Soudan #9  by Virginia Bradley

Soudan #9 by Virginia Bradley

Virginia Bradley

September 21, 2017 - January 4, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 2017
| 5 to 9 PM during Art Loop

This exhibition represents Bradley's long-standing interest in geology, alchemy, and the "performative process" of painting. After research of the Soudan Iron Mine near Tower, Minnesota, Bradley began her Soudan Series in the fall of 2015. The depth of mineral imagery from the mine forms the basis for Bradley's new works and serves as a visual metaphor for earth's geological and biological mysteries.

Bradley's alchemical process is activated by the physical activity of pouring, sanding, drawing, building and subtracting into, and onto, the surfaces in many layers. Transparent film and silk are used as foundations for the works and correlate to the underlying theme of "ancient" water. The studio environment tempers the interaction of diverse materials, paint mediums, and paint as they blend into realized images. Questions of history, origin, meaning and authenticity emerge through the final paintings, provoking doubt, perception, and uncertainty.

In 2013/14 Bradley was the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Zoological Society of London in Regents Park and has recently completed an Associate International Artist in Residency at ACME in East London. Bradley has received fellowships for painting and drawing from the McKnight Foundation, the Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Humanities, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She completed several art commissions for the Minnesota State Arts Board. Her residencies include Yaddo, Sanskriti Kendra (New Delhi, India), Fundacion Valparaiso (Mojcar, Spain), Ragdale (Lake Forest, Ill.), and the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. Bradleyreceived her Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of South Florida, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Miami.

Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space