Tierney Gearon: Explosure at Ace Gallery

All Images © Tierney Gearon

Thursday night I pushed my way through the crowd at Ace Gallery to see Tierney Gearon‘s new show titled Explosure.  I definitely want to go back before the show closes to see the work again in a less crowded and fabulous environment, but I have to say, I was really blown away.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a show of new work that really got me, and this one did just that.  I’m not sure what the explanation of the work is, and frankly, I don’t need to know.  To me, this work is very dreamlike.  It’s very much about how we remember things; how our brains work in terms of memory.  One thing I loved about the work was the play on scale in all of the images.  I think, for me, that is what took it out of the realm of reality.  I always remember things in bits and pieces.  I remember my dreams in bits and pieces.  If someone asked me to photographically illustrate my family vacations at the Jersey Shore or getting my first puppy, I’d have a very hard time of photographing something I vividly, and at the same time, barely remember.  I remember these things and many others in a different way than something that happened last week.  These events have crossed over into a more fantastical area in my brain, where they have become both real and mythical at the same time. How would one photograph this?  Through a simple and possibly overused technique of in-camera double exposure, Tierney Gearon has created some of the most interesting work I’ve seen in a looooong time, and the prints are definitely worth seeing in person.  

5 comments to Tierney Gearon: Explosure at Ace Gallery

  • Liz

    I couldn’t agree more, Emily, and I love your way of explaining it. You nailed it with, “I always remember things in bits and pieces.” Tierney really seems to have tapped into how the brain works, how it processes memory and how memory becomes mythical.

    I’m so disappointed that we missed each other, but I’m with you: I want to go back sometime when it’s empty and I can focus on the work even more.

  • Patrick Romero

    great prints indeed…but way too many people. I’ll be going back to check it out again.

  • drew

    i loved the ones he had a photo la. they were pretty amazing in person. let me know when you’re going back. i’d love to go.

  • Christopher Wise

    With such “perfect” combinations of images I have a hard time believing that the double exposure was done in camera. Who keeps a half shot roll of film in camera from winter to summer? Maybe Tierney.

    Out-of-camera double exposure would be cool by me too.

  • Emily Shur

    @ Christopher Wise: Everything I read about the work claimed it was all made in camera with no retouching. I agree it’s kinda crazy, but apparently it’s possible!