Installation view ‘Mark Bradford. New Works’, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2018© Mark Bradford Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Joshua White
Following recent major solo presentations at the US Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, LA-based artist Mark Bradford will present new works in his first solo exhibition with the gallery in Los Angeles.
Mark Bradford New Works 17 Feb – 20 May 2018, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles Opening: Saturday 17 February 2018, 6 – 9 pm www.hauserwirth.com
Rocket, 2018 Mixed media on canvas 182.9 x 243.8 cm / 72 x 96 in © Mark Bradford Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth Photo: Joshua White
Mark Bradford was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1961. He received a BFA (1995) and MFA (1997) from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. Bradford transforms materials scavenged from the street into wall-size collages and installations that respond to the impromptu networks—underground economies, migrant communities, or popular appropriation of abandoned public space—that emerge within a city.
Drawing from the diverse cultural and geographic makeup of his southern Californian community, Bradford’s work is as informed by his personal background as a third-generation merchant there as it is by the tradition of abstract painting developed worldwide in the twentieth century. Bradford’s videos and map-like, multilayered paper collages refer not only to the organisation of streets and buildings in downtown Los Angeles, but also to images of crowds, ranging from civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s to contemporary protests concerning immigration issues.