Bradley Wester

Studio Building
Studio Interior
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Studio Location
untitled cluster #1 (2009)
Studio Wall #1 (2009)
untitled (2009) plastic, styrofoam, aluminum, canvas, rag paper, ink, gauche
untitled (2009) acryla gauche and marker on canvas
"Paper or Plastic" installation (2007)
Artist's Statement

My work has evolved into a hybrid-practice combining painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, & digital imaging into large installations with unique reference to color & light & space. I'm interested in traversing boundaries of 3 content areas. Transparent-Mystery: Transforming everyday materials into art with limited alteration so as to remain recognizable as they inexplicably begin to appear mysterious & opaque. Fragment-Whole: Creating large installations that 1st appear as a single whole, but which then appear to break down into object-clusters, which break down further into separate parts, only to reverse again into the one visual whole. Time-Continuum: Making diverse cultural references that link the historical with contemporary; Altering older work & combining it with new, & visually & conceptually linking my current exhibition with one from my past.,


For 10 years Wester has worked on 3 bodies of work from living and working in 3 disparate but geographically symmetrical cultures. Solo & group shows in the U.S. & Europe, most recent at Margalef & Gipponi in Antwerp. Awards: Specialist Fulbright to Kyoto Japan, 2 MacDowell Fellowships, Pollock-Krasner Grant. Visiting Artist credits: CalArts Los Angeles, Sint Lucas Antwerp, Kyoto University of Art & Design, The American Academy in Rome, & a recent 3-year Visiting Artist full-time faculty position at Ringling College of Art & Design. Wester has designed theatre sets for Off-Broadway & in Los Angeles for writer/director Eve Ensler, producers Mike Nichols, Fox Television, The Promenade Theatre, LaMama, Music Theatre Group in NYC, & The Court Theatre in LA. His work was seen in an Adam Sandler film. He performed in a Robert Wilson production at Lincoln Center & created his own performances at venues such as The Kitchen & PS1.