Title of ArtworkOMG
Year of Origin2014
    195 x 419 cm
    metal, neon, light bulbs, and transformer
Collaboration/Shared Production/Research
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Douglas Tracy Smith and Dorothy Potter Smith Fund
    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Medium/Type of Artwork
Light Source
Light-Optical Factors
History of a work
2020ExhibitionsHatfieldArtikel im artdailyLink

OMG is the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art’s new commissioned artwork by American artist Jack Pierson. Hovering above the Main Street entrance, OMG is a colorful and engaging addition to the museum’s historic, Gothic-revival façade and is the first in a changing series of contemporary art projects planned for the museum’s exterior.

Evocative, contemporary, and with a touch of humor, OMG is an instantly recognizable engagement with an online-centric culture. Its translation—”Oh My God,” “Oh My Goodness,” or “Oh My Gosh”—is generally understood by the masses. As an expression, “OMG” has come to be understood as a word on its own, with no need for translation. With this contemporary statement mounted on the historic museum facade, the Wadsworth Atheneum enthusiastically embraces its proclamation, “New Since 1842.”

Jack Pierson’s mash-up of found letters from old signs, sometimes installed with lit elements, is a signature language and style that the artist has utilized since the early 1990s. A single word, phrase, or sentence can comprise a Pierson wall sculpture or artwork. OMG is Pierson’s first public commission and the only outdoor work by the artist in the Northeast. (12.02.2020)

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