James BradleySan Francisco, CA
I see the two-dimensional art object as a conflicted conceptual space which mirrors the hidden conflicts of everyday life; one in which the tendencies towards concealment and revelation exist side by side, unable to come to any compromise that might prove mutually beneficial to both. Like the figure of Icarus, freed from the confines of gravity with the help of wax wings, yet tied to the flat, flat earth with a metaphorical rubber band, the condition of a piece of canvas stretched over a wooden frame is akin to the human condition itself; a highly precarious and by-no-means certain courting of the sublime by way of the handicap of physicality. Navigating through a world in which terrorism and officially sanctioned state acts are as interchangeable as drowning by tidal wave and drowning by tsunami, and in which the acceptance or rejection of the social order has become a metaphysical question, I do the best I can with the information available. With an expressive, shaky hand, I excavate the ambiguous terrain of visual culture like a poet digging up words in a minefield, using the resulting accumulation of images and characters to move back and forth between the realms of abstraction and representation, and in the process creating a fictional world of romantic associations, subjective narratives and apocalyptic visions in which dreams, reality, the Real, and the Media are all hopelessly intertwined, a world in which nothing is certain but everything is probable.
James Bradley is an artist living and working in San Francisco. He received his Master's Degree from the California College of the Arts in 2009. His recent solo show "Enter Batgirl, Exit Illuminazi" was exhibited at Maniac Gallery in San Francisco in 2011.