dizzying visual journey encompassing the full
spectrum of cultural references.
While studying at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Jack Pierson
(born 1960 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, lives and works in New York City and
Southern California) became associated with a group of photo
artists who would become known as the Boston School, of which Nan Goldin was also a central figure. Pierson's practice embodies an array of
media spanning from wall-drawings,
word-pieces, installations, drawings,
and photographs. His photographic works have often been compared to images
from road movies, movies whose rapturous race toward fulfilment have become
etched into the Americanlandscape.
His favourite subjects are drawn mostly from his daily life as a
contemporary artist: fragments of urban landscapes, still lives of ordinary
objects, homoerotic nudes,
evocative words worked into collages
or transformed into neons. Far from simply seeking to create traditional
variations on the American Dream, the artist seeks instead to explore the
flip side of the concept, searching to express what he calls “the tragedy
inherent in the pursuit of glamour”.