Los Angeles-based Mark Bradford is known for large, imposing works: not surprising, perhaps, given that he himself stands at two metres tall. His works sprawl across walls, richly layered and collaged with materials such as endpapers and industrial paint to create abstract, colourful compositions. The collective 10 paintings, sculptures and video installations the 56-year-old artist has brought to Venice are no exception. Presented under the title Tomorrow is Another Day (after the closing line from Gone with the Wind), and on display at the US Pavilion, the works present a multilayered narrative addressing the contemporary political and social climate in the States as well as what Bradford calls “the culmination of my artistic process.” The piece touches on issues of race, imagery and Hollywood, blending unorthodox textures, high art and pop culture in a socially charged tableau. Bradford has also brought to Venice a second, long-term project, Process Collettivo, that is purely his own. For it, he entered into a six-year partnership with a co-op that works with Italian inmates to grow produce and refashion old banners into bags (some are on sale at the Biennale). All profits go to the co-op to provide services for former prisoners.