Alex Pearl makes mini epic films, video installations, sculpture and books.
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, 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.
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. 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 grafitational and other forces, plus a great deal of chance. The power of these understated and subtle films belie their impoverished roots.
Alex Pearl's recent solo shows include Mothra vs Godzilla (CANAL) and Monomania (Cambridge Junction). Recent group exhibitions include News from Nowhere (Kelmscott House, London).
toy caravan, cocktail sticks
8 x 8 x 8cm | 3 x 3 x 3''
edition of 5 |
porcelain and glass
9.5 x 5 x 5 cm | 3.5 x 2 x 2''
edition of 20 |
glass prism, collage
2 x 3 x 3 cm | 0.8 x 1.2 x 1.2''
edition of 10 |