Filomena Soares presents Slater Bradley at LOOP14
She was my la Jetée, 2013
2’30’’Single channel, HD Super 8 film and HD video, color, stereo sound
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
On the one hand, Slater Bradley is nodding to the film “Rushmore” (Wes Anderson, 1998), in which Jason Schwartzman’s character says “She was my Rushmore”, and on the other to Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Vertigo” (1958), which Chris Marker fetishizes. In Bradley’s film, we hear a female voice, a stand-in for the artist saying “she was my vertigo […] she was my la jetée”.
The fact is that all his heroes have died young: Kurt Cobain, Ian Curtis and Michael Jackson are embodied in Benjamin Brock, whom Bradley met at a disco in New York in 1999 when he was twenty-four and who became his doppelgänger—a term first used by German Romantic Jean Paul to refer to the phantasmagorical image of one who “walks beside us”, our darker self, considered by Strindberg an omen of death.
Slater Bradley was born in 1975, in San Francisco. He lives and works in New York.