TEEN PARTY, a gallery & project space
in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, announces:
Jack Pierson & Tommy Kha
"Summer, Some Aren't"
June 15 - August 30, 2018
Nostalgia, identity, and queer desire weave through the work of both Jack Pierson (b.1960) and Tommy Kha (b.1988). At Teen Party, a massive diptych by Pierson appropriates two promotional images of the American pop musician Ricky Nelson, crooning into a vintage microphone (“You can buy a dream or two / To last you all through the years / And the only price you pay / Is a heart full of tears.”)
Meanwhile, a wide array of photographs by Kha explore a range of preoccupations and obsessions: beds that the artist has slept in; his mother; the city of Memphis, with its lust for all things Elvis; his own face, reproduced in the form of masks and worn by friends. Together, they present a complicated picture of melancholy and longing through a lens that is both autobiographical and pop-cultural.
Jack Pierson is an artist based in New York City. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, MOCA Los Angeles, and other institutions. He is represented by Cheim & Read.
Tommy Kha is an artist based between New York City and his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. He holds an MFA in Photography from Yale University. Kha's work was featured on the cover of Vice magazine's 2017 Photo Issue; he's also the recipient of the En Foco Photography Fellowship, the Jessie and Dolph Smith Emeritus Award, and Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward award for emerging photographers.