The first major solo show of Abstract painter William Bradley in the upstairs galleries of 20 Hoxton Square.
‘In Between the Gaps’ is an exhibition of six new large-scale works and seven new smaller canvases by the Wimbledon MA graduate. The show will form the first major progression in Bradley’s practice since he introduced himself at his sell-out graduate show in 2008.
Following his selection for FutureMap 2008 and the Catlin Art prize 2009, and inclusion in the David Roberts and Robert Devereux collections, Bradley has welcomed this solo exhibition as an opportunity to re-address his source materials and interrogations into abstract art history and to push forward new, richer and more complex canvases.
Vincent Honoré, Head Curator of the David Roberts Foundation, says: ‘Confronted to one of Bradley’s large works, I’d repeat after Baumeister: “He will feel and notice the resistance that only brings about a more complex consistency. In the artistic zone general order, material growth, and the concept of freedom are unified. And freedom is always renewed in the face of resistance. An ultimate value circles around this complete unity: the self-engendered vision.”’
His practice questions the significance of abstraction both in modernism and current art practice. References or ‘quotations’ are drawn from the history of Abstract Painting, particularly Abstract Expressionism and 1980s Abstracts Appropriationists, which are nourished by source materials including graphic design, advertising and pop culture.
Bradley’s interests lie in how meaning is produced in abstract painting, the immediate or felt response and more studied interpretation and the interactions or ‘conversations’ sparked between these different and often conflicting elements. Within his own processes of appropriation and quotation the artist re-examines and interrogates Abstract painting and former Appropriations of Abstract painting.
The exhibition will run from 10th June until 25th June.