Jason and Jesse Pearson
Our work uses photography and drawing to navigate shared experiences and to create narratives existing between fact and fiction based on or memories, family history, desires, and fantasies ranging from adolescence to adulthood. The images in this series construct a shared autobiography and exploration of the self as seen through the lens of family and personal history. We grew up hunting with our father, and learned about animal sexuality, human survival, and the dynamic of predator and prey at a young age. This background informs our artistic process, in that we allow ourselves to shoot whatever image we desire of the subjects. In having our subjects theatrically pose for the camera, we are able to construct narratives and a metaphorical theater-in-the-round. The resulting images create the depiction, and in some cases exploitation of, an element of male culture that is both beautiful and grotesque.
Jason and Jesse Pearson (Stewartville, MN) are identical twin brothers and collaborative artists who work under the moniker Dick and Wayne. They completed BFA degrees in Photography at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2002. Their work has been shown at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) and Accident Gallery (Eureka, CA), among others, and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College (Chicago, IL). They received awards from Light Work in 2011 and a residency from the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. Their work has appeared in F-Stop Magazine.
Individually, Jesse received his MFA at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque in 2006. He received a 2011 Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant and a summer residency at the Cooper Union School of Art in 2007. Jason received his MFA at Syracuse University in 2007. He participated in the Anderson Ranch Artists’ Residency Program in Snowmass Village, CO from 2007-2008