press release

For his first UK solo show Slater Bradley presents recent works including a major sculpture, video and photography that reflect his obsession with ghosts and doppelgangers, artifice and actuality, death and its rituals. Nobody Gives a Fuck What you Do With Your Life is a show about the realisation that nobody else can permanently affect the internal battles within the self or the struggle for identity, especially in a world full of icons and celebrity images.

Most of Bradley’s work deals with falling in love – the love of an other, of idols – and the necessary loss of ego in the search for true identity. His work is characterised by a sense of longing, of existing between two states, craving the other yet afraid the self will disappear.

And the pool answered, "But I loved Narcissus because, as he lay on my banks and looked down at me, in the mirror of his eyes I saw ever my own beauty mirrored." (The Disciple, Oscar Wilde)

Bradley has had solo show in a number of galleries internationally, and at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (catalogue) 2002; PP.S.1, Long Island City, NY, Special Projects Series and Art Basel, Switzerland, Statements. He has also shown many group shows including HHamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, Recent Acquisitions (forthcoming); Fondazione Pitti Immagine, Florence, Italy, The Fourth Sex: The Extreme People of Adolescence (curated by Francesco Bonami and Raf Simons); SSmart Project Space, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Someone to Watch Over Me (curated by Thomas Peutz and Una Henry); SStedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium, Casino 2001 (curated by Jeanne Greenberg Rohaytn, with catalogue); KKunsthaus Meran-Merano Arte, Merano, Italy, Art and Wellbeing - The Aesthetics of Recreation (curated by Andrea Domesle, with catalogue); KKunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, Schau mir in die Augen, Kleines! (curated by Rene Block, with catalogue); NNational Museum of Film, Television and Photography, West Bradford, UK, In a Lonely Place (curated by Greg Hobson, with catalogue).


Slater Bradley - Nobody Gives A Fuck What You Do With Your Life