In his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles Mark Bradford shows a site-specific painting applied directly onto the gallery wall. This spatial, temporal, large-scale work continues an exploration in which Bradford relates painterly abstraction to issues of language and regional style. Bradford’s highly charged surfaces fuse elements of collage in which he layers singed permanent-wave endpapers with subtle color fields. The resulting luminous and ephemeral accumulations form a language that speaks of identity in the most eloquent and elegant ways.
Mark Bradford received his BFA and MFA degrees from the California Institute of the Arts. His work has been shown in “Mirror Image” and “Snap Shot/ New Art from Los Angeles” at the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; in “Freestyle” at the Harlem Museum, NY, and the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica; in “Mixed Feelings” at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and at the Art Museum of Princeton, Princeton, NJ.