Anthony Pearson – Blurring the Line Between Sculpture and Painting

Anthony Pearson (b. 1969), a Los Angeles-based artist, is renowned for his meticulous and sensitive application of process and materials. He initially began his practice with photography, where he explored the formal boundaries of the medium, leading him to cultivate a visual language grounded in abstraction that investigates the conflicts between positive and negative, lightness and darkness. He continues to examine these dichotomies through various materials such as plaster, bronze, and clay, which he then elevates to evoke subtle, yet powerful, poetic moments.

From 2006 onwards, Pearson has consistently explored and experimented with sculpture, turning his first use of gypsum cement into bronze castings. He himself says that he was dissatisfied with his photographic work because the “intensity of the real world could never be accurately rendered in photographs.”

© Photography by Anthony Pearson via Marianne Boesky Gallery, Jason Haam and David Kordansky

Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Plaster Positive), 2015 via Marianne Boesky Gallery
151.8 x 111.1 x 11.4 cm
Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Plaster Positive), 2015 via Marianne Boesky Gallery, 151.8 x 111.1 x 11.4 cm
Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Etched Plaster Triptych), 2016 via Marianne Boesky Gallery
Overall: 26.7 x 94 x 4.4 cm
Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Etched Plaster Triptych), 2016 via Marianne Boesky Gallery, 26.7 x 20.3 x 4.4 cm
Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Etched Plaster Triptych), 2016 via Marianne Boesky Gallery, 26.7 x 20.3 x 4.4 cm
Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Plaster Positive), 2015 via Jason Haam
Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Etched Plaster), 2018 via Marianne Boesky Gallery, 152.4 x 62.2 x 7.6 cm
Minimalist art by Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Plaster Positive), 2015 via David Kordansky, 72.4 x 54.6 x 8.3 cm

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