press release

The exhibition Theory and Observation: New Work by Slater Bradley includes the U.S. premiere of New York artist Bradley's 2002 video installation of the same title. Bradley’s video works often combine footage of real events, soundtracks drawn from classical and contemporary music and references to literary, scientific, or historical works. The results are glimpses of unexpected moments of poetry in observed life. Theory and Observation brings Stephen Hawkings together with footage of a choir filmed furtively from the back of the cathedral of Notre Dame, and a musical soundtrack composed by the Replikants. Also on view will be a series of 60 color photographs Bradley took between 1997 and 2003. In these images, Bradley isolates the small events and intimate moments that punctuate daily life. Accompanying the exhibition is a book designed by the artist with reproductions of these photographs. Bradley studied at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, and Geneva, and his work has been included in recent exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany; the National Museum of Film, Television, and Photography in the U.K.; and P.S. 1 in New York City.

The publication is made possible with the support of Kenneth P. Siegel, Team Gallery (New York), Galerie Yvon Lambert (Paris), Walter Sudol and Steve Johnson, and Christopher E. Vroom and Illya Szilak.


Slater Bradley, Theory and Observation
New Work