press release

Mark Bradford is the recipient of the 2006 Bucksbaum award. His work appeared in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and in a one-person exhibition, Very Powerful Lords, at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria in 2003. Bradford’s large scale pieces express ideas about the processes of urban excavation and archaeology. Tearing down the advertising posters that build up in layers on walls, windows, and light posts in South Central Los Angeles, he references the informal economic patterns of this community. From his found urban material, he creates “collages”—works made of paper but with the visual impact of painting. Water, which can hide by covering up, reveal by erosion, or act as a medium for mixing disparate elements, has become a powerful metaphor in his present series, which suggests the interpenetration between urban social exchange and physical structures.

Neither New nor Correct
New Work by Mark Bradford