"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
Mark Bradford's new large-scale work 'Feather' (2018) features in our presentation at Art Basel Miami Beach (@). Visit us at Booth F18 this week in Miami and follow the link in our stories to learn more. –
American artist Mark Bradford is renowned for his large, abstract, mixed-media paintings, which often incorporate ephemera and discarded elements of urban life. Bradford employs ‘tools of civilization’ – billboards, merchant posters, newsprint, comics, magazines, and endpapers – to conflate cultural and political forces, and create layers of social commentary in paintings that evoke deep feeling. ‘How we build and destroy ourself are the materials that I’m really interested in,’ the artist once stated, ‘and paper is one of the main ways in which information is displayed.’ –
Through his rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, Bradford has addressed powerful issues of our time, including the AIDS epidemic, the misrepresentation and fear of queer identity, and systemic racism in America. His recent work engages in a broader excavation of American history to raise questions about the preservation of the past and the transference of power.
Image: Mark Bradford, Feather, 2018 © Mark Bradford