Approved: 16.08.2006

Alex Pearl

Artist, Film-maker, Writer, Lecturer / academic

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Approved: 16.08.2006

Alex Pearl makes mini epic films, video installations, sculpture and books. Throughout his work there is a sense of an acceptance of failure or disappointment as important parts of the human condition. Using readily available materials and software the films are made from: suddenly apprehended ideas, discovered objects and impromptu processes. They are comparable with the sketch or doodle, an initial

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  • Location: Ipswich, East
  • Activities: Higher education, Further education, Practice-based research, Residencies
  • Categories: Animation, Film & Video, Performance, Sculpture
 
 

Biography

Alex Pearl makes mini epic films, video installations, sculpture and books. Throughout his work there is a sense of an acceptance of failure or disappointment as important parts of the human condition. Using readily available materials and software the films are made from: suddenly apprehended ideas, discovered objects and impromptu processes. They are comparable with the sketch or doodle, an initial throwaway idea made visible. They make light with big issues and are in turn haunting and funny. His sculpture is fragile, temporary and has the appearance of being on the verge of collapse or already broken. The work displays playfulness with its own limitations and a hopeless desire for greatness. There is an openness in his practice. Works are freely available online and are often submitted to the harsh criticism of the YouTube and blogging communities where pieces are often reworked under the public gaze. Alex Pearl creates situations, which illustrate our predicament. His short videos have the improvisational nature of the sketch. They revolve around the fate of simple creatures conjured from lollipop sticks or ping-pong balls. These creatures are set in motion through primitive actions and machines, and filmed whilst left to their fate. This fate is, of course, dictated by gravitational and other forces, plus a great deal of chance. The power of these understated and subtle films belie their impoverished roots. (Kate McFarlane, Drawing Links Catalogue, 2006) Almost every aspect of this film is almost nothing, and yet that is why it is so haunting and so memorable. It feels like an empty dream. (Lynda Morris, excerpt from Drawing Links Catalogue, 2006)

CV & Education

Solo Exhibitions and Screenings

2014

Mothra vs Godzilla, Canal Gallery, London

2012

Let’s Go!, Fishmarket Gallery, Northampton.

2010

Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable (commission)

The Incredible Shrinking Man, Tap Gallery Southend, (solo)

Goodbye to most of the Daydreams, ICIA, University of Bath

2009

Goodbye to most of the Daydreams, BCA Gallery, Bedford

2008

Persistence of Vision, City Gallery offsite programme, Leicester

Little Deaths, Salt Gallery, Hayle

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions, Screenings & Film Festivals

2014

Monomania, Cambridge Junction, Aid & Abet

2013

Playing with Space, Firstsite, Colchester, curated by Lawrence Bradby and Tim Phillips

Time is Now, (touring), curated by Kisito Assagni

One Minute, volume 6, Touring, curated by Kerry Baldry

2012

Now the Dream is over and the insect is awake, Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London

One Minute, volume 5, Touring, curated by Kerry Baldry

The End of the Future, Transition Gallery, London

S1 Salon, S1 Artspace, Sheffield

Bread & Roses, Motorcade/Flashparade, Bristol

Journeying with Shadows, 19th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film

Collectible, Zeitgeist Art Projects, London

Beyond Belonging, 12th GOEAST – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden, Germany

2011

Sluice, London

Eastern Pavilions, Norwich curated by Kaavous Clayton

The Man who Fell to Earth, A Monika Bobinska project at Jens Hills, 4-25 June 2011

The Count of Monte Cristo, Rogue Project Space, Manchester, Phoenix Gallery, Exeter & Influx, Limerick (Group show with Annabel Dover, Mimei Thompson & Hayley Lock)

Pulp Fictions, Transition Gallery, London, curated by Cathy Lomax

Badlands, London Art Fair, Islington (curated by Monika Bobinska)

Saison Video, Lille

Creative Machines Minimalist Sculpture, THE EVENT, Curzon Street Station, Birmingham, Curated by Charlie Levine and Minnie Weisz. (touring)

6 Degrees, The Monks Gallery, Lincoln

One Minute, volume 4, Touring, curated by Kerry Baldry

In Close Succession, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich

2010

Unspooling – artists and cinema, Cornerhouse, Manchester (curated by Andrew Bracey & Dave Griffiths)

Artside, Southend, curated by Michaela Freeman & Amy McKenny Floccinaucinihilipilification, King’s Lynn Arts Centre

Korean Experimental Art Festival, Hogdae, Seoul

Verwertung, Stattbad Wedding, Berlin

Meleager’s Garland, Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, Lincoln

Field Broadcasts, Online live event curated by Rob Smith and Rebecca Birch

Cosmic Mysteries, London Art Fair, London & Gallery Espacio, Valencia, curated by Monika Bobinska

One Minute, volume 3, Touring, curated by Kerry Baldry

Quiet Voices, Tate Britain, London

 

2009

Shift Festival, Basel

For Sale, Baby Shoes, Never Worn, g39, Cardiff, Curated by Michael Cousins

Trying to cope with things that aren’t human, DCP, San Francisco, Airspace, Stoke on Trent, & Cell project space, London. curated by Ian Brown, (Publication)

Animated, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, curated by Lotte Juul Petersen

Between Tracks, International 3, Manchester & Nextex, Bad Haus, St Gallen (curated by the Salford Restoration Office Windows Festival, Residence, Belfast

Fragments, Geborgen Kamers The Hague

Perforation, UAMO, Munich

Refutation, London & Online

E32, 5C Cultural Center Lounge, New York

 

2008

Outpost Members Show, Outpost, Norwich

Big Vaudeville 100, Greenroom, Manchester

Reading Experimental Film Festival, Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading

From the Picturesque to the Demolished, Stratford, London

Studio Voltaire Members' Show, Studio Voltaire, London

Open Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham

Sizemology, BBC Big Screen, Liverpool

To the Pleasure Garden, Tatton Park Biennial, Manchester

Cheap Like Wow, UAMO 2008, Munich

2007

Intermix, Pavilion, Leeds

Vane Shorts, Vane, Newcastle

RSVP, Contemporary Artists at the Foundling Museum, London (commission & exhibition)

Time Based Media Invitational, Artspace, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Demolition, Site, Liverpool

Joking Aside, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, curated by Craig Ashley

Black Light, Colony, Birmingham, curated by Mona Casey & Paul McAree

700IS Experimental Film & Video Festival, Culture Centre of Fljotsdalsherad, Egilsstadir, Iceland (and touring to Reykjavik, St Petersburg, Arizona and Alsager)

One Minute Film & Video Festival, Aarau, Switzerland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Digifestival, 2007, Florence

Experimenta 2007, Bangalore & Mumbai

Fresh, South Hill Park, Bracknell

Edge, Kings Lynn, curated by Sook-Kyung Lee

2006

Drawing Links, The Drawing Room, London & Touring to Outpost, Norwich, International3, Manchester Hun Gallery International, Hun Gallery, New York

Purescreen, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester

Tulca, Visual Arts festival, Galway

60 seconds of Play. Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta, Savannah, Delhi (Touring), curated by Avantika Bawa

The Vending Machine Project, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (multiples project)

The Moving Picture Show, BCA Gallery, Bedford

Parkgewusel Festival, Vienna, Austria

Darklight, Dublin

Izolenta ’06, International Digital Film Festival, Museum of Cinema, St Petersburg

2nd Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece

D>Art.06, dLux Media Arts, Sydney, Australia

37 Seconds, BBC Big Screen Liverpool, Clayton Square, Liverpool

2005

Regeneration, WAG at St Mary at the Quay, Ipswich

About Space, Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

Trampoline, Reactor, Nottingham

L’Alternativa 2005, 12th Independent Film Festival of Barcelona, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona.

Extra Short Film Festival, Novosibirsk, Russia.

 

 

Residencies

2011, Art as a Full Time Hobby, Aid & Abet, Cambridge  

2010, Pearlville, Production Residency for, Unspooling – artists and cinema, Cornerhouse, Manchester (curated by Andrew Bracey & Dave Griffiths)

2009, Production residency BCA gallery, Bedford,

2008, Automatic Film making Residency, There & Then, Airspace, Stoke on Trent

2007, Bury St Edmunds Arts Festival, artist in residence, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery

2006, Automatic Film making Residency, Sideshow, Nottingham

 

Recent Talks, discussion groups etc

“Goodbye to most of the Daydreams”, In Conversation with J J Charlesworth, ICIA University of Bath

“Alex Pearl”, Airspace, Stoke on Trent

“Failure”, In Conversation with John Plowman, Café Artistique, Cardiff

“To Go or Not to Go”, In conversation with Chris Dobrowolski & Simon Munnery

“To Blog or not to Blog”, Artists Talking event, Peckham Space, London

“Operation Pusscat”, Too Many Artists, Market Project Event, Firstsite, Colchester

 

Publications

“Little Orphan Artists”, Garageland Family, Issue 11 winter/spring 2011

“Annabel Dover”, Garageland Nostalgia, Issue 8 2010

“Trying to Cope with Things that aren’t Human”, 2009

 

Awards:

2006/7

Selected artist - Escalator Visual Arts, Commissions East

Several project have been supported by the Arts Council (and several haven’t