Jyll Bradley


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Year 2020
Medium Spray paint on vintage herbarium paper, carbon line, acetate layer
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm

About the work

This work is made using fluorescent spray paint and carbon line on vintage herbarium paper and acetate. Hop/Tag (2020) draws from my long-term interest in the dynamic growth geometry of light-hungry hop plants and their cultivation. In the drawing, fractal patterns from hop stringing create a space on the page for a solo female performer. 

About the artist:

Born 1966 Folkestone, Jyll Bradley lives and works in London. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (1988), and Higher Diploma (Media) Slade School of Art (1993).

Bradley's installations, films, drawings and sculptures bring together the formal vigour of Minimalism with a highly personal exploration of identity and place. Light is an important protagonist in her practice, and she talks of using it to “bring things into the present”. Her work combines craftsperson-ship with industrial fabrication through dynamic pairings of materials from different art histories or traditions – for instance fluorescent Edge-Lit Plexiglas with re-purposed timber. Bradley's work often engages with site and the creation of new, spaces. Her acclaimed public realm commissions include Green/Light (for M.R.) for The Folkestone Triennial and Dutch/Light for Turner Contemporary.

Her work is held in public and private collections including Government Art Collection, UK; Folkestone Art Works (long term loan); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; National Library of Australia; and Canberra Museum and Art Gallery.

Selected exhibitions include a solo presentation at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2021); Sculpture in the City, London (2018, 2019, 2020); Neo-Geometry, New Art Centre, Roche Court (2017); Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London (2015, 2017, 2019, 2021); City of Trees, The National Library of Australia, Canberra (2013); The Negligent Eye, The Bluecoat, Liverpool (2011); Naming Spaces, Newlyn Art Gallery (The Exchange), Penzance (2010); The Botanic Garden, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2008); This Storm Is What We Call Progress, Arnolfini, Bristol (2005); Fragrant Guangzhou, Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou (2004); Esencia Floral, Museo De Antioquia, Medellin (2004); and The British Art Show, Hayward Gallery, London (1990).

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