Kris Pierce explores notions of power, value, and states of consciousness in the context of our modern digital world through his art works. Specific to the OJAC’s Cell Series exhibition he states: “In the 21st century, identity finds itself divided between physical and digital space. The possibilities of social media, digital avatars, and anonymous chat boards offer a platform where people can say what they want and be what they want, in search of an “upgraded” way of existing. Through a variety of media, including video, real-time 3D, CG modeling, and photography, A Ghost in the Attic, explores the ways in which people project themselves out of the confines of their physical reality into virtual space in an attempt to find the freedoms they lack in their “real” lives.”
It is both fitting and ironic that Pierce’s works deal with peoples’ desire to escape the confines of their physical bodies, given they will exist within the confines and context of former prisoner cells of the OJAC’s 1877 structure. More than one hundred and forty years later we are still attempting to escape current realities by whatever means available.
Pierce works in Dallas, Texas and has exhibited internationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces, including recent solo and group exhibitions at the Hiroshima Art Center, Japan; CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea; Gallerie Se Konst, Falun, Sweden; Réunion, Zurich, Switzerland; The Mac, Dallas; Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio; the Dallas Museum of Art; and RL Window, Ryan/Lee, New York City.
The 2019 Cell Series is generously supported by McGinnis Family Fund of Communities of Texas in loving memory of Juli Weida McGinnis, 1941-2018, Kathy Webster in memory of Charles H. Webster, Barbra & Jay Clack, Susie & Joe Clack, Jenny & Rob Dupree, Patrick & Amy Kelly.