7” lathe cut vinyl record Hand screened 8-gauge clear vinyl sleeve Digitally printed transparency insert
6 minute run time (45 RPM)
In conjunction with the 2014 exhibition, Artists In Residence, Bracken has made an edition of 50 seven-inch lathe cut clear vinyl records. Featuring music composed in and for the gallery space, the records extend the exhibition’s investigation on the limits of technological mediums, our relentless affection for the physical world, and our idealization of the past and future. The records were hand cut in real time, packaged with digitally printed inserts inside of silk-screened sleeves, and have been hand numbered and signed by the artist.
What it was and the way it is (2011) Tree stumps, video, sound
Presented as part of Environmental Aesthetics Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh PA
What it was and the way it is acts as an inquiry into how we might take advantage of the possibilities that new technology provides while still staying connected to the natural. It is an exploration of overlapping layers of the natural and unnatural, an investigation into how we perceive and interact with these layers.
What You Can See From the Light (2010) (Excerpt) plywood, quadraphonic sound, HD video projection
Part of Gestures 14 at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA
What You Can See From the Light is comprised of a high-definition video projection of two hands, hiding and revealing an overpowering light that glows behind them. As these hands interact, textures of sound envelop the viewer, and crescendo in relationship with these movements. Through subtle cuts, a floor to ceiling wooden wall reveals the grains of an enlarged fingerprint, echoing the intricacies and imagery of the projection, whose light filters through it.
Home Maker I & II are two wall mounted video sculptures. Made from scrap wood and aluminum ductwork, each object houses a small video screen, playing portraits from everyday life. Paired with continuously looping musical clips, the images themselves are non-linear, endlessly playing the repetitions of human activity in a home.
Home Maker I & II are investigations into our desire for a sense of place and belonging. Images of reading a book, eating soup, and playing music bring to mind the warmth and pleasures of home, while the chopping of food, brushing of teeth, and laying of brick convey the routine and repetition of everyday life. The objects become tunnels into a private world and the small apertures provide for a personal interaction with the viewer.
A Generous Act: A collaboration with music. (2010)
Curated by Mark Garry
Participants include: Karl Burke (aka Karl Him), Daniel Bracken, James Broder, Slim Cessna, Sean Carpio, Eileen Carpio , Lucinda Chua, Nathan Hall, Nina Hynes, Jeffrey Inscho, Simon Jermyn, Fabien Leseure, Benoit Leseure and Karla Stauffer.
This exciting and innovative project brought together a remarkably talented group of musicians from a varied geographical positions and a broad range of musical genres and interests to collaborate over a period of 16 days. During the first half of July 2010, the Mattress Factory converted the 4th floor of the museum into a practice area and fully functioning recording studio. More information is available here and here.