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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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