Chris Pearce’s films balance the rational with the absurd as they explore playful appropriation by mixing from an eclectic array of imagery and techniques. Pearce cuts images and thoughts out of varied visual experiences and sutures them into new combinations creating dream-worlds for viewers to enter into and get lost. He’s inspired to make work when meaning asserts itself, free of language, through the visual experience of place, object, and light.
Pearce’s work has screened at national festivals, galleries, and screening programs including the Maine International Film Festival, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and the First Person Cinema series at CU Boulder. He was awarded a residency at the Yaddo artist retreat in 2015 where he was supported to complete his most recent animated film, “The Archive of the Movements of Inanimate Objects”. Pearce received his BFA from the University of Colorado and his MFA from the University of Florida.
Pearce teaches filmmaking courses in the Department of Cinema Studies and Moving Image Arts at the University of Colorado and works to develop new ways of seeing through motion picture viewing and production.
His multiple current projects include a coming-of-age-narrative about a young thief in Denver, an animated documentary that attempts to revive the ghosts residing in the earliest 3D photography, and an abstract collage practice using trash and scraps.