Ready to Watch; MARK BRADFORD
Angeleno artists are popping up all over Chelsea, and theyâ€™re certainly well represented in this Biennial. Mark Bradford makes collaged Mondrian-esque grids from strips of posters he picks up on the streets of South L.A.â€”paying homage to the sprawl of his city and the cacophony of ours.
â€śIâ€™m drawn to collage because itâ€™s the immediate juxtaposition of activity. In the city, I have that same feelingâ€”Nigerian business next to Korean business next to Jewish business,â€ť says the 44-year-old CalArts graduate, whoâ€™s been in several shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem and had solos at Sikkema Jenkins. Studio Museum curator Christine Y. Kim praises his â€śunapologetic hybridization of work, play, and art. Read the entire article hereSource: newyorkmetro.com
Mark Bradford at Lombard-FreidBy Sarah Valdez
A Los Angeles-based hairdresser and self-described "beauty operator" who also earned his MFA from Cal Arts, Mark Bradford garnered quick fame for his alluring collages on canvas of singed hair-permanent endpapers (the small rectangles of transparent paper used by hairstylists) that appeared in "Freestyle," the 2001 exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem of up-and-coming African-American artists.
He coated these works with allover washes of see-through pigment, some of which was hair dye, in such a way that light appeared to shine through vaguely uneven grids. At once restrained, elegant and intricate, the Zen-like visuals Bradford created with "low" materials instantly mesmerized the eye.
For "Tainted," his second New York exhibition, the end-paper-on-canvas strategy remained, but the lattices have grown less gridlike. In the new works, Bradford has also started using paint and gold leaf, as well as collaged text and images. The letters "uice," in bright red, for instance, sprawl diagonally across one large, dirty-looking canvas smudged with black paint. The piece encouraged visitors to imagine the complete word "juice" (as the piece is titled) and all its potential connotations: wet, sweet and powerful, among other possibilities. Read the entire article hereSource: