MATTHEW BRADLEY

Matthew Bradley, The Year of a Thousand Suns, 2014

MATTHEW BRADLEY

b. 1969 Adelaide
Lives and works in Adelaide

Matthew Bradley's sculptural and performative works are the result of an experimental and original approach to thinking and making. Qualities of art relevant to his practice include those that are akin to the work of the cosmologist, the physicist and the engineer. He is known for a restrained and methodical approach to materials and form, and philosophically robust engagements with notions as diverse as risk, delinquency, power, the evolution of consciousness, the origins of the universe, the fatal attraction of the horizon and the complicated relationship of these notions to the intellectual advancement of society and the psychic renewal of the individual citizen.

www.matthewbradleystudio.com

“There is the line and there is crossing the line. Then there is making your own path...“ (excerpt from Artists Statement, 2006)

A FOREST OF LIGHTNING
2016
DESTROYER OF WORLDS
2016
GOBI FORMWORK
2015
HEATER/OVEN
2013
SPACE CHICKENS HELP ME MAKE APPLE PIE
2012
NEW VEHICLES AND EXPLORATION
2011
ADELAIDE BIENNALE
2010
TERMINATOR
2008
MISCELLANEOUS

BIOGRAPHY

1969

Born, Australia

  
 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016

Forest of Lightning, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Destroyer of Worlds, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide

2012

Space chickens help me make apple pie, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide

2011

New vehicles and exploration, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2010

Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide

2008

Terminator, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2007

Storm Machine, Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne
Monster Bike, Downtown art space, Adelaide, 

2006

The Good Son, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
Empire, screening room, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2005

The Weet Bix Kid, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

2004

Dark Crystal, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

2003

I’ve Been Busy, Artspace, Adelaide festival centre, Adelaide

2001

Gold Card, Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Directors Cut, FELTspace, Adelaide

2017

The National 2017: New Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2016

Dug and Digging With, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide

2015

Climate Century, Vitalstatistix and Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide
Gratis, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart
Spring 1883, Establishment Hotel, Sydney (GAGPROJECTS)
CACSA Contemporary 2015, SASA Gallery, Adelaide

2014

How does your garden grow? Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery, Murray Bridge

2013

Arte Magra, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide
Felt Natural, FELTspace, Adelaide
Pigeon Auction, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Momentary, Adelade Film Festival, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia

2012

End of the World, Fontanelle Gallery, Adelaide
Good mourning, FELTspace, Adelaide
This is what I do, CAST gallery, Tasmania
This is what I do, Metro Arts, Brisbane

2011

Labour of Love, Revisited – The Rise of Amateurism in the Age of Digital Networks, Arko Art Centre, Korea
Nothing like performance, Artspace, Sydney

2010

Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide

2008

Contemporary Australia: Optimism, Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
The Flipside, The Substation, Singapore
Underbelly, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane
World One Minute, Today Art Museum, Beijing
Uneasy: Recent South Australian Art, Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide

2007

Bad Brains, A Little Blah Blah, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The heavier we get, RAW Space, Brisbane 
UFO, Penrith Regional Gallery, NSW
Late Nights, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Mentor Mentored 3, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide
As it is - as it can be, Bus gallery, Melbourne
Taking the cure, Downtown art space, Adelaide
Things will be great, MOP, Sydney

2006

New Australian Video Art, Museums Quartier, Vienna
Snapshot: Contemporary South Australian Art, Experimental ArtFoundation, Adelaide;
Touring regional South Australia in 2007, in association with Country Arts SA

2005

Risk, Kings ARI, Melbourne
New painting heroes, Downtown Art Space, Adelaide
Project for a revolution, Westspace, Melbourne

2004

A wing and a prayer, Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria
Container project, Melbourne ARI festival, Federation Square, Melbourne

2003

Z, Roslyn Oxley, Sydney

2002

Die Cast, Physics room, Christchurch, New Zealand

2001

Other Worlds, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide

2000

Internal, Supermild lounge, Adelaide

1999

Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 

Llewellyn, J. 'Matthew Bradley, Destroyer of Worlds', Art Guide, March-April 2016, p. 57
Llewellyn, J. '50 Things Collectors Need to Know 2016: #33 Matthew Bradley', Art Collector, no. 75, Jan-Mar 2016, p. 168-169
Bolton, K., 'Interstellar Pie', FORM GUIDE, Nov 2012, pp. 11-13
Darlaston, K. 'Poetry in the dark' Eyeline, 2011, no. 73
Blair, U., 'Seeing in the dark', Before and after science: 2010 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Pub. Art Gallery of South Australia, 2010
Chambers, N., 'Monster Bike', Contemporary Australia: Optimism, pub. Queensland Art Gallery, 2008
Walker, W., 'Uneasy on the eye', The Australian, July 3 2008
Morrell, T., Uneasy : Recent South Australian Art, pub. Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide, June 2008
Bolton, K., ‘Mentor Mentored 3’, exhibition catalogue, pub. CACSA, July 2007
Khan J., ‘Storm Machine’, exhibition catalogue, pub. Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, June 2007
Chapman, C., ‘Snapshot: Contemporary South Australian Art in Adelaide’, Art Monthly, Issue 194, Oct 2006
Bolton, K.. ‘Adelaide, Recent Art Recent History’, Broadsheet, vol.34 no.4, 2005
Woodburn, J., ‘Great Escape’, RealTime, no.61, 2004
Chambers, N., Z, Eyeline, no.51, 2003
Radok, S., ‘Avenge my death’, Adelaide Review, May 2002
Chapman, C., ‘Frequent Flyers’, Eyeline, no.46, 2001
‘Australia’s 50 Most Collectable Artists’, Australian Art Collector, January 2000

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