Ray's primary thematic concerns center around containment, integration, isolation, and self-sufficiency. A leader in Conceptual Realism, Ray's best work offers a metaphor for the gap between the literal and the symbolic (or the known and the unknown).
His art is compelling in its representation
Most of Pierson's work consists of smallish monochromes created with an oilstick on paper. "What You Take With You and What You Leave Behind" (1994) depicts a wooden folding chair with a short-sleeved, silk-print shirt dangling from its back, a coffee cup, and cigarette butts scattered around the flo