All my happiness is gone

We are proud to present the first solo exhibition in Denmark with the American artist Slater Bradley (born 1975).

Through a wide array of media, he explores various existential themes with the point of departure ranging from

pop culture icons to personal spirituality.

The exhibition will feature a mix of paintings and altered photographs that explore emotional states of

melancholy, bliss, and the energy surrounding themes of identity, intuition, illusion, and so-called

hypercosmic spirituality – a term coined by Bradley.

In 2005, at the age of 30, Bradley became the youngest male artist to have a solo show at The Solomon R.

Guggenheim Museum in New York. In the show, called the Doppelganger Trilogy, Bradley examined the

collective unconscious of our mass-mediated culture through imaginary restagings of performances by

deceased rock stars.

Bradley departed New York for Berlin in 2013. Once there, he began to re-invent himself through rigorous

spiritual introspection, with science, faith and cosmology taking a central place in his art. Moving between

painting, photography and installation, his works contain a plethora of astrological references and

calculations, numerological codes and patterns from the Golden Ratio to the Mayan calendar.

In the exhibition All my happiness is gone, the diamond-shaped canvases may at first sight appear to be

completely abstract art reminiscent of Mondrian, but in fact they can be conceived of as a form of very precise

symbols relating to the Earth’s position in the Universe. The sharply bordered fields of color accentuate a figure

of straight lines that – in the right context – designate a specific date. In order to retrieve this information, the

pattern in question needs to be applied to a horoscope wheel. Consequently, the paintings in the exhibition

symbolically depict the launch of certain Cryptocurrencies.

Bradley’s series thus combines complex algorithms and astrology, thereby assigning a Zodiac sign to

something purely technological. The seemingly simplistic acrylic paintings thus interweave two widely

different obscure, abstract concepts that share the fact that scarcely any people truly comprehend either of


Bradley’s time-consuming process of applying countless layers to each painting almost mimics the straining

virtual extraction of value. On the subject of value, Slater Bradley employs gold color in another group of works,

using it as signifier of value – not only the obvious monetary value, but also to explore the color’s religious

connotations, for instance due to its prevalence in the adornment of Catholic and Orthodox churches.

The title of the exhibition, All my happiness is gone, is the name of a song by Purple Mountains, the band led

by David Berman who committed suicide shortly after the release of the band’s debut album. Brian DeGraw of

Gang Gang Dance describes the song as having “sadness so sad that it cancels itself out and becomes bliss. A

very Zen-like melancholy.”

Slater B. Bradley was born in 1975 in San Francisco, California. He lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Bradley is

currently represented in several museum collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Guggenheim

New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Whitney Museum in New York, and the Zabludowicz

Collection in London.