By Beck Crothers
Copyright The Crothers Quarterly
First Quarter 2001
"Reprinted with permission from the Crothers Quarterly"
This exhibition, Bradley's second solo show at Fraser Gallery, includes a dozen new sculptures. His gallery solo debut in 1999 at the Fraser Gallery not only established the 27-year-old sculptor as one of the leading emerging artists in the city, but also placed his found-object figurative sculptures in several important collections in several cities around the U.S. Bradley takes discarded objects - metals, tools, wires, waxes, woods and even hair - and turns them into superbly engineered sculptures that are often based on myths or stories or themes related to the more arcane parts of Genesis. "I try to bring back the gesture," says Bradley, a recent graduate of the Master's program at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. "It's not about the tradition of figurative sculpture," he says. The found object is my way of making it mine. It's more contemporary than bronze." Through 16 May
Adam Bradley: New Sculpture at Fraser Gallery, 1054 31st St. NW, Tuesday-Friday noon-3 p.m., Saturday noon-6 p.m., 202-298-6450, to May 16.
© 2001 The Crothers Quarterly