Inner Workings of a City: Art by Mark Bradford
White Painting, mixed media and collage on canvas
Mark Bradford is a multimedia artist based in Los Angeles, California. Bradford’s abstract works are frantic, drippy and feature quick, loose mark-making. His stylistic choices remain constant across mediums, from ink drawings to etchings and paintings. He also creates wall-sized collages, murals and installations.
Kryptonite, mixed media and collage on canvas
While on the surface the artist’s works seem to celebrate the tactility of a given medium, Bradford’s works are also conceptual explorations. Frequently, his works are in direct response to the inner workings of a city, and the way that systems and communities quickly come together and break apart. In the same way that Paul de Guzman's installations celebrate structure through deconstruction, Bradford's paintings evoke the forms of buildings and skylines and the movements and mood of crowds, without explicitly depicting any of these things. I really enjoy how well his abstracted works reflect the hustle and bustle of a large city, capturing a mood and atmosphere through simple yet effective means.
The Devil is Beating His Wife, billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, permanent-wave end papers, stencils, and additional mixed media on plywood