Brady Cranfield is a sound and visual artist, musician and writer. He has a MA in Communications and a MFA from SFU. His work has been exhibited and performed across Canada, including at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.
BRADY CRANFIELD, JAMIE HILDER
May 3–June 7, 2008
Island Developments, a collaboration between Vancouver artists Brady Cranfield and Jamie Hilder, is a research-based installation project that investigates contested sites of imagination to bring up dialogues of nationality, utopianism, political and art histories. The installation will have four components: an architectural model of the republic of Rose Island (the independent nation had Esperanto as its official language); a video of a rock islet off the coast of Vancouver (proposed site of a project by American artist Robert Smithson which did not take place due to political and environmental protest); a video of a children’s choir singing in Esperanto; and a display of archival documents and a library.
March 19–April 23, 2005
Kevin Hanley is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice includes video, photography, performance and sound. Engaging with the slippery relationship between time, memory and reason, Hanley is best known for structural studies in which he eliminates linear narrative. His humorous investigations into the mechanics of media toy with imagery by distorting the functions of space, movement, sound, context and color to create new perspectives.
Threesixty is a lifesize video installation of a skateboarder doing a 360 degree turn while cameras shoot him from four angles. The footage is edited so that the skater, while turning, appears to stay still while the room turns around him. The result is a collapse of linearity and a presentation of an impossible view (a view not possible from the subjective position of the skateboarder or cameras, only available to the viewer of the video installation). Hanley draws a parallel between music DJing techniques and his visual work with an interest in the writing and reading of the record (according to Adorno, the record’s message is ‘simultaneously fixed and hidden’, delivering an abstract indexical writing contained within the groove). Accordingly, in the video work Re-counting a Dancing Man, Hanley manually moves the footage of a store-bought Fred Astaire dance performance giving it the appearance of jumping forward and back akin to a DJ’s record scratching.
Threesixty is the first in a two part series that takes the mixing of music and video as a starting point. Hanely’s exhibition, his first in Canada, is followed by the work of London artist Christian Kuras who also manipulates visual imagery through a relationship to the treatment of sound. Hanley’s suspension of action and conflated viewpoints sets up a dialogue with Kuras’ work that examines the hearing and seeing of looped sound to reflect upon a self-contained circularity of power.
BRADY CRANFIELD, JAMIE HILDER
May 3, 2008
Artists’ talk presented in conjunction with the exhibition Island Developments.
Title: Correlated Rotations
Category: Exhibition Catalogue
Artist: Brady Cranfield, Kevin Hanley, Christian Kuras, Tim Lee
Writers: Tim Lee
Design: Julian Gosper
Year published: 2005
Binding: Three-panel Foldout
Features: 3 colour images, 7’’ vinyl record by Brady Cranfield
Dimensions: 18.5 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm
Weight: 113 g
Price: $20 CDN