C O U N T Y is pleased to present UPGRADE, a solo exhibition by Ry David Bradley. Bradley, a leading post-Internet artist, received his MFA from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2013. His recent solo exhibitions include The Hole (New York and Basel), Brand New Gallery (Milan), Evelyn Yard (London and Cologne), Neumeister Bar-Am (Berlin), Galerie Derouillon (Paris), PM/AM (London), Bill Brady Gallery (Kansas City), and Tristian Koenig (Sydney and Melbourne). Bradley’s work has been featured in such publications as Frieze, Wired, Blouin Artinfo, Elephant, ARTnews, Artnet, Artspace, Wall Street International, Vault, Arteviste, and The Huffington Post.
For UPGRADE, Ry David Bradley presents a body of digital paintings vibrating with color, which have been heat-pressed into ultrasuede fabric and sprinkled with holographic glitter. The works resemble saturated photographs that have been blurred beyond recognition or Instagram images from the immediate future that are still in the process of loading. At the bottom of each digital painting is a deliberately stretched and pixilated “free app store style” banner ad, whose content comes inexplicably from a pre-digital universe. Juxtaposed against the hyperreality of Bradley’s digital paintings, the banners, which include vintage comic book ads from the 1950s and 60s, advertise a world that no longer exists. UPGRADE reminds the viewer that even as we stand on the cutting edge of technology and culture, watching a new world come into focus, a small piece of history is always present even in the most contemporary things today.
C O U N T Y is a contemporary art space at 350 South County Road in Palm Beach, Florida. The gallery features a strong and carefully curated exhibition program that promotes important emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.