All work by Jessica Pierotti. Review by W. Tanner Young.
Jessica Pierotti's Lake Michigan work is a deliberate rumination on the limits of photography, meditated through a personal connection to the body of water itself. It seems fitting to approach these ideas in this manner - both are vast, both can be imbued with highly subjective significance or just overlooked as objective entities. Both are complex while seemingly simple on the surface - The Lake is so much more than just the water. Water is malleable, changing to ice or gas and conforming to whatever container may hold it, just as photography can adapt to many needs and uses.
Much of Pierotti’s work increasingly is not even photographs, but photo-inspired. Traced line drawing installations (presented at Filter Photo’s show ARGUS) show us the photo, without the photo, and the colored tiles mimic (heavy) pixelization of a photograph of the lake - fields of color that act as minimalistic metaphor for the monotonous expanse of water and land. Enigmatic, yet anonymous enough to not draw attention away from the subject at hand - the photograph (or lack of) itself - The Lake is a perfect backdrop for this endeavor.
Pierotti’s work will be featured in The Enigmatic Object, Filter Photo’s 7th juried exhibition, juried by Kyohei Abe(Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography) and Caroline Picard(Bad at Sports).
The Enigmatic Object
March 7 - 28
Reception: March 7, 5:30 - 8 pm
1821 West Hubbard St
I’ve been running Filter Photo’s blog, Image 37. Analyzing articles and essays, and reviewing photo sets from various local artists helps me deconstruct and better understand contemporary theory and practice. I’m particularly glad to have come to a better understanding of Jess Pierotti’s work - local artist, fellow Ohioan, and occasional friend. Good job, Pierogi!