Slater Bradley (American, b.1975) is a video and installation artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He received his BA from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1998, and had his first solo show in 1999 at Team Gallery in New York. Bradley manifests his ideas regarding identity, youth, death, and abandonment using pop culture and music icons.

He regularly uses his doppelganger, an actor named Benjamin Brock, in his works. In Don’t Let Me Disappear, Bradley creates a film in which Brock is seen wandering alone around New York City. The work references the protagonist from J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye; he analyzes the world around him from the perspective of a disassociated teenager. In Doppelganger Trilogy (2001–2004), Bradley uses the imagery of Ian Curtis from the band Joy Division, Kurt Cobain from the band Nirvana, and Michael Jackson. Each segment in the series has a level of film degradation, which shows the fading nature of the now deceased celebrities. The seemingly appropriated performances are actually all performed by Brock acting as the three musicians. The actor’s physical similarity to Bradley also reflects the dynamics of idolization and seeing one’s own identity in celebrities. An edition of the Doppelganger Trilogy can be found in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum.

Bradley has had solo exhibits at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Aspen Art Museum, the Frans Hals Museum, The Berkely Art Museum, and The Contemporary Arts Museum in St. Louis, MO. He is represented by Max Wigram Gallery in London, Blum & Poe in Los Angeles, and Galeria Helga de Alvear in Madrid.

Timeline

1975
Born in San Francisco, USA
1996
UCLA Two year Lillian Levenson Scholarship, USA
1996
UCLA President's Undergraduate Fellowship, USA
1998
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
1998
UCLA Art Council Grant, USA
2005
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award in Video, USA
Lives and works in New York, USA

Exhibitions

2010
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA (solo)
2009
Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
boulevard of broken dreams, Max Wigram Gallery, London, England (solo)
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (solo)
Videowork from the Guggenheim Collections, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
2008
Rock My Religion, Domus Artium 02, Salamanca, Spain
Young at Heart (Remix), Centro Cultural de Cascais, Cascais, Portugal
Accessories to an Artwork, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, England
Auto Stop, Malmo Konsthall, Malmo, Sweden
A Curators Gift: Contemporary Photography from Diego Cortez, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, USA
still: Slater Bradley, Sally Mann, Nigel Poor, Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University, Denver, USA
The Ghost in the Machine, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
VOLUME(S), Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
The object is in the mirror part II, Wilkinson Gallery, London, England
Perfect Empathy, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands (solo)
2007
The object is the mirror, Layr Wuestenhagen Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
The Present Order is the Disorder of the Future, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, The Netherlands
Stop, Look and Listen, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll since 1967, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Sweet Bird of Youth, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany
Noise, TH Inside, Milan, Italy
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Max Wigram Gallery, London, England (solo)
Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (solo)
The Armory Show, New York, USA (solo)
Warhol's Lesson, DOX, Prague, Czech Republic
2006
I love MY Scene: Part 2, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA
Human Game Winners and Losers, Fondazione Pitti, Florence, Italy
Full House - Gesichter einer Sammlung, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
Belief and Doubt, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA
Youth of Today, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt a/M, Germany
People, Madre Modern Art Museum, Naples, Italy
Boisterous, Anderson Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Setting The Scene, Museo della Discoteca di Stato, Rome, Italy
Open House, Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal
Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
In A Mixed State, Max Wigram Gallery, London, England (solo)
Young at Heart, Galeria Presenca, Porto, Portugal
Busan Biennale, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busan, Korea
Smoke and Mirrors: Deception in Contemporary Art, University of Alabama Visual Arts Gallery, Birmingham, USA
The Monty Hall Problem, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA
Figures of the Player, the Paradox of the Actor, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
2005
Uncharted Settlements, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Intermission, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, USA (solo)
Recent Acquisitions: Slater Bradley's Doppelganger Trilogy, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (solo)
MATRIX 216: Slater Bradley / The Year of the Doppelganger, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA (solo)
Bridge Freezes Before Road, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA
Le Studio: Slater Bradley, Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
The Gravity in Art, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Superstars: The Principle of Renown, Heike Eipeldauer, Florian Steininger, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria; Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark; DA2: Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain
3 or 4 Stories, Estudio Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Star Star, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA
Video II: Allegorie, NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Düsseldorf, Germany
Downstrokes and Feedback, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, USA
video-musica-video, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
La Collection D'Enea Rich, Collection Lambert, Avignon, France
2004
Music/Video, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, USA
Motion Stills, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, USA
Stalemate, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
An Enquiry into those Kinds of Distress which excite, Team Gallery, New York, USA
I, Assassin, Wallspace Gallery, New York, USA
STONED & DETHRONED, Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Doppelganger Trilogy, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
The Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Premieres, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Motion Stills, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, USA
Harlem Postcards, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA
Unlightment, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
The Yugoslav Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro
The Rose Garden Without Thorns, Galerie Lisa Ruyter, Vienna, Austria
Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
I Feel Mysterious Today, Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, USA
A Very Liquid Heaven, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, USA
Me, Myself and I, University Galleries at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, USA
Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Masculinity in Contemporary Art, Salina Art Center, Salina, USA
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA
Conquistadors (who took their share), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2003
from the flat files, Ramp Gallery at Wakaito Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand
Study, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
What am I doing Here?, ESSO Gallery, New York, USA
Then The World Would Be Upside Down, Tina Kim Projects, New York, USA
Country Mouse, City Mouse, Space 101, Brooklyn, USA
I See a Darkness, Blum & Poe, Santa Monica, USA
The Fourth Sex: The Extreme People of Adolescence, Fondazione Pitti Immagine, Florence, Italy
Someone to Watch Over Me, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Nobody Gives a Fuck What You Go Do With Your Life, MW projects, London, England (solo)
Center for Curatorial Studies Museum at Bard College, New York, USA (solo)
When Darkness Falls, Gallery 400 at University of Illinois, Chicago, USA
2002
Here are the Young Men, Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Armory Photography Show, Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Universitätsstadt Kaiserslautern, Kaiserslautern, Germany (solo)
Art + Public, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Keys in the Mailbox, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany (solo)
The Passing: Slater Bradley, Matt Collishaw, Christian Marclay, Galeria Helga de Alvear, Madrid, Spain
Nuit Blanche: plus qu'une image, Anciennes Pompes Funebres de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Music/Video, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
Slater Bradley, Mark Leckey, John Williams, Low, Los Angeles, USA
International Contemporary and Emerging Art, Lawson_Menzies Flynn, Sydney, Australia
The Standard Projection #3, The Standard, Los Angeles, USA
Burst, Team Gallery, New York, USA
Dark Spring, Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany
Art Unlimited, Art | 33 | Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Les Enfants du Paradis, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Photographier, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France
Copy, Roth Horowitz Gallery, New York, USA
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, Low, Los Angeles, California
2001
Casino 2001, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
Art and Wellbeing: The Aesthetics of Recreation, Kunsthaus Meran-Merano Arte, Merano, Italy
Metropolis Now, Borusan Centre for Culture and Arts, Istanbul, Turkey; Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Inaugural Exhibition, Le Studio at Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France
Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, Team Gallery, New York, USA
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleines!, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
In a Lonely Place, National Museum of Film, Television and Photography, West Bradford, England
Dear Dead Person, Momenta, Brooklyn, USA
Trompe Le Monde, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris, France (solo)
Home Town Hero, Refusalon, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Statements, Art/32/Basel, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Video Cube, FIAC, Paris, France (solo)
2000
Friction Fiction, Echo Park Projects, Los Angeles, USA
1:1, Refusalon, San Francisco, USA
The World is Not Enough, Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington, USA
Special Projects Series, P.S. 1, Long Island City, USA (solo)
Charlatan, Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
I was rooting for you, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, USA (solo)
1999
The Fried Liver Attack, Team Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
SoCal Car Culture, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, USA
PO + KU ART REVOLUTION, Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Oh my god, I live on the thirteenth floor in Holland, which does not exist in the United States, or no?, Alternative Space, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
long cold winter in an endlessnameless, Studio 870, Los Angeles, USA
1998
Blind Date with Erik Wesselo, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A sound goodbye demand with Jay Batlle, Studio 870, Los Angeles, USA
Text and Numbers, Remba Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
1997
Ca 90001-185, W139, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
New memory, Spanish Kitchen, Los Angeles, USA

Literature

2009
Elisabeth Kley, Immortal Beloved, artnet online, December 2009 http://www.artnet.com/magazineus/features/kley/slater-bradley12-2-09.asp
2009
Martin Coomer, UK Reviews- Slater Bradley: boulevard of broken dreams, Art Review September 2009, p.125
2009
Elizabeth Kley, Slater Bradley: Perfect Empathy, Eyemazing Issue 02, 2009, pp. 6-15 (illustrated)
2008
Carrie Paterson, Slater Bradley: Blum & Poe, Flash Art, January/February, pp.148-9 (*with illustration)
2007
Tyler Coburn, Slater Bradley: Man in the Mirror, ArtReview, December, pp.10, 74-77 (with illustration)
2007
Brian Scholis, Reviews, Artforum, Feb 2007, p.295
2006
Doppelganger, Busan Biennial Catalogue, p. 266 - 267
2006
Melissa E. Feldman, Berkeley And Los Angeles, Art In America, Jan, pp. 128 - 129
2006
Charlotte Bonham-Carter, Showdown, Art Review, March, p.25
2006
Martin Herbert, Slater Bradley, Time Out London, May 3 – 10, p.37
2006
Pelin Uran, Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun, Uovo Magazine, Issue 11, pp.157-169
2006
Daniel Kunitz, Cinephile: Slater Bradley, Art Review, Issue 05, November, p.46 Daniel Kunitz, Cinephile: Slater Bradley, Art Review, Issue 05, November, p.46
2006
Elisabeth Kley, Reviews, Time Out New York, November 30 – December 6, p.76.
2005
Monty DiPietro, New Art Seen, The Japan Times, 17th November (with illustration)
2005
Kristin Jones, Bridge Freezes Before Road, Frieze, October Issue, pp. 217-8 (with ill.)
2005
Fisun Güner, Threshold, Metro, London, 4 August, p. 24
2005
Holland Cotter, 5 X U, The New York Times, 22 July, p. E32
2005
Holland Cotter, Fanciful to Figurative to Wryly Inscrutable, The New York Times July 8, pp. 28-29
2005
Melissa Lo, Slater Bradley, Flash Art, March-April, pp. 117-118
2005
Slater Bradley, Speak Memory: Reflections on the Doppelganger Trilogy, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, January, pp.108-110
2005
Elisabeth Kley, The Disappearing Subject: Looking for Slater Bradley, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, January, pp.102-107
2005
Jonathan Keats, Popshots, San Francisco, April
2004
Lucas Hilderbrand, Grainy Days and Mondays: Superstar and Bootleg Aesthetics, Camera Obscura 57, Volume 19, Number 3, published by Duke University Press, pp. 56-91
2004
Holly Willis, The Doppelganger Trilogy, LA Weekly, December 24-30, p.74
2004
Kyoko Wada, Boys' Life: Slater Bradley, Brutus, August, pp. 90-93, 116
2004
Michael Wilson, I, Assasin, Frieze, May, p. 107
2004
Renato Diez, Alla Biennale del Whitney torna la pittura, Arte, April, pp.104-111
2004
Jerry Saltz, The OK Corral, The Village Voice, March 17-23, p.80
2004
Michael Kimmelman, Touching All Bases At The Biennial, The New York Times, March 12, pp. 27-38
2004
Peter Schjeldahl, What's New: The Whitney Biennial, The New Yorker, March 22, pp.100-01
2004
Randee Dawn, Artist Salutes Cobain With New Music Video, Billboard.com
2004
Anne Stringfield, Art Picks, The New Yorker, March 8, p 17
2004
Elizabeth Schambelan, Critics Picks, Artforum.com
2004
Karen Rosenberg, Come as You Art, New York, February 23, p 76
2004
Mark Sladen, Buried Treasures, Art Review, January, p 37-38
2004
Eleanor Heartney, The well – tempered Biennial, Art in America, June – July, pp.71-77
2004
Randee Milroy, Artist Salutes Cobain With New Music Video, Billborad.com
2003
Clay Weiner, The Importance of Being Slater Bradley, Dazed and Confused,November, pp. 100-104
2003
Jane Harris, An Enquiry..., Time Out New York , October 2, p. 63
2003
Simon Watson, Post Bubble, Issue, Fall, pp. 118 - 139
2003
Benjamin Genocchino, Video and Photographs That Teeter on the Edge, August
2003
Holland Cotter, Upstate - From Eerie Video to Moods of Shaker Calm, The New York Times, July 25
2003
Sarah Valdez, The Observer, Paper Magazine, August, p. 48
2003
Alex Mar, Gallery Going, The New York Sun, July 3, p. 16
2003
Charles LaBelle, I See a Darkness, Frieze, June-August, p. 116
2003
Christopher Knight, On the Underbelly of the Zeitgeist, The Los Angeles Times, February 21, p. 24
2003
Manami Fujimori, Very New York, Bijutsu Techo, January, p. 45
2002
Michael Cohen, Slater Bradley at Team, Flash Art International, July/September, p. 118
2002
Holland Cotter, Art In Review: 'Slater Bradley', The New York Times, May 17
2002
Martha Schwendener, Review, Time Out New York, May 23-30, p. 76
2001
Kim Levin, Voice Choice: Objects in Mirror are Closer Than They Appear, The Village Voice, September 18, p. 78
2001
Louise Lepore, Early Risers, W, September, pp. 458-462
2001
Charles-Arthur Boyer, Review of exhibition at Yvon Lambert, Art Press, June, pp. 79-80
2001
Elizabeth Kley, In Search of False Time: Slater Bradley/T.J. Wilcox/Isaac Julien, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, No. 68, May, pp. 61-67
2001
Holland Cotter, Review: Dear Dead Person, The New York Times, May 25, p. 29
2001
Michel Guerrin, Intimacies rangeantes, Le Monde, April 1
2001
Max Henry, Review, Art in America, April, p. 144
2001
Takayo Iida, Slater Bradley, Bijitsu Techo, March
2001
Claudine Ise, Feature, Res Magazine, March
2001
David Hunt, Review, Frieze, March
2001
Lindsey Westbrook, Review: Home Town Hero, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 17-23, p. 85
2000
Margaret Sundell, Review, Artforum, November, p. 157
2000
Jeremy Lin, Prodigies: View Master, Surface, No. 26, November, pp. 108 - 110
2000
Dana Plasse, Dress Rehersal for Death: Slater Bradley's JFK Jr. October 6
2000
Max Pizarro, Georgetown gallery strives to keep it real with exhibit, The Georgetown Current, September 27, pp. 16-18.
2000
Andrea Scott, Art Picks, The New Yorker, October 9, p. 18
2000
Kim Levin, Voice Choice: Recommended, The Village Voice, October 10, p. 104
2000
Robert Mahoney, Review Time Out New York, September 21-28, p. 69
2000
Roberta Smith, Review, The New York Times, September 15, p. 33
1999
Kim Levin, Voice Choice: Recommended, The Village Voice, July 6
1999
Max Henry, Edgy New Artist, artnet.com, July
1998
Blind Date show (two promotional interviews), Bellissima, Dutch TV
1998
Blind Date show (two live interviews), P.A.R.K4D, Dutch TV
1998
Claudine Ise, By the Numbers, LA Times, 21 August
1998
Takashi Murakami, 1998 Fall LA Art Scene News, Studio Voice, December
1998
Kevin Fisher, Recital for Fight, World Wide Video Festival, September
1998
Erik Hagoort, What makes a blind date a bad experience, Volkstraat, September
1997
Karin Veraat, Volkstraat, December 11
1997
Scholarship support offers lifelong opportunities, UCLA Arts Magazine, fall