'Nick Pearson is a creative 'fence', filching objects from the real world and subtly redesignating them before palming them off on the viewer. Snatching conversational fragments and kidnapping the lives of redundant objects he baldly re-presents them as items that promise both utility and decoration but deliver neither.'
- Vic Allen, Arts Director Dean Clough Galleries
'Often, the biggest creative decision is in the choice, or recognition of the object in the first place. The rest comes with living with the object, doing something to it then reacting to the effect of that first intervention. I like to follow Jasper Johns dictum, during which meaning begins to become clearer to me or forms itself out of the process.
Take an object
Do something to it
Do something else to it'
Jacob Kramer College of Art (Leeds). 1977-78 • Wolverhampton Polytechnic. 1978-79 • Stourbridge College of Art. 1979-81
Neither Use nor Ornament Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, West Yorkshire 2010–11 • Wish You Were Here (365 days) Central Space Gallery, London. 1998 • Display, Atlas Studio Space London.1992• Public Spectacle, Private Spectator, Central Space Gallery, London. 1991 • Nick Pearson, Recent Work Dovecote Arts Centre, Stockton on Tees, Cleveland 1990
Visibly Evident (touring exhibition of artists using photography) OPEN Ealing, London 2011 • Visibly Evident (touring exhibition of artists using photography) Central Space Gallery, London 2010. www.visiblyevident.com • The Sketchbook Project III Art House Co-op Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. 2009–10 Group exhibition touring US venues including Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC., Laconia Gallery, Boston, Antenna Gallery, Chigago • Sitting Room UK and international touring exhibition of artists books. Through 2007 (Including Alsager Arts Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University Alsager Campus, Permanent Gallery, Brighton and venues in Mexico and The Netherlands) • Drawing (Nick Pearson & David Ross) Central Space Gallery, London 2005• Rein a Declarer Kingsgate Gallery, London 2005• Rein a Declarer La Faiencerie Bordeaux (part of NovArt 04 Bordeaux) November 2004 MoDa Outsized, Museum of Design & Domestic Architecture, Middlesex University, London April-Aug 2003• MoDarchitecture Museum of Design & Domestic Architecture, Middlesex University, London Nov-Dec 2002 • A suitable case (part of Arts Upstream Hammersmith & Fulham Visual Arts Festival) Central Space Gallery, London, 2002No sleep til Hammersmith Central Space Gallery, London, 2002 • Drawing the Central Space, Central Space Gallery, London, 2001 • City Projects, Century Gallery, London 2000 • City Projects de Buck Gallery, Ghent, Belgium. 2000 • 200 yellow bicycles of Joensuu, Joensuu Art Museum, Finland 2000 • Fin de Siecle, Riverside Studios, London. 1999 • The Death of Paper Varkhaus Art Museum, Finland.1998 • Do-Fe-Su, ANP Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium. 1998 • Angelus Novus , The London Leg, Centrepoint Gallery, London. 1997 • 20-20 Kingsgate Gallery, London. 1997 • David Maclay, Nick Pearson Kingsgate Gallery, London. 1996
Zingmagazine, New York (review by Angus Ivy). Issue 14, Winter 2001 • Time Out, London (review by Sarah Kent). June 7 1995 • Time Out, London (review by Rose Jennings). July 1991 • Northern Arts, Cleveland and north east England (review by Sarah Hovington). September/October 1990 • City Limits, London (review by Mark Currah). March 9 1986
Neither Use Nor Ornament. Catalogue 2004-10 • I dont know much about art but . . . A grown-up guide to enjoying contemporary art Article for smart-age.com, online magazine. 2007 • Big Art Project. Guide to contemporary art practice and genres, in gallery section of Channel 4 website on contemporary art (www.channel4.com/bigart)2005 • Creative Campaigning: Art and Politics article in EleXion 05, website for Channel 4 to accompany the broadcasters coverage of the 2005 UK election http://www.channel4.com/life/microsites/X/x/interactives/creative_campaigns/1.html 2005 • Turner Prize 2004. Artist profiles for Channel 4 website produced to accompany the broadcasters coverage of the 2004 Turner Prize http://www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/T/turner/pages/artists.html • Turner Prize 2002. Artist profiles for Channel 4 website produced to accompany the broadcasters coverage of the 2002 Turner Prize www.channel4.com/culture/microsites/T/turner_2002/nominees/nominees.html • Contributor (Masterclass section) to educational booklet to accompany Channel 4 Televisions series Watercolour Challenge.1999• Interview with David Ross. To accompany Gallery BICA, Brighton, exhibition 1989 • Co-consultant editor and contributor (modern and contemporary art section) of an educational pack to accompany TVS/Channel 4 Televisions series, Art of the Western World. 1989 • The Workshop Artpack (for Shape London and London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham). A tutors guide to running art workshops/basic foundation in art and design in hospitals and other health and education centres 1988
CURRENT/RECENT RELATED WORK
OPEN Ealing Artistic Director 2011-13 and regular lecturer on modern art & design, 2010-13 • Senior Lecturer, Creative Studies Dept., Cavendish College, London 2004–ongoing • Artist in Residence at Knowsley Hey Arts College, Liverpool 2007-9 • Project Manager and Picture Editor for Channel 4 New Media, particularly Big Art Project (www.channel4.com/bigart) 2000-9 • Picture Editor for Dept of Culture Media and Sport's 'Culture On-line' website.
Neither Use nor Ornament Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, West Yorkshire. Solo exhibition
9 Oct 2010 – 9 Jan 2011