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"DISCOurse #3: Velvet Rope" by Bradley Wester at Yellow Peril
Wester's third iteration of the impact of early disco on queer identity, generously supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
"DISCOurse imagines, in the here and now, a utopian futurity that is diverse, optimistic, joyous and fun — it puts the disco back into critical discourse," Bradley Wester shares. "I use the site of early disco — a rehearsal for diversity, and the disco ball itself —'queer mirror', a pixelated globe, as a way between spaces. I am interested in our refracted image, in androgynous spaces, where potentiality lies."
In Velvet Rope, Wester uses custom made pegboards, either white, black enamel coated metal, or reflective Mylar pegboard as the conductive substrate for other materials and objects such as paint, smaller paintings, disco balls, digital prints, found photos, holographic tape, dichromatic acrylic, tube lights, pipe cleaners, leather, and chain to be attached and arranged. "The evenly perforated panels are like large computer motherboards each with a unique 'form factor' by which the connected components or circuits communicate,"
Wester may work on a body of work for up to 10 years, based on a combination of interests that are material, conceptual, and theoretical. "First and foremost," he stresses, "I am a maker. The art objects themselves are the physical manifestation of the synergy between the studio practice—how my materials act when acted upon, combined with my conceptual, political, and theoretical interests that may be inspired and supported by my writings or the writings of others."
The opening reception for DISCOurse #3: Velvet Rope at Yellow Peril is Saturday, July 1, from 6PM – 9PM. The exhibition will conclude August 19. This is Bradley Wester's second solo exhibition at Yellow Peril. His first solo exhibition was DISCOurse #1: Pin-Up in 2014. DISCOurse #2: Shine was presented at Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City in 2015.
About Bradley Wester
BRADLEY WESTER recently moved his studio from Brooklyn, NY, to Bristol, RI, about 30 minutes southeast of Providence and North of Newport. His 990SF studio is located in the old Byfield schoolhouse on the town green, complete with old slate chalkboards. He spends his time between Rhode Island and New York. For more info about Bradley Wester, visit bradleywester.com.