THE SLUTS: THE BRADS GALLERY

"The central character in The Sluts is a young prostitute named Brad. Apart from a superficial and questionable description near the beginning of the novel, he barely exists. At the same time, he is an object of intense fantasy for a large number of other characters, and the novel revolves dizzyingly around him. To construct this ‘Brad’ who is simultaneously omnipresent and undefined, I did an exercise where I had all of the other characters choose a picture of a young man who matched their particular mental image of Brad. Then I created the character out of the composite of all those images. This gallery shows a selection of fifteen of those pictures. If you can fuse them in your imagination, you will see a portrait of Brad".

- DENNIS COOPER