I know what I saw, or do I?
Is earth the only system capable of hosting intelligent life? Have we been visited by something, anything that could qualify as extra-terrestrial?
Look closely at the desert scene depicted in Matthew Bradley’s I know what I saw—Museum Display mural, and you might notice something unusual. Nestled in a dazzling sunset scene is an unidentified flying object: a “UFO” hovering just above the horizon.
I know what I saw -Museum Display continues artist Matthew Bradley’s ongoing investigation of the possibility of life outside of Earth’s realm. Each landscape painting in Bradley’s I know what I saw series features an extraterrestrial aircraft in an urban or rural scene, derived from photographs and video stills of unexplained aerial phenomena.
I know what I saw reminds us that though we have made profound leaps in understanding of space and time, we can still find ourselves bemused by the spectacle of a breathtaking sunset, an unearthly cloud formation, or a flash of light that we can’t quite explain. In those moments of awe, we look up and wonder: are we alone in the universe?
Who Made This?
Matthew Bradley is a San Diego based artist who utilizes various media and materials to explore myth, belief and identity. Bradley has an MFA from The School of Visual Arts, NY, NY, a BFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and has been exhibited throughout the United States and abroad.
I know what I saw -Museum Display, is part of an ongoing project that components of which are also included in the Intergalactic Dreaming exhibition at the San Diego International Airport (through Dec, 2017).