MARK BRAD­FORD

Hong Kong Tatler - - Life | Art -

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.

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