Approved: 01.05.2020

Christopher Pearson

Artist

Approved: 01.05.2020

Contemporary artist working between sculpture and printmaking. MA Fine Art graduate from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (Merit; 2017-19). BA (Hons) Art & Design graduate from the University of Leeds (First; 2013-17).

By staging conditions in which the interplay between gravity, balance, weight, physicality, hapticity, phenomenology and colour

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    Artist Statement

    Contemporary artist working between sculpture and printmaking. MA Fine Art graduate from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (Merit; 2017-19). BA (Hons) Art & Design graduate from the University of Leeds (First; 2013-17).

    By staging conditions in which the interplay between gravity, balance, weight, physicality, hapticity, phenomenology and colour is infinitely fluctuating and dynamic, my work relishes the material unpredictability of process-led sculpture and its anthropomorphic relationship to the viewer.

    My practice is characterised by an underlying proclivity to transform soft or malleable substrates into encrusted, fixed or finite masses. Typically, this involves combining no more than two materials that symbiotically perform each other in continuum. Polarities between security and precariousness, fixity and changeability, tension and slack, contemplation and spontaneity, and action and aftermath comprise conceptual interests which have emanated from my recent theatrical ‘processions’ of self-supporting sculptures.

    The broad, non-indexical language of contrastingly fluid and frozen forms that I have developed is also driven by my fascination with how each viewer’s corporeal, perceptual, tactile and synaesthetic capacities inform their experience of my work, simultaneously activating my sculptures’ materiality as a subjective event of encountering, entering and becoming.

    Selected works on paper are represented by Kovet.Art.

    Selected sculptures and works on fabric are represented by Made in Arts London.

    CV & Education

    EDUCATION

    MA Fine Art | Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK | 2017 - 2019
    Merit; including additional Global Art Practice unit in collaboration with Tokyo University of the Arts

    BA (Hons) Art & Design | University of Leeds, UK | 2013 - 2017
    First class degree; including a Year in Industry; winner of the School of Design Prize 2017

     

    EXHIBITIONS

    It remained to be seen | PADA Studios, Barreiro, Portugal | TBC 2020/21
    Upcoming group exhibition organised by curator-in-residence Julia Gros

    Affordable Art Fair | Hampstead Heath, London, UK | TBC 2020

    På utrygg grunn / On Precarious Ground | Bygda 2.0, Stokkøya, Norway | September 2019
    This permanent installation was an outcome of the Stokkøyart collaborative residency programme

    Free Range: States of Mind | The Old Truman Brewery, London, UK | July 2019
    A Made in Arts London exhibition, curated by Eva He, Lizzie Reid and me as part of the graduate showcase

    Alter Us Manifesto Declaration | The Old Baths, London, UK | June - September 2019

    Art Night: A Unified Work of Art | Granary Square, London, UK | June 2019

    Collectives at Camberwell | Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK | May - June 2019
    My work was shown in this exhibition as a member of the Alter Us artist collective

    CSM Degree Show One: Art | The Crossing, Central Saint Martins, London, UK | May 2019

    Affordable Art Fair: Imagined Landscapes | Hampstead Heath, London, UK | May 2019
    An exhibition of twelve emerging artists from UAL represented by Made in Arts London

    Stages of Life | Harrow Arts Centre, Middlesex, UK | February - March 2019

    Transcending Borders | Central Saint Martins Window Gallery, London, UK | January - February 2019
    An outcome of Global Art Practice collaboration between Tokyo University of the Arts & Central Saint Martins

    Tate Exchange: Come Together | Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, London, UK | January 2019

    SPARK: The Science and Art of Creativity | Tai Kwun, Hong Kong | January 2019
    Collaborative Global Art Practice film and publication shown in UAL's Global Pavilion at this British Council event

    Central Saint Martins Postgraduate Art Auction | Lethaby Gallery, CSM, London, UK | November 2018

    Global Art Practice Exhibition | Chinretsukan Gallery, TUA, Tokyo, Japan | October - November 2018
    An outcome of GAP collaboration between Tokyo University of the Arts, Central St. Martins & Beaux-Arts de Paris

    Made in Arts London Annual Exhibition | TM Lighting Gallery, London, UK | September - October 2018

    Re:mind the GAP | HART Haus, Hong Kong | September 2018
    Hosted during Global Art Practice project as a result of experiences in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong & China

    Mayfair Fringe | Oxford Street Studios, London, UK | June - July 2018
    An outcome of a residency with Arebyte Gallery and a collaboration with CSM’s MA Culture, Criticism & Curation

    CSM Interim Show: Appetite | Apiary Studios, London, UK | March 2018

    Tate Exchange: Studio Complex | Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern, London, UK | January 2018

    WARD | Medical School, University of Buckingham, UK | November 2017

    Les Interdictions | Central Saint Martins, London, UK | November 2017

    Art for Pa Pa Pa | Art Salon+ & Banana Jam Gallery, Shenzhen, China | November 2017

    Focus on Printmaking | School of Design, University of Leeds, UK | September - October 2017

    Degree Show: Alchemy | School of Design, University of Leeds, UK | June 2017
    Awarded the School of Design Prize for my work in this exhibition

    Swetshop | Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds, UK | March 2017

    20th International Contemporary Artists' Book Fair | The Tetley, Leeds, UK | March 2017

    Knot Art Collective: The Senses | 35 Chapel Walk, Sheffield, UK | February 2017

    Open Studios | School of Design, University of Leeds, UK | December 2016

    Platform 3: I Exist | The Old Red Bus Station, Leeds, UK | July 2016

    Knot Art Collective: Evolution | The Hide, Sheffield, UK | July 2016

    Knot Art Collective: Journeys & Travel | The Showroom, Sheffield, UK | December 2015
    Including a live stream to sister exhibition at Stella’s Lunch Box, Toronto, Canada

    Knot Art Collective: Storytelling | LS6 Café, Leeds, UK | June 2015

    Those who wander… | School of Design, University of Leeds, UK | May 2015

    Open Studios | School of Design, University of Leeds, UK | December 2014

    Art in Context | ULITA (University of Leeds International Textiles Archive), UK | May 2014

    Reminiscent | Armley Mills Industrial Museum, Leeds, UK | December 2013 - January 2014

    Young Art in Bexley | Stables Gallery, Hall Place, Bexley, UK | February - March 2011
    Awarded a Highly Commended Certificate of Merit for my work in this exhibition

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Associate Member | East London Printmakers, London, UK | February 2020 - present

    Artist | Kovet.Art, London, UK | November 2019 - present

    Sales Assistant | David Mellor Design, London, UK | November 2019 - present

    Artist | Alter Us Collective, London, UK | January 2019 - present

    Artist | Made in Arts London, UAL Students' Union, London, UK | June 2018 - present
    Selected by Alex J Wood (sculptor) and Laura Southall (Pallant House Gallery) to receive MiAL representation

    Artist-in-Residence | Stokkøyart | Stokkøya, Norway | September 2019
    Collaborative residency hosted by Bygda 2.0 and supported by Åfjord Municipality, Stokkøy Bryggeri and CSM

    Club Assistant | Bexley Lawn Tennis, Squash & Racketball Club, UK | August 2017 - September 2019

    Creative Production/Sales Assistant | Wilderness Festival, Charlbury, UK | August 2016 - August 2019
    Working for Humphries & Begg, Syndicut London and Theatre of Flowers each year during the festival

    MA Fine Art Course Rep | Central Saint Martins, UAL, London, UK | October 2017 - June 2019

    Artist-in-Residence | Global Art Practice | London, Wakehurst, Tokyo, Aomori, Fukushima, Hong Kong, Shenzhen | June - September 2018
    Collaboration between Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai) and Central Saint Martins (UAL)

    Artist-in-Residence | Arebyte Gallery | Oxford Street Studios, London, UK | June - July 2018

    Market/Event Assistant | Urban Food Fest, London, UK | July - October 2017

    BA (Hons) Art & Design Course Rep | University of Leeds, UK | September 2016 - June 2017

    Marketing & Sales Internship | Humphries & Begg / Syndicut London, UK | January - June 2016

    Marketing Associate | IMG Artists, London, UK | November - December 2015

    Gallery Internship | Contemporary Applied Arts, London, UK | October - December 2015

    Sales & Information Assistant | Frieze London Art Fair, UK | October 2015

    Marketing Internship | IMG Artists, London, UK | June - October 2015

    Designer | The Scribe, University of Leeds Arts Magazine, UK | October 2014 - May 2015

    Event Assistant | Light Night Leeds, UK | October 2014

    Artist | The Follies of Youth Collective | Pavilion, Leeds, UK | February 2014 - May 2015

    Design Internship | Alessandro Isola Ltd, London, UK | August - September 2014

    Sales Assistant | Ellenor Lions Hospices, Bexley, UK | April 2012 - September 2013

     

    CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

    Shortlisted: Clifford Chance Sculpture Award | Clifford Chance, London, UK | January 2020

    The School of Design Prize | University of Leeds, UK | July 2017
    Awarded for producing an outstanding design in the School of Design Degree Show: Alchemy

    Certificate for Outstanding Photography | Bexleyheath Civic Centre, UK | November 2012
    Awarded at the Civic Celebration of Pupil Achievement

    Certificate of Attendance | Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK | August 2012
    Awarded for completing a one-week Art & Design Summer Workshop

    Highly Commended Certificate of Merit | Stables Gallery, Hall Place, Bexley, UK | February 2011
    Awarded at the Young Art in Bexley Exhibition

    Certificate of Completion | World Challenge, Morocco | June - July 2009
    Awarded for completing a two-week Skills Development Expedition Programme