Slater Bradley


Slater Bradley’s second solo exhibition at Los Angeles’ Blum & Poe Gallery uses video, sculpture, and drawing to rephrase outmoded and forgotten histories. The exhibition, titled “Hope From a Dark Place,” began as a drawing project and grew into a multi-media collaboration. Since False Killer Whales, a species of dolphins, are highly trainable and have a tendency toward suicidal behavior, Bradley explored the idea of lost identity by using scrimshaw to carve drawings of False Killer Whales into the ivory keys of a 1860s piano. The artist then collaborated with musician Max Seigel to compose a soundtrack for the exhibition and a tuxedo clad pianist will play the score at 3 PM every Saturday and Sunday until the exhibition’s end on December 22nd. “Hope From a Dark Place” also features two films, one a rephrasing of Thomas Edison’s 1903 panoramic view of Blackwell Island and the other a farce in which Bradley’s doppelganger changes from a 19th Century gentleman into Gene Kelly. The exhibition as a whole functions as an eerie environment of sounds, movements and historicisms. Bradley has exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum, and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2005, he received The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in Video.