Thursday, 21 May – Friday, 22 May: 10.30am to 7pm
Saturday, 23 May: 10.30am – 5pm
Sunday, 24 May: 10.30am – 2pm
Manufactured objects surround us. Few are vital to our existence, but we use certain of these products to identify ourselves as civilized, even modern. Usually eclipsed though, are the low-cost, mass-produced items of utility and consumerism. Pearson is interested in these ‘lower’ cultural forms and uses such things as postcards, furniture and discarded junk as starting-points.
From skip, street or pound shop, these objects – often having a direct relationship to our bodies, everyday lives or memories – are ‘reworked’. Burrowing into their meanings and making drawings and collages in the process, Pearson creates new or amplified associations. Often using a wry humour or foregrounding the ‘uncanny’, this work addresses what the artist sees as the interesting or awkward relationship between sculpture and everyday objects – and the certain truth that things are often uncertain, or not what they seem.
Nick Pearson was born in Leeds. He now lives and works in London, has exhibited internationally, is a founder member of OPEN Ealing and teaches on the Art & Design Foundation Course at LCCA. Recent group shows include ‘Material Matters’ (2103–14) Gerald Moore Gallery, London; ‘Shelf Life’ (2013) Shed Gallery, Ilkley; ‘Visibly Evident’ (2010–11), a touring exhibition of artists using photography at Central Space Gallery, OPEN Arts Centre and Spinach (all in London); ‘Sitting Room’ (2007–09), a touring exhibition shown at Alsager Arts Centre in Manchester, Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge, and venues in The Netherlands, Mexico and the USA. A version of this exhibition was shown at Leeds College Art Gallery in 2014 (although the current show includes some more recent work). A solo exhibition of sculpture and drawings, ‘Neither Use nor Ornament’, was shown at Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax in 2010–11.