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Oil Can Tremolo

Kris Pierce


Fort Worth Contemporary Arts

February 25 – April 30, 2022


The Art Galleries at TCU are pleased to present a solo exhibition by Kris Pierce. The exhibition runs February 25 – April 30, 2022 at Fort Worth Contemporary Art and opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, February 25, 6-8pm. Pierce will present an artist talk in the gallery on Saturday, March 26 at 2pm.


Kris Pierce investigates the dynamic between our virtual and physical identities. He considers how basic emotional aspects of human experience, such as love, fear and sorrow, are presented through modes of communication and interaction through technology. More particularly he is interested in how individuals identify and position themselves through creative means as a type of reinvention, allowing them to exist as a different person in the digital realm. Perhaps this is the way they wish to be in real life? Is this an aspirational or dissociated behavior?


For his exhibition Oil Can Tremolo, Pierce presents new multimedia works that explore virtual identity through a real-time gathering of sources from social media platforms including Twitter and TikTok. Concerned with how we project and perceive our own reality, Pierce reflects on the role of avatars in video games and also the trend of main character syndrome; a TikTok phenomenon where people imagine and act out scenarios playing the “main character” in a fictionalized version of their lives. Pierce’s works ask us to consider how aspects of self-assurance, confidence are understood in American culture, and how technology has the potential to transform healthy individualism into a type of harmful narcissism.


Alongside his multimedia works Pierce presents large paintings employing a retro-cartoon style reminiscent of American comic design from the 1950s & 60s. Portraying a range of business-men types, the artist invokes stereotype to draw attention to aspects of interpersonal communication; small signifiers that point to class, aspiration and social mobility. This glance back serves as a thoughtful reminder that identity is a social construct, regardless of how or when it is mediated.


Based in Fort Worth Kris Pierce has exhibited internationally and nationally in museums, galleries, and public spaces, in solo and group exhibitions including at the Hiroshima Art Center, Japan; CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea; Gallerie Se Konst, Falun, Sweden; Reunion, Zurich, Switzerland; Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas; Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio; The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas; The Dallas Museum of Art; RL Window, Ryan/Lee, New York City, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art / The Momentary, Bentonville Arkansas. Pierce received a BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Texas, Denton. @krispierce


For more information about this exhibition, interview with the artist, images for press, or details about other activities of The Art Galleries at TCU please visit the Galleries website, email, or call 817-257-2588. You can check out our social media too:


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About Fort Worth Contemporary Arts

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts (FWCA) is a satellite exhibition space located a few blocks from the School of Art, on the edge of the TCU campus. Situated on West Berry Street, a busy urban corridor, this 2,000-square-foot gallery is TCU’s public-facing art venue. It offers a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage with the Dallas-Fort Worth community. At FWCA, the curatorial focus revolves around national and international artists at different stages of their career. It often includes work that has never been shown before or that is made on-site during a residency period, with direct support from the Art Galleries at TCU. This concentration means students have close access to high-quality art and can critically engage with artists on a one-on-one basis in the gallery.


Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is located at 2900 W. Berry St. and is open Wednesday – Saturday 12 – 5pm. Admission is free. In step with TCU Covid-19 protocols we ask that visitors follow these guidelines:

  • All visitors (students, faculty, staff and general public) must wear masks in the galleries, maintain 3ft social distancing and sign-in for contact tracing purposes. A gallery attendant will be on hand if you have any questions or forget your mask.
  • If you would like to bring your class or a group to the galleries, please contact us by email to arrange ahead of time To meet our occupancy guidelines we may need to split large classes or groups depending on which gallery you visit.

These guidelines are subject to change, and we will circulate updated guidelines for visiting the Galleries if needed. You can also follow all of TCU's Covid-19 updates here:


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