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Mark  Bradford

Biography

Los Angeles, United States, 1961, lives and works there. Bradford received both his BFA and MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Recently, the Whitney Museum of American Art held a solo exhibition of Bradford’s work, Neither New Nor Correct: Recent work by Mark Bradford.

About Bradford's work

Mark Bradford is an artist who scavenges material from the urban environment and reforms it into large-scale compositions that reflect ideas about social organization, and systems of communication, economy, and exchange. Trawling the neighborhoods that surround his studio in south central Los Angeles he gathers remnants of posters—advertising directed to financially distressed Latino and African American communities—from abandoned lots, telephone poles, and fences.  Layering this material together with hair, foil, and string into his canvases, he overworks, overpaints, scratches, sands, and erases the surface to reveal hidden fragments of color, text, and images. Suggesting a collision of high art and street art, his works take on the appearance of abstract paintings whose structure suggests the dense networks that make up the geography of urban streets yet whose surfaces illuminate the hidden economies of publicly shared space. First gaining public attention in the exhibition Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001, Bradford has most recently received acclaim for his contribution to the exhibition Prospect 1 in New Orleans, where he built a 22-foot-high wooden ark from the shell of a destroyed  house and discarded material from the area hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina.

Untitled (Dementia), 2000
Mixed media collage
114 x 67.5 inches.
Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

Tabla Rasa #1, 2009
Graphite on paper on panel
35 x 23 inches
Private collection

Tabla Rasa #2, 2009
Graphite on paper on panel
35 x 23 inches
Private collection

Tabla Rasa #3, 2009
Graphite on paper on panel
35 x 23 inches
Private Collection

*Photo credit: Greenhouse Media

More Info

On view at PAFA
Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-972-7600
http://www.pafa.org