Jyll Bradley

Coleman Project Space, London, UK

Artists who make works on paper that have autonomy from other aspects of their output could be described as looking for space, for movement beyond accepted genres. ‘Some Islands’ explores this idea through the work of Andrew Bick, Jyll Bradley, Clare Goodwin, Emma Talbot, Lothar Goetz, Dieter Roth, Daniel Robert Hunziker.
Co-Curated by Andrew Bick and Clare Goodwin.

New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, UK

Neo-Geometry features the work of Jyll Bradley, Phyllida Barlow, David Ward, Edmund de Waal, Graham Gussin, Barbara Hepworth, Francesca Simon, Phillip King and Camilla Low.

Curated by Stephen Feeke, Director, New Art Centre.

The Historic Dockyard Chatham, 8 June–6 August 2017
Turner Contemporary, Margate, 12 August–5 November 2017

Commissioned by Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and Turner Contemporary in collaboration with Culture Kent.

Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block) marks the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Raid on the River Medway, which brought about the end of the Anglo-Dutch wars, peace between the two nations and an unlikely cultural exchange based on growing plants. At the time of the Dutch Raid, Dutch growers were pioneering early glasshouse technology, which started with the simple idea of leaning glass frames against a south-facing wall – the so-called ‘Dutch Light’ – which led to a horticultural revolution that crossed the North Sea.

In Bradley’s work, five tall ‘Dutch Lights’ made of  Edge-Lit Plexiglas are turned on their side and leant against south-facing walls to create an open glasshouse structure that is activated by the sun.  Audiences can walk and sit within, bathed in swathes of geometric colour: green (for Kent and the UK) and orange (for the Netherlands).

Symbolically the super structure is fabricated using wood from Chatham Dockyard; remnant timbers from an old naval building are thus transformed into a glasshouse, a signifier of the human potential to move toward light and growth.

As companion to her work Jyll Bradley commissioned Artist Fabian Peake to write a poem reflecting upon the Dutch Raid.

Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block) is engineered and fabricated by Structural Engineer Ben Godber

Click here for the Dutch/Light (for Agneta Block) publication www.issuu.com.

The Drawing Room, London, UK

Drawing Biennial is an overview of contemporary drawing practices and an established fixture in the art world calendar. The exhibition included more than 240 new and recent works on paper by leading international artists.

l’étrangère, London, UK

Solo exhibition of all new work and the premier of the artist’s first film.

Click here for exhibition press release

Click here for the interview between Jyll Bradley and Joseph Constable, Assistant Curator, Serpentine Galleries, London.

Hôpital Roger Salengro, CHRU, Lille, France

Le Jardin hospitalier (Inauguration April 2015)
is a major installation transforming a dark
100-metre-long corridor which symbolically connects an old and new wing of the hospital. The work evolved through Bradley’s engagement with the botanical gardeners of Lille and research into the city’s largely unrecognised history of botanical medicine. Bradley’s work pairs human-size, back-lit images with tactile sculptural elements and literary quotes as well as a library area for repose and reflection. Le Jardin hospitalier brings light and a sense of place into the clinical environment suggesting a correlation between caring for plants and people, as well as referencing the technologies and architecture that supports each.

Commissioned by Les Nouveaux commanditaires.

Curated by Amanda Crabtree and produced by artconnexion, Lille.

Fabricated by Darbyshire, UK.

Typographic design by Anne Odling-Smee of O-SB Design, UK.

Funded by the Fondation de France and the Fondation Carasso.

Mummery+Schnelle, London, UK

Solo show focussing on Jyll Bradley’s light-box works and ‘light drawings’. Curated by Gill Hedley

Click here for exhibition press release

Click here for exhibition essay by Liam Gillick

Click here for exhibition interview between Gill Hedley and Jyll Bradley

Please find media coverage of this exhibition at Wall Street Journal

Folkestone, UK

The Folkestone Triennial is one of the most ambitious public art projects presented in the UK.

Located in the seaside town of Folkestone on the south-east coast of England, artists are invited to use the town as their ‘canvas’, utilising public spaces to create striking new pieces that reflect issues affecting both the town and the wider world. Curated by Lewis Biggs.

Artists include: Yoko Ono, Gabriel Lester, Sarah Staton, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Pablo Bronstein, Andy Goldsworthy

Work featured:

Green/Light (ForM.R)  – Light installation

Click here for more about this exhibition on The Folkestone Triennial site

The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK

This exhibition engaged with questions related to how digital technology impacts our everyday lives. The works on show explored the many different ways that artists are experimenting with computers, rapid-form and 3D scanning and digital multiplication, in mediums ranging from sculpture through to video. Curated by Jo Stockham, artist and head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London.

Artists include: Wolfgang Tillmans, Rachael Whiteread, Cory Archangel, Jane and Louise Wilson.


Work featured:
Architecture Makes Form, Trees Create Space – suite of 6 drawings

Click here for more about this exhibition on the Bluecoat’s site


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