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Rev. William Ellis BradleyKansas City, MO
Rev. William Ellis Bradley is an experimental luthier and sound artist. William received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute (Sculpture ’14) and an honorary Masters Certificate of Advanced Studies from the Alternative School of Fine Art at Wickerson Studios (Alt. Fine Arts & Sound ’15).
While attending the Kansas City Art Institute, William and Rev. Dwight Frizzell founded Gruppo, an eclectic performance collective who summoned the likes of Sun Ra and Thomas Hart Benton. William orchestrated the aural collectives Reishi Rainbow and Cosmocoatl, has performed in Kansas City groups including Snakeoids, B.C.R., and Autograph, and was part of the Atemporchestra, led by J Ashley Miller (Metatone; Jametatone; Pewep). William is a long-time collaborator of ceramicist Joey Watson, with whom he has performed and exhibited in various venues including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. William has been an artist in residence at the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project (2014-2015) in Kansas City, MO, a toolmaker in residence at Signal Culture in Owego, NY (2016), and has been granted a residency at the Burren College of Art, Ireland (2016).
Through his work, William attempts to elevate the spirituality of sound by utilizing his environmentally powered electro-acoustic instruments. William’s most recent project, SOLLUS, is a solar-acoustic trio (consisting of Rev.WEB, Joey Watson and J Ashley Miller) which incorporates his solar-powered electronic instruments to emphasize the universal language of waveforms.
SOLLUS (in artificial) : Level 3
SOLLUS (in artificial) : Level 3 is a video and sound performance which utilizes quantum objects as a transformative media. Throughout the work, light (as visual image) and sound (as performed audio) act to dualistically present the potential vibration of matter. As three layers of performance are recorded and layered, the boundaries of temporal time are stretched and muddled, while sound continuously penetrates each membrane and acts as a linear pathway through the work. The light and sound emphasize one another’s paradoxical roles as points a
NADA UNIVEIGE /ˈnädə ˌyo͞onəvāZH/
A collaborative audio performance presenting experimental instruments conceived and built by Rev. William Ellis Bradley and Joey Watson, featuring the audio/visual expertise of J Ashley Miller and clothing and accessories designed by Nathan Alexander Bunch, Mary Eleanor Wallace and Noël Morical.
This video accompanied a live hour-long performance of the work which was exhibited as part of the Unconventional Clay (Centerpiece of 50th Anniversary Conference of NCECA) at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.