Brad Tucker
Opportunity Knocks

January 18 – February 16, 2008

Art Palace presents, Opportunity Knocks, Brad Tucker’s solo exhibition at Art Palace which incorporates an installation of sculpture, painting, video, and lino-prints, providing a framework for the presentation of two text based works.

“The Secret of Life and Death, 2007” is a three channel video based upon a text by artist Allen Ruppersberg. Originally published in a catalog in 1985, it commemorates Ruppersberg’s retrospective at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The text lists general and specific comments and questions for artists. Finding the catalog in 1988 at the library of the University of North Texas, Tucker then scrawled the lists into his college sketchbook. Almost twenty years later, Tucker rediscovered the lists and adapted them to music, singing the lyrics across three video monitors in a disjointed but humorous, four song concert.

“Try All, 2007,” is a 16 page, hand printed book of picture-puzzles inspired by courtroom jargon. Tucker intermittently prints an open-ended, continuous edition since its conception in 2005. At Art Palace, a makeshift print shop set up in the gallery is employed to continue the book’s production, while loose pages and materials simultaneously reveal the book’s construction and deconstruction.

About the Artist:
Brad Tucker lives and works in Austin, TX, he received a BFA from University of North Texas and will receive a MFA in 2008 from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.  Tucker was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art in Houston and his work has been featured in multiple solo and group exhibitions internationally including; PS 1 in NYC, Ibid Gallery in London, Homeroom in Munich, Ray Gun in Valencia, ARTissima 10 in Turin, The Suburban in Chicago, The Sculpture Center in Long Island City, Austin Museum of Art, Arthouse at the Jones Center, and he is represented by Inman Gallery in Houston, TX. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Time Out New York, New York Magazine, Art in America, and Art Forum.  Tucker’s artwork can be found in the collection of New York’s New Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as the Altoids Collection.