Mark Bradford will discuss his multi-faceted practice, including the process and concept behind his work. Bradfordâ€™s abstractions combine urban landscape and fine art by collaging remnants of found street posters and billboards on large canvases. Through the process of decollage, Bradford sands and peels away portions of the surface, revealing layers of previous posters and fragments of letters and papers. Bradfordâ€™s paintings incorporate elements of the everyday â€“ from end papers used for perming hair, to remnants of billboard posters, polyester cords, caulk, bleaching agents, and carbon paper. Frequently dealing with class, ethnicity, race, and the urban environment, he refuses to provide easy readings of his subjects.
Born in Los Angeles, where he continues to live and work, Bradford received both his BFA (1995) and his MFA (1997) from the California Institute for the Arts. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2009 MacArthur Fellowship Award, the Bucksbaum Award for his contribution to the Whitney Biennial in 2006, a 2006 USA Fellowship Award, and a 2003 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. His works are in the collection of many major institutions including the Broad Museum, Los Angeles; Cincinnati Art Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Doors will open at 6:00pm. The talk will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Please make sure to arrive early for this event, as seating will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.