London, The Cello Factory, Young Contemporary Talent Purchase Prize 2017, 7 – 11 November 2017
Harrison Pearce was one of the winners of our 2017 Purchase Prize for Young Contemporary Talent.
Harrison recently graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School and has shown in solo and group exhibitions alongside established international artists. He is currently working on a collaborative project with composer Nico Muhly to develop a substantial installation for Southbank Centre and he has just been awarded a Bursary Award by the Royal British Society of Sculptors. Harrison’s work brings together disparate areas of research and practical disciplines to produce large-scale kinetic sculptural installations. Stemming from the mind-body problem his work looks at contemporary belief systems in which scientific and technological evidence determine first-hand sensation. To do that he exploits the correspondences we have with materials, especially their dynamic properties, so that these often-industrial looking apparatus behave in uncanny ways, shifting unpredictably between the mechanical and the bodily. The overall aesthetic weaves together absurdist theatre, minimalism and science fiction cinema to form propositional scenarios in which to speculate about lived experience.