Jamie Bradley - KESSEN
horse shed presents Kessen, a solo exhibition of new works by London based artist Jamie Bradley

kessen

1.(adj. kessun) Cumbrian dialectic word for prostrate

Exploring his background in farming culture and rural isolation, Jamie Bradley soothes these memories by mixing in queer pegan fantasies. Distorting words and motifs from his familial rural geography he reframes them within painted constellations. Contrasting energies of macho young-farming culture and queer sissydom are uncomfortably united.

Cumbrian dialectic words appear painted roughly on silks amongst pagan motifs, farming paraphernalia and abstract sexual bodies to form a collection of idiosyncratic protest banners. Speaking of adolescent musings and naive scenarios conceived in isolation. 

The energy of sporting prowess and hyper-masculine expectation held within the baseball bats are covered with imagery of sexualised bodies and camp painted decoration. The objects dangle impotently in the space, their visual language in flux as textures and materials are placed uncomfortably together, finding a co-existence.

KESSEN, silk painting, Jamie Bradley 2019
KESSEN installation shot, Jamie Bradley 2019
YOUNG YACKERS, silk painting, Jamie Bradley 2019
ALL THE MARRAS, silk painting, Jamie Bradley 2019
YOUNG YACKERS detail, Jamie Bradley 2019
KESSEN, silk painting, Jamie Bradley 2019
KESSEN installation shot, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED detail, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED detail, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED detail, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED detail, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED detail, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019
THE THUD MUST BE DEAFENED detail, painted baseball bats, Jamie Bradley 2019