Mark Bradford was born in 1961 in Los Angeles, where he lives and works. In 1997 he graduated at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

During his career he exhibited in several places, where in some of them he talked about cartography, maps and cities. Here some of his most noteworthy works and exhibit all around the world.

The solo exhibition at Sikkema Jenkins

The exhibit take place from November 21 to December 22, 2012.

From afar, Marc Bradford’s large-scale works look like abstract paintings with amazing palettes culled by a color expert. But up close, the details of the beautifully hued canvases reveal themselves.

Bradford’s new works are collages composed of multiple layers of found paper that create visually intriguing patterns. This artist further defines the cleverly titled works with precise cuts and rhythmic tears that replicate the street grids and topographical elevations of maps.

Mark Bradford, 2012, Sikkema Jenkins. Installation view: From left, “Them Big Old Titties” and “Father You Have Murdered Me.”

Mark Bradford, 2012, Sikkema Jenkins. From left: Them Big Old Titties and Father You Have Murdered Me

Mark Bradford, We May Be Running out of a Past, 2012, Sikkema Jenkins exposition

Mark Bradford, We May Be Running out of a Past, 2012, Sikkema Jenkins exposition

Mark Bradford, We May Be Running out of a Past, 2012, detail, Sikkema Jenkins exposition

Mark Bradford, We May Be Running out of a Past, 2012, detail, Sikkema Jenkins exposition

Mark Bradford, Them Big Old Titties, detail, 2012, Sikkema Jenkins exposition

Mark Bradford, Them Big Old Titties, detail, 2012, Sikkema Jenkins exposition

Mark Bradford’s exibition in São Paulo

From April 2 to June 14, 2014

This exhibition concerns themes of democracy, power and freedom. In his complex compositions, Bradford glues numerous layers of paper and partially excavates sections by cutting and sanding into the stratum below. In doing so, he reveals an intricate network of pathways and conduits, along with sweeping passages of exuberant colour, echoing in part the cartographic characteristics of the city of Philadelphia. This city is especially important to him because it’s where the US Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were originally signed.

Vestiges of architectural blueprints and master plans are conveyed in the grid-like compositions of cobalt and turquoise hues, with each small rectangle or square redolent of cramped living quarters in dense urban conurbations.

Mark Bradford, 2014, San Paulo exposition

Mark Bradford, 2014, San Paulo exposition

Mark Bradford, The Less Common Royalness, 2014, San Paulo exposition

Mark Bradford, The Less Common Royalness, 2014, San Paulo exposition

Mark Bradford, Rest Deep in Curiosity, 2014, San Paulo exposition

Mark Bradford, Rest Deep in Curiosity, 2014, San Paulo exposition

“New York” exhibition at Hong Kong, China

From May 14 to August 30, 2014

This exhibition shows a series of mixed media artworks the artist created about Hong Kong. The series is about urban planning and intended to discuss the structures of power and politics of the world’s most densely populated city.

Mark Bradford, Circus, 2014, White Cube, Hong Kong exposition

Mark Bradford, Circus, 2014, White Cube, Hong Kong exposition

Mark Bradford, Grid Are Not Flat, 2014, White Cube, Hong Kong exposition

Grid Are Not Flat, 2014, White Cube, Hong Kong exposition

Mark Bradford,Plan View 74, 2014, White Cube, Hong Kong exposition

Plan View 74, 2014, White Cube, Hong Kong exposition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Finding Barry”. Mark Bradford at Hammer Museum, LA

From June 20 to September 20, 2015

Visitors to Scorched Earth are greeted in the lobby by a map that shows the US population infected with AIDS by state. The map, titled “Finding Barry”, is carved into the wall, exposing marbled layers of paint from previous lobby projects. The map’s statistics are from 2009 because Mark said he:

wanted to show a map that wasn’t [set in the] present. So from 2009 to now, I wanted [the viewer] to have a leap in imagination.

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford, Finding Barry, 2015, Hammer Museum exposition

Mark Bradford, Finding Barry, 2015, Hammer Museum exposition

Mark Bradford, Finding Barry, 2015, Hammer Museum exposition

Mark Bradford, Finding Barry, 2015, Hammer Museum exposition

Sources and picture from:

http://whitecube.com

http://www.artsobserver.com

https://www.hauserwirth.com

https://hyperallergic.com