Artist Talk and Opening: Thursday, September 6th, 7pm
Unblurred: First Fridays on Penn Art Walk: Friday, September 7th, 7:00pm
Andre Bradley’s exhibition Family Systems Theory is a provocative exploration of his life as a young adult and his path becoming an artist. Part story, part lyrical investigation, this exhibition hinges on an array of pages from Bradley’s high school yearbook where he is pictured with the non-graduates in everyday clothes alongside the school’s the graduates who are shown wearing ceremonial cap and gown. This gesture of public shaming is contrasted with a series of photographic studies based on materials that Bradley rejected from his paintings and collages in art school. Together these two sets of images are a meditation on narrative agency, the narrow distance between success and failure, and
how one person can be defined so differently depending on the system they are in.