SIGNE PIERCE : FAUX REALITIES

Annka Kultys Gallery
Annka Kultys Gallery
Annka Kultys Gallery
Annka Kultys Gallery
Annka Kultys Gallery
Annka Kultys Gallery
Arrow
Arrow
Slider

Annka Kultys Gallery

S I G N E   P I E R C E

8  JUNE – 1 JULY 2017

OPENING RECEPTION

WEDNESDAY, 7 JUNE, 6-8 PM


Press preview in presence of the artist: Wednesday, 7 June, 5 PM

“Because heavenly fire no longer falls on corrupted cities, it is the camera lens that, like a laser, comes to pierce lived reality in order to put it to death.”  - Jean Baudrillard

Annka Kultys Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Faux Realities, a solo exhibition of photography by New York-based artist Signe Pierce. Faux Realities will feature over 30 original photographs showcasing the highly-saturated, hyperreal worlds that Pierce inhabits and creates in her images. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK and first with Annka Kultys Gallery.

Over the past two years, Pierce has cultivated a highly sought-after visual aesthetic and conceptual identity through her lurid use of colour, lighting and subject matter. The semiotic spectrum of American excess and decay is showcased within the vacant strip mall interiors, lush palm trees and omnipresent surveillance cameras that glaze Pierce’s work like saccharine pink frosting on a donut, leaving a subtle aftertaste of dirty money and artificiality.

Despite receiving a BFA in Photography from School of Visual Arts, Pierce has been reluctant to overtly refer to herself as a photographer in the traditional sense.  Instead, she has come to identify as a “Reality Artist”, a self-imposed description that lends itself to cover the various media, mediums, performances and conceptual paradoxes that her work straddles.

Pierce arrived upon the art world’s periphery in 2015 when her performance in the short film, American Reflexxx (dir. Alli Coates), 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.   A strong element of Faux Realities’ identity is rooted in the fact that these photographs are viral stars in their own right, having been collectively liked, re-blogged and shared millions of times on social media over the course of their existence. The photographs on view at Annka Kultys Gallery appear self-aware of the fact that their physical form comes after a digital inception.  The images were born online and have been made “real.”

The series of images that makes up Faux Realities asks the viewer to ponder questions surrounding the perception of truth: “Are the subjects and locations in these images authentic, or were they fabricated?”; “Was the lighting actually like that, or was it curated?”; “How much Photoshop went into this?” Faux Realities is an invitation to consider what is “real” in an increasingly simulated world.

For all press inquires and to RVSP to the 7 June press preview, contact Paola +44 (0) 20 3302 6070 press@annkakultys.com

Download Press Release


  Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery Annka Kultys Gallery

Above: Installation view of Signe Pierce ‘Faux Realities’ at Annka Kultys Gallery, London 2017. Photo: Annka Kultys Gallery (Damian Griffiths)

 


WORKS

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)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
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
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
SIGNE PIERCE
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
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
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
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
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
SIGNE PIERCE
Hyperclassic (TriBeCa)
2016
C-type print and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie011.16)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Hyperspace (Beverly Hills)
2017
C-type print and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie012.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Kawasaki Angel
2017
C-type print and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie013.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Strip Mall of the Gods (Hollywood, CA)
2017
C-type print and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image size)
(16 x 12 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie014.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Neon Snow Pt. I (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
(SPie015.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Neon Snow Pt. II (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
(SPie016.17)
Annka Kultys Gallery
SIGNE PIERCE
Neon Palm (Studio City)
2015
C-type print and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie017.15)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SIGNE PIERCE
Sooooo Icy (Chinatown, NYC)
2017
C-type print and frame
61 x 45.5 cm (image size)
(24 x 18 in) (image size)
Ed. of 5 + 1AP
(SPie026.17)
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
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
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
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
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
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)

Exhibition Checklist

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

 


SELECTED PRESS

“Vivid Photography”

Londonist

23 June 2017


“The Top 8 Art Exhibitions To See in London This Week”

FAD

23 June 2017


“Signe Pierce: Faux Realities”

This Is Tomorrow, review by Alice Bucknell

22 June 2017


Editor’s Choice

London Photography Diary Exhibitions

June 2017


“Signe Pierce Brings her Most Viral Digital Works of Neon Hyperreality Into Gallery Walls”

Unrated, review by Eric Iannitti

13 June 2017


 “Immerse Yourself in Signe Pierce’s Neon Hyperreality”

Dazed Digital, interview by Ione Gamble

9 June 2017


“Faux Realities is Questioning What is Real in an Increasingly Simulated World”

Hunger TV

8 June 2017


“Interview with Signe Pierce”

Plastik Magazine, interview by Ralph Arida

March 2017

 


 

Annka Kultys

PAST | FUTURE