Jack Early

Jack Early Making Me Smile (Red Record) 2008-2011, hand made records

Jack Early’s text piece Poster recounts the story of his rapid ascent and decent as part of the art duo Pruitt-Early in the New York art world of the late 80’s early 90’s. Their career climaxed with The Red Black Green Red White Blue Project at the Leo Castelli gallery in 1992 (re-installed Tate Modern, Pop Life: Art in a Material World 2009). The exhibition was notoriously slammed, almost unanimously, by the critical community and led to the artists being ostracized from the art world. In the aftermath of the 1992 show Early ceased to make visual art for a decade and a half, turning instead to writing and music. Early recounts his life experiences of the last 15 years in his lyrics and melodies, expressing the melancholy and joy of finding happiness after lost love, fame and fortune. American folk music and oral tradition underlie Early’s narratives in which sentimentality and irony are used to underpin the sometimes-dark aspects of American culture. Early’s brightly coloured hand-pressed vinyl recordings are both iconic pop objects and conceptually ironic plays on the notion of ready-mades.

Installation view: Jack Early Poster 2008-2011, digital print, hand made record and turntable

Installation view: Jack Early Making Me Smile (Red Record); Sunny Sun Day (Blue Record); Making Me Smile (Lip Red Record); It Don’t Rain In Beverly Hills (Light Pink Record); It Don’t Rain In Beverly Hills (Pink Record), each 2008-2011, hand made records

Installation view: Jack Early Poster 2008-2011, digital print, hand made record and turntable; Making Me Smile (Red Record); Sunny Sun Day (Blue Record); Making Me Smile (Lip Red Record); It Don’t Rain In Beverly Hills (Light Pink Record); It Don’t Rain In Beverly Hills (Pink Record), each 2008-2011, hand made records

Installation view: Jack Early Two Ships 2008-2011, hand made record

Making Me Smile 2008, Hand made record, sticker, and paint, installation view, E31 Gallery, Athens

It Don’t Rain In Beverly Hills 2008, Hand made record, sticker, and paint, installation view, E31 Gallery, Athens

Two Ships 2008, Hand made record, sticker, and paint, installation view, E31 Gallery, Athens

Born 1962, Raleigh, N.C.
Lives and works in New York

Education

1986 Wesleayan College, Rockky Mount, NC Bachelor of Arts
1984 Corcoran Museum School, Washington DC
1981 North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

Pruitt & Early Solo Exhibitions

1993 Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy Mulier & Mulier, Knokke, Belgium
1992 Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY Galerie Rachel Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland
1991 APAC, Centre d’art Contemporain, Nevers, France Stuart Regen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Esther Schipper, Koln, Germany Daniel Buchholz, Koln, Germany
1990 303 Gallery, New York, NY

Pruitt & Early Projects

1995 British Elle Decor Magazine “It’s Life, But Not As We Know It ”, living space project
1994 “Bumper Stickers” Published through a grant from Real Artways, Hartford, CT
1993 “Pruitt – Early’s Wedding and Fashion Show” Club USA, New York, NY
1992 “The New York Auto Show” Designed poster and graphic for 1992 show New York, NY

Jack Early Projects

2007 Puma Urban Mobility & the Serpentine Gallery Reality Bag Project, “the notepad” curated by John Armleder
2007 Artist Records Art Basel, curated by John Armleder

Jack Early Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 ‘Jack Early Bites’, John McWhinnie at Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, East Hampton, NY ‘Jack Early’s Ear Candy Machine’, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
2009 ‘Jack Early’s Ear Candy Machine’, Southfirst, Brooklyn, NY
2008 ‘Jack Early’ E31 Gallery, Athens, Greece,

Jack Early Selected Group Exhibitions

2010 a site TFA | Teverina Fine Art, Cortona Italy
2005 Jasmin, E31 Gallery, Athens, Greece, curated by Alexandros Georgiou

Pruitt & Early Select Group Exhibitions

2010 ‘Mapping the Studio’ Palazzo Grassi, François Pinault Foundation, Venice
2009 ‘Pop Life: Art in the Material World’ Tate Modern, London
2005 “Drunk Vs. Stoned 2, “ Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York, NY
2003 ‘Bright Lights, Big City,’ David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
1998 ‘Sassy Nuggets’, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY; ‘Hey, You Never Know’, curated by Kenny Schachter, New York
1995 ‘It’s Only Rock and Roll’, travelling exhibition, curated by David S. Rubin
1993 ‘Avantgarde & Kamgagne’, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany (curated by Jurgen Harten); ‘Teddy & Other Stories’, Cladio Botello Arte & Galleria In Arco, Torino, Italy (curated by Luca Beatrice and Cristiana Perrela); ‘In Search of Self’, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC; ‘Fortryck’, Galleri Enkeshuset, Stockholm, Sweden; ‘Under 30’, Galerie Metropol, Wein, Austria; ‘Translations’, Center for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
1992 ‘Objects’, Casteli Graphics, New York, NY; ‘Post Human’, curated by Jeffrey Deitch, FAE Musee D’Art; Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland; Castello di Rivoli, Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli, Italy; Deste Foundation for contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Deichorhallen Hamburg, Germany; Rudolph Zwirner Gallery, Koln Germany; ‘Molteplici Culture’, curated by Liam Gillick, Rome, Italy; ‘Tattoo Collection’, Air de Paris, Paris, France; ‘How It Is’, Tony Shafrazi Gallery, New York, NY
1991 ‘The Store’, Richard Bennett Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; ‘New Generaitons: New York’, Carnegie Mellon Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; ‘New Work by Gallery Artists’, 303 Gallery New York, NY; ‘No Man’s Time’, Villa Arson, Nice, France; ‘Louder’, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago IL (curated by Kathryn Hixon); ‘Selections’, FAE Musee D’Art Contemporain, Lausanne, Switzerland
1990 Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Washington, D.C.; ‘Brut ‘90’, White Columns, New York, NY; ‘Paintball’, with Richard Prince and Tom Henry III, 303 Gallery, New York, NY; ‘Stendhal Syndrome: The Cure’, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY; ‘Total Metal’, Simon Watson, New York, NY (curated by Richard Phillips); ‘Stuttering’, Stux Gallery, New York, NY
1989 ‘Group Show’, American Fine Arts Co., New York, NY (video presentation by Colin de Land, Art Cologne, West Germany, American Fine Arts Co.)

Bibliography

2011 David Duncan ‘Jack Early’ Art in America May 12; Trong G. Nguyen ‘The Slant on Jack Early’ Art Slant, March 2011; Marina Kashdan ‘Let The Madness Begin: Previewing NYC’s Armory Week’ Huffington Post, February 27; Joseph R. Wolin “Jack Early ‘Jack Eraly’s Ear Candy Machine’ Time Out New York, February 8;
2005 Roberta Smith, “Art Review: ‘Drunk vs. Stoned 2’, Along the Blurry; Line Between Blotto and Buzzed,” The New York Times, August 26
1992 Eric Troncy, “Being Positive is the Secret of the 90s,” Flash Art May/June, p. 96; Brian D’Amato, “Review: Pruitt & Early, Leo Castelli Gallery,” Flash Art, March/April, p. 112; “Review: Pruit & Early, Leo Castelli, NYC,” C Magazine, Vol 33, Spring, p. 51-52; Ken Johnson, “Review,” Art in America, p. 164. “Pruitt & Early,” Arts Review
1991 Jed Perl, “Scatter Art,” Vogue, December, p. 122; “Review: Pruitt Early, 303 Gallery,” Flash Art, January/February, p.135; Ronald Jones, “Review: Pruitt & Early, 303 Gallery,” Artscribe, p. 82; Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, “Who’s Bad? Accounting for Taste,” Art Forum, p. 119
1990 Dan Cameron, “The Sexual is Cultural,” Art & Auction, December, p. 88; Jerry Saltz, “So Low Can’t Get Under It,” Arts Review, December, p. 27