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‘Reality Artist’, Signe Pierce uses her body, the camera and her surroundings to produce films, performances and photographs, and  with a singularly flashy, neon, Instagram aesthetic. Through her work, she posits questions regarding gender, identity, sexuality and reality within an increasingly digital world.

Signe Pierce’s practice encompasses performance, video, photography, writing, and digital installations.   She aligns and identifies with the notion of being a ‘Reality Artist’, a term Pierce acknowledges is at once enigmatic and paradoxical by nature, melding two highly subjective and contested concepts (Reality and Art).  Pierce uses her body, the camera and her surroundings to produce films, performances, photographs and web-based works with a singularly flashy, neon, urban aesthetic.  Through her work, she posits questions regarding gender, identity, sexuality and reality within an increasingly digital world.  She starred in and was the co-creator of the highly acclaimed short film, American Reflex (dir. Alli Coates).

In 2015, her performance in the short film, American Reflexxx , was uploaded to YouTube; reaching over two million views within the first week of its online release. The 14-minute film features real, unscripted footage of Pierce walking down a frenetic Myrtle Beach boardwalk whilst wearing a mirrored mask and electric blue mini-dress.  Her presence was met with a malevolent curiosity from the surrounding public, who quickly turned violent in an attempt to unmask and gender-identify her.  The shocking displays of dehumanisation and mob mentality, along with the Pierce’s tenacious performance, garnered immediate critical acclaim for the film, as well as instant viral attention online.

While Reflexxx served as a proper introduction to Pierce’s conceptual oeuvre, her hyper-saturated photographs of Los Angeles palms and neon strip malls quickly developed a following of their own.

Signe Pierce was born in Arizona in 1988 and currently lives and works in New York.  She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2011. Pierce debuted at Annka Kultys Gallery in 2017 with Faux Realities, an exhibition of 30 photos that questioned the nature of truth and artifice within the digital image.

Her work has been shown at the MdbK, Leipzig  in Germany, Düsseldorf Photo, in Germany, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, at the New Museum, New York, and at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.


SELECTED ARTWORKS

ANNKA KULTYS GALLERY
SIGNE PIERCE
Metamirrorism
2018
The whole installation is sold with one MacMini, one AppleTV, two projectors, one camera, one iPhone, four mirrors, four lights, tree fans and holographic paper
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3, 1 AP
(SPie037.18)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
American Reflexxx
2013
Video, 14 min 03 sec
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3 + 2AP
(SPie035.13)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Rainbow Palm
2015
C-type print, and frame
76 x 61 cm (image size)
(30 x 24 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie034.15)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Optical Delusions
2017
C-type print, and frame
51 x 40.5 cm (image size)
(20 x 16 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie033.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Laundrette
2016
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie032.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Station to Station to Station (Vienna)
2017
C-type print, and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(16 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie031.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Vienna Railing
2017
C-type print, and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(16 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie030.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Technocamo
2017
C-type print, and frame
30.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(12 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie029.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Paradoxxx of Paradise (Miami) 2017
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie028.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Panopticon Gaze
2017
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie027.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Slain (Hollywood, CA)
2017
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie025.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Simulated Beauty (Las Vegas)
2017
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie024.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Rose Puddle (SoHo, NYC)
2017
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie023.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Rose Bowl Motel (Los Angeles)
2017
C-type print, and frame
30.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(12 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie022.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Perhaps We Seek Out Aesthetic Beauty As A Means of Coping With the Tragedies of Every Day Existence
2017
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie021.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Vienna Morning
2017
C-type print, and frame
30.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(12 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie020.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Self-Parallaxxx
2017
C-type print, and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(16 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie019.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Nite Drive (Chinatown, NYC)
2016
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie018.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Heightened Realism
2016
C-type print, and frame
61 x 61 cm (image size)
(24 x 24 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie010.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Cornucopia
2015
C-type print, and frame
45.5 x 61 cm (image size)
(18 x 24 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie009.15)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Column Rail (SoHo, NYC)
2016
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie008.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Chinese Takeout II (Elmsford, NY)
2016
C-type print, and frame
45.5 x 61 cm (image size)
(18 x 24 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie007.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Chinatown Neon (NYC)
2016
C-type print, and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(16 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie006.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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3 AM: Donut Shop on the Edge of the Hollywood Hills (Night of the Muslim Ban), January 28, 2017
2017
C-type print, and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(16 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie005.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Mirrorgaze
2017
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie004.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
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Exocolour – (Compton)
2017
C-type print, and frame
45.5 x 61 cm (image size)
(18 x 24 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie003.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Cheap Thrills
2015
C-type print, and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie002.15)

For more information about the available works, please contact Annka sales@annkakultys.com


PAST EXHIBITIONS AT ANNKA KULTYS

SIGNE PIERCE | METAMIRRISM

28 MARCH – 28 APRIL 2018

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SIGNE PIERCE | FAUX REALITES

8 JUNE – 1 JULY 2017

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