Artwork

Indeterminacy / Dove Bradshaw

1995
Identifier

IWC.1995.769

Materials

16mm film

Description
Indeterminacy is a 16mm film lasting 27 minutes that was shown once a day at 3:00pm. Part one: An eight minute shot of 2/0 set horizontally (on ice) as a level, then hung vertically as a clock. Part two: A nine minute traveling shot of a reflected image of a rnning stream by a shaft of sunlight onto the ceiling of a cave. The artist recognized this as a phenomenon implyng film methodology- the sun equating a projector lamp, the stream surface a projector lens, the reflected image of the stream's movement film, the cave a darkened theater. Part three: Two five-minute shots of two fragments of liver of sulfur dissolving in water. Liver of sulfur is a chemical which sets off an indeterminate process that Bradshaw has used in her painting and sculpture since 1984. As the chemical dissolves minute bubbles spring up and coalesce in floating clusters gradually surrounded by a spiraling milky substance. A kind of microcosm of our revolving macrocosm is produced. 
About the Artist
In 1969 Dove Bradshaw first embraced the use of indeterminacy by enlisting the effects of time, weather, erosion, and atmospheric conditions on natural and chemical materials. Her earliest work in this direction, Plain Air, invited the unpredictability of life forces by introducing mourning doves into an installation of bicycle wheels and floor—mounted targets. She developed the Contingency chemical paintings that change with indoor atmosphere, the Negative Ions erosion sculptures of salt, Indeterminacy stone and mineral sculptures that bleed outdoors, and charged crystals to receive transmissions from weather stations, local and short wave, along with radio telescope signals from Jupiter in Radio Rocks. In another vein, her 1999 body works presented the twenty-three elements proportioned by weight in glass flasks, later evolving into Partial Portrait, in which casts of her foot, hand and face emerge from a wall.

In 1975 Bradshaw won a National Endowment for the Arts Grant; 1975 the Pollock Krasner Award; 2003 a Furthermore Grant; 2006 the National Science Foundation for Artists Grant. Her work regularly exhibits in the US, Europe and Japan, notably appearing in the 6th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea. Solo exhibitions also include: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Utica College, Syracuse University, Utica, New York, The City University of New York, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts and galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Cologne, Copenhagen and Tokyo, among others. She is represented in the permanent collections of many major museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery, The Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum, Centre Pompidou, and the Russian State Museum, Marble Palace, St. Petersburg.

As Artistic Advisor to the Merce Cunningham Dance Company along with her life—partner William Anastasi from1984 to its demise in 2011, she designed décor and lighting with music of John Cage, David Tudor, Takahisa Kosugi, Christian Wolff and Emanuel de Melo Pimenta for a decade of productions around the world. In 1986 the BBC commissioned Merce Cunningham's Points In Space filming its making and premiere for which Cage composed the music, Anastasi designed the three backdrops and Bradshaw the double sets of costumes. Nureyev later staged it for the Paris Opera Ballet. Her 2011 film, SPACETIME, scored to Cage's Ryoanji, was screened with a live accompaniment by the Mesostics Ensemble at the Paris Conservatoire on Madrid Street. In 2012 for the Sorbonne colloquium: John Cage Artist, John Cage Composer: Anatomy of the Convergence, Bradshaw delivered Still Conversing with Cage on her experience of his free-associating mentorship. Born in 1949 and still residing in New York, she also continues since childhood to summer in the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania.
June 9 - August 12, 1990
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