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.