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SALT 1996-2006 PDF for more information

The best of the serious art follows Buddhism's tenet of stripping away the extraneous ...And refreshing the conceptualism of the ubiquitous debris pile, Dove Bradshaw...has hung a slowly dripping glass funnel filled with water over a cone of Himalayan salt. An elegant visual balance and a concise metaphor for time, death, man versus nature, or just about anything else, it works as a kind of universal mantra.
Robert Shuster
The Village Voice, New York, 2007

[Bradshaw’s] attraction to the truth of indeterminacy is equal to [her] suspicion of the absolute, of anything that attempts to fix meaning or to set a standard. She values the evolving dimension of each present moment and the stillness required to notice it.
Regina Coppola
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1999

A romantic Conceptualist who practices natural alchemy.
Ken Johnson
Negative Ions: New York Times, 1998


WATERSTONES 1996-2007 PDF for more information

...Bradshaw's...Waterstones...focus attention on the ongoing process of disintegrat-ion....there are still deeper spiritual implications ...of disintegration, as the entropy theory clearly bears a resemblance to Taoist thought. Tao means "the way" according to the Tao Tê Ching, the classic text attributed to Lao Tzu, the Way may also be called the Valley Spirit or the Water Spirit or the Mysterious Female. The nature of the Water Spirit is that it seeks the low ground. When water has reached the lowest point, it has returned to the state of the Uncarved Block, to the Mysterious Female. Bradshaw, then is using the Way, or the Water Spirit, in the...Waterstones; the liquid flows downward eating away the rock as it seeks the lowest place.

Thomas McEvilley
The Art of Dove Bradshaw, Nature, Change and Indeterminacy, 2003

   

Negative Ions I, first boulder, 1996
Rock salt, 1000 ml Pyrex separatory funnel, water                         
Rock salt: 16 x 24 x 20 inches; Collection of the artist  

Negative Ions I, 1996
Salt, separatory funnels, water                                             
Installation: Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, 1998                                     

 

Negative Ions I, second boulder, 1996
Rock salt, 1000 ml pyrex separatory funnel, water                      
Rock salt: 16 x 39 x 24 inches; Collection of the artist                                          
 

Negative Ions I, third boulder,1996
Rock salt, 1000 ml pyrex separatory funnel, water                             
Rock salt: 18 x 32 x 27 inches; Collection of the artist
 

Negative Ions II, 1996
Each mound 200 pounds of salt, 1000 ml separatory funnel, water         
Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, 2000

 

Negative Ions II, 1996
200 pounds salt, 1000 ml separatory funnel, water         
Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA,, 2008

 

Negative Ions II, 1996
100 pounds salt, 1000 ml separatory funnel, water         
Volume Gallery, New York, 2004
 

Negative Ions II, 1996
200 pounds salt, 1000 ml separatory funnel, water         
Thomas Rehbein Gallery, Cologne, 2009

 

Negative Ions II, 1996
1600 pounds salt, 1000 ml separatory funnel, water
Associazone Curturale Senzatitolo, Rome, 2007

 

View from the floor above

 

View from the floor below

 

Six Continents, 2003, 6th Gwanju Biennale, South Korea, 2006                        
Where there is salt there is the possibility of life. The salt is taken from each of the continents selected for color due to different minerals from each locale: From left rear, Antarctica, white salt from McMurdo Bay; South America, pink salt from Chile; North America, green salt from the Dominican Republic; Africa, gray salt from Egypt; Eurasia, ivory salt from Gwangju, North Korea; center: Australia, brown salt from Western Australia.

 

Six Continents, 2003  (Australia, Antarctica, South America)  
6th Gwanju Biennale, South Korea

 

South and North America
6th Gwanju Biennale, South Korea
 

Six Continents, 2003  (Africa and North America)  
6th Gwanju Biennale, South Korea

 

Six Continents, 2003
Larry Becker Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2005, premiere 
 

Six Continents, 2003
SolwayJones Gallery, Los Angeles, 2005 
 

Six Continents, 2003
Clockwise from front: Australia, North America, Antarctica, Eurasia, Africa, South America

 

Australia
 

North America
 

Africa

 

South America
 

Six Continents, 2003
SolwayJones Gallery, Los Angeles, 2005
 

Negative Ions II, 1996/2016, Medium, 1992, Spent Bullet [Bronze], 2016,
Zone2Source, Amstel Park, Amsterdam, 2016-2017

 

Waterstones, 1996
Limestone: 12 x 12 x 12 inches, 1000 ml pyrex separatory funnel, water,
Stark Gallery. New York, 2001

 

Waterstones, 1996
Stark Gallery, New York, 2001

 

Waterstone, 1996         
Associazone Culturale Senzatitolo, Rome, 2007

 

Waterstone, 1996-present
Museum of Stones, The Noguchi Museum, Queens, New York, 2015-2016

This was the first time that Waterstone was exhibited outdoors, hence
during the winter freeze the separatory funnel was filled with Vodka
instead of water.