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Jerry Kearns’ “psychological pop” paintings represent a multidimensional quantum universe. Juxtaposing varied modes of representation, Kearns presents a visual mash-up that highlights how certain iconography expresses American belief structures. In compositions rife with conflict, questioning, contradictions and intrigue, Kearns depicts iconic figures sourced from Western popular culture engaged in perpetual power struggles, though it’s never clear who is winning. His characters fluctuate between protagonist and antagonist in a narrative that reflects our own constructions of reality – a matrix of thought where time and space are condensed and presented in a single, tense moment.
Jerry Kearns has exhibited internationally across the Americas, Europe, and Asia since the 1980s. He has been featured many times in The New York Times, Art and Auction, ARTnews, and Artforum, among others. His paintings are included in many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), National Galerie (Berlin), Brooklyn Museum (New York), the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), The Norton Family Collection (Los Angeles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Queensland Art Gallery (Queensland, Australia).
In the interview a show was mentioned at Joe’s Pub by Nora, that can seen here.
[…] Jerry Kearns is finishing a series of eight, seven foot square paintings inspired by his wife Nora, a singer and bandleader’s cancer diagnosis three years ago. Kearns says he has been painting his way back from the reality of his wife’s diagnosis and subsequent death. […]
Hi, Condolences for your late wife , I am an old friend of Bruce Elowitt and we were just talking on the phone , He said to google you and your art , I like it , I am an old Faifax grad , Bruce and I did Bancroft together , I live in Palm Desert now , after a long career in Corporate Interior Architecture. In fact Bruces Wife worked for me and I introduced them , Hope you are doing better now , Take care , Joel Bernstein
Just saw your 2018 note. Thank you for you kind thoughts. Please give my best to Bruce – He made high school fun.